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  1. Announcement of Biogas Science 2018 – ITALY

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    After the successful conferences in Germany, Austria and Hungary, we’re glad to announce the fourth edition of the Biogas Science International Conference (Biogas Science 2018).
    The event will take place in Torino, Italy, on September 16-18, with study tours scheduled for September the 19th.
    The programme will include a wide range of topics: from microbiology to production and utilization of biogas, from digestate post treatment and best use in agriculture to life cycle and life cost assessment. The conference will be the occasion for networking between industry, research and production sectors. The event will be hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Science (DISAFA) of the University of Torino. Call for abstract will open by June 2017.


  2. Announcement of Biogas Science 2016

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    Dear Biogas Friend,
    We are pleased to announce that the next meeting of the successful Biogas Science conference series will be held in Szeged, Hungary between August 21 and 24, 2016. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR and join us.
    Biogas Science 2016 will take place in the modern conference center of the University of Szeged. Szeged is a lively university city at the south-eastern part of Hungary full of scientific and cultural activities.

    Best regards,
    Prof. Kornel L. Kovacs, on behalf of the local organizing committee

    conference website:

  3. 288 experts at the conference Biogas Science 2014 in the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

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    Three legends in the field of anaerobic technology (David Baxter, Arthur Wellinger and Willy Verstraete) opened the conference Biogas Science on the 27th of October. Their keynote lectures were breaking the ice to start dedicated discussions on research questions and recent results of the anaerobic technology.

    Six main topics of the conference (substrates for AD, gas technology, process technology, microbiology, life cycle assessment and data preparation) were introduced by important researchers in the field anaerobic technology. Over the three conference days, these topics were discussed by 288 participants within the beautiful surroundings of the Schönbrunn Palace Meetings & Events centre. Recent results and topics of research were presented in 103 scientific lectures and 93 scientific posters. Companies presented state-of-the-art technical equipment for biogas research in the company session and the company exhibition. The workshops captured the topics COST action (Network on ecological functions of trace metals in anaerobic biotechnologies), FABbiogas (biogas from the food and beverage industry) and biogas worldwide.

    The Welcome Reception and the Gala Dinner provided a platform for social exchange. On the last day of the conference there were two parallel tours to best-practice biogas plants in the Viennese surroundings.



  4. Winners of best poster awards

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    Winner of poster session I: Ralph Lindeboom, NE “Autogenerative High Pressure Digestion: Fundamentals” (Saxion University of Applied Sciences)

    Winner of poster session II: Lucy Montgomery, AT “Development of a Laboratory-scale Method for Measuring Viscosity Changes during Anaerobic Digestion” (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)


    Voting for best poster performed by our keynote speakers

    • Opening David Baxter, NL (European Commission Joint Research Centre)
    • Opening Arthur Wellinger, CH (Triple E&M)
    • Opening Willy Verstraete, BE (University of Gent)
    • Topic 1 substrates in anaerobic digestion, Jules Van Lier, NL (Delft University)
    • Topic 2 gas technology, Tobias Persson, SE (Svenskt Gastekniskt Center AB)
    • Topic 3 process technology, Jan Liebetrau, DE (DBFZ German research center for biomass)
    • Topic 4 microbiology, Anna Schnürer, SE (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
    • Topic 5 life cycle assessment, Maria Teresia Moreira Vilar, ES (University of Santiago de Compostela)
    • Topic 6 data preparation, Damien Batstone, AU (The University of Queensland)
  5. Awards and closing ceremony

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    The best poster awards (one per poster session) will be presented on October 28th at the closing ceremony of the conference. Winners will receive tickets to the opening concert of WIEN MODERN in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus on 29. October 2014, will showcase the individual focal points of the 27th season. The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Cornelius Meister, together with Klangforum Wien, will perform concerto grosso 2, the first of many works by this year’s guest composer Georg Friedrich Haas. There will also be performances of selected musical examples from this year’s «on screen» series.

    Logo Wien Modern

    Winners will also be awarded a copy of the special issue conference book Biogas Science & Technology, part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology series. The book will handle the topics of:

    • Microbiological tools for process diagnosis and control
    • Anaerobic fungi in biogas plants
    • Hygienic and sanitation requirements in biogas plants
    • New concepts
    • Kinetic characterization of continuous biogas processes and simulation
    • Bioaugmentation
    • Fate of trace metals in anaerobic digestion

  6. Welcome to Vienna

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    The organising committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna on Sunday. Please be reminded that the daylight-saving time occurs on Sunday, the 27th of October at 3:00 a.m. (-1 hour). There have been minor changes in the scientific programme. Please have a look at the updated programme here.

  7. The scientific programme is available now

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    In total, 207 abstracts were submitted and have undergone a strict review, performed by a highly sophisticated international scientific committee. Abstracts were sent from 44 different countries from around the world. At the conference there will be 26 sessions with 104 scientific lectures and 93 poster presentations.

  8. Special section in “Energy and Fuels”

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    A special section of the journal of “Energy and Fuels” will be published under the guest editorship of Christoph Pfeifer.

    This special section will be devoted to the topics of Biogas Science 2014. Short-listed authors will be informed of pre-selection in the coming weeks.

    Energy & Fuels publishes technical research articles focusing on the intersection of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the applications of non-nuclear energy and fuels. This includes research on the formation, exploration, and production of fossil fuels and biomass; the properties, structure, and/or molecular composition of raw fuels and refined products; the chemistry involved in processing and utilising fuels, fuel cells and their applications, as well as the analytics and techniques used to investigate these topics.

    Papers submitted for this special section will undergo the journal reviewing process. The journal’s submission fee applies also on the chosen papers. Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation at the conference are encouraged to submit their papers to the JBF special section.

  9. Special session COST Action: European Network on Ecological Functions of Trace Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies

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    The COST Action aims to grow a critical mass of stakeholders interested in understanding trace metal bioavailability and microbial interactions in anaerobic environments and soils. In five working groups researchers are concerned with the following topics:

    • Chemical speciation and bioavailability
    • Microbiology
    • Engineering
    • Fate of trace metals in environment
    • Modeling

    Chair: Fernando Fermoso

    Instituto de la Grasa (C.S.I.C.)


  10. Special session FABbiogas: Biogas production from organic waste in the food and beverage industry

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    The FABbiogas session on Wednesday, 29th of October presents first results from scientific perspectives and best practice examples. The team of the Food Cluster of Lower Austria will inform companies interested to invest in biogas production via lectures and excursions about the feasibility of organic waste utilization.


    Katharina Wörndl, Food Cluster Lower Austria – Food Cluster of Lower Austria
    Wolfgang Gabauer, BOKU-IFA, Tulln – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Austria


  11. Biogas Science 2014 as green meeting

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    The conference Biogas Science 2014 has been certified as a green meeting with the “ÖkoEvent” label, highlighting the conference as an ecological event.
    First created in 2010, the ÖkoEvent label is awarded by the city of Vienna to events taking place in the city that fulfill certain green criteria. The organisation as well as the event itself has to be environmentally friendly. The event encourages environmental protection and provides surplus value for the attendees.
    Among other aims, for example scientific exchange, one important aim of the conference Biogas Science 2014 is to implement the central aims of the BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences:

    • Preservation and development of biosphere and quality of living
    • Management of natural resources and environment
    • Ensure nutrition and health

    For these reasons, receiving the “ÖkoEvent” certification was an important step in the organisation of the conference.


  12. Company session at the Biogas Science 2014

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    Within the scientific programme of the Biogas Science 2014, there will be a company session. The following companies will present their work and products in a short presentation:

    • AWITE Bioenergy GmbH
    • Bioprocess Control Sweden AB
    • Belach Bioteknik AB
    • Dr.-Ing. Ritter Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG
    • IPUS – Mineral- und Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH


  13. Company exhibition at the Biogas Science 2014

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    The conference Biogas Science 2014 provides appropriate surroundings to introduce companies, services and products among experts and potential customers. There will be a company exhibition at Biogas Science 2014. The attending companies are

    • Awite Bioenergie GmbH
    • Belach Bioteknik AB
    • bioprocess control
    • Dr.-Ing. Ritter Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG V&F
    • V&F Analyse- und Messtechnik GmbH
  14. Sponsors of Biogas Science 2014

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    The conference Biogas Science 2014 is sponsored by the following companies:

    • ATRES – Anaerobic Technology, Regenerative Energy Systems
    • Awite Bioenergie GmbH
    • BDI – BioEnergy International AG
    • Belach Bioteknik AB
    • bioprocess control
    • Dr.-Ing. Ritter Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG V&F
    • Erber AG
    • IPUS – Mineral- & Umwelttechnologie GmbH
    • Oberbank AG
    • Total Taxi
    • V&F Analyse- und Messtechnik GmbH
  15. Review of abstracts for Biogas Science 2014 is finished

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    Thank you for submitting your abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the Biogas Science 2014 conference.

    All 207 submitted abstracts have been collected and have undergone a strict review, performed by a highly sophisticated international scientific committee. The organising committee is pleased to tell you that the review is finished and that the notification of the nominees for oral or poster presentation will be announced within two weeks.

  16. Venue for the gala dinner will be the Vienna City Hall

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    The Vienna City Hall is located at the Ringstraße. It is one of the main streets in Vienna, circling around the old city of Vienna. Most of the important sights are located here. The Vienna City Hall is the seat of both the mayor and governor of Vienna and city council and of the Assembly of the city of Vienna, because Vienna is both a city and a state since 1922. The gala dinner of the Biogas Science 2014 will be held in the Festival Hall of the Vienna City Hall. Take a look at the venue here:

  17. Call for abstracts closed

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    The organising committee wants to thank everybody who submitted an abstract to the Biogas Science conference. Now your abstracts will be collected and undergo an evaluation by the scientific committee to decide about oral or poster contribution.

  18. Already 180 abstracts submitted

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    The organising committee wants to thank everybody who submitted an abstract to the Biogas Science conference. So far, 180 abstracts have been submitted. Scientists from all over the world sent their abstracts:

    Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway , Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan.

    For anyone who is interested in the conference and has not sent an abstract yet, there is the last chance to do so. If you submit your abstract by the 25th of March 2014, it will be included in the review process for oral or poster contribution.

    Submit Abstract Now »

  19. Extension for the call for abstracts is open

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    The call for abstracts has been extended. There is still the chance to submit your scientific work in the form of an abstract and relate it to one of the following topics which will be covered at the Biogas Science 2014 in Vienna.

    • Substrates in AD
    • Gas Technology
    • Process Technology
    • Microbiology
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Data Preparation

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  20. Only 7 more days to submit abstracts!

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    Submit your abstract for oral or poster contribution by the 28th of February 2014. Selected papers may also be published in a peer-reviewed journal to commemorate and document the conference. Additionally, a book on biogas science and technology will be published as part of “Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology.”

    Submit Abstract Now »

  21. Scientific and programme committee

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    It was possible to win a highly sophisticated international scientific and programme committee for evaluation of submitted abstracts and creation of the scientific programme:

      • Irini Angelidaki, DK
      • Paolo Balsari, IT
      • Charles Banks, UK
      • Damien Batstone, AU
      • David Baxter, NE
      • Igor Bodik, SK
      • Hélène Carrere, FR
      • Claudius da Costa Gomez, DE
      • Mathias Effenberger, DE
      • Vincent Eijsink, NO
      • Fernando G. Fermoso, ES
      • Jim Field, USA
      • Eugenio Foresti, BR
      • Werner Fuchs, AT
      • Serge R. Guiot, CA
      • Michael Harasek, AT
      • Jens Bo Holm-Nielson, DK
      • Svein Horn, NO
      • Heribert Insam, AT
      • Pavel Jenicek, CZ
      • Michael Klocke, DE
      • Kornel Kovacs, HU
      • Michael Lebuhn, DE
      • Zifu LI, CN
      • Milan Martinov, RS
      • René Moletta, FR
      • Henrik B. Møller, DK
      • Jerry Murphy, IE
      • Michael Narodoslawsky, AT
      • Marcell Nikolausz, DE
      • Adalberto Noyola, MX
      • Begoña Ruiz, ES
      • Bernhard Schink, DE
      • Anna Schnürer, SE
      • Walter Somitsch, AT
      • Eduardo Marques Trindade, BR
      • Jules Van Lier, NL
      • Willy Verstraete, BE
      • Arthur Wellinger, CH
      • Hidenari Yasui, JP
  22. Call for Abstracts

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    Please submit your significant abstract until the 28th of February 2014. The information flyer “Call for Abstracts” is available for download.

    To commemorate and document the conference, selected participants are provided the opportunity to publish their work as special issue of an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. Additionally, a book on biogas science and technology will be published as part of the “Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology.”

    Submit Abstract Now »