On 27 and 28 November 2017, the third edition of the ManuREsource conference - International conference on manure management and valorization - will take place in Eindhoven. A facultative field trip with exclusive site visits to local manure processing installations will be organised on 29 November 2017.

On 21 June 2017, the event "Biofactory of the future" (BioFabriek van de toekomst - Drijvende krachten voor de bio-economie in Vlaanderen) will take place in Ghent. This 1-day gathering on the topics of biorefinery and biobased economy is organised by the Biorefine Cluster Europe, Bio Base Europe, UGent, POM Oost-Vlaanderen and the province of Eastern Flanders.

Mid-September, the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) Monitoring Committee approved 8 new projects of which 5 were focused on the optimization of natural resources and materials re(use) in NWE. PHOSforYOU, coordinated by the German partner ‘Lippeverband’ was one of the successful project.

Biogas-E and Ghent University – as co-hosts of the EBA-conference – have taken the initiative for a Summer School which is built around and incorporates the EBA conference.

Since many years, UGent research group Thermal Energy in Industry (TEI) has been elaborating practical oriented research in the field of industrial waste heat valorization. Results of own work as well as from other groups, together with promising developments and reference applications by companies are presented on a regular base via a series of conferences. These conferences are not conceived to be “for and by” academics but especially to inform industrials about technology (almost) ready for use in industrial processes. The 4th International Symposium on waste heat valorization in industrial processes will take place on 23-24 May 2016 in Kortrijk.

The Flemish Coordination Centre for Manure Processing or VCM (Belgium) organizes the second edition of the ‘Ivan Tolpe’ Award. This award is handed out every two years to the participant proposing an innovative technique contributing to the processing of manure in a more sustainable and cost-efficient way. It is a homage to Ivan Tolpe, a pioneer in manure processing from West-Flanders. This year, also participants from abroad can join the competition!

In the GR3 project, a model was designed to determine the biogas production of a single stage CSTR digester with perfect mixing. A method for the economical comparison between different feedstocks has been constructed based on the characteristics and price of the feedstock, the biogas production in the reactor and the price for the digestate.

Link to the GR3 grass prediction tool:

A seminar on manure processing was organized by Gruppo Ricicla (Biomass and Agri-Energy Laboratory) on 21-22 March 2016 at the University of Milan, within the programme “Novel approaches towards a sustainable agroindustry”. The first session addressed manure processing and treatment of agricultural effluents. The second session focused on improved nutrient and energy management through anaerobic digestion.

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from Monday May 30 until Wednesday June 1, 2016. Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers will present their views on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy related to the use of renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply. The call for abstracts is open.