POSTPONED Disposable Attitude: Electronics in the Environment

24 March 2020 12:00-17:15, London, United Kingdom

This Distinguished Guest Lecture and Symposium explores environmental implications and defences, as well as material scarcity and modern attitude associated with Electronics manufacture and disposal.

The 2020 Distinguised Guest Lecture will be provided by Steve Cottle (Edwards EMS Ltd).

EARLY BIRD before EXTENDED to 6th March 2020: £50 / £35 for ECG members (free to join as an RSC member).
STANDARD before 14th March 2020: £65 / £50 for ECG members (free to join as an RSC member).

There are a limited number of free places available for unemployed and retired members. To apply, email the organisers at All registrations are non-refundable, but delegate passes may be exchanged.


12.00   Lunch and Coffee
13.00 Symposium begins, opening by the Chair of the Environmental Chemistry Group (Dr Tom Sizmur)

Ms Janet Gunter (Restart Project)
Ms Gunter is an American/British activist, anthropologist who has lived and worked in Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Mozambique. She is now based in London. She is one of the founders of the Restart Project, a London-based charity established to combat the “throwaway consumerist model of electronics” that has established in the 21st century.
Ms Gunter will speak on the disposable attitude associated with modern electronics and alternatives to recycling.
Mr. Andrew Bloodworth (British Geological Survey)
Mr. Bloodworth is a Chartered Geologist and Mineralogist who has contributed significantly to planning and communication for mineral extraction and recovery. His experience includes extensive research into the impact of mining on the developing world as well as the public perception of minerals extraction and regulatory issues involved with minerals extraction and waste disposal. His current work sees his involvement in the Critical Minerals project, investigating scarce materials without substitutes, used in the manufacture of new and green technologies.
Mr. Bloodworth will speak on the state of security and scarcity of the supply of minerals used for the manufacture of electronics.
14.30 Tea/Coffee and the ECG Annual General Meeting
15.15 Symposium resumes, chaired by the DGL organiser

Professor Ian Williams (University of Southampton)
Ian Williams is a Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. He has an established track record in the field of environmental pollution and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, waste- and carbon-related issues. He has a long track record of holding positions as an External Examiner for taught and research degrees, service on external bodies, sitting on the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences, working on national and international task groups.

Professor Williams will speak on the recovery and recycling of materials used in electronics.

2020 Distinguished Guest Lecturer: Mr Steve Cottle (Edwards EMS Ltd)
Mr. Cottle is a Senior Applications Manager at Edwards Vacuum. During his 25-year tenure at Edwards he has worked in multiple technical roles leading advanced development of customer specific solutions for Exhaust Management. He is an industry recognized expert in exhaust management and knowledgeable in all technical aspects of exhaust management. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from Bristol University.
Mr Cottle will speak on the management and pollution of exhaust gases associated with the manufacture of electronics.

General Discussion
17.15 Close

Reports on the symposium will be included in the next issue of the Environmental Chemistry Bulletin, July 2020.
The Royal Society of Chemistry

Library and Council Rooms, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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