Professor Evangelos Gidarakos (School of Environmental Engineering of TUC) was invited as a keynote speaker at the opening of the 14th International Conference on "Waste Management and Technology", Beijing, China (21st to 24th, March 2019). This conference is a major scientific event, attracting more than 600 delegates, mainly from Asia. Themed with "To Build A No-Waste Society", prominent researchers and government officials were invited to give keynote speeches on the pressing issues of solid waste management, chemicals and circular economy during the conference. The Conference is hosted by Tsinghua University, Solid Waste and Chemicals Management, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of P.R. China, United Nations Environment Programme, Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific. Organized by Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, The Society of Solid Waste of Chinese Society for Environmental Science, Research Institute of Soil and Solid Waste, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.
Prof. Gidarakos's speech entitled "Industrial Waste Management and Circular Economy" focused on presenting the current situation of industrial waste management in Europe as well as, the possibilities resulting from the incorporation of basic principles of sustainability and in particular, the circular economy into this sector. At the same time, Prof. Evangelos Gidarakos accepted a formal proposal to become a member of the Scientific Committee of the Conference and Guest Editor, in order to prepare a special issue of the journal "Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering".