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1st International Terra Preta Sanitation Conference in Hamburg 28/31 August 2013

Programme will take place at:

TU Hamburg Harburg, Denickestrasse 15, 21073 Hamburg, Building: K, Room: 0506

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

17.00 - 19.00 Pre-registration and first get together (optional)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

8.00 - 09.00  Registration

09.00 Opening speech by Dr. Haiko Pieplow, German Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety

Conference Keynote by Prof. Ralf Otterpohl, TUHH

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 Session 1: TP soils, soil fertility, organic farming

Chairs: Håkan Jönsson and Ina Körner

Keynote by Prof. Bruno Glaser (Germany):
Potential and constraints of Terra Preta products for soil amelioration and climate change mitigation

T. Theuretzbacher (Austria): Investigation on Terra Preta like products on the german-Austrian market

N. Andreev (Moldova): The effect of terra preta like substrate on germination and shoot growth of radish and parsley

H. Factura (Philippines): Addressing Poor Sanitation and Generating Added Values through Terra Preta Sanitation


11.45 Poster session 1 (poster presenters have 2 min to present their poster on stage)

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 Session 2: TPS Applications, Quality of products, hygienic parameter, legislation, certification

Chairs: Jutta Kerpen and Thorsten Schütze

Keynote presentation by Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri (India): 
Terra Preta as an Alternative for the Management of Sludge from Waste Water Treatment Plant

S. Böttger (Germany): Terra Preta – production from sewage sludges of decentralised wastewater systems

D. Meier-Kohlstock (Germany): The integration of Terra Preta Sanitation in European nutrient cycles – Options for alternative policies and economies

B. Pelivanoski (Germany): Terra Pellet – an organic fertilizer inspired by terra preta


15:15 -15:45 Coffee break

15.45 Session 3: Terra Preta Sanitation: toilet systems and designs / Logistic and operation / practical examples

Chairs: Zifu Li and Mariska Ronteltap

T. Schütze (Germany/South Korea): A key component in sustainable urban resource management systems

R. Wagner (Germany): New challenges of resource management in the Botanic Garden Berlin by producing and applying biochar substrates

R. Kuipers (Netherlands): A socio-economic assessment of urine separation, with a reflection on the possibilities for Terra Preta Sanitation, for the recycling of nutrients to rural agriculture in the Philippines

M. Bulbo (Ethiopia): TP application in Ethiopia

R. Wolf (Germany): Application of Fermented Urine for build-up of Terra Preta Humus in a Permaculture Park and Social Impact on the Community Involved


16.45 Résumé of day by the chairs and discussion

19.00 Reception at Hamburg-Harburg town hall /joint walk from TUHH (starting at 18.30)

Friday, 30 August 2013

09.00 - 10.30 Parallel Side Event of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Open meeting of working group 5 “Food security and productive sanitation systems” in Room N0008 (N-Building)

9.00 Session 4: Carbon composting of biowaste and excreta/Climate farming / wood gas technology for energy and char coal production / Pyrolysis vs. hydrothermal carbonization

Chairs: Kerstin Kuchta and Lucas Dengel

Keynote presentation Prof. Zifu Li (China):
Energy balance analysis on the pyrolysis process of animal manure

E. Someus (Sweden): Reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use in agriculture by recycling treated organic waste as compost and bio-char products

B. von Herzen: Biochar Conversion of High-Moisture Human Solid Waste at Community Scale

T. Voss (Germany): Wood gasification in parallel flow fixbed gasifieres for combined energy and charcoal production - experiences from six years of operation (abstact follows)

C. vom Eyser (Germany): Product quality of hydrochar from sewage sludge in terms of micropollutants


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 Session 5: Microbiology, sanitization and lactic acid fermentation

Chair: Srikanth Mutnuri

Keynote presentation Dr. Gina Itchon (Philippines):
The Effectivity of the Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) Process in the Elimination of Parasite Eggs in Fecal Matter: A Field Trial of TPS in Mindanao, Philippines

H. Scheinemann (Germany): Hygienisation and nutrient conservation of sewage sludge or cattle manure by fermentation

M. Stöckl (Germany): Assessment of hygienisation of faecal matter during terra preta inspiredvermicomposting by qualitative identification of salmonellae

A. Walter (Austria): Microbial communities in charcoal and microbe amended composts


Poster session 2 (Poster presenters share their poster in the exhibition space)

12.45 - 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 Session 6: Lactic Acid Fermentation

Chair: Srikanth Mutnuri

Keynote presentation P. Soewondo (Indonesia):
Faeces Treatment By Lactofermentation Process Based On Terra Preta Sanitation System Concept

A. Yemaneh (Germany/Ethiopia): Investigation of Low-Cost Sugar Supplement for Lactic Acid Fermentation of Human Excreta in Terra Preta Sanitation System


14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 Final plenary discussion and conclusions

16.45 Closing ceremony

19.00 Conference Dinner at restaurant "Cafe Sternchance"

Saturday, 31 August 2013

10.00 – 15.00 Excursion - Start at TUHH

  • Eco-Settlement Allermöhe (existing since more than 20 years) with composting toilets and greywater treatment in constructed wetland
  • Pilot plant of Terra preta sanitation in a public toilet in Hamburg
  • Permaculture garden


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