Call for Abstracts


Advancing a science-based dialogue on global resource governance and use.


Science as the beating heart of a new vision for “Building Back Better“.

It’s no secret that the current levels and processes of global resource use are set on an unsustainable path. If we are to make significant progress towards a sustainable governance and management of natural resources, science has a key role to play. This has been a core pillar of our work at the World Resources Forum since our early days – and it will continue to be for the decades to follow.

With many claims about the need for “Building Back Better”, we are convinced that science should represent the building blocks of a new vision that prioritises the wellbeing of communities and natural ecosystems around the world. We believe such a vision must necessarily start from a new way in which we extract, process, use and re-use the Earth’s precious natural resources. In short, a new way of giving value to our common wealth.

This Call for Abstracts invites multi-disciplinary researchers to contribute with their innovative ideas and ground-breaking research in order to understand the nuances of our most pressing challenges and co-design innovative solutions for a prosperous and regenerative future.

 Primary Resources

Fair resource extraction for a quality future

Mineral governance
Responsible sourcing, Perspective of extractive economies, Public-private partnerships, Supply security

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Social and environmental impacts, Minamata Convention, Driving forces in global value chains, Informal ASM integration

Trade & Finance
Trade flows, Illicit Financial Flows, Transparency and traceability methods, Sustainable financing, Legal and regulatory provisions

Secondary Resources

From waste to resources for development

Special waste
e-waste, End-of-life vehicles (ELVs), Plastics, Batteries, ODS Management

Innovation and technology
hazardous waste treatment, informal – formal partnerships, take-back systems, due diligence approach

Favourable framework conditions
policy and regulations, EPR and financing, transboundary movement, inclusive recycling

Circular Economy (CE)

Designing circular systems for resources

CE across different sectors and products
Electronics, Plastics, Food systems, Textiles

Rethinking business models (for CE)
From products to services, Product design, Industrial symbiosis, Enabling environment

Africa circular
The human side of circular economy, Low carbon solutions, Leap-frog opportunities, Transition process

Submission Procedure

Submission procedure for online Scientific Sessions

Participants are welcome to submit the following types of contributions:

  1. Short proceedings for oral presentations (online)
  2. Posters for Twitter-poster sessions (online, PDF required)

Contributions should address one of the three key topics listed above and should not have been previously presented at international conferences or published in international journals. Final acceptance of any contribution requires registration of the author to attend the conference. The Scientific Expert Committee determines whether the author of an accepted short proceeding is ultimately invited for a paper or poster presentation.

Selected abstracts will be published in a peer reviewed journal. Upon agreement with the corresponding author, all provided information including PowerPoint presentations and posters will be made accessible to the public on the WRF website after the conference.

Abstracts (max 300 words) of either theoretical or applied nature can be submitted online via the WRF Conference Tool using the button below.

Important dates

  • Opening of abstract submission: Mar 1, 2021
  • Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: Aug 10, 2021
  • Registration deadline for authors: Sep 1, 2021
  • Announcement of final program: Sep 1, 2021

* Please note that it is possible for those submitting an abstract to ask for early notification of acceptance if they need to raise funds in order to attend the conference.