Welcome Message

First I would like to take this opportunity again to express my sincere thanks to all your support for the last three International Conferences on Solid Waste in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and ‘YOU’ made the events great success. With instillation of the Asia Pacific Association of Sustainable Waste Management during the 2015 conference, a beacon conference is recommended to be organised in between the biannual conference. In considering the interest shown by various stakeholders stimulated us to venture organizing a sequel meeting:

Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion 2016 (BioWC 2016)”.

I am so privileged and very pleased to invite you to actively participate in the BioWC 2016 and deliberate on biotechnology based solutions for waste conversions.

The term “waste biorefinery”, is already conceived for sustainable waste conversion processes into industrial chemicals, energy, fertilizers, polymers, etc with the aid of beneficial microbes. The advancement in biotechnology and bioengineering maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of these beneficial microbes to make the process more economically feasible. There are plenty of organic waste resources that can be treated by biorefinery approach, while the integration of different technologies should be socially acceptable, timely and sustainable. In addition, the technology should handle emerging new pollutants effectively and with less effort. However, this required better understanding of the different biotechnological processes and bioengineering approaches, which is still lacking in organic waste conversion research. Although we realized that waste is considered as a resource, it’s not effectively exploited and underutilized in the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, the available and recent technologies for waste conversion should be made assessed for its suitability to the Asia-Pacific region. But, many of the reported technologies may need region specific modification due to the types of nature of the waste and availability of infrastructure, local policies and collection/treatment options. Therefore, collective efforts from scientists, engineers, policy makers and non-profit organizations are required to develop a region specific management plan to achieve successfully implemention of “waste biorefinery” projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

BioWC 2016 will definitely provide you a great opportunity and platform to exchange your views, visions, and experiences on biotechnology based waste conversion into value added products among wide range of audience including industry people, scientists, academics, practitioners and policy makers. This is an unique opportunity for the young scientists and researchers who are specialized in applied biotechnology and bioengineering research to exchange their views in waste biorefinery concepts with experts in the world.

Outstanding papers will be published in special issues of SCI Journals after review. Best Poster Award, and Young Researcher Award are also waiting to acknowledge and embrace your knowledge and potential. To encourage the participation from the developing countries, we have set aside some funding to invite prominent scientists to participate the conference.

I look forward to meeting you at the BioWC 2016 in Hong Kong and enjoy the most pleasurable experience in visiting one of the most dynamic and wonderful cities in the world at the best season.

Prof. Jonathan Wong

Chairman, Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion, 2016