Dry Toilet 2012: 4th International Dry Toilet Conference (DT 2012)

Venue: University of Tampere, Main Building, Finland

Location: Tampere, Finland

Event Date/Time: Aug 22, 2012 End Date/Time: Aug 25, 2012
Registration Date: Aug 23, 2012
Early Registration Date: May 15, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 15, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Mar 15, 2012
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The International Dry Toilet Conference has been organised for the fourth time. Since August 2003, the City of Tampere, Finland has hosted the DT Conference, which is organised by the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland, a non-governmental organisation promoting the use of dry toilets throughout the world. Every three years, leading experts have gathered together to share their findings from research related to dry toilet technology, sustainable sanitation methods, nutrient recycling, social welfare, and many, many other important topics. Also in August 2012, the 4th International Dry Toilet Conference will attempt to find solutions to the world’s sanitation crisis. Cooperation with the local universities -, University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), and TAMK University of Applied Sciences -, will continue as in previous conferences. The venue this year is the University of Tampere situated near the city centre and the railway station.

Providing people with safe and sustainable sanitation has proven to be a challenge on both global and local scales. The issue of sanitation touches us all, no matter where we are, and thus the main theme of the Dry Toilet 2012 is Drivers for ecological dry toilets in urban and rural areas. We are looking forward to hearing of new ideas and success stories, but also the limitations of ecological sanitation, how to tackle difficulties and bring sustainable sanitation into everyone’s reach.

The objective of the conference is to analyze the motivation and incentives behind acquiring and using dry toilets. What motivates or prevents the promotion and the use of dry toilets? (In this forthcoming Conference, pit latrines are not classified as ecological toilets.)

In addition to dry toilets, per se, toilets that use only very little water, are also characterized as “dry toilets” in this conference and may be discussed. The main criterion is that the toilet waste can be used as fertilizer in agriculture, gardens or non-food production, such as forests. An alternative criterion is that the waste may be used in biogas production in anaerobic conditions, in other words, producing methane.

The official language of the conference is English.


1.Cultural, gender and social aspects of dry toilets
2.Economy, profitability and marketing
3.Productive sanitation (food security) and energy saving
4.Hygiene and health aspects, including hygiene education
5.Dry toilet systems, technological options and urban applications
6.Dry toilets' contribution to mitigating and adapting to global climate disruption
7.Sanitation in disasters and reconstruction
8.Operation and maintenance of dry toilets
9.Legislation: Tools for promoting and controlling dry toilets.

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We welcome companies and manufacturers to participate in the exhibition to be held at the Main Campus of the University of Tampere on the 23rd and 24th of August 2012. The exhibition is closely connected to the conference programme, providing exhibitors and delegates the possibility to connect with professionals from around the world. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge to everyone.

We sell only space in square metres, not any decoration, walls, etc. Nor are we able to store exbitition materials before or after the exhibition dates. Each square meter costs 60 EUR and the minimum space to book is 4 square meters. The building day of the exhibition is Wednesday, August 22, and all the material and equipment must be removed on Friday, August 24, by 8 p.m. If you book at least 6 square metres (360 EUR), you will get the following things for one person: a free get-together party, entrance to all scientific sessions (including sessions in Finnish), conference material, lunches and refreshments for two days and Tampere City reception on Thursday.

The exhibition will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The exhibition space must be booked (or cancelled) by June 1, 2012. To book exhibition space, please contact secretary2012@drytoilet.org. Exhibition locations will be confirmed on a “first come, first served basis”.


Kalevantie 4, Tampere, Finland

Additional Information

Registration The TAVI Congress Bureau is in charge of registration. All correspondence concerning registration practicalities should be addressed to TAVI. Participants should register using the online registration form, which is available at www.drytoilet.org/dt2012/registration/. All reservations (incl. social programme and excursions) should be made on the same registration form (also for the programme included in the registration fee). Kindly make sure that you receive a registration reference number by e-mail. Conference Fees Delegate fee (early) 400 € (late) 500 € Student fee (early) 150 € (late) 200 € Conference fee includes no Value Added Tax. Please note that in order to qualify for the student fee, students must have an ISIC card valid in 2012. State your ISIC card number in the "Other Special Information" field on the registration form. A copy of the ISIC card and a letter of recommendation from the head of department should be sent to TAVI Congress Bureau when registering for the Conference.