The 3rd Symposium of International Waste Working Group Asian Regional Branch (IWWGARB)
will be held in Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12th to 14th of April,
2017. The Regional Branch of IWWG is a new strategy of IWWG to better organize the IWWG
activities, favour contacts and participation, better consider local needs in a significantly large
area (Asia, Africa, South and North America, etc.). This ARB branch is the one in the Asian
region to initiate the IWWG strategy.
Based on the IWWG Regional Branch Establishment Procedure, a Founding committee
was formed by Toshihiko Matsuto (Hokkaido University, Japan), Pinjing He (Tongji University,
China), and Jae Young Kim (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea) who are the
members of Managing Board and/or Scientific Advisory Board of IWWG. Starting from the three
countries, ARB activity will extend to other Asian countries.
The kickoff activity of ARB is the organization of ARB symposium, which was decided to be held
in Japan, China and Korea. The 1st and 2nd IWWG-ARB Symposiums were successfully opened
in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (March 2013), and in Tongji University, Shanghai,
China (April 2015). And now it comes to the 3rd IWWG-ARB Symposium in Seoul National
University, Seoul, Republic of Korea in 2017.
The 5th S2NU-K2U Symposium will be held with 3rd IWWG-ARB Symposium, same time,
same place. S2NU-K2U Symposium is also another collaborative effort to share insights about
solid waste management and establish academic tie with people interested in this area. It have
been jointly organized by Seoul National University, Korea University, Konkuk University and
Sejong University since 2014 in Korea.
It is my great honor and pleasure to host the 3rd IWWG-ARB Symposium and t h e 5th
S2NU-K2U Symposium. I would like to invite not only IWWG members in Asia but also
waste management experts in this region. It is expected to explore and strengthen the
network among Asian researchers in waste managements, as well as the world’s
concerns on the waste management in Asia. Thank you very much and I hope to see you in