A Personal Invitation

The increasing pace of complex environmental problems generated by a number of major industries, such as textile, leather, pulp and paper, food, brewery, pesticide and other agro-industries necessitates urgent and effective solutions based upon available scientific information and experience. Sewage treatment in rural area and flush-out of pollutants from agricultural area has also been attracting attention.

Management of wastes from agro-industries was first addressed in an international forum at the “1st International Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries” held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1989. The success of that event, with its high quality contributions and the immense interest of participants from all over the world, established it as a regular IAWQ symposium. Following the great success of the first two conferences held in Turkey, the 3rd in Mexico and the 4th in Turkey, the 5th international symposium was held in Japan in 2001. After the merger of IAWQ and IWSA to IWA, the 6th IWA specialty symposium was organized in Korea in 2003, primarily addressing “Strong Nitrogenous and Agro-Wastewater”. The “7th International IWA Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries” was held in The Netherlands in 2006. The 8th symposium of these series was organized in Çeşme-İzmir, Turkey, in 2011. The 9th symposium was held in Kochi, Japan, in 2014.

The 10th symposium, AGRO’2019, is proposed to be organized in Rhodes, Greece, in 19-21 June 2019. The purpose of AGRO’2019 is to provide a unique forum for discussion of as many aspects as possible within the context of the symposium title.

The “International Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries” has been held with IWA support beginning 1989 and the former nine symposia were organized under the same umbrella. It will be the 30th year of the AGRO Symposium Series with the 10th AGRO’2019 next year. The success of the forthcoming symposium is evident, continuing to attract participants from all over the World. As such, the symposium series has become one of the well-known IWA activities in its field. Our mission is to continue the AGRO Symposium Series with the success that is being expected to be at least equal to that of the previous ones.

Although, a wide spectrum of scientific and technical interests in AGRO waste management may be presented at the planned meeting, major emphasis will be placed on;

  • Biological treatment of wastewaters and wastes
  • Chemical treatment of wastewaters and wastes
  • Nutrient removal and recovery
  • Resources recovery and reuse
  • Advanced treatment processes and innovative technological applications
  • Modelling and design interaction
  • Sludge stabilization, utilization and disposal
  • Treatment and use of waste from stockbreeding
  • Run-off and control of pollutants from agricultural areas
  • Innovative water and waste management system for agricultural area
  • The climate change mitigation and adaptation in agro-industries
  • Soil pollution and management

Last but not the least, I would like to mention that we are specially indebted to our dear colleagues and friends, namely Prof. Dr. Taku Fujiwara from Kochi University, Japan, and Prof. Dr. Ioannis K. Kalavrouziotis from Hellenic Open University, Greece, for their heartfelt devotion and technical support in this symposium. Our partners are co-chairing this stunning organization.

We hope that AGRO’2019 will flourish to a spectacular event.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dr. Işık Kabdaşlı
Chair of AGRO’2019