Spring school

How to Design Solutions for Solid Waste Management

A Method and Tools for Low and Middle-Income Countries

20 – 25 May 2019

Bologna – Italy

Concluded with success the 2nd edition

A video of the activities by Lucian Pavel


Teaching program and site visits
Application form

Promoted by ISWA

Why this spring school

Solid Waste Management (SWM) is a complicated problem, as policy-makers and practitioners know all too well. In low and middle-income countries, it cannot be solved by adopting the same solutions that work in high income, highly industrialized countries.

So, how does a long-lasting solution begin? First of all, the solution must be carefully designed, avoiding the sense of emergency to dominate policy actions. The goal is to produce SWM planning documents that can guide policy actions for several years.

Participants to this Spring School will be provided with a Solid Waste Management design method and will familiarise with tools necessary to:

  • build a comprehensive vision of the existing, non-effective SWM system;
  • identify critical elements and waste treatment bottle-necks;
  • formulate alternative solutions and compare them in terms of social and environmental impacts, cost and financial sustainability;
  • approve a SWM National Strategy or a SWM City Plan that provides an implementable action path.

Webinair presenting the Spring School

Read more

Who is this spring school for

The Spring School is directed to actors of the waste network operating in low and middle-income Countries, in particular:


The Spring School accepts 25 participants.

Scientific Coordination

The Spring School is organized by the Cattaneo Institute Research Foundation under the Scientific Coordination of Dr. Simonetta Tunesi.

The Cattaneo Institute Research Foundation is devoted to research and training on social, political and economic issues, and offers training courses for public administration personnel, professionals and practitioners on a variety of issues and topics.

The Spring School on SWM is part of an effort to cover cross-cutting policy issues for policy management and design.

A final Certificate of Attendance will be provided by ISWA to all participants.


Simonetta Tunesi has over 25 years of experience in WM planning and contaminated sites remediation. She has written and taught extensively at university and professional level.

Federico Foschini – Gruppo HERA is an environmental policy advisor and an expert on international policy on solid waste management.
Stefano Verde – Gruppo HERA is an expert on Strategic Planning and Policy Making

Domenico Scamardella is an engineer with twenty years experience in the field of planning and management of environmental services, specific competence on the management of the integrated waste cycle.

Angelo Fazio is an architect with over 25 years experience in planning and design environmental services, international training consultancy on the waste cycle management in urban areas.

Samir Dendoune has an extensive experience in defining waste treatment projects for the private sector in developing countries. He travelled  to many dump sites to understand the local specificities of such projects and to develop new business models that are affordable for the municipalities while bringing the necessary guarantees to secure private sector investment in developing countries.

Reviews from the 2018 edition

Navarro Ferronato. Env. Eng. – Ph.D. student in Environmental Sciences – University of Insubria, Varese (Italy)
The Spring School allowed me to improve my knowledge in solid waste management planning. The most interesting subject explored during the week was the implementation of the Life Cycle Assessment in parallel with the waste flow analysis for assessing the environmental impacts due to the collection, transportation, treatment and final disposal of solid waste. Moreover, the share of knowledge among the participants by discussions and presentations was also very interesting due to their multidisciplinary (experts from NGOs, Universities, private companies, Governments…) and international background (Argentina, Italy, France, Serbia, Japan, Ghana, South Africa, Thailand, Oman, Lebanon…). I really recommend this course.

Roland Thomson. Madrid, Spain
The Spring School in Bologna was a great opportunity to form a like-minded group, and learn 
together, through new ideas and past experiences. Thanks to the organisers and fellow learners for a great event. 

Registration cost

Deadline for registration is 30 April 2019

* Please notice that no scholarship is available. Applications requesting for scholarship could not be considered. *

Registration Fee ISWA Members =  €  760  + VAT (22%) € 167,2  =   €   927,2

Registration Fee Non-Members   =  € 950   +   VAT (22%) € 209    =   € 1,159

Registration Fee Student               =  €  650  +   VAT (22%) € 143    =   €    793

The fee includes lecture materials, lunches, coffee breaks, and transport to site visits.

In case of cancellation of the Summer School due to unforeseeable events, ISWA will refund the registration fee but no other costs incurred prior to cancellation.

Application procedure

Applicants to the Spring School are requested to submit an Application Form, fully completed and signed. Each application will be taken into consideration by the Scientific Coordinator. Applicants who are accepted will receive confirmation by e-mail and will be requested to pay the Registration Cost by 7 April 2019. Instructions for payment will be sent therein. If more than one person is applying from the same organization, each applicant is requested to submit an individual Application Form, which will be considered individually.


Heracademy, Viale Carlo Berti Pichat 2/4 – 40127 Bologna

Partners and their links