Anaerobic Digestion Conference AD16

 Accelerating natural cycles
Delft University of Technology
23-27 June 2019, Delft, The Netherlands

Willy Verstraete

Prof. dr. ir. Willy Verstraete

Ghent University
Keynote speaker

Lutgarde Raskin

Prof. Lutgarde Raskin

University of Michigan
Keynote speaker

Raul Munoz

Raul Muñoz

University of Valladolid
Keynote speaker

Mark van Loosdrecht

Prof. dr. ir. Mark van Loosdrecht

University of Delft
Keynote speaker

Alfred Spormann

Prof. Alfred Spormann

Stanford University
Keynote speaker

Kala Vairavamoorthy

Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy

Executive Director of the International Water Association
Keynote speaker

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Ivan Henriques

Arts session

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Prof. Kara L. Nelson

University of California
Keynote speaker

We are honored to invite you to the 16th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion to be held in Delft (The Netherlands) in June 2019. This international platform to discuss advances in anaerobic digestion and related processes is an event that is part of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group conference series, this time organized by The Netherlands and Belgium.

The theme of the 16th issue of the AD conference is “Accelerating natural cycles with anaerobic digestion.” We accelerate natural cycles from small to large scale on sewage,  sludge, manure or agrowaste. We increasingly treat industrial wastewater anaerobically, and these engineered digestion systems allow recovery of energy and resources including carbon and nutrients. AD16 will further strengthen this evolution, by bringing together and activate debate across the multiple disciplines needed to understand the processes related to anaerobic digestion. We invite engineers, biotechnologists, microbiologists, chemists, physicists, mathematical modelers, and technology innovators to participate. All pioneers, freshmen, and leaders in the field, and other interested parties, are welcome to critically discuss the state-of-the-art of anaerobic digestion and learn about new developments. Attendants can join our pre-conference workshops, visit latest-generation installations and anticipate future breakthroughs and developments.

Specialized short courses will be offered before the conference to reinforce knowledge on certain innovative aspects. These courses will be organized by Ghent University, University of Leuven, Wageningen University and Delft University. All are conveniently located in The Netherlands and Belgium, all within less than 3 hours by train from Delft.

We look forward to welcoming you to Delft, the birth place of the founding father of microbiology Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, the home of the Delft School of Microbiology and the Dutch painter Vermeer.

Abstract submission AD16 conference

Please submit your abstract of poster before 15 December 2018

Aim and Scope

The programme of events will focus on a wide variety of topics


  • Anaerobic MBR, research & application
  • Bio-electrochemical systems / Microbial fuel cells
  • Granular sludge bed technologies
  • Novel anaerobic high-rate reactors / advanced sludge retention systems
  • Sludge and slurry digestion (waste activated sludges, energy crops, co-digestion, sludge dewaterability, etc.)
  • Low-tech solutions for developing countries


  • Modelling, instrumentation and control
  • Pre-treatment technologies (physicochemical / biological)
  • Nutrient removal/recovery linked to AD (Anammox, struvite, N/P in general)
  • Post-treatments anaerobic effluents/digestates
  • Agricultural use of anaerobic effluents
  • Sulfur cycle technology


  • Biogas upgrading and management
  • Microbiology of anaerobic digestion/ (meta)genomic research
  • Bio-polymer production using anaerobic systems
  • Resource recovery
  • Anaerobic biotransformation of micro-pollutants
  • Environmental management and policy (life cycle assessment, clean development mechanisms)
  • October 2017
First Announcement
  • 15 December 2018
Deadline for abstracts of posters submission
  • December 2018
Second Announcement
  • January 2019
Evaluation of papers by the Programme committee and invitations to submit full papers
  • April 2019
Deadline submission full papers

Announcement conference

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Submit your abstract of poster before 15 December 2018 !

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Organising and Scientific committee

Merle de Kreuk (chair OC)
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands
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Jules van Lier (chair SC)
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands
Korneel Rabaey
Korneel Rabaey (chair OC)
Ghent University
Jack van de Vossenberg
The Netherlands
Jorien van Geest
Jorien van Geest
Biothane Veolia
The Netherlands
Marcel Zandvoort
The Netherlands
Miriam van Eekert
Wageningen University & Research / LeAF
The Netherlands
Carl Schultz
Carl Schultz
The Netherlands
Ralf Dewil
Raf Dewil
University of Leuven
Henri Spanjers
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands
Lise Profielfoto (002)
Lise Appels
University of Leuven
Lutgarde Raskin
University of Michigan
United Stated of America
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Cees Buisman
Wageningen University
The Netherlands
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Robbert Kleerebezem
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Juan Lema
University of Santiago de Compostela
Nico Groeneveld
Nico Groeneveld
Royal Haskoning DHV
The Netherlands
Jorge Rodriguez
Khalifa University of Science and Technology – Masdar Institute
United Arab Emirates
David Jeison
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
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Ajie Wang
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
Damien Batstone
University of Queensland
Ilse Smets
University of Leuven
Jo de Vrieze
Jo de Vrieze
Ghent University

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