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Modern life is unthinkable without plastic, but there’s a catch. Some of the properties that make it so useful, like its low cost, light weight and durability, also make it hard to dispose of.

In the EU, instead of recycling all our plastic waste, we send a third of it straight to landfill. That’s a waste of resources, and a waste of energy.

To make things worse, millions of tonnes of this waste end up in the oceans. Birds, turtles and sealife get tangled in plastic bags and abandoned fishing equipment, or they die from eating plastic debris. Over time, larger pieces of plastic break down into tiny particles called microplastic, which can form a sort of plastic soup. These particles can soak up chemical additives and endocrine disruptors, and when they are eaten and enter the food chain, they can end up on our plates.

It’s a large-scale problem, and it needs a global response. Part of the answer can be found in the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN, which include a target to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, including marine litter.

But the EU is also acting on the problem, and the Circular Economy Action Package adopted in December 2015 makes plastics a priority.

Plastic waste already needed to be collected separately, but the Package proposes raising the recycling target for plastic packaging to 55%, and reducing landfilling to no more than 10% by 2030.

new dedicated plastics strategy is also being prepared, to help Europe improve recycling, cut marine litter, and remove potentially dangerous chemicals. The Commission published the roadmap of the Communication on Plastics in a Circular Economy (including action on marine litter) on January 2017.

It’s the first comprehensive policy response to the plastic challenge, tackling design, manufacturing, use and disposal – a truly strategic approach.



Conference on Plastic Waste – 30 September 2013

“The role of plastic waste in a circular economy” 

The Commission’s Green Paper on plastic waste in the environment, published on 7 March 2013, has attracted great interest with over 270 replies from public authorities, NGOs, industry and other stakeholders.

Plastic waste has started to attract increased public attention, notably due to a growing number of reports about marine litter. An estimated amount of more than 100.000 t, mostly so-called micro-plastics, is floating in the world’s oceans. This is a great concern in particular since plastic and POPs concentrated on the surface of micro-plastics could enter the food chain. The potential environmental effects of this phenomenon are only beginning to be fully understood. 

Despite these concerns, apart from the general provisions in the EU Waste Framework Directive, no specific EU legislation addresses plastic waste in a strategic way. In the light of the EU’s policy objective of achieving a resource efficient recycling society it is hard to accept that in Europe we still landfill nearly 50% of plastic waste. On average nearly 80% of plastic in the marine environment is estimated to be coming from land.

Stepping up plastic waste prevention, preparation for re-use, recycling and separate plastic waste collection, as well as improving plastic design and plastic product design are all essential contributors  to help achieve ‘zero plastic to landfill’ and move to  a circular economy. Plastic products and plastic waste are two sides of the same coin and recycling already starts in the product design phase. Designers need to be involved in the reflection on the entire life cycle of products including the waste phase. All actors designing, producing, using and disposing of plastic products and handling plastic waste will have to contribute to a less wasteful economy.

The conference brings together high-level experts from very different angles who will help to get a more complete picture on how to adjust the present resource inefficient management of plastic waste and advance towards a more circular economy. The conference will be a platform for lively debates and the sharing of insights into the best possible way forward to address plastic and plastic waste in the future.

Please note that presentations are available on the event page.

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My ambitions are to manage and develop a team, unit or organization to success.


Jan 2009 – Present
Recycling Manager & Logistics Soderhalls Renhallningsverk AB – SORAB

SORAB is a regional waste company established in 1978 which is owned by 10 municipalities in northern Stockholm.

SORAB is responsible for processing household waste incl. household bulky waste and hazardous waste and serves about 500 000 inhabitants with a turnover of 265 Mn SEK ≈ 33.4 Mn USD. SORAB help households and businesses dispose of the waste generated in the region in an environmentally sound manner.

For details, please see appendix 1.

April 2005 – Dec 2008
Service Delivery Manager Key Account Ragn-Sells AB

Ragn-Sells is Sweden’s leading company in recycling and the environmental collection. They collect, process and recycle waste and residues from industry, organizations and households throughout Sweden.


May 2003 – Mars 2005
Production Manager and Service Delivery Development  Ragn-Sells AB – Industry & Business

Nov 2000 – April 2003
Operation Manager Recycling  Ragn-Sells AB – Industry & Business

1998 – 2001
Part-time Firefighter Sigtuna Marsta Raddningstjanst (local Fire Department)

Jan1998 – Nov 2000
Sanitation Recycling Worker 
Miljoservice AB (Current SUEZ)

June 1997 – Dec 1998
Sanitation Recycling Worker Ragn-Sells AB

Jan 1996 – May 1997
Athletics Teacher City of Stockholm

Aug 1994 – Dec 1996
Bakery Operation Manager Pautrask Livs AB (food retailer)


1993 – 1994
Athletics and Leadership at Lillsved Gymnastics and sports college

1-year Nordic sports management training

1991 – 1992
Compulsory Military training in the Swedish Armed Forces (10 months)

Swedish Arctic Rangers – Team Commander

K4 Arvidsjaur, Batalion

1987 – 1990
SSHL – International Boarding School

3-year Social Sciences.

1978 – 1996
Elementary School – Sigtuna ST:Per & ST:Olof

Multiple courses and training classes in Excel/VisualBasic, Psychology, Leadership and other performed during the years 1993 and 2016.



Swedish – mother tongue

English – good

Very good knowledge and skills in

        • Project planning and management
        • Planning and implementation of strategies and production solutions
        • Coaching/training of employees, contractors, consultants
        • Team development
        • Quotation and sales presentations
        • Budget and profit
        • Create spreadsheets and other templates and tools in Visual Basic
        • Microsoft Office / Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
        • Environmental and quality management systems ISO 9001 and 14001
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E – M A I L: f i o r a _ t s i n t z o u @ y a h o o. g r


2019 • University College London (UCL), Department of Culture, Communication and Media, London, UK Institute of Education (ranked as the world’s leading University for Education in the 2014 QS World University Rankings), PhD, research on Music Performance Science under the

supervision of Prof. Graham Welch and Evangelos Himonides. Title of the Thesis: The agile mind in music performance: error, memory and improvisation for classical expert pianists.

8/2010 • University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Erasmus Intensive Programme, ISSSM2010, International Jyväskylä, Finland Summer School in Systematic Musicology

10/2010-10/2011 • University of Vienna, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, MAIS, Postgraduate Certificate in Vienna, Austria International Studies, 1 year full-time MA program

9/2007-8/8/2008 • University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities, PGCE, Professional London, UK Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary in Music, 1 year full-time postgraduate studies

9/2006-14/11/2007 • Keele University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, School of Psychology, Master in Science in United Kingdom Psychology of Music, 1 year full-time MSc under the supervision of Prof. John Sloboda

1990-17/6/2005 • Conservatory of Athens, Piano School, Piano Diploma,

Athens, Greece 15 years of studies completed with top grade “Excellent” unanimously 10/10

9/1999-7/12/2004 • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy, Music Department, Athens, Greece Ptychion in Musicology, 5 years completed with top grade “Excellent” 9.17/10

1996-1999 • General Lyceum of St. Konstantine, Secondary Education completed with Agrinion, Greece top grade “Excellent” 19.2/20

1992-1998 • Conservatory of Modern Art of Agrinion, Certificate in Harmony,

Agrinion, Greece 6 years completed with top grade “Excellent” 10/10, (conferrer Ministry of Culture)


9/2017, 9/2018 • Executive Representative of BIOPOLITICS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION (B.I.O.) at Youth

St. Petersburg, Bios Olympiads and Bios Schools which take place annually in St. Petersburg since 1992. Russia

2017-2018 • BIOPOLITICS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION (B.I.O.) – Executive member and coordinator to

Athens, Greece CEO and Founder Professor Agni Vlavianos – Arvanitis

7/2014-10/2014 • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Organizational Assistant at the 40th

Athens, Greece International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC), [150 papers, 150 posters, 20 concerts, 220 music works, workshops, 15 installations, music expo, summer school], Partners: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Onassis Cultural Centre, IEMA (Institute of Research on Music and Acoustics).

7/2014-10/2014 • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Organizational Assistant at Platonic Rhizomes Athens, Greece in Computer Music conference organized under the project “Plato Academy – Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas”, 16 September 2014 at the Outdoor Theatre Archaeological Park of Plato Academy, Athens.

4/2014-7/2014 • IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres), Headquarter in Brussels,

Athens, Greece Belgium. In Greece it is located at IEMA, IAMIC Office Coordinator.

4/2014-7/2014 • IEMA (Institute of Research on Music and Acoustics), Cultural Management Athens, Greece

7/2013-9/2013 • CréMusCult project (Créativité / Musique / Culture: analyse et modélisation de la créativité Athens, Crete musicale et de son impact culturel), Research Fellow, Partners: IRCAM (Institut de Recherché Greece et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) Paris, France, University of Strasbourg, France, McGill

University, Canada, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

2010 – 2011 • Freelancer, Private Music Performance and Music Theory Tuitions KS 3-4-5 and adults Vienna, Austria

4/2009 • Tallinn University, Lecturer on music and memory for the postgraduate course on music Tallinn, Estonia psychology

2007-2008 • Dr. Challoner’s Grammar Secondary School, Classroom Music Teacher London, UK

2007-2008 • Willowfield Secondary School, Classroom Music Teacher  London, UK

2005-2006 • Ministry of Education and Religion Affairs, Classroom Music Teacher in four Primary Schools Athens, Greece

2002-2005 • Freelancer, Pianist, Member of 5 professional choirs, concerts, recordings, festivals at the Greece Athens, Greece Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens), the National State Opera (Athens), the Athens Concert Hall

2003-2005 • Freelancer, Private Music Performance and Music Theory Tuitions KS1 and KS2 Athens, Greece

8/2004 • Athens Olympic Broadcasting, Athens Olympic Games, Audio Assistant, Velodrome Athens, Greece



a. Presentation of research papers:

  • Tsintzou Theodora, 2015. The Golden Ratio pursuit: the hunt for Greece’s next day in Education. Greek Economic Forum, “Modern Greece”, Harvard University, USA.

  • Tsintzou Theodora, 2010. Music memory and music analysis: a conscious or an unconscious association? Empirical Musicology II: Empirical Approaches to Performance, 25-26 March 2010, School of Music, University of Leeds.

  • Tsintzou Theodora, 2009. Gifted and Talented Students’ underachievement. The 3rd international conference EEMAPE2009, Athens, Greece. Proceedings.

  • Tsintzou Theodora, 2009. Teachers’ perceptions about gifted and talented students, and these students’ arrogant behavior as a cause of underachievement. The 2nd international conference CFME09, Tallinn, Estonia. Proceedings.

  • Tsintzou Theodora, 2008. The memorization strategies of atonal music. The 4th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, CIM08, Thessaloniki, Greece. Proceedings.

b. Organization and/or Attendance:

  • 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC), “Music Technology meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos”, 14th to 20th September 2014, Onassis Cultural Centre, Odeon Cinemas, Athens, Greece organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Onassis Cultural Centre and the IEMA (Institute of Research on Music and Acoustics)
  • Platonic Rhizomes in Computer Music conference organized under the project “Plato Academy – Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas”, 16 September 2014 at the Outdoor Theatre, Archaeological Park of Plato Academy, Athens, Greece organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • The London Conference on Cultural Bridges 2013, “State Multiculturalism: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Political, Economic & Cultural Dimensions”, 20th to 22th of March 2013, House of Lords, London, organised by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy

  • 4th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC’07, 11th to 13th of July 2007, Lefkada, Greece, organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Ionian University
  • CFP, First International Conference of the American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology, Greece, 17 May 2007 International symposium Iannis Xenakis, Athens, 18th to 20th of May 2005 organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • 2nd International Musicological – Psaltic Congress, “Theoria and Praxis of the Psaltic Art. The genres and categories of Byzantine melopoea”, 15th to 19th of October 2003, Athens organized by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece and the Institute of Byzantine Musicology


  • GREEK: Mother Tongue
  • ENGLISH: Proficient (C2)
  • FRENCH: Very good knowledge (B2)
  • GERMAN: Good knowledge (B1)
  • ITALIAN: Good knowledge (B1)


  • ALEXANDROS ONASSIS scholarship for the completion of the PhD in London (2014-2016)
  • MARIA KASSIMATI scholarship for the postgraduate studies (2006-2010)
  • LILIAN VOUDOURI scholarship for the postgraduate studies (2006-2007), (awarded, not granted)
  • THE HUGH LEECH TRAVEL AWARD for conducting the master thesis project in Germany – Leipzig (2007)
  • IKY award for the excellent performance during the undergraduate studies (2000)


  • Professor Graham Welch, Faculty of Children and Learning, Department of Arts and Humanities, University College London, Institute of Education. E-mail:, Tel: 020 7612 6503
  • Dr Evangelos Himonides, Faculty of Children and Learning, Department of Arts and Humanities, University College London, Institute of Education. E-mail: Tel: 020 7612 659
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