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Veena Sahajwalla


Veena Sahajwalla is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Australia. A materials scientists and engineer, she works towards a revolution in recycling science to unlock the valueable resources in complex and toxic waste found in landfills. By developing micro-factories or „urban mines“ that recover precious materials from waste, and by locating these factories in the domain of towns and communities, Veena wants to bridge the gap between waste and manufacturing.

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Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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