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

Rainer Stegmann

Hamburg University of Technology (DE)

Founding member
Managing Board
Coordinator SAP

Why I joined IWWG

Together with six international colleagues Prof. Cossu and myself founded in 2002 the International Waste Working Group. We wanted to establish a new Solid Waste Association with a more scientific orientation, to give waste scientists and students but also practicioners a voice, a home. Our idea was from the beginning to establish a lean organisation that has a more personal character and that represents a broad picture of WM including social and cultural aspects; e.g. IWWG Art Gallery. I invite scientists and practitioners to join IWWG and further enrich the organisation with their expertise and input.


1968 - 1976

Technical University of Braunschweig (DE)

Dipl.-Ing / Dr.-Ing

1976 - 1977

University of Madison Wisconsin, USA

Post Doc

1982 - 2008

Hamburg University of Technology (DE)

Professor at the Institute of Environmental Technology and 1991 Director of Institute for WasteResourcesMangement

2008 - Retirement

2012 - 2014

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (CN)

Director of the Research Centre R3C

Main research interest

WM concepts, waste reduction, landfills, contaminated sites, odour treatment, decentral systems, biological treatment, waste and art, ecological waste management,

Most relevant projects

Over 12 years German Research Foundation: Treatment of contaminated sites, German Ministry of Science and Technology: Landfill aeration, landfill processes simulation, odour reduction, Mechanical biological pre-treatment. EU cooperation projects with Malaysia, Russia, Italy and the Central Asia states


> 300 scientific papers and 8 books

Awards / Other

• Honorary Doctor from the Technical University of Crete, Greece in 2019
• Award “A Life for Waste” at the Sardinia Symposium in 2009
• Visiting Professor at the Institute of technologies and Applied Science in Havanna, Cuba in 2006


e-mail: stegmann@tuhh.de