Final programme:

Wednesday 4 December 2013 (optional)
13h30-17h00 Visits to manure treatment installations in Flanders
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Day 1: Thursday 5 December 2013
8h00-9h15 Registration and welcome
9h15-9h45 Official Opening and welcome addresses

  • Carl Decaluwe, Provincial Governor of West Flanders
  • Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for environment, nature & culture
9h45-10h15 PLENARY SESSION -Keynote lecture:
“Manure management in the EU: win-win solutions for farmers and the environment”
Claudia Olazábal, Head of Unit Agriculture, Forest, Soil, DG Environment, European Commission
10h15-10h45 Coffee break and poster session
10h45-12h15 PLENARY SESSION – Panel debate with EU member states representatives:
Manure management in the EU

  • Harm Smit, Senior staff member Manure and Environment, Ministry of Economic affairs, Netherlands
  • Liliana Cortellini, Ministry of Environment, Italy
  • Jaume Boixadera Llobet, Head of Agricultural Service, Genralitat de Catalunya, Spain.
  • Franz Jansen-Minβen, Agricultural Chamber of Niedersachsen, Germany
  • Kevin Grauwels, the Flemish Land Agency, Belgium
  • Prof. Brian Chambers, Head of Soils and Nutrients, ADAS UK, United Kingdom
  • Henning Lyngso Foged, Agro Business Park, Denmark

With presence of EU representative Claudia Olazábal, Head of Unit Agriculture, Forest, Soil, DG Environment, European Commission

12h15-13h45 Lunch

Fertilisation management and fertilising value of manure and digestate treatment products
Invited lecture: Prof. Chambers, B.J., ADAS UK, United Kingdom
“N supply characteristics of food– and manure-based digestates?”Sigurnjak, I., Ghent University, Belgium
“Bio-based fertilizer for the greenhouse cropping: a lab and field scale assessment”Bachmann, S., University of Rostock, Germany
“Phosphorus fertilizer value of digestate from biogas installations without and with mechanical solid-liquid separation”Birkmose T.S., AgroTech, Denmark
“Acidification of slurry in barns, stores, and during application: review of Danish research, trials and experience”

Economical, marketing- and quality aspects of manure and digestate treatment
Invited lecture: Prof. Buysse, J., Ghent University, Belgium
“The price of precision: the facts and deceits of green fertilizers”

Hjort-Gregersen, K., AgroTech, Denmark“ Increase and regulation of biogas production by the application of concentrated animal waste and other concentrated biomass waste fractions”

Golkowska, K., Public research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxemburg“Economic evaluation of different digestate treatment technologies”

Deboosere, S., Trevi NV, Belgium“Towards 15 years of reliable biological manure treatment in Flanders”

15h15-15h45 Coffee break and poster session

Fertilisation management and fertilising value of manure and digestate treatment products

Ryckaert, B., Inagro, Belgium
“Optimization of nutrient fluxes in European agriculture by using bio-based mineral fertilizer substitutes: field experiments 2010-2013”

Spicnagel, A.M., IPS Konzalting, Croatia
“Manure applications in Croatia: state-of-the-art and the consequences of entering the European Union”

Verloop, K., University of Wageningen, Netherlands

“Assessment of Nitrogen replacement value to evaluate manure N-utilization on dairy farms; a new procedure tested at experimental farm ‘De Marke’”

Sommer, S.G., University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
“Change in inorganic and organic compounds and fertilizer efficiency, biogas production and GHG emission potential as affected by separation and acidification of pig slurry ”

Economical, marketing- and quality aspects of manure and digestate treatment

Van Driessche, J., DLV InnoVision , Belgium
“Economic aspects of small scale digestion of manure versus agro residual streams”

Van der Straeten, B., Flemish government, Belgium
“The spatial aspect of the manure allocation problem and the impact on the need for manure treatment capacity”

Luesink, H., University of Wageningen, Netherlands
“Quick scan of economic and environmental impacts of state-of-the-art manure processing systems”

Vanden Auweele, W., Vlaco, Belgium
“Quality Assurance of digestate products from manure, energy crops and biowaste in Flanders, a safeguard for product quality”

17h45-19h00 Reception at Bruges City Hall
20h00 Conference dinner (optional)
Day 2: Friday 6 December 2013
8h45-9h00 Opening
9h00-09h30 PLENARY SESSION: Keynote lecture:
“Four decades of transition in animal manure treatment technology”
Prof. Willy Verstraete, Ghent University, Belgium

Energy production from manure

Invited lecture: Delfosse, P., CRP-Gabriel Lipmann, Luxemburg “Energy production and energy saving from manure processing through anaerobic digestion – limitations and advantages”

Cerrillo, GIRO Joint Research Unit IRTA-UPC, Spain
“Improved energy and ammonia recovery from anaerobic digestion and microbial fuel cell integrated system”

Kwapinski, W., University of Limerick, Ireland
“Struvite and energy production from animal manure via pyrolysis”

Pitk, P., Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
“Triple benefit of manure and solid slaughterhouse waste rendering products co-digestion: simple concept, increased volumetric biogas production and fertilizer value”

Nutrient recovery from manure and digestate

Invited lecture: Ir.Oscar Schoumans, Wageningen UR, Netherlands
“Nutrient recovery from manure and digestate”

Daumer, M-L., IRSTEA, France
“Development of a new continuous pilot process recycling phosphorus from pig slurry”

Lalander, C.H., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
“Small-scale vermicomposting – A pilot unit turned into successful business”

Vlaeminck, S.E., Ghent University, Belgium
“Green fertilizer upcycling from manure through ManureEcoMine: Technological, economic and environmental sustainability demonstration”

Topic 6: Innovation in manure and digestate treatment technologies

Invited lecture: Henning Lyngsø Foged, CBMI, Denmark
“Innovative agro-environmental technologies to tighten nutrient cycles”

Boussemaere, R., Air Products, Belgium
“Benefits of pure oxygen use in system with high nitrogen loading”

Mantovi, P., Research Center on Animal Production, Italy
“Drying solid fractions of animal manure and digestate to produce commercial fertilizers”

Lovitt, R.W., Swansea University, United Kingdom
“The use of membrane filtration processes for formulation of microbial growth media from spent anaerobic digester sludge”

Topic 7: Environmental aspects of manure and digestate treatment

Invited lecture: Velthof, G., Wageningen UR, Netherlands
“Environmental aspects of manure and digestate treatment”

Grönroos, J., Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Finland
“Environmental impacts of mechanical separation of slurry and anaerobic digestion of solid fraction”

Perazzolo, F., University of Milan, Italy
“Greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions during storage of digested slurry untreated and after mechanical separation”

Zwart, K.B., Wageningen University, Netherlands
“Sustainability of products from manure”

11h00-11h30 Coffee break and poster session

Energy production from manure

Bamelis, L., DLV InnoVision, Belgium
“Small-scale manure digestion – testimonial on the practical implementation of a 200kWe installation on a pig farm”

Taupe, N.C., University of Limerick, Ireland
“Up-draft gasification of poultry litter – a case study”

Rulkens, W., Wageningen University, Netherlands“Perspectives of innovative thermochemical processes for beneficial recovery of energy and minerals from manure: an overview”

Luostarinen, S., MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Finland
“Manure Based Biogas Production in the Baltic Sea Region – Current practices and recommendations for the future”

Nutrient recovery from manure and digestate

Frank, D., University of Stuttgart, Germany
“Combined recovery of phosphorous and potassium as K-struvite from manure and digestate”

Piccinini, S., CRPA-Research centre on animal production, Italy
“Nitrogen recovery from digestate with ammonia stripping : results of 27 tests”

Starmans, D.A.J., Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands
“Ammonium recovery from liquid animal manure using a novel Liquid-to-Gas-to-Liquid stripper”

Meers, E., Ghent University, Belgium
“Biorefine Cluster Europe”

Innovation in manure and digestate treatment technologies

Regueiro, I., Technical university Lisbon, Portugal
“Aluminium sulphate as an improved alternative for dairy slurry acidification during storage”

Kuppens, T., Hasselt University, Belgium
“Techno-economic assessment of pyrolysis char production from pig manure”

Maes, D., Hasselt University, Belgium
“The importance of farmers’ behaviour when modeling the emergence of sustainable manure treatment technologies”

Nardin F., Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
“Implementation of Biogas-refinery of livestock effluents in South Tyrol: research on Nitrogen-removal and recovery processes to apply on alpine farms”

Environmental aspects of manure and digestate treatment

Stas, S., Ghent University, Belgium
“ Optimizing strategies for nutriënt cycling: a material flow optimization of manure treatment options”

Fangueiro, D., Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
“Animal slurry acidification: more than a solution for ammonia emissions abatement?”

Vázquez-Rowe, I., Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxemburg
“ Life Cycle Assessment of digestate treatment technologies in Flanders (Belgium)“

Adam, G., University of Liège, Belgium
“ Odour emissions impact of on-farm biogas production with co-digestion: a case study in four European farms of the Great Region”

13h00-14h00 Lunch

Energy production from manure

Lynch, D., University of Limerick, Ireland
“On-Farm Fluidised Bed Combustion of Poultry Litter”

Rajagopal, R., Dairy and Swine Research and Development Center, Canada
“Development of psychrophilic anaerobic digestion technology for processing ammonia-rich swine manure”

Nutrient recovery from manure and digestate

Raymaekers, F., DLV Belgium, Belgium
“Environmental framework for nutrient recycling policies : a constructive approach”

Kocatürk, N.P., University of Copenhagen, Denmark
“Nutrient recovery from liquid fraction of digestate by adsorption”

Innovation in manure and digestate treatment technologies

Piccinini, S., CRPA-Research centre on animal production, Italy
“Energy and organic fertilizer from a dairy cattle farm”

Holland, R., Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
“Quantification of the effect of adding gypsum to dairy slurry”

Environmental aspects of manure and digestate treatment

Hermann, L., Outotec GmbH, Germany
“Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Manure – Opportunities and Challenges”

Hou, Y., Wageningen University, Netherlands
“Mitigation of nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions from the manure management chain – a review”

14h45-15h30 Plenary Closing Session – Michael Hamell, associate professor of agriculture, University College Dublin “Lifetime overview of manure management and potential of green fertilizers”
Conclusions – E. Meers, Ghent University – P. Tavernier, POM West-Flanders
15h30-16h30 Closing drink


Several regions in and outside the EU are confronted with a high nutrient pressure and manure surpluses because of intensive livestock production. The different EU Member states have therefore developed and implemented regional action plans and manure management policies in the framework of the EU Nitrates Directive, in order to cope with these manure surpluses. Manure treatment is one of the options for manure surplus management.
Scope and conference themes

This conference will stimulate the exchange of experiences between regions on the policy measures taken for coping with manure surpluses, both in terms of manure management in a broad sense, and more specifically in terms of manure treatment.

This conference also aims to give an overview of the current developments and innovations in manure treatment technologies and to explore various valorisation strategies for manure, like energy production and nutrient recovery.

This conference is organised by the Flemish Coordination Centre for Manure Processing, Ghent University, POM West Flanders and Inagro.

The conference will cover the following themes.

Target audience

This conference is intended for policy makers and administrations, agricultural and environmental agencies, researchers and Phd- students, technology suppliers, agricultural end-users and agro-industry, consulting sector, …

This conference is organized in the framework of the Interreg IVB NWE project ARBOR.