March 26, 2018

The idea of providing a scientific basis for discussing and solving emerging environmental problems in agro-industries such as textile, pulp and paper, leather, food, sugar, edible oil, beverage, etc. flourished in the eighties. This idea initiated “the First International Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries” held in İstanbul, Turkey, in 1989. The wide interest and high quality contribution of participating scientists established a series of IAWQ symposia, with the second event in İstanbul again, in 1992, the third in Mexico City, in 1995 and the fourth in Istanbul, in 1998. The fifth international symposium was held in Shiga, Japan, in 2001. The sixth IWA specialty symposium was organized in Seoul, Korea in 2003, primarily addressing “Strong Nitrogenous and Agro Wastewater”. “The Seventh International IWA Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries” was held in the Netherlands in 2006. The symposium in Çeşme, İzmir will be the eighth of this series of regular scientific events organized under the same umbrella.

Over the last twenty years, the concept of waste management has greatly improved with outstanding achievements in the understanding of wastewater characteristics and interpretation of biological and physico-chemical processes as well as advanced oxidation and membrane technologies applied for treatment and disposal. The Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries series of symposia will continue to be the most effective platform to discuss the applicability of these concepts to industrial pollutants.

The aim of the eighth event in the series of symposia is to provide a forum for discussion of the present problems and recent experience and advances in their management. Although, a wide spectrum of scientific and technical interests may be presented at the meeting, major emphasis will be placed on;

  • Biological treatment of wastewaters and wastes
  • Chemical treatment of wastewaters
  • Advanced treatment processes and innovative technological applications
  • The fate and effect of xenobiotics in industrial activities
  • Resources recovery and reuse
  • Biological nutrient removal
  • Wastewater characterization for treatment
  • Modeling and design interaction
  • Sludge stabilization, utilization and disposal

Contributions would also be expected on;

  • Sewage treatment systems in rural areas
  • Run-off and control of pollutants from agricultural areas
  • Treatment and use of waste from stockbreeding
  • Integrated physicochemical and biological treatment systems
  • Treatment of industrial solid waste

On behalf of the organizing committee, I’m looking forward to seeing you in Çeşme.

With my best regards,

Prof. Dr. Işık Kabdaşlı
Chair of AGRO’2011

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