ISWA at IFAT India Mumbai 2019 - a Short Report on the Activities

From 16th-18th October 2019 ISWA took part in IFAT India, Mumbai, hosting panel discussions, meetings and welcoming current and future ISWA members at its booth.

29 Oct 2019 -

Day 1, Wednesday, 16th October 2019 – ‘How can sustainable waste management support us in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?’ Panel Discussion hosted by ISWA

ISWA’s Aditi Ramola, Technical Director, moderated a session on the key issue of solid waste management in our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A diverse panel of stakeholders from the private sector (DBSSR Sastry, Ramky), academia (Costas Velis, University of Leeds and ISWA), and international organisations (Jitendra Sharma, UNEP, Ashish Chaturvedi, GIZ and Gargi Pareek, Innovation Norway). The discussion revolved around key issues for India in particular, gauging appropriate operating models in waste management for adoption in India and the role of the ‘informal’ sector in achieving the SDGs. The audience left with key messages of more private sector involvement and better monitoring of regulations needed to achieve the waste SDGs as well as partnerships between all stakeholders and strengthening of governance structures. Audience members were told that source separating waste could be a tangible action they could implement at home in order to help move towards sustainable waste management in their cities/localities.

Day 2 – Thurs, 17th October 2019 – Beginning of the University Challenge India


For the fifth time, the German Water Association (DWA) with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and ISWA, organised a University Challenge for 12 teams of engineering students from across India. Participants competed in three tasks; create a hypothetical integrated water, waste and energy resources management system, simulate and process the relationship between water use, social and economic development, and environmental sustainability using a computer simulation game, and to report on the activities of IFAT India for a fictitious employer. Boris Brkovic, ISWA Technical Project Coordinator participated on the jury panel for the challenge.

Day 3 – Friday, 18th October 2019 – University Challenge Results, ISWA/DWA/DAAD Careers in Waste and Water Management Session, and the 3rd Annual Meeting of the ISWA Regional Young Professionals Group in India


The results of the University Challenge were revealed on the last day with the winning team being rewarded a trip to compete in the international University Challenge to be held at IFAT Munich next year.

In the afternoon, ISWA, along with DWA and DAAD, held a session for young professionals in the waste and water sector to inspire and provide guidance in their future careers. Presenters from different fields in the waste and water sectors told participants of the educational and careers backgrounds, and the story of how they ultimately ended up in their positions – in most cases after first having worked in an entirely different field. Afterwards, the young professionals had the opportunity to speak with the presenters and ask questions.



Finally, the ISWA Young Professionals India Chapter held its 3rd annual meeting. Marianne Grant, ISWA Technical Project Coordinator, introduced ISWA, Aditi Ramola, Chair of the ISWA International Young Professionals Group (YPG), who presented the YGP activities and structure, and Kamal Raj of Infosys, Co-Chair of the YPG India Chapter gave the attendees an overview of the chapters activities thus far. The group then brainstormed activities for the year in areas like funding sources for start-ups in the waste sector and the topic of used plastic being used in road construction.





Many thanks to IFAt India for the fantastic organisation of the event and the tremendous support. See you next year!

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