Final program

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Monday November 19, 2018

8:45am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:45am


Session 1

9:45am – 11:00am



11:00am – 11:20am


Session 2    

11:20am – 12:20pm

12:20pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:00pm


Session 3     

2:00pm – 3:00pm

















3:00pm – 3:30am



Session 4     

3:30pm – 4:30pm




















4:30pm – 5:00pm




5:00pm – 7:00pm



7:30pm – 10:00pm

Welcome and Introductions

Welcome to Country and opening of the Conference

Professor Dianne Wiley

Head of School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

The University of Sydney


Welcome from

Associate Professor Ali Abbas

Conference Chair and Director Waste Transformation Research Hub

The University of Sydney


Antonia Gawel

Head, Circular Economy, World Economic Forum

Switzerland (via video link)

A World perspective on Circular Economy


Mr Justin Koek

Director, Waste Strategy and Innovation, Waste and Resource Recovery Branch, NSW Environment Protection Authority

Too Good To Waste – A Circular Economy Approach for NSW

Circular technologies: Australian local solutions for a global challenge

Chair: Dr Alejandro Montoya

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Licella (Co-Founder and Technology Consultant) / University of Sydney (Professor of Chemistry)

Chemically recycling waste plastic with the Cat-HTR platform


Dr Han Zhang, The Dow Chemical Company, Singapore

Plastics in South East Asia


Mr Danny Ghalagher, iQ Renew, Australia

Intelligent Australian recycling – a compete circular solution to resource recovery


Mr Jim Appleby, Downer Group, Australia

Circular Economy translations through domestic solutions


Contract exchange ceremony

Delta Electricity & The University of Sydney

for project on

Upcycling of power plant fly ash into low-carbon engineered eco-pavements

Networking Break

Digital Circular Economy

Chair: Associate Professor Ali Abbas

Professor Sangwon Suh, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (via video link)

Chemical life cycle informatics: CLiCC Initiative


Ms Blaise Porter, Sustainability Manager Oceania, Fujitsu Australia

Getting smart with eWaste

Mr Enrique Arquiaga, Business Development Director, Environment

Broad Spectrum

Development of a real-time monitoring system for waste flow


Ms Esther Bailey, Sustainability Engagement Leader, City of Sydney

Enabling the Circular Economy – Showing by doing

Conference group photo



Closed business meeting (invitation only): Cooperation development on circular technologies



Professor Yong Geng

Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering,

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, People’s Republic of China

An overview on China's Circular Economy

Transitions to a circular economy: Perspectives from China

Chair: Dr Ron Wainberg

Sha Song, World Economic Forum, People’s Republic of China

China’s perspective: The role for a multi-stakeholder action agenda on Circular Economy


Associate Professor Ming Zhao, School of Environmental, Tsinghua University / Basel Convention Regional Centre, People’s Republic of China

Basel Convention and its implementation in China


Professor Hongtao Wang, Head Department of Environmental Engineering School of Environment, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China

Sustainable solid waste management in China: Problems and considerations

Networking Break

Panel: Future Directions for the Circular Economy in Australia

Chairs: Dr Nick Florin & Dr Monique Retamal

Mr Justin Koek

Director, Waste Strategy and Innovation, Waste and Resource Recovery Branch, NSW Environment Protection Authority


Dr Ron Wainberg

Technical Director – MRA Consulting Group


Mr Emmanuel Vivant

Executive Director – Development, Procurement & Innovation

SUEZ Australia & New Zealand


Professor Simon Ringer

Director, Core Research Facilities / Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

The University of Sydney

Chemical Engineering Circular Economy Leaders Forum

(invitation only)

Chair: Associate Professor Ali Abbas

Group social activity – Footgolf


Conference Dinner

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Joint SJTU-USYD Workshop on Circular Economy

Session 5     

9:00am – 10:00am






10:00am – 10:30am


Session 6

10:30am - 11:30am






11:30am – 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Chair: Dr Qianhong She

Professor Tim Langrish, The University of Sydney

Advanced drying technologies for the bio-resource circular economy


Professor Ziyang Lou, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The environment impact for Municipal solid waste disposal and the pollution control process in China


Dr Behnam Akhavan, The University of Sydney

Plasma Technologies for waste water treatment

Networking break


Chair: Dr Ziyang Lou

Assistant Professor Lina Chi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Biologically derived materials and their application in decontamination and recycling of polluted water


Dr Alejandro Montoya, The University of Sydney

Electro-oxidation of waste


Associate Professor Marjorie Valix, The University of Sydney

Bioleaching of E-wastes

SJTU-USYD Roundtable closed meeting

Chair: Professor Dianne Wiley


Conference summary and finish