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

Umberto Arena

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli (IT)

Managing Board

Why I joined IWWG

IWWG is a sort of scientific family, where it is possible to discuss about any kind of aspects related to solid waste management. There is an intense activity of different task groups, dedicated to specific topics, and a great offer of international conferences around the world, which both enhance the exchange of information and opinions, together with the possibility to create new cooperations.


1999 - present

University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”(IT)

Full Professor of Chemical Engineering

He has been managing the course of Processes and Technologies for Solid Waste Management and that of Air Pollution Control Engineering. He was Head of Department of Environmental Sciences and Technologies in the period 2000-2004.

2018 - present


co-Editor-in-Chief of the Waste Management journal

1992 - 1999

Polytechnic of Turin/University of Perugia (IT)

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

He managed the course of Strategy of Process Engineering (PT) and of that of Combustion (UoP) at the Faculties of Engineering.

Main research interest

Process and technological aspects of waste-to-energy and waste-to-chemicals.
Life Cycle Assessment of waste management options.

Most relevant projects

• RECOVER (Next Generation EU). Process design of two lab-scale fluidized bed gasifier for hydrogen production from plastics waste (2023-2024).
• NONTOX” (H2020_820895). LCA, LCC and S-LCA of innovative management schemes of WEEE, ELV, C&DW plastics (2019-2022).
• BIOVALUE (PON 03PE_00176). Implementation of a technological platform for hybrid systems for renewable energy generation and co-generation (2018-2021).


>110 scientific papers and three book chapters in international multi-authored books.

Awards / Other

Highly Cited Author in Stanford University Names World’s Top 2% Scientists 2021 and 2022.


e-mail: umberto.arena@unicampania.it
phone: +39 0823274414