Call for Abstracts

Topic Stream 1 – Primary Resources:

Fair resource extraction for a quality future

Mineral governance
Perspective of extractive economies, Public-private partnerships initiatives, Responsible sourcing and trade-offs, Supply security, energy minerals

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Social and environmental impacts, Minamata Convention, driving forces in global value chains, informal ASM integration, remote sensing application

Illicit Financial Flows
Trade flows, issues and impacts, traceability methods, sustainable financing, legal and regulatory provisions, Africa-China



Topic Stream 2 – Secondary Resources:

From waste to resources for development

Special waste
e-waste, end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), plastics, batteries, ODS management

Innovation and technology
hazardous waste treatment, informal – formal partnerships, take-back systems, due diligence approach, waste to energy

Favourable framework conditions
policy and regulations, EPR and financing, transboundary movement, inclusive recycling, young entrepreneurship

Topic Stream 3 – Circular Economy (CE):

Making a case for circular resources

CE across different sectors and products
Electronics, plastics, food systems, textiles

Rethinking business models (for CE)
From products to services, product design, industrial symbiosis, enabling environment

Africa circular
The human side of circular economy, low carbon solutions, leap-frog opportunities, transition process

Submit your Abstract now

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2020

Instructions for authors

Participants are welcome to submit the following types of contributions:

1) Short proceedings for oral presentations

2) Posters (A0, 90×120 cm)

Abstracts (max 300 words) of either theoretical or applied nature can be submitted online via the WRF conference tool.

Contributions should address one of the three key topics listed above and should not have been previously presented at international conferences or published in international journals. Final acceptance of any contribution requires registration of the author to attend the conference. The Scientific Expert Committee determines whether the author of an accepted short proceeding is ultimately invited for a paper or poster presentation.

Authors with high quality abstracts will be offered to publish a full paper in a peer reviewed journal. Upon agreement with the corresponding author, all provided information including PowerPoint presentations and posters will be made accessible to the public on the WRF website after the conference.

Important dates

Opening of abstract submission: Dec 18, 2019

Early evaluation request*: Jan 30, 2020

Abstract submission deadline: Feb 15, 2020

Notification of acceptance: Mar 15, 2020

Registration deadline for authors: May 1, 2020

Announcement of final program: May 15, 2020

WRF 2020 Congress: Jun 23-25, 2020

* Please note that it is possible for those submitting an abstract to ask for early notification of acceptance if they need a visa or to raise funds in order to attend the conference. 

Kindly submit your abstract via our conference tool