APPLICATION
Applications (incl. Curriculum Vitae and letter of motivation) should be sent not later than March 30, 2017.
The program is opened for waste managers (practitioners) and students (holding a Bachelor degree) from CEE countries.

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TU Wien
Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management
Karlsplatz 13/226
1040 Vienna
Austria
www.iwr.tuwien.ac.at
University of Novi Sad
Faculty of Technical Sciences, Department of Environmental Engineering
Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6
21000 Novi Sad
Serbia
www.izzs.uns.ac.rs

The project is funded by OeAD, the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research, through IMPULS program.
ABOUT

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Due to the advance of European integration in environmental policy and particularly the sector of SWRM, universities in both, current EU member countries like Austria and EU candidate countries like Serbia, are required to extend their teaching portfolio to account for EU policy initiatives in the field of solid waste and resource management. However, studies suggest that this is often not the case, particularly for EU candidate countries and EU member countries from Central Eastern Europe (CEE).

Thus the postgraduate program “Analysis and Design of waste management systems in transition Economies of Central and Eastern Europe (ADECEE)” was initiated by TU Wien (TUW, Austria) and University of Novi Sad (UNS, Serbia). In the frame of the program, which is carried out mainly by the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management (TUW) and the Department of Environmental Engineering (UNS), four weeks of demand-oriented courses for waste managers and post graduate students are offered.
Current practice of waste management in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) is not only highly diverse in the different countries but also in ongoing transition. Whereas in affluent EU countries like Austria and Germany ever more ambitious recycling targets due to the circular economy package are arising at the horizon, in the candidate countries like Serbia or Montenegro first sanitary landfills are currently implemented. For waste management companies working in CEE these different development stages represent on the one hand a great opportunity, but on the other hand also a huge challenge. Managers and engineers working in the field need to be aware about conventional disposal solutions and newly developed recovery processes at the same time. In addition, driving forces for current and future waste solutions, in particular European waste and resources laws, must be known and recognized.

The transition of SWRM is reflected and driven by various European wide initiatives (EU raw materials initiative, circular economy initiative) and policies, aiming among others at higher resource efficiency by enhancing resource recovery from waste (waste framework directive, 2008/98/EC), decreasing the direct landfilling of waste (landfill directive, 1999/31/EC), and increasing mandatory recycling targets for specific waste streams (legislative proposal on new recycling targets, 2014/EC) to achieve sustainable waste management systems. The shift towards a circular economy is coined to a large degree by the bodies of the European Union (EU), but reaches far beyond the borders of the EU28 member countries. Due to ongoing European integration, policies on SWRM are not only relevant and obligatory for current member states of the EU like Austria, but also for candidate countries like Serbia. However, countries like the latter are facing the challenge of adapting to waste management standards in EU countries given very different socio-economic conditions. ns

OBJECTIVES

Contemporary European societies face a dramatic shift in dealing with their solid wastes (SW). Solid waste management (SWM) is transformed from simple collection and disposal towards increasing recycling of materials in order to conserve natural resources. In many European countries, these developments are primarily coined by European Union (EU) waste and resource policy.

Higher education institutions (HEI) have not yet fully adopted and reflected these developments in their curricula and lectures. Universities carry-out research, offer courses and teach environmental engineers solid waste and resource management (SWRM), but have not extended their portfolio to account for the directions of European policies on waste and resources. In addition, the increasingly interwoven systems of waste disposal and raw material supply on the European level have not been reflected in environmental engineering education so far. This is particularly important for HEI acting in systems, where the waste and resource management systems are in (fast) transition. So far, research and teaching of SWRM was inclined by the different national agendas. A critical reflection of the European SWRM policy initiatives and legislation and its implications for national SWRM has not been integrated in HEI curricula. This gap is aimed to be filled by this project.

In order to reflect policy initiatives and legislation on the European level and demand by local and national stakeholders, this project aims at development of a postgraduate program analysis and design of waste management systems in transition economies of CEE. This program integrates solid waste & resource management required skills in different scientific disciplines such as chemistry, economy, environmental science, law, social science, and civil engineering and it is oriented towards environmental engineers and scientists in Austria and Serbia. Development of a tailor-made postgraduate program on waste and resource management in CEE countries gives European waste and resource policies an important extension of environmental engineering education at the TUW and UNS as well as enables university education to reach out to waste management professionals confronted with waste and resource management systems in transition.

OUR TEAM

Johann Fellner

Associate Professor for Waste Management at TU Wien

David Laner

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at TU Wien

Jakob Lederer

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at TU Wien

Astrid Allesch

Research associate at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at the Vienna University of Technology

Goran Vujic

Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad in Serbia

Nemanja Stanisavljevic

Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad in Serbia

Svjetlana Vujovic

Teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad in Serbia

Miodrag Zivancev

Associate on the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

CURRICULUM AND LECTURES

The 4 weeks postgraduate course “CEE Waste Manager” addresses practitioners and post graduate students who want to acquire a high level and practically applicable education in waste management that goes beyond conventional curricula. In cooperation between the University of Novi Sad and TU Wien altogether 8 modules (each a 10 hours) addressing different aspects of sustainable and appropriate waste management in CEE are offered, covering a broad range of topics.

In particular, the following modules are offered:
At TU Wien:
1. Policy and Legislation of EU Waste and Resource Management
2. Modern Evaluation Methods in Waste and Resource Management (including life cycle assessment and cost benefit analysis)
3. Sampling and Characterization of Waste according to European Standards
4. Management of Construction and Demolition Waste (incl. selective dismantling & prospection of hazardous substances)

At the University of Novi Sad:
5. Landfill Technology and Operation (incl. cost effective monitoring and treatment of emissions)
6. Thermal Waste Utilization in Transition Economies (Refuse Derived Fuel Production & Utilization)
7. Biowaste Management in Central Eastern Europe
8. Material Flow Analysis as a Decision Support Tool in Waste and Resource Management.

Dates:
Module 1 to 4 will be held at TU Wien from June 12 till 23, 2017. The modules 5 to 8 are taught at the University of Novi Sad from September 11 to 22, 2017.

APPLICATION

The program is opened for waste managers (practitioners) and students (holding a Bachelor degree) from CEE countries. It is recommended to participate in all modules, whereby at minimum 4 modules are to be taken. Besides theoretical information the program includes field visits of waste facilities in Austria and Serbia and several practical exercises (e.g., sampling and analysis of refuse derived fuels, exploration of hazardous substances in buildings prior demolition).

Applications (incl. Curriculum Vitae and letter of motivation) should be sent by e-mail not later than March 30, 2017 to either Jakob.Lederer@tuwien.ac.at or nemanjastanisavljevic@uns.ac.rs.

The program is funded by OeAD, the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research. Thus, scholarship funds for traveling and accommodation for either two weeks of participation in Austria or Serbia can be applied for.
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