WEBINAR - Climate impact, challenges and opportunities in e-waste recycling, KU Leuven


Thursday, 20 February 2020 from 15:00 to 16:00 (session in English)

Monday, 24 February 2020 from 09:00 to 10:00 (session in English)

Go to the BRS synergies website to register HERE

These two webinars will open a series of live lectures in the occasion of the re-launch of the E-waste Challenge Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This MOOC was initially launched in 2016 and the new version is being launched in February 2020.

The first webinar session will focus on climate change impacts and on challenges and opportunities in the current and future processes for sustainable metals and other valuable materials extraction from E-waste. This includes recycling processes for printed circuit boards and other computer components, for precious metals, rare earths and other valuable materials.


Event information

Webinar Content

  • Introduction - (5 min.)
  • Presentations:
  • Climate impact, challenges and opportunities in e-waste recycling - Prof. Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven (40 min.)
  • Questions and Answers - (15 min.)


The presenter, Prof. dr. ir. Karel Van Acker is professor in Circular Economy at KU Leuven with a joint mandate at the department of Materials Engineering (faculty of Engineering Sciences) and at the Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability (faculty of Business and Economics). His research is on developing strategies to realize the circular economy (CE) and on sustainability assessments of these CE strategies, including amongst others recycling, materials substitution, sharing economy. Karel holds a PhD in Materials Science and has been for 12 years coordinator of the KU Leuven Materials Research Centre (>500 researchers) and has been CLC manager of EIT RawMaterials.  He also leads the policy research centre “Circular economy” for the Flemish government and currently is the chairman of the Sustainability Council of KU Leuven.

Target Groups

E-waste Challenge MOOC participants, Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, OEWG participants, Stockholm Convention focal points and points of contact, members of the POPRC, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), recyclers and their associations, government officials and regional/local authorities dealing with e-waste management, Follow up Partnership to PACE stakeholders any other interested persons.

Information for Participants

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection or otherwise a phone.

Find out more and register here: http://synergies.pops.int/Default.aspx?tabid=3574&meetId=CA00E9BE-B74C-EA11-BC46-005056A12EFA