ISWA-UM Summer School 2017

Issues and Challenges of
Landfill in Developing Countries

The ISWA Summer School this year will be hosted by the Center of Research in Waste Management, University of Malaya. As landfilling is still the most favoured waste management option, the programme will focus on the problems and possible optimisation of landfill in developing countries. Lectures and activities are aimed at both professionals and students wanting to improve landfill operations, gas collection and leachate control under difficult conditions.
The two-week course will be held from 7- 18 August 2017.


This ISWA Summer School programme will highlight the current waste management systems adopted by different developing countries and lectures will discuss optimal landfill siting, design and construction. Improved landfill operation, landfill leachate and gas management techniques will be presented using positive case studies from operations in developing countries. Further topics include alternatives to landfilling that reduce global warming impacts, the environmental health and safety issues of landfilling, as well as the economics of waste management.

The training format includes a mix of classroom, excursions and project work in teams. The course is designed and led by Professor Agamuthu of the Center of Research in Waste Management at the Faculty of Science in the University of Malaya (UM). Professor Agamuthu is also Chief Editor of the SAGE publication, Waste Management & Research - ISWA's official scientific journal.

Highlights of the ISWA-UM Summer School include:

  • Key note address by leading figures in Waste Management - (speakers tbc)
  • Experienced lectures from the UM as well as United Nations bodies: UNCRD and UNEP
  • Lectures on solid waste management in developing countries with specific focus on landfill:
    • Landfill siting, operation, design and construction, management of landfill leachate and gas,
    • Assessment of environmental risk related to landfill,
    • Calculating global warming potential from different waste disposal options.
  • Case studies on successful landfill management worldwide.
  • Three technial site visits to:
    • Air Hitam Closed Sanitary Landfill,
    • Shah Alam Transfer Station,
    • Sungai Udang Sanitary Landfill.
  • Social Excursion to Malacca.
  • 'How to get Published' - practical advice for publishing in the ISWA official journal Waste Management & Research

Download the full programme here.
Please note the programme is subject to change.


     Pricegroup      Non-Member Member Student Non-Member Student Member
High - Upper Middle Income Countries (MYR) 3000.00 2000.00 1500.00 1500.00
Low - Lower Middle Income Countries (MYR) 3000.00 2000.00 1000.00 1000.00

Fees (MYR)

Fees are listed in Malaysian Ringgits.  Higher / Middle / Lower income countries are according to the World Bank listings. Registration fee includes handouts, refreshments, lunch, transportation to any social or technical visits during the two-week Summer School, from Monday 7 -  to Friday 18 August 2107.

The fee does not include participants’ travel to Kuala Lumpur nor their accommodation. Reasonably priced university rooms are available at University House,12th Residential College - details to follow.

The invoice, payment instructions and accommodation details are sent to you upon registration.

The deadline for registration is July 24, 2017.

Please see the porgramme for our cancellation policy.


All students are eligible for reduced fees - please send a scan copy of your student documentation by email to Georgina Nitzsche

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ISWA-UM Summer School 2017

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