Welcome to the 2nd International Conference on Final Sinks in the Helsinki region, Finland May 2013; You will be just in time experiencing the boom of spring with light nights turning into summer after cold and dark winter.
One of the key results of the very successful first conference on Final Sinks held in Vienna in 2010 was that we need a broader understanding and new solutions for disposal of harmful and unusable material created in production and consumption cycles. Landfills, although widely used, are only partial solutions. Thus, the second conference will address different topics regarding the handling of material flows and stocks from the perspective of waste and residuals management, with special emphasis on safe sinks for harmful materials and substances emitted and extracted from anthropogenic material cycles. The themes to be covered include safe final sinks; sources, types and composition of harmful materials; removal of harmful substances from material cycles; future needs for handling material flows and stocks to minimize harmful substances; and landfill aftercare.
The conference is intended for experts from academia, research & development institutions, administrators in the fields of waste management and environmental protection, companies with extended producer responsibility, waste management and recycling companies, consultants in the fields of waste and environmental management, insurance companies and others.
The conference will be held at Dipoli, a former student union building known for its unique architecture, situated at the very heart of the Aalto University Otaniemi campus, where science and art meet technology and business.
Looking forward to seeing you in Finland!
Professor Juha Kaila and
Head of the Organizing Committee Jukka Heiskanen