25-27 January 2021

Progress in the Treatment and Application of Manure and Digestate Products
International Online Conference


Conference Language: English
  • Get exclusive insights into the future of digestate and manure upgrading
  • Discover how you can benefit from this advanced knowledge as a biogas plant operator, farmer, and policy maker
  • See what the pioneers of the biogas industry are currently developing to turn residues into valuables using breakthrough technology
  • 53% Discount for students and inhabitants of DAC-classified developing countries
  • 3 half-days – scheduled to fit multiple time zones around the world so that you can attend wherever you are.

In early October 2020, we conducted a conference with 90 live attendees and another 40 people participating online.

Now, it was a daring event – and up until almost the last minute, we weren’t sure if we were even allowed to go through with it.

But thanks to a very detailed hygiene concept, we managed to do this event as planned.

That means all 130 participants were able to directly witness the extremely promising research and practical developments that were made in recent years.

During 30 unique presentations, the treatment and upgrading of manure and digestate was covered from all angles:

  • current scientific research
  • the latest developments
  • experiences from practice

And while it was incredibly refreshing to host this live, in-person event, there was one issue:

The entire conference was conducted in German.

That means only the German-speaking participants were able to discover the latest advancements and breakthrough treatment technologies that the speakers and exhibitors presented during this conference.

And this got us thinking…

Proper Manure and Digestate treatment and upgrading is far from a “German Issue”.

As of today, about 90% of the world’s phosphorus is available in just a small number of countries which are all outside the EU.

Nitrogen is abundant… but it’s very energy-intensive to extract it from the atmosphere.

Plus: there’s an excess supply of manure in certain regions of Europe – and scarcity in others.

Closing the nutrient cycle can help connect these challenges.

Having too much manure or digestate, not knowing where to spread it (without overfertilizing the soil) is a pressing issue on a much larger scale.

And with ongoing industrialisation of agriculture as well as global growth in biogas production, this could quickly turn into a worldwide issue.

So… how can we make the research results, the know-how and breakthrough technologies available to as many people as possible throughout the world…

Without them having to travel anywhere?

This event is your answer.

We’re excited to announce the…

Why participate?

Overnutrification in many German and European regions requires specific technology to treat and upgrade manure and digestate.

The last couple of years have produced significant leaps and innovations to the upgrading technology and more possible business models have been explored.

Be one of the first to tackle this pressing challenge with background knowledge and the right technology.

Join the conference now by clicking the button below.


Regular price: 190€​

Participation Fee: 160€*

Save 30 € Now

Early Bird until December 21st, 2020

For Students & Developing Countries: 90€**

* excl. 19% VAT

**If you are a student, please send us your valid proof of matriculation to sal@ibbk-biogas.com to claim your discount. You will then receive your personal discount code via email.

For developing countries, please check THIS LIST (click) to see if you qualify.

If yes, please send us a proof of your residence via email to sal@ibbk-biogas.com

You will then receive your personal discount code via email.

Online via ZOOM

January 25th-27th

Start Time: January 25th, 2 pm CEST
End Time: January 27th, 6 pm CEST

Online Conference:

"Progress in the Treatment and Application of Manure & Digestate Products"

If you wanna be on the forefront, this is your opportunity to get exclusive “behind the curtains” views of what’s going on in Germany and Europe.

Germany has been a pioneer in the biogas industry for decades. And once again, the most promising technologies are currently fine-tuned (or are already tested in the field in large scales) in Germany.

These technologies not only treat the digestate to make it easier to transport or apply to the fields, they also upgrade it into valuable products that can be sold to private and commercial users.

This conference is specifically scheduled to be suitable for most global time zones as we start in the afternoon at 2 PM CEST (Berlin Time) and end at 6 pm CEST each day.

IBBK’s 3-day online conference “Progress in the Treatment and Application of Manure and Digestate Products”  bridges the gap between the latest technology and the end user!

Discover everything you need to know about:

  • State of the Art

  • Results from practical experience

  • Technological Innovations

  • Latest developments in Africa and Asia on digestate application from household biodigesters

  • Latest results and innovations from Chinese digestate research

Your Registration Options:

  • Early Bird until December 21st, 2020: 160 €*
  • Regular Registration after December 21st, 2020: 190 €*
  • Students: 90 €* (please send your valid proof of matriculation to sal@ibbk-biogas.com to receive your personal student discount code)
  • Low- and middle income countries: 90 €* (please check THIS LIST (click) to see if your country qualifies. If yes, send us an email with proof, i.e. passport, ID, to sal@ibbk-biogas.com to request your personal discount code.

*All prices are subject to 19% VAT.

Who is this Online Conference for?

  • Biogas plant operators looking for a new way to treat their digestate and upgrade it into a valuable fertilizer and industrially valuable product
  • Environmental certifiers
  • Frustrated farmers, that are interested in new ways to upgrade slurry and manure into a high-value fertilizer
  • Trade press
  • Biogas and Energy Consultants
  • Research & development agencies and organisations
  • Manufacturers of digestate upgrading technology, that are interested in taking a look at what their competitors
  • Policy makers in the field of digestate treatment and application (discover first-hand what practitioners are frustrated with)
  • Consulting service providers

What happens after you register?

Once you’ve submitted your registration, you’ll get an automated confirmation via email.

3-5 days before the start of the event, you’ll get an email from us that includes everything you need to connect to the conference during all 3 days. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. All you need is a stable internet connection and a device to connect (PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or a landline).

Keynote Speakers

Frank Bonaldo

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Presentation on “Future of Gas Mobility”.

Frank is the head of Unit II B4, “Energy Transition in Mobility, Fuel Markets”


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Niloofar received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from University of Ottawa in 2016 and since then working at CH Four Biogas R&D department. She has formed a dynamic R&D team and established an extensive research network with universities, government and other business organisations to conduct different projects in the field of anaerobic digestion (AD) and renewable natural gas (RNG). She is also an adjunct professor at University of Ottawa leading a renewable energy group. Her research focus includes the upstream and downstream processing and anaerobic digestion processes for waste to energy conversion and RNG production.

  • 2002 – 2007 Geography studies at universities of Hamburg and Göttingen
  • 2008 – 2009 Research position at the LBEG in Hannover
  • 2009 – 2014 Research position and phD. studies at the university of Göttingen
  • 2015 – 2016 Advanced trainig in geoinformatics
  • 2016 – 2019 Free-lance work in the fields of geography and geoinformatics
  • 2019 – today Senior scientist at the university of Göttingen

Geologist and Project manager with wide ranging experiences in different fields such as circular economy and environmental protection based projects within the lime industry and in the exploration of reservoirs in the oil and gas industry. Ongoing projects include phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge and the subsequent production of Calcium Phosphate fertilizers with the aid of a fluidized bed reactor and hydrated lime, and the recovery of ammonia from digestate with a lime based ammonia stripper. As the in-house specialist for water treatment applications with lime, also involved in climate protection projects such as flue gas treatment. Advisory role on a national and European level regarding water applications with lime. Substantial technical know-how in reservoir quality assessment studies of highly complex reservoir types.

Studied agricultural sciences at the University of Göttingen 1978- 1983.
Scientific employee at the University of Bayreuth Agricultural Ecology 1984 - 1989.
Scientific employee and Head of Department KTBL Darmstadt 1990 - 2014. 
Since 2014 self-employed entrepreneur / management consultancy DöhlerAgrar.

Researcher and professor at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Soils, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and at the Transdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Human Development, CEAM, both from Austral University of Chile.


Agronomist PUC. Professor and researcher in energy and ecology, with emphasis on territorial perspective (Distinction). Master of Science in Holistic Science (systems and complexity in ecology) of Schumacher College - University of Plymouth, England (Distinction). PhD from Program "Sustainable Use of Bioenergy", at the Interdisciplinary Center for Sustainable Development of the Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany (Distinction).


Sustainable use of energy (biofuels technology, energy balance and ecological footprint of energy use, organic waste management, bioenergy and climate change), and the Territorial Planning of Rural Ecosystem (power and territory, cognition and territory, landscape ecology, ecological design).

Assistant to the management Geltz Umwelttechnologie GmbH.
Studies in process engineering at the TU Dresden, graduation 2016.
Since 2017 as engineer at Geltz Umwelttechnologie
Process and plant design, development.
Involved in the development of the NuTriSep procedure since 2014.


Mathias Hartel studied landscape planning and has been working on the topics of energetic biomass use and material flows in the landscape for several years. As a research assistant, he has worked on topics such as toxins, trace elements and alternative energy crops and their possible effects on the biogas process. Since 2019 he has been supporting European and national legislation in the German Biogas Association, mainly in the field of waste, fertiliser and veterinary law, by participating in various working groups, preparing statements and holding direct talks with representatives from the relevant ministries. Recently, the amendment of the Fertiliser Ordinance, Material Flow Balance Ordinance and EU Fertiliser Regulation as well as the separation of foreign substances prior to the biological stage have been a major part of his work.

Dr. Helle was a management consultant worldwide (for Daimler, Porsche, RWE, among others) for 25 years in his own company before he decided to pursue a second career in the field of renewable energies and the use of residual materials.
Since 2008 Novis GmbH is internationally active in the construction of biogas plants and the value-added processing of residual materials on the market.

Nicolas Heyn began his career as an officer in the German Army in 1983. During his work for four different companies, he gained many years of experience in managing projects and companies.
In 2004 he came into contact with the unique method of water desalination by humidification / dehumidification.

In 2007 he had the opportunity to found Terrawater GmbH together with partners.

Aterward, he has dedicated himself to the task of extracting resources and water from wastewater.
Since 2016 he has been active in the biogas sector with the product line TerraOrganic and offers products for nutrient separation.

1971 - 1975 Agricultural studies

1976 - 1991 Manager in an agricultural enterprise

1992 - 2004 Manager in own agricultural enterprise

2004 - 2007 Product manager separation technology at FAN Herzfeld

2007 - 2018 Product manager separation technology at agriKomp in Merkendorf

Ms Laub has been working in the field of material flow management at IZES gGmbH since 2013. Her work at IZES gGmbH focuses on agriculture, agricultural markets, bioenergy, biomass as well as digestate processing and marketing in regional and European research projects.

CEO of Pantreon GmbH.

Studies and doctorate at University of Vienna.

Has set impulses for the innovation of dynamic membrane technology for more than 20 years and thus broken new ground for membrane applications.

Norbert Rossow is the CEO of PRE Power Recycling Energy service GmbH.

Title: Graduate Engineer
References: Waste water, technical building equipment

Company foundation: 1995 PRV GmbH; PRE GmbH; 2009 Institute for Biogas Technology MV Neubrandenburg

Core business: Optimisation of biogas plants; development of advanced technologies to increase efficiency

Experience: Anaerobic digestion technologies; specially developed technologies and components in the field of biogas

Doctorate degree: PhD student of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ongoing (2019 - present), Karlsruhe, Germany.
Master degree: M. Sc. in 'Water Science and Water Engineering' from INSA Toulouse, 2017, Toulouse, France.
Bachelor degree: B. Eng. in 'Civil Engineering' from Jadavpur University, 2015, Kolkata, India.
He worked on the topic named 'Arsenic Removal from Groundwater in the Bengal Region' during my bachelor degree program. During the last semester of my bachelor degree, he was awarded the 'Charpak Master Scholarship (2015-2017)' which enabled me to obtain a Master degree in 'Water Engineering and Water Management' from INSA Toulouse, France. He was fascinated by the membrane filtration process from the beginning for its wide application in water and wastewater treatment. Hence, He wrote my master thesis on 'Removal of Micropollutants by Combined MIEX-NF Membrane Process' at the Institute of Functional Interfaces of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Later he worked there for one and a half years on a 'HeiKA project' named 'Arsenic removal from coastal areas by membrane filtration processes'. Since September 2019, He is a PhD student at the Engler-Bunte-Institute of KIT and work extensively on the topic of 'Complete treatment of pig manure by membrane filtration processes'.






Frequently Asked Questions

This conference is 100% online and will be hosted on the web-conference streaming program ZOOM. To participate in the conference, all you need is a stable internet connection and either a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

You do not need an account with Zoom to connect, but you will have to download their client or app before connecting.

We will conduct this conference via the online platform Zoom.

To use Zoom, all you need is either a stable internet connection or a landline to connect.

You can connect via smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.

A couple of days before the start of the conference, you will get detailed instructions on how to use and connect to Zoom.

You don't need an account to use Zoom, but you will have to download their client or app.

This online conference takes place January 25th-27th from XX until XX.

After registering for this online conference, you'll receive an automated email confirming your registration. If there are no further announcements, you'll receive the ZOOM links for all 3 conference days between 3 and 5 days before the start of the conference.

The regular rate is 190 € + VAT, but as an early bird, you can save 30€ if you register until December 21st, 2020.

As a student, you can join this conference for just 90€ + VAT. To be eligible, please send us your valid proof of matriculation via email to sal@ibbk-biogas.com and we'll send you your personal discount code that you can use for your registration.

If you live in what's defined as a developing country by the DAC's list of ODA recipients (click to download), please send your proof of residence to sal@ibbk-biogas.com and we'll send you your personal discount code so you only pay 90€ + VAT.

Unfortunately, there's no refund option for your registration.

To register now, simply click on the orange button above. This will lead you to a checkout page where you can sign up and pay via PayPal or credit card.

You can pay via PayPal or Credit Card.

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