Making Waste Work, 11-15 sep 2012, Goerlitz


BUP Summer Course on Sustainability and Waste Management



The Summer Course is an initiative of the German offices of the Baltic University Programme in Hamburg and Zittau.

It is meant to acquaint delegates from various countries about matters related to sustainable development, river basin management and climate issues in the Baltic, as well as foster international and multicultural learning.

The Topic

Up to three billion tons of waste is produced in the European Union every year (EC, 2010). The amount of waste created globally is expected to increase up to 27 billion ton p.a. in 2050 (Tanaka, 2007) due to changing consumption patterns, i.e. higher living standards and lifestyle changes leading to more consumption. Waste management is, therefore, a topic of major concern in Europe and elsewhere. It is understood as the procedure of monitoring and handling waste from collection, transport, treatment (processing), recovery and recycling to final disposal of the remaining residual waste. However, good waste management begins with preventing waste generation and minimizing quantities of waste. A typical waste management hierarchy is prevention, minimization, reuse and recycling, recovery and disposal.

The Summer school will offer a state-of-the art overview of matters of related to sustainable development and waste management provided by international experts. The course is meant to foster international and multicultural learning and is therefore supporting the Baltic University Programme’s mission in internationalisation, networking and cultural interaction to foster a sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region.    

Participants (max: 40)

Students from all subjects registered at universities of the Baltic Sea Region and beyond are welcome to attend the summer course. Due to generous support of partners and sponsors there is no participation fee, i.e. accommodation and food, excursion and social events is free of charge. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs. Interested participants need to register until 30th June 2012. No registrations after the deadline may be accepted. See the registration form!


An official certificate of participation will be issued by the Baltic University Programme to all participants who have attended the summer course and have successfully submitted their essays.



Course Directors

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Delakowitz
(University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz – HSZG)

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Walter Leal
(Hamburg University of Applied Sciences – HAW)

Course Organizing Team:

University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz:

Anke Zenker-Hoffmann

Sebastian Riedel,

Markus Will


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences:

Dr. Maren Adler

Natalie Fischer (HAW)


BUP secretary’s office, Uppsala, Sweden:

Maria Hejna

Lyudmyla Babak


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