Announcing international keynotes at
World Resources Forum Asia Pacific:
Resource Productivity & Innovations
Register now for the early bird rate - closing April 10!

The World Resources Forum Asia Pacific represents a singular opportunity for government, industry and research leaders from the Asia Pacific region to focus on the opportunities for innovation, including in the digital economy, towards more sustainable patterns of resource use.

We are excited to announce keynote presentations from: 

  • Prof Masamichi Yoshimura from the Toyota Technological Institute
  • Dr Alex Wonhas, Executive Director, Energy and Resources at CSIRO
  • Janet Salem, UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific.
  • John Barbagallo, CEO Mining Services Arrium
  • Mark Finney, Group General Manager Austral Bricks
  • Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO of Austmine
  • James Moody, Founder and CEO of TuShare and Sendle
  • Markus Reuter, Chief Technologist at Outotec. 

Click here to see the most recent updates to the program and make sure to register before the early bird closes this Friday April 10. Read on for the details of two exciting interactive workshops.

Industrial Symbiosis in Asia-Pacific - promise or practice?

Through industrial symbiosis businesses can reduce costs and generate new business, while reducing pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill. Industrial symbiosis is the concept that the material and energy wastes of one business can become the inputs for another, reducing waste disposal costs for the first business and the raw material costs for the second.

The workshop ‘Industrial Symbiosis in Asia-Pacific – promise or practice? will include presentations on innovative implementation of industrial symbiosis across the globe, featuring examples from the UK, USA, China and Europe and emerging initiatives in Australia.

The workshop will seek feedback from participants on how to shift industrial symbiosis in Australia and the Asia Pacific region from a peripheral opportunity to a mainstream practice. This workshop is of interest to businesses seeking to add value while reducing costs and improving the environment, and government seeking to support these initiatives. 

Leading the workshop is Sarah King, Leader of Sustainable Manufacturing at CSIRO with industrial ecology expert and consultant Robin Branson. You will also hear from Colin Barker the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Industrial Ecology Network. 

    New business models in waste with the rise of social enterprise

    Social enterprises are emerging across Australia using waste in new ways to create jobs, improve social outcomes, and help the environment. Learn from three innovative social enterprises that are transforming communities across NSW.

    John Weate, founder of Resource Recovery Australia, is leading this workshop. You’ll hear how they transformed a $50 000 tip contract into a multi-faceted re-use and recycling business park at Great Lakes Resource Recovery Park in Tuncurry, NSW that is now turning over more than $2 million pa.

    You will also hear from two social enterprises experiencing significant growth in industrial regions that are shedding jobs. Bill Dibley of Soft Landings will talk about a social enterprise built around the re-use and reprocessing of mattresses that has created 300 full time jobs over the last five years and is now driving product stewardship with key manufacturers. Also speaking is Jess Moore, Manager of Green Connect, a social enterprise that manages recycling at festival and events, runs an urban farm, and is now processing organic food waste for Kiama Council. In the previous 6 months, Green Connect has employed 107 resettled refugees and young people, grew and distributed 908.85 kilograms of chemical free food, and kept 196 tonnes of waste out of landfill. 

    Register by 10 April to access the early bird rate
    There are only two days remaining to claim the early bird rate.  Conference fees include three days of presentations and workshops, and the Vivid Lights Harbour cruise and dinner at Luna Park.

    Participation fees (including GST):

    Earlybird  AUD $880 (register by 10 April 2015, midnight)
    Full delegate AUD $990 (price from 11 April 2015
    Students AUD $660 (upon application contact the registrations contact below)

    Registration and further Information is available at

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    Contact Information
    Conference Co-Chairs:
    Associate Professor Damien Giurco
    Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
    E:  or  T:  +61 (0) 2 9514 4978

    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
    Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, SMaRT@UNSW, UNSW Australia
    E:  or  T:  +61 (0) 2 9385 4426

    World Resources Forum, Switzerland:
    Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director
    E: or  T:  +41 71 554 09 01

    1-2 June 2015, World Resources Forum, Asia-Pacific
    for Workshop, Sponsorship or Media Inquiries:
    Dr Nick Florin, Wealth from Waste Cluster, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
    E:  or  T:  +61 (0) 2 9514 4797

    for Registration or General Event Inquiries:
    Sarah Dixon (Event Organiser), E:  or  T:  +61 (0) 2 9419 4889

    2-3 June 2015, International Sustainability Symposium, UNSW Australia
    for Inquiries:
    Uttra Benton, Industry Manager (Event Coordinator), E: or T: +61 (0) 2 9385 4289