The objective of the ISWA-SWIS Winter School is to provide advanced knowledge in the field of waste management to an international audience of existing and emerging solid waste experts.

 

At the joint ISWA and SWIS (Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability) Winter School at the University of Texas at Arlington, together with the cities of Irving, Garland, and Grand Prairie Texas, USA, the participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the challenges of solid waste management in developing economies. However, the unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to each.

Participants will learn to understand:

  • Landfill siting, design and construction, and operation
  • Landfill leachate and gas management and utilization (LFGTE)
  • Sustainable waste management (including recycling, composting and waste to energy)
  • Waste Economics including waste business development

Specialty areas such as perpetual or sustainable landfill, landfill design and operation and the landfill mining including feasibility, preliminary investigation, operation and management of landfill mining, and impact of landfill mining of sustainable waste management system will be extensively covered. Selected project case studies will be presented and discussed to enhance learning experience

THE PROGRAMME

The unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands-on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to each. See what that looks like by clicking on week 1 and week 2 and find out what we have in store for you on each day.

 

The unique aspect of the Winter School is the blend of in-class and hands-on training. The in-class, theory based training and hands-on, operational training are perfectly balanced – with one week dedicated to ach day.

Programme Week 1

Monday. Introduction to Sustainable Waste Management; Landfill basics, Special Case Studies and Waste Characteristics

Tuesday. Landfill Operation, Working Face, Leachate Basics, Leachate Management, Bottom Liner and Drainage

Wednesday. Field Visit (City of Irving Landfill): Landfill Operations Working Face and Waste Characterization

Thursday. Leachate Generation Modelling, Landfill Gas Basics, Landfill Gas Generation Model and Landfill Gas to Energy

Friday. Field Visit (City of Grand Prairie Landfill): Landfill Monitoring – Gas Collection System, Resistivity Imaging, Equipment Demonstration

Saturday. Social Excursion

Programme Week 2

Monday. Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling

Tuesday. Field Visit (City of Garland Landfill):
Landfill Operations – Working Face and Equipment

Wednesday. Waste Economics and Operational Finance

Thursday. Landfill Mining, Waste Business and Policy

Friday. Panel Discussion: Global Waste Management Perspective Participants Project Presentation

Friday Night. Gala Dinner

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it can be subject to change.

Programme Week 1

Monday. Introduction to Sustainable Waste Management; Landfill basics, Special Case Studies and Waste Characteristics

Tuesday. Landfill Operation, Working Face, Leachate Basics, Leachate Management, Bottom Liner and Drainage

Wednesday. Field Visit (City of Irving Landfill): Landfill Operations Working Face and Waste Characterization

Thursday. Leachate Generation Modelling, Landfill Gas Basics, Landfill Gas Generation Model and Landfill Gas to Energy

Friday. Field Visit (City of Grand Prairie Landfill): Landfill Monitoring – Gas Collection System, Resistivity Imaging, Equipment Demonstration

Saturday. Social Excursion

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it is subject to change.

 

Programme Week 2

Monday. Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling

Tuesday. Field Visit (City of Garland Landfill):
Landfill Operations – Working Face and Equipment

Wednesday. Waste Economics and Operational Finance

Thursday. Landfill Mining, Waste Business and Policy

Friday. Panel Discussion: Global Waste Management Perspective Participants Project Presentation

Friday Night. Gala Dinner

Note: although we do not expect changes to the programme, it can be subject to change.

LOGISTICS

Date: 17th – 28th January 2022

Venue:

  • The University of Texas at
    Arlington, Texas, USA
    (www.uta.edu)
  • City of Irving Landfill, Texas, USA
  • City of Garland, Texas, USA
  • City of Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
  • City of Lubbock, Texas, USA
University of Texas at Arlington

Location and Infrastructure

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) is housed at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA. The center is located close to Dallas ‐ Fort Worth (DFW) Airport in Texas with easy and direct access to national and international destinations. Solid waste personnel from different developing countries can easily access SWIS because most of the major cities have direct flights to DFW airport.

The city of Arlington is in the middle of Dallas – Fort Worth (12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles west of downtown Dallas). Arlington is home to the American League West Texas Rangers baseball team (playing out of Global Life Park), home to the NFC East Dallas Cowboys football team (playing out of AT&T stadium), and Six Flags (the biggest regional theme park in the world – www.sixflags.com).

The major facilities that are part of the SWIS for research and training are: (i) Civil Engineering Building (CELB), (ii) Engineering Research Building (ERB), (iii) University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

The city of Fort Worth’s Annual Stock Show and Rodeo will take place during the winter school. The SWIS Winter School organizers are planning to take all the participants to this year’s Rodeo Show. The details can be found at www.fwssr.com.

NBA Basketball Team Dallas Mavericks regular season will be going on during the winter school program and the participants will have the opportunity to watch live NBA Games.

 

Recommended accommodation

Comfort Suites, 411 W Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011, USA.
Phone: +1 (817) 460-8700. Website

Please mention at booking that you are reserving the room for the ISWA-SWIS Winter School to get a discounted rate.

Recommended date of arrival: Sunday, 16th of January 2022
Recommended date of departure: Saturday, 29th January 2022

TESTIMONIALS

“ISWA-SWIS offered me the opportunity to participate in the winter school held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. The participants were made up of professionals in waste management from 26 different countries. The diversity of the participants and the common interest in waste management made us connect immediately. Different realities with a common problem, inadequate waste management.

The program included theoretical classes by leading professionals, experts in the area. As well as group work in specific cases to land the concepts learned throughout the classes.

My group was formed by Abraham from the United Kingdom, Daniana from Colombia, Daniel from the United Kingdom, Eshetu from Ethiopia, Maria from Bangladesh, Mohammed from India, Nasser from Oman, me from Peru and our group leader Mumtahina from Bangladesh. We were in charge of waste management for the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

The program also included technical visits to various waste management facilities including City of Irving Landfill, City of Grand Prairie Landfill, City of Garland Landfill, City of Fort Worth-Republic Service.

The program concluded with the presentation of waste management projects for the cities assigned per group and the certificate giving from Dr. Sahadat Hossain and Mr. Vance Kemler in the representation of SWIS, and Mr. Law James in the representation of ISWA.

Beyond the professional and academic learning I received, I must highlight the work of the organizers to help us form bonds of friendship. I consider it an important factor to stay in touch for a longer time and collaborate more easily on future projects that help improve the waste management system around the world.

I finished the two weeks of winter school with optimism for the innovative projects that are being carried out. I also end up with new friends who feel the same passion for waste management and understand the importance it has in an increasingly populated society. My “pack of wolves” as Dr. Hossain would say.

I am very grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Winter School, a unique experience that I definitely recommend to all those interested in waste management.

Paola Nathali Meza Ramos

Originally from Peru, studying at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

“ISWA-SWIS offered me the opportunity to participate in the winter school held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. The participants were made up of professionals in waste management from 26 different countries. The diversity of the participants and the common interest in waste management made us connect immediately. Different realities with a common problem, inadequate waste management.

The program included theoretical classes by leading professionals, experts in the area. As well as group work in specific cases to land the concepts learned throughout the classes. Beyond the professional and academic learning I received, I must highlight the work of the organizers to help us form bonds of friendship. I consider it an important factor to stay in touch for a longer time and collaborate more easily on future projects that help improve the waste management system around the world.

I am very grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Winter School, a unique experience that I definitely recommend to all those interested in waste management.

Paola Nathali Meza Ramos

Originally from Peru, studying at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2019 Final Video

 

PRICING & REGISTRATION

Register for the ISWA-SWIS Winter School by selecting one of the four ticket options below. Registration is open until 1st of December 2021.

Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days. All fees are free of VAT. Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

 

Cancellation Policy

ISWA-SWIS reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants is not reached.
Minimum number of participants: 20
Maximum number of participants: 55

Registration may be transferred to a nominated representative.
Any cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to ISWA by e-mail: events@iswa.org

Cancellation and refund will be subject to the following conditions:
• Cancellation until 17th December 2021: 50% refund
• Cancellation between 17th December 2021 and 31st December 2022: 10% refund
• Cancellation from 31st December 2022 on or “no show”: No refund

In case of cancellation of the Winter School due to unforeseeable events including pandemic regulations. ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation. In case of cancellation of a registrant the above rules apply, bank transfer costs will be deducted from the refund. 

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2022 SWIS-ISWA ESSAY COMPETITION

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA is pleased to announce the 2022 SWIS-ISWA Essay Competition on “Plastic Pollution to Plastic Solution”. Students and professionals from around the world are invited to write an essay on how plastic (viewed as major pollutant) can be used for (1) solving engineering and construction problems and (2) for creating business opportunities. The authors of the best essays will be awarded scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School (to be held at UTA from January 17-28, 2022). However, full time students will be given preference for scholarship. SWIS has introduced these scholarships to promote the importance of sustainable waste management for developing healthy and sustainable urban cities.

Scholarships cover the following

  • Free registration to attend the 2022 ISWA-SWIS Winter School at UTA
  • Free lodging during their stay for the winter school
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Free transportation during their stay for the winter school

Deadline of Application: 30 September 2021 (Texas local time)

Please find below the details on eligibility and instructions on how to submit the essay. 
For scholarship news, please visit SWIS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWIS.UTA

 

 

Eligibility for Scholarship

A. Currently enrolled as full-time students in the following (or similar) programs with a strong interest in sustainability/environmental issues:

  1. Civil/Environmental Engineering;
    2. Urban and Regional Planning;
    3. Social Science or Environmental/International Policy Studies;
    4. Business – with a strong connection/interest in environmental issues.

B. Young solid waste management and business professionals (less than five years in their professional jobs).

Deadline of  Essay Submission: 30 September 2021 (Texas local time)

Note: (1) Anyone can participate in the Winter School with their own funding or funding from other sources. Self-funded candidates do not need to submit an essay

Format and Requirements

  • Essay must be submitted in the paper format attached in the folder as doc/docx file. Unformatted essays will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be single-spaced with font size of 11 Arial. The Essay must be written in English.
  • Essay must be maximum 8 pages including reference and appendix.
  • Essays must be the original work of the participants. Plagiarized essays will be immediately disqualified. Participants can seek advice and help from a mentor or supervisor.
  • The author of the essay is liable for any copy right issues regarding the material he/she submits.
  • The author gives SWIS and ISWA the right to publish and disseminate his/her essay as a whole or in parts, may it be electronically or printed.
  • Use the following coversheet for submission.
  • A maximum 250 words biography of the applicants. Also, a maximum 250 words personal statement about why the candidate is interested in participating in the Winter School.
  • Applicants need to email the essay to hossain@uta.edu with subject: Essay Contest 2021.
  • All students must follow updated scholarship information from SWIS Facebook see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWIS.UTA/)

Deadline of Essay Submission: 30 September 2021 (Texas local time)

Download the Essay Layout and Submission guidelines

Eligibility for Scholarship

A. Currently enrolled as full-time students in the following (or similar) programs with a strong interest in sustainability/environmental issues:

  1. Civil/Environmental Engineering;
    2. Urban and Regional Planning;
    3. Social Science or Environmental/International Policy Studies;
    4. Business – with a strong connection/interest in environmental issues.

B. Young solid waste management and business professionals (less than five years in their professional jobs).

Deadline of  Essay Submission: 30 September 2021 (Texas local time)

Note: (1) Anyone can participate in the Winter School with their own funding or funding from other sources. Self-funded candidates do not need to submit an essay

Format and Requirements

  • Essay must be submitted in the paper format attached in the folder as doc/docx file. Unformatted essays will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be single-spaced with font size of 11 Arial. The Essay must be written in English.
  • Essay must be maximum 8 pages including reference and appendix.
  • Essays must be the original work of the participants. Plagiarized essays will be immediately disqualified. Participants can seek advice and help from a mentor or supervisor.
  • The author of the essay is liable for any copy right issues regarding the material he/she submits.
  • The author gives SWIS and ISWA the right to publish and disseminate his/her essay as a whole or in parts, may it be electronically or printed.
  • Use the following coversheet for submission.
  • A maximum 250 words biography of the applicants. Also, a maximum 250 words personal statement about why the candidate is interested in participating in the Winter School.
  • Applicants need to email the essay to hossain@uta.edu with subject: Essay Contest 2021.
  • All students must follow updated scholarship information from SWIS Facebook see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWIS.UTA/)

Deadline of Essay Submission: 30 September 2021 (Texas local time)

Download the Essay Layout and Submission guidelines

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I receive a letter of invitation?

If you require a VISA to enter the United States we can provide you with a letter of invitation confirming your registration for the Winter School. During your registration you have the option to select a checkbox to receive a letter of invitation. You can also always reach out to events@iswa.org. Please note that we do not provide letters of invitation before a confirmed registration and we advise to check with the US embassy in your country for how much time you need to apply, proceed and obtain your visa.

Will the United States be open for travel in January?

We continuously monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The expectation is that most people will be vaccinated in the United States by January and regulations will be less stringent. Whether you will be able to travel depends on the regulations in your country of residence and if required whether you will be able to apply for a VISA.

Will there be COVID-19 measures during the Winter School?

Depending on the local regulations in January the answer is probably yes, the organisers will adhere to the local regulations with regards to safety measurements and COVID-19.

Will I receive a certificate of participation?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the two weeks.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

There will be a scholarship for 2022, the details will be announced in the coming months.

How can I indicate my dietary requirements?

The registration form has the option to provide us with your dietary requirements, please indicate them there or send and email to events@iswa.org.

ORGANISERS

Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability

The Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at UT Arlington will combine science, engineering, and social science expertise in developing new methodologies and solutions in order to explore international paths to sustainable waste management. Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, SWIS has goal to work for better future by developing sustainable solid waste management that incorporate the economy, people and environment which will be beneficial to all cities in Texas, USA, and other countries.

International Solid Waste Association

The International Solid Waste Association is an international network of waste professionals and experts from around the world whose mission is “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide and the transition to a circular economy.”

We hope to achieve this by bringing together waste experts from around the world to network, create best practices, produce industry reports, as well publishing our own scientific journal Waste Management and Research. We are the platform that allows our members to share and curate knowledge among their peers.

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Irving Texas
Grand Prairie Texas

CONTACT US

Get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

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Leonie Hoogland

Leonie Hoogland

Event Manager ISWA

 

Contact Leonie for registration matters or to cancel registration

Email: events@iswa.org
Phone number: +31 (0)10 808 3990

MD. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E

MD. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E

Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS). Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington,

 

Contact Professor Hossain for questions on the program, location & infrastructure.

Email: hossain@uta.edu

 

 

DIRECT REGISTRATION

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Student (regular)
Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days. Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change.
445,00
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Professional (regular fee)
Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/ tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days. The registration fee is free of VAT. Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change.
1.070,00
Unlimited
Professional (ISWA Member Fee or low-/lower-middle income ecomonies*)
*according to the current World Bank list. Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/ tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days. The registration fee is free of VAT. Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change.
800,00
Unlimited
Student (ISWA Member Fee or low-/lower-middle income ecomonomies*)
Registration fees include course participation, course material, coffee/ tea breaks and lunch as well as transfers to and from the university for the technical site visits during teaching days. The registration fee is free of VAT. Upon registration, participants accept all arrangements organized by ISWA and SWIS. The organizers do not assume liability during field demonstrations and technical visits. Travel health insurance is advisable. The programme may be subject to change.
270,00
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