16th Anaerobic Digestion: “Not A Scientific Party”

16th Anaerobic Digestion: “Not a scientific party”

Though it is still a few months away, the 16th IWA World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion is taking shape. Environmental biologist Miriam van Eekert of Wageningen University is one of the members of the Organizing Committee. She is already looking forward to 23-27 June 2019. “With so many summitted abstracts and variety of subjects, it is becoming very interesting.”

“The exact content of the conference sessions is still to be announced, but the most important topics have been determined and are on the site,” says Van Eekert. She mentions topics such as ‘bio-electrochemical systems’, ‘low-tech solutions for developing countries’ and ‘sludge and slurry digestion’. “Within these topics, the smallest innovations can have a lot of impact. What can we expect? That question will soon be answered for everyone in the field. Personally, I am really looking forward to the abstracts in the area of ​​nutrient removal.”

Everyone is there

“Of course there are publications throughout the year and you can stay up to date with the developments,” continues Van Eekert. “But in the corridors of the Anaerobic Digestion Congress you hear things earlier and you hear more details. You hear what others are working on before it is published. It is also great to present your own ideas to others during the week, to hear someone else’s opinion about something. There is also a good mix of audiences. Everyone is there, from all the various parts of our field.”

Not a scientific party

Van Eekert wants to prevent it from becoming a scientific party. “It is very interesting to philosophise with scientists about solutions, but I attach great importance to the practical application possibilities. What can the idea really bring you? Eventually you want to be able to market it. That is why we use the organization to create a nice mix of practical stories and the answers to practical questions.”

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