Preliminary program

Below, the preliminary program for 27-28 November 2019 is given. This program is still subject to changes. Please check the program regulary for the latest updates.

On 29 November, the site visits are organised. As soon as the sites to be visited are verified, this will be communicated.


Wednesday 27 November 2019




8:00 - 9:00

Registration and welcome coffee

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

9:00 – 9:45

Official opening of ManuREsource 2019 and welcome speeches by:

  • the organizing committee
  • Deputy of Agriculture, Province Limburg
PXL Congress, Pacioli

9:45 – 10:15

Keynote lecture by Wim Debeuckelaere, DG ENVI

Preliminary results of the SAFEMANURE projects

PXL Congress, Pacioli

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break and poster session

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

10:45 – 12:30

Panel debate ‘Manure as a sustainable resource’

  • Oene Oenema, WUR, expert sustainable soil use (NL)
  • Ludovic Peter, FEBA (WALLONIA)
  • YARA
  • Lombardia region, Italy
PXL Congress, Pacioli

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch and poster session

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

14:00 – 15:15

Flash presentations by our sponsors

PXL Congress, Pacioli

15:15 – 16:30

Parallel sessions, including 1 Dutch/French session for the Belgian Biogas Week

PXL Congress, different rooms

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break and poster session

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

16:45 – 18:00

Parallel sessions, including 1 Dutch/French session for the Belgian Biogas Week

PXL Congress, different rooms

19:00 – 20:30

Visit to Jenevermuseum

Witte Nonnenstraat 19, 3500 Hasselt

20:30 – 23:30

Conference dinner at Theatercafe

Kunstlaan 5, 3500 Hasselt


Thursday 28 November 2019




8:00 - 9:00

Opening with welcome coffee

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

9:00 – 9:30

Keynote lecture Theodora Nikolakopoulou, DG GROW

Presentation of the fertilizer regulation


9:30 – 10:00

Keynote lecture An Derden, VITO

The development of an updated BAT document for manure processing in Flanders


10:00 – 10:30

Keynote lecture 4: to be confirmed


10-30 – 11:00

Coffee break and poster session


11:00 – 13:00

Round table discussions on the transition towards a circular economy, a.o.:

  • ReNu2Farm: (End-user demand – tailor made products and 2. Legislative aspects)
  • Systemic
  • Fertilizer regulation
  • Funding possibilities for interregional projects
Please contact us at if you have any ideas for a round table and/or want to be moderator/reporter on 1 of the tables!

13:00– 14:30

Lunch and poster session


14:30 – 15:45

Parallel sessions, including 1 session on the Ivan Tolpe Award with a presentation of all nominated projects


15:45 – 16:15

Coffee break and poster session


16:15 – 17:30

Plenary conclusions in the presence of the press

  • ManuREsource 2019 Poster Award
  • Concluding remarks of the debate and round table discussions

17:30 – 18:30

Closing drink

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat


Friday 29 November 2019

On Friday, two manure treatment installations will be visited.

Arbio bvba (Arendonk, Belgium) is a biogas plant located in Arendonk, in the province of Antwerp. The digesters are fed with 55,000 ton of manure (7000 ton manure from their own farm) and 35,000 ton of food industry waste per year. The digestate is treated in different steps, including a nutrient recuperation step based on membrane filtration. Therefore, the operator won the Ivan Tolpe Prijs (Manure Processing Award) in  2019 with the NPirrK project. Arbio is also an associated plant in the Systemic project. 

Biogas Bree (Bree, Belgium) is biogas plant in the province of Limburg, receiving pig slurry from pig farmers in a radius of 20 km. The manure is 30% of the total amount of feedstock yearly processed. All animal manure is treated in a separate line without contamination with the anaerobic digestion of organic biological waste. The treatment capacity 85.000 tonnes/year. The heat from the CHP is used to evaporate the manure and to dry the digestate. Biogas Bree is an outreach plant in the Systemic project and is looking for new nutrient recovery technologies. During the visit, more information will be given on the planned fluid bed dryer and the unique granulation process. The latter offers new market possibilities of the treated digestate. Biogas Bree is also involved in the UNIR project, looking for the break through of ammoniumsulfate from biogas installations and air scrubbers as replacement for mineral fertilizers, by means of central storage, homoginisation, filtration and optimalisation of the application technique.