VENICE 2010 Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (VENICE 2010)

Venue: Fondazione CINI

Location: VENICE, Italy

Event Date/Time: Nov 08, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 11, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Jul 31, 2010
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The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Existing biomass and waste to energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development. Despite growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited.
The aim of the Venice 2010 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2008, was attended by 600 scientists and operators from 60 different countries.
The third edition of the Symposium will last four days and will include oral sessions, a poster session, a small exhibition by companies working in the field and technical tours.
The Symposium is organized by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) with the scientific support of the Universities of Dresden, Hokkaido, Padua, Rostock and Singapore.
The IWWG ( is a registered not-for-profit organisation aiming to provide an intellectual platform to encourage and support integrated and sustainable waste management and to promote practical scientific development in the field. The group was conceived in 2002 as a think tank, whose work would be based on scientific principles oriented towards practical application. The IWWG is structured in such a way as to allow it to focus on a range of subjects, to react promptly to problems in the field, and to communicate efficiently within the professional community. The official journal of IWWG, Waste Management, published by Elsevier, has the highest impact factor in the field. Among the activities of IWWG is the organization of the world-renowned Sardinia Symposium (further information on the website


The Symposium will last four days and will include the following topics:

A. Biomass and waste characterisation as a potential energy source
Municipal waste, Agricultural waste, Hazardous waste, Clinical waste, Exhausted oil, Shredded car light fractions (“car fluff”) etc., Analytical and monitoring parameters

B. Renewable fuel (Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Gas liquification, Hydrogen)
Production processes, Quality, Technologies, Handling and Storage

C. Anaerobic digestion
Appropriate technologies for different organic substrates, Processes, Operation, Residues, Gas cleaning and Quality upgrading, Handling and treatment of residues (digestate, wastewater), Analytical and monitoring parameters

D. Refuse-derived fuel (RDF)
Characterisation and Quality, Handling and Storage, Utilisation, Co-combustion, Residues from RDF combustion

E. Thermal treatment (Combustion, Pyrolysis, Gasification and Others)
Processes, Energy balance, Technologies, Efficiency, Upgrading of existing plants, Corrosion and Operation problems, Gas cleaning

F. Economic aspects
Capital and Operational costs, Revenues, Financing, Global substrates, Trading and Social effects

G. Decision tools
LCA, Risk Assessment, Environmental impact assessment, Sustainability achievement

H. Policies and Legal aspects
Regional, National and International approaches, EU Strategies and Directives, Legal responsibilities, Perspectives in developing countries

I. Climate change and Sink
CO2 credits, Carbon balance, Reduction of GHG emissions, Energy saving etc.

J. Ecotoxicological aspects and Health issues
Occupational Health, Emissions and Human Exposition, Epidemiological Studies.

K. Public acceptance
Information campaigns, Public involvement in decision processes, Mediation and Consensus

L. Experiences and new developments
Case studies, Pilot plants, R&D projects

M. Developing countries
Adaptation of technologies, Specific developments, Political and Financial perspectives


An extended abstract (at least one but no more than two full pages) prepared using the abstract form (to be downloaded from the Symposium website) should reach the Organization no later than March 31st 2010. Abstracts should include the full title of the paper, names, affiliations of all authors, e-mail addresses and full mailing addresses of all the Authors, the suggested session and the requested destination (oral or poster presentation). The abstract must clearly describe the content of the presentation and its basis (detailed case study, discussion of experience from practice, preliminary research data, completed research not presented previously, review of literature, administrative initiatives and regulations, etc). The Leading Author should be clearly indicated.
Each Leading Author may submit no more than three abstracts; the sender will be considered as corresponding author by the Organization.
The Official language of the Symposium will be English. All papers must be presented and written in proper English. Authors will be expected to attend the conference and present their papers themselves.
In addition, the Symposium will arrange a session to be held entirely in Italian, in order to facilitate the participation of local delegates. Italian authors may freely submit papers for inclusion in both English and Italian sessions (in the English and Italian languages, respectively). Deadlines and procedures for paper submission remain the same as those described above.
Leading Authors of accepted papers (one author per paper) will be entitled to a discounted entrance fee. This discount is not cumulative with other reductions and payment is due strictly following notification of paper acceptance. Papers will be selected following evaluation by an international panel of referees. Acceptance of papers will be notified to the Leading Author no later than April 30th 2010.
Full papers should be addressed to the Organizers and received no later than July 31st 2010. Papers will be evaluated by the Executive Programme Board and those deemed to be of poor quality will be removed from the Symposium Programme. All papers accepted for presentation at the Symposium will be published in Proceedings available at the start of the Symposium.


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