Call for Papers

Hosted by the Australian Industrial Ecology Network, the fifth annual Australian Waste to Energy Forum will take place from 18 – 20 February 2020 in Ballarat, Victoria. The organising committee and AIEN Directors invite you to participate in the discussions, networking opportunities and social functions that have resulted in a forum that has grown year after year.

This is a time of great opportunity for the waste to energy industry in Australia. With increasing landfill levies and a growing awareness of the role that Waste to Energy can play to address the key issues of waste diversion and energy supply in Australia, there are already several projects well along the path to becoming a reality.

The theme for this year’s conference “On the road to recovery” has been selected to address two key areas: The application of waste hierarchy fundamentals; and Changing perceptions about waste to energy facilities and their role within an integrated waste management strategy.

Once again, the Forum will be held over two and a half days allowing us the time required to explore each of the topics as completely as necessary. It has always been our belief that you don’t know what you don’t know and that the reason for attending an event such as the Waste to Energy Forum is to become more educated on the subject. Forum topics will touch upon all aspects required to successfully implement a Waste to Energy project and include planning, financing, feedstock, technology, outputs and case studies.


Call for Presentations

The organising committee is calling for presentations addressing the key topics outlined below. Other topics may be considered at the committee’s discretion.

  • The future of EfW within the Circular Economy.
  • A social licence to operate – Practical steps to educate the community on EfW facilities
  • Understanding your feedstock e.g. composition, fluctuations, growth, source
  • Requirements for a bankable solution – Feedstock agreement, technology viability, site selection, offtake agreements, risk mitigation
  • The true cost of waste disposal, highest net value resource use, EfW v Landfill
  • The red tape, planning, legal and regulatory requirements
  • The importance of early technology due diligence, feedstock v treatment technology type, feedstock volume, optimum facility size, offtake (fuel, power, digestate, residual disposal etc)
  • Who owns the plant and pays the bills, options for ownership?
  • Viability of EfW in small communities, how to make it work
  • Project updates, case studies on existing facilities and projects ongoing

The closing date for submitting summaries of your presentation is 26 July 2019

Abstract Submission Instructions

All Abstracts must be submitted online. If you are unable to submit using the online form please contact the Forum Secretariat for further information (phone 0400 449 100 or email  Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged by email within 2 working days.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length. There is no fee to submit an abstract.

All submitting authors will be asked to confirm the following statements:

  1. I confirm that each co-author, if any, has been informed of this submission and has agreed to all the information provided by me.
  2. I consent to publication of all or part of the abstract in materials relating to the Forum, including but not limited to the program, advertising, social media and email promotions.
  3. I confirm that this abstract is original work and as the principal author, I am responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
  4. I understand that the invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer by the AIEN or sponsors of the Forum to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the event.
  5. I understand that no fee will be paid for a presentation. If my abstract is accepted, I agree to register for the Forum no later than 31 October 2019 and will pay a discounted registration fee in recognition of my contribution. I understand that failure to register by the due date may result in my presentation being withdrawn from the program.

Before you begin the abstract submission process, please be sure to have the following information available to copy and paste or upload with your submission.

  • Presenter and Co-Presenter contact details, title and organisation
  • Presenter and Co-Presenter Biographies (we recommend no more than 80 words per biography)
  • Presenter and Co-Presenter Photograph (optional)
  • Presentation Title
  • 50-word Presentation Synopsis
  • Abstract (Up to 400 words of text)

Review and Acceptance

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee and evaluated, according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of Content
  • Significance in its context
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the topic

Case studies and presentations detailing actual experiences and outcomes will be highly regarded. Promotion of a commercial product or service is not permitted.

The decision of the Program Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The person nominated in the submission as the principal contact (the contact) will be advised of the Programme Committee’s decision by email in August 2019. Please note that all correspondence relating to the submission will be directed only to the contact, and they should, in turn distribute to any co-presenters.

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Forum. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.



All accepted presentations will be published in the Australian Waste to Energy Forum 2020 Proceedings.


Key Dates

Abstract submission closes 15 Aug 2019
Notification to authors August/September 2019
Speaker’s registration deadline 31 Oct 2019