Program ManuREsource 2019

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.

An overview of the parallel sessions can be found here.


Wednesday 27 November 2019




8:00 - 9:00

Registration and welcome coffee

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

9:00 – 9:30

Official opening of ManuREsource 2019 and welcome speeches by:

  • the organizing committee
  • Deputy of Agriculture, Province Limburg
PXL Congress, Pacioli
9:30 - 9:45 Manure processing in Flanders PXL Congress, Pacioli

9:45 – 10:15

Results of the JRC ‘SAFEMANURE’ study

Wim Debeuckelaere, DG ENVI

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 (BE)
  • Marina Ettl, YARA
  • Luca Zucchelli, Lombardia region, Italy
  • Paul Bol, GroentenFruitHuis (NL)
  • Viooltje Lebuf, Fertikal (BE)
PXL Congress, Pacioli

12:30 – 13:45

Lunch and poster session

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

13:45 – 14:45

Flash presentations by our sponsors:

PXL Congress, Pacioli

14:45 – 16:00

Parallel Session A1-4: check overview.

Workshop Belgian Biogas Week (Dutch/French)

PXL Congress, different rooms

16:00– 16:15

Coffee break and poster session

PXL Congress, Binnenstraat

16:15– 17:30

Parallel Session B.3, B.4.1 & B.4.2: check overview

Workshop R&D Impact : moving from innovation to capitalization

  • Evi Michels (Ghent University / Biorefine Cluster Europe, BE)
    Clustering EU projects towards joint output & communication
  • Annika Eskusson (European Commission, EU)
    Developing a research and innovation strategy for an integrated and sustainable management of nutrients
  • Lars Stoumann Jensen (University of Copenhagen, DK)
    LCA as guidance for selecting environmentally optimal options and scenario’s towards nutrient & carbon cycling
  • Oscar Schoumans (Wageningen University, NL)
    Stimulating market uptake for biobased fertilisers by investing in demonstration and outreach – lessons from the SYSTEMIC project
  • Victor Rau Arenas (IRTA, ES)
    Closing nutrient & carbon loops – comparison on investigated innovations between CIRCULAR AGRONOMICS and NUTRI2CYCLE projects

Workshop Belgian Biogas Week (Dutch/French)

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

Presentation of the Fertiliser Product Regulation and the challenges of implementation

Theodora Nikolakopoulou, DG GROW


9:30 – 10:00

Development of an addendum to the Flemish BAT-document on manure processing

An Derden, VITO, BE


10:00 – 10:30

Synthesizing best practices and technologies for nutrient recovery and circular economy in the Baltic Sea Region

Henning Lyngsø FOGED, Organe, DK


10-30 – 11:00

Coffee break and poster session


11:00 – 13:00

Round table discussions on the transition towards a circular economy and manure as a sustainable resource:

  1. End-user demands: how to make the fertilizer products they need.
  2. Legislation aspects in terms of future manure treatment
  3. Outreach locations Systemic share their experiences
  4. How to evaluate the existing and emerging manure processing techniques
  5. Financial instruments to get the transition to nutrient recovery going
  6. Nutrient recovery in wastewater treatment: lessons to be learnt?
  7. How to organize the recycling of food system nutrients effectively and efficiently?
  8. Biochar as a tool for manure treatment: fact or fantasy?
  9. The question of scales: is (pre)treatment on the farm the way to go?
  10. Mineral Fertilizer 4.0
  11. Managing manure to curb greenhouse gas emissions
  12. Is cooperation between farmers the way to go to make nutrient recovery feasible?
  13. From Manure to Duckweed: an alternative for imported protein

More information about these tables can be found here.


13:00– 14:30

Lunch and poster session


14:30 – 15:45

Parallel session C.2-4: check overview

Workshop Ivan Tolpe Award 

  • Meers E., Ghent University, BE
    Background and overview of innovations at the Ivan Tolpe site
  • Boogaerts C., VLACO, BE
    NPirriK (Ivan Tolpe Award 2019 winner)
  • Hubner D., WFI, IRS
    TAYA: total nitrogen reduction in agricultural wastewater by passive aeriation (Ivan Tolpe Award 2019 nominee)
  • Elsinga H.-W., Elsinga, NL
    From manure to feed (Ivan Tolpe Award 2019 nominee)
  • Egner S., Fraunhofer, DE
    BioEcoSim (Ivan Tolpe Award 2017 winner)

Workshop: Impact of agrofood concerns on the transition of manure processing


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.