International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2019 will be held on 7-9 October 2019 at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, in Bilbao (Spain). The conference will include keynote and plenary sessions by invited speakers, and concurrent sessions with oral and poster presentations by the participants.

Plus, in this ISWA World Congress edition will be included a Latin America and the Caribbean Special Session.

The paper to be sent must have no more than 2 pages and it must include an abstract. This abstract will have no more than 150 words, without figures, tables or graphs. Please refer to the template for more information.

Only one person per paper could take benefit of the presenter’s fee. The rest of the coauthors will have to choose another rate.

The congress will be based on a scientific programme which will be focused on the following topics:


  • Cleanliness of public places
  • Prevention, Reutilization & Recycling
  • Collection, Transport
  • End of Life phase
  • Textile management
  • Packaging waste
  • WEEE
  • Food, Bio-waste, Slow Food…
  • Urban Mining / Disposal / Landfilling


  • Technologies of treatment / Efficiency
  • Research and development and innovation /  R&D&I / Robotics
  • Biological treatment
  • Hazardous waste
  • Energy Recovery / Waste to Energy


  • 4th Industrial Revolution on WM
  • Big data / Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of things


  • New Opportunities. Green Jobs
  • Low-carbon economy
  • Global waste Production. Global problem


  • Education, Communication & Management
  • Managing healthcare waste
  • Sustainable consumption and WM in developing countries
  • Waste management in emerging countries
  • Governance and Legal Issues
  • Funding/financing and planning of Waste Management
  • New Transition Towns


  • Prevent uncontrolled dumping
  • Types of Plastics waste reaching our oceans
  • Agricultural, sanitary & consumer cosmetic sources
  • Micro plastics an integral part of marine ecosystems
  • Properly functioning markets for recycled plastics


Sending process

  1. The format and content instructions to write the paper are explained in the papers template
  2. The organization will not accept papers sending by email or fax.
  3. Please note that each participant is only allowed to submit maximum of TWO papers. Additional papers shall not be reviewed.
  4. Submissions should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar before submission as they will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  5. Changes will not be entertained once the paper has been submitted via the online submission system.
  6. Submitters are advised to seek assistance to proof read the paper if English is not their first language.
  7. It is the sole responsibility of the authors to ensure accuracy of scientific content and language.


Special registration fees are available for the accepted authors (See REGISTRATION). Remember that once you are confirmed as accepted author you must register for the congress before June 17th 2019 for the Scientific Committee to officially accept your paper.

If finally you are not confirmed as accepted author and you want to attend the Congress, the registration fee will be the corresponding regular Fee (not the presenter’s one).

Method of presentation

All the papers submitted will be reviewed and assigned to an appropriate session. Authors of the accepted papers will be notified of the method of presentation (oral or poster).

Posters are reports summarizing information using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as graphs, charts, figures and photographs mounted on a poster board, the dimensions of which must not exceed the allocated space per poster. Detailed poster guidelines shall be sent at the time of acceptance.

Papers submitters may choose the method of the presentation upon paper submission. However, please note the final classification will be decided by the Scientific Committee.

Paper's content

The paper should be informative and stand alone in its content and meaning. It should include a brief introduction, methods used, key results, brief discussion and a conclusion. The paper will be reviewed based on technical merit, scientific contribution and relevance under the chosen theme.

Consent, Permission & Copyright

Upon completing the online paper submission, the submitter will be asked to confirm that the presenting author has read and understood the general information and the requirements he/she is expected to fulfil. Please see the complete consent permission here.


December 2018. Papers submission is open

12 February 2019. 18 March 2019. Deadline for reception of papers

25 April 2019. 23 May 2019. Notification of papers acceptance

17 June 2019. Deadline for accepted authors’ registration


Telephone: +(00)34 94 662 01 78

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Getxo – 48930
Bizkaia (Spain)