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Focus Session 6, Focus Session Invited Speaker

Colin Fitzpatrick

University of Limerick, Ireland
Presenter Bio

Prof Colin Fitzpatrick is Head of Department and an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland

His research interests cover a range of topics in the area of technology and sustainability including the Circular Economy, WEEE Management, Electronics Repair & Reuse, Electricity Demand Management, Conflict Minerals, Planned Obsolescence, & Environmental Sensing and he has published widely in these areas.

His teaching areas include Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering, Electronics & the Environment, and Energy Demand Management.

He has chaired the National Standards Authority of Ireland Technical Committee 22 “Environmental Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems” the national mirror committee for European and International Standardisation bodies in this area.

He has been a member of the International Program Committee for Care Innovation in 2014 and in 2018 and for Electronics Goes Green in 2016 and 2020. He has hosted the UNU E-Waste Academy for Scientists in Limerick in 2016 and will again in September 2022.

He was conference Chair for the Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) virtual conference in 2021.

Abstract: Circular Economy & Flexible, Printable Sensors & Systems
The concept of a circular economy seeks to eliminate waste and to circulate products and materials at their highest value for the longest time possible. While the advent of flexible systems presents many opportunities for the integration of electronics into novel applications, likewise it poses many challenges in how they can be deployed in a circular fashion. This talk will focus on the resource efficiency challenges associated with electronic products in general and seek to consider how the deployment of flexible systems can be undertaken in a sustainable fashion.

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