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About the Conference

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and The Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) announces IUPAC’s CHEMRAWN XXII E-Waste In Africa Conference in conjunction with the 44th Annual International Conference (44th AIC) of CSN.  This special edition of the conference commemorates CSN’s 50 Years Anniversary. The  conference will hold at the Yard 158, Oregun, Lagos, Nigeria.


Global Electrical & Electronic Waste: Health Hazards For Africa.


Health Implications, Management, Recycling, Disposal, And Economics

Pre-conference: November 7-8, 2021
Conference Days: November 9-11, 2021


E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream globally. This has adverse environmental consequences and serious health implications because, as an abundance of literature shows, dumping of e-waste, particularly in Africa, is an act with devastating consequences. A global act, with the international chemical community actively involved, is therefore urgently needed, and this is the rationale behind this conference.

The 44th AIC and CHEMRAWN XXII Conference will aim to inform stakeholders about the complexity of the e-waste problem and give guidance as to how to address it. This will be done in lectures, workshops, field trips, and interaction with industries presented concurrently with an exhibition focus E-Waste value chain and the environment. It will  also feature groundbreaking research papers and special scientific presentations designed to accelerate the application of chemical research to solving world problems. Speakers will come from around the world  and attendees too to keep you  up with the latest scientific advances, environmental best practices, and waste to wealth opportunities.


CHEMRAWN XXII is the follow-up of the IUPAC e-waste workshop held in Sao Paulo in 2017. However, the scope of this project/conference is wider, industries are involved, a fieldtrip to see firsthand the complexity of the issue is included, a workshop for young participants to nourish entrepreneurship is integrated, educational aspects will be discussed, and a Future Action Committee will work throughout the meeting and overlook the implementation of the dissemination plan that will be approved.

The hybrid conference will last for three days, with the traditional conference dinner day 3. The fieldtrip will be day 2; participants in Lagos will go by busses whereas those on Zoom will have a drone excursion with an interactive guide.

The lectures will cover everything from the big picture to details about sophisticated metal recycling. The opening lecture will point to all the problems that have to be addressed to move globally in the direction of eco-friendly recycling of e-waste. Then in-depth lectures about many relevant topics will follow, including e-waste recycling: new opportunities and technologies; advances in recycling; from e-waste to new products; environmental impact from e-waste; educational challenges; and clean-up of e-waste landfills.

A bottleneck in most African countries is the lack of professional recycling capacity, which therefore must be expanded. To support such a development, a course or workshop in entrepreneurship will be held, primarily for young chemists.