IWWG - International Waste Working Group is a non-profit association that aims to provide a forum to encourage economic and ecological waste management world-wide and to promote scientific advancement in the field

Michael Nelles

University of Rostock & DBFZ Leipzig – the German Institute for Biomass Research (DE)

Managing Board

Why I joined IWWG

I have been involved in the Iwwg for over 15 years, as I believe it is the central academic network of the world's best universities with a focus on waste management and I greatly value this international exchange. The scientific independence from politics, business and lobbying associations, which is important to me, should be emphasized. The intensive promotion of young scientists and the provision of scientifically sound specialist literature are also of particular importance at the Iwwg.


2012 - present

DBFZ Leipzig – the German Institute for Biomass Research (DE)

Scientific Director

2006 - Present

University of Rostock (DE)

Full Professor & Head of Department Waste and Resource Management

2000 - 2006

University of Applied Science Göttingen (DE)

Professor & Head of Department Technical Environmental Protection

1994 - present

Institute of Technical Environmental Protection - INTUS (DE)

Consultant in the area of technical environmental protection and renewable

Main research interest

Fundamental and applied aspects of waste management with focus on technological, environmental and economic aspects to mechanical, biological and thermal treatment systems of waste and biomass in different recycling and recovery routes

Most relevant projects

More than 100 R&D projects and over 50 successfully completed PhD-projects in the field of technical environmental protection and renewable energies


> 400 scientific and practice-oriented articles and chapters in books and journals since 1994

Awards / Other

He is a member of national and international Managing & Advisory Boards of organisations in the field of waste management and biomass utilisation and also a Board-Member of different national and international conferences and journals.


e-mail: michael.nelles@uni-rostock.de
phone: +49 170 380 24 49