Keynote Speakers


Prof. Margaret Bates

University of Northampton


Keynote title : “ Circular Solutions – Waste and Resource Management for Sustainability ” 

Margaret Bates is Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton. She has been involved in wastes management for 30 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology. She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. She appears in the Hot 100 (Resource Magazine) most influential people in wastes management and acts as an expert for a range of local and international organizations.
Margaret is chair of the CIWM Scientific and Technical Committee of CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management). She is on the editorial board for Communications in Waste and Resource Management and Wastes and Resource Management and Assessor for EPSRC, DEFRA, Technology Strategy Board, WRAP, EU FP7, British Council and other grant applications in the areas of wastes management, eco innovation, resource efficiency and security. She is on the advisory board of the All Party Sustainable Resource Management Group and has recently been appointed to the Scottish Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures. Her research interests include sustainable landfill leachate treatment, wastes management infrastructure, waste electrical and electronic equipment, pathogen arisings and exposure routes in waste management facilities, waste policy, legislation and regulation, wastes management in developing countries.
Margaret has travelled the world looking at waste issues and has advised governments, businesses and NGO on sustainable resource and waste management. Margaret is very interested in wastes management in developing countries, in particular establishing e-waste and other infrastructure.