EWAS stands for E-Waste Academy Scientists Edition. This conference, organized by the United Nations University and the consortium "Solve the E-waste Problem" (StEP) has been running for 5 years and is one of the main events related to e-waste at the global level. This year it is held in Shangai, from the 1st to the 8th of November. It will gather PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers that are working on different aspects of e-waste, and it is a great place to establish connections and be up to date about the state of the field. Rafael Font has been invited to participate and has received a 500€ travel grant that covers part of the costs of the trip.
This invitation follows the submission of a short paper based on his findings during the MSc Practising Sustainable Development fieldwork research in Accra, Ghana, under the title "Pedal-powered cable shredding: an alternative to cable burning." Cable burning is one of the most hazardous activities carried out when dismantling old computers in order to recover all their valuable parts, and the pedal-powered cable shredder can be an appropriate technology solution inserted into the right environment: a Makerspace (a sort of communal workshop). The article submitted is accesible via the link provided, and the updates about this ongoing project can be followed via Twitter at Recyhub.