On 17 October 2023, UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena, will deliver a joint keynote speech at the SXSW 2023 conference held in Sydney.

She will join SMaRT Centre partner, Renew IT CEO James Lancaster talking about their collaboration around developing and commercialising SMaRT's e-waste MICROfactorieTM Technology.

See this LinkedIn post for photos of the event

Veena will also share her vision for a sustainable future, highlight the importance of creating a circular economy and how using waste as a resource - including various UNSW SMaRT Centre innovations - must be at the centre of innovative decarbonisation efforts.

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Event hosts say:


Australia’s waste and resource recovery industry is being increasingly challenged by complex e-waste. Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest waste estimate figures show the Australian economy domestically generated 539,000 tonnes of e-waste in 2019, with more than 50% going to landfill and only 17.4% being claimed as recycled but much of this goes offshore where outcomes are unknown.

UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena Sahajwalla has pioneered the science of microrecycling and developed a range of MICROfactorieTM technologies, including modules to harness from complex e-waste the valuable materials within. She has teamed up with Renew IT CEO James Lancaster to pilot and commercialise this e-waste MICROfactorieTM technology to increase waste resource recovery and sustainably produce some of the essential materials needed for future manufacturing of electrification components.


TUE, OCT 17, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Cinema Theatre - UTS Building 6