The final Scientific Program is now available here.

Monday 20th

16:00 - 19:00 Registration and placement of posters

Tuesday 21st

08:00 - 10:00 Registration and placement of posters
09:00 - 09:15 Opening Ceremony
09:15 - 10:00 Opening lecture. Past, present and future of compost research

Prof. Ed Stentiford, University of Leeds (UK)

10:00 - 10:45 Opening lecture. Compost as a tool to suppress plant diseases: Established and putative mechanisms

Prof. Michael Raviv, Agricultural Research Organization (Israel).
ISHS Representative

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break and poster session
Session 1 Nutritional aspects of the use of compost in agriculture. Role in global food security
Chair: Peter Kuikman and Bart Vandecasteele
11:15 - 12:00 Keynote lecture. Phosphorus fractions in organic materials and their effects on soil P levels and crop nutrition

Prof. Rodrigo Ortega Blu, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile)

12:00 - 12:15 Crop yield and N management in an organic horticultural rotation with compost, commercial organic fertilizer and green manure

Pinto R, Brito LM and Coutinho J (Portugal)

12:15 - 12:30 Nitrogen recovery and use efficiency of potato in an integrated compost fertilization in an andosol soil

Nakidakida TG and Hayashi H (Japan)

12:30 - 12:45 Lettuce (Lactuca sativa cv. Webbs Wonderful) shoot and root growth in different grades of compost and vermicomposted compost

Duggan T and Jones P (Ireland)

12:45 - 13:00 Effects of vermicompost and soil ratios on qualitative properties and minerals element contents of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L)

Hosseini Farahi M and Noroozinejad M (Iran)

13:00 - 13:15 Growth and yield of carrot (Daucus Carlota L.) as influenced by organic wastes and NPK application in the humid ultisol location

Law-Ogbomo KE, Ighalo SA, Osaigbovo AU and Ogedegbe SA (Nigeria)

13:15 - 13:30 Developing site-specific fertilizer recommendations in Ethiopia: a quick-scan tool based approach in the CASCAPE project innovation team

Heesmans H, van Beek CL and Elias E (The Netherlands/Ethiopia)

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch time and poster session
Session 2 Impact of organic amendments on soil sustainability
Chair: Michael Raviv and Maria M Martínez
15:00 - 15:45 Keynote lecture. The complexity of soil sustainability: linking organic C levels to soil biological properties and soil resilience

Prof. Maria De Nobili, University of Udine (Italy)

15:45 - 16:00 Impact of long term compost amendments on soil fertility, soil organic matter distribution and nitrogen mineralization

De Clercq T, Elsen A, Vandendriessche H and Merckx R (Belgium)

16:00 - 16:15 Multi-criteria indexes to evaluate the effects of repeated organic amendment applications on soil quality

Obriot F, Stauffer M, Goubard Y, Vieublé-Gonod L, Revallier A and Houot S (France)

16:15 - 16:30 Can simple indices derived from soil incubations explain soil and maize response to organic and mineral fertilization in real agroecosystems?

Fiorentino N, Bertora C, Ventorino V, Fagnano M, Pepe O and Grigniani C (Italy)

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break and poster session
17:00 - 17:15 The relevance water- , nutrient- , and hormonal homeostasis in the molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in the plant growth promoting action of humic substances

Olaetxea M, Mora V, Bacaicoa E, Garnica M, San Francisco S, Casanova E, Zamarreño AM, Baigorri R, Erro J, Urrutia O and García - Mina JM (Spain)

17:15 - 17:30 Using compost amendments to enhance soil health and replant establishment of tree-fruit and berry crops

Forge TA, Neilsen D, Zebarth B, Neilsen G, Kenney E, Hashimoto N and Watson T (Canada)

17:30 - 17:45 Insights into the suppressiveness of composts against Phytophthora nicotianae by omics

Blaya J, Macías R, Santísima-Trinidad AB, Pascual JA and Ros M (Spain)

Wednesday 22nd

Session 3 Recycling of organic wastes in agriculture
Chair: Claudia Kammann and Hanneke Heesmans
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote lecture. Carbon accounting for compost - from feedstock to farm

Dr. Sally Brown, University of Washington (USA)

09:45 - 10:00 Development of markets for using compost in horticulture- Victoria Australia

Vujovic S(Australia)

10:00 - 10:15 Recycling of organic wastes in Brazil: composting, substrate and fertilizer manufacture

Silva CA (Brazil)

10:15 - 10:30 Characterization of the digestate from microalgae anaerobic digestion and co-digestion with sewage sludge for agricultural use

Solé M, Folch M, Tàpies J, Matamoros V, Garfí M, García J and Ferrer I (Spain)

10:30 - 10:45 Co-composting as a method to produce a nutrient rich compost from olive mill waste to use as a substitute for growing strawberries in the UK

Mortimer N, Fletcher L and Velis C (UK)

10:45 - 11:00 Evaluation of a nitrification inhibitor in nitrogen stabilization, fertility potential and biochemical properties during the composting process of sugar mill residues

Martinez MM and Ortega Blu R (Chile)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break and poster session
11:30 - 11:45 Effect of compost amendment on the growth of ornamental plants in a soilless substrate for green roofs

Di Bonito R, Biagiotti D, Giagnacovo G, Canditelli M, Campiotti CA (Italy)

11:45 - 12:00 Phosphorous availability of seven organic manures in a sandy soil

Cardoso CE, López F, Orden L, Rodríguez R and Díaz J (Argentina/Colombia)

12:00 - 12:15 Plant residue compost impacts on Chinese cabbage growth and organic matter fractions in a red soil

Mohamed I and Chen F (China/Egypt)

Session 4 Environmental impacts and health risks associated to the use of
compost in agriculture
Chair: Ed Stentiford and Asunción Roig
12:30 - 13:15 Keynote lecture. Health risks associated to solid waste composting: From production to use in agriculture

Prof. Martí Nadal and Jose Luis Domingo, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

13:15 - 13:30 P leaching and effects of long term application of compost versus other fertilizer types

Vanden Nest T, Vandecasteele B, Ruysschaert G, Cougnon M, Houot S, Reheul D and Merckx R (Belgium/France)

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch time
15:00 - 15:15 Influence of organic and inorganic amendments on the bioavailability of arsenic and cadmium in soils

Rocco C, Seshadri B, Adamo P, Bolan NS and Naidu R (Italy/Australia)

15:15 - 15:30 Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to pollution in Barrax, Albacete, Spain

Komnitsas K and Bartzas G (Greece)

15:30 - 16:00 Poster session
16:00 - 17:00 ISHS meeting

Thursday 23rd

Session 5 Challenges for the development and testing of next generation
organic amendments
Chair: Sally Brown and Mariluz Cayuela
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote lecture. Interaction of compost and biochar

Prof. Claudia Kammann, Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany)

09:45 - 10:00 Biomass or Biochar - Which is superior at improving hydraulic properties?

Spokas KA, Watts D, Jun T, Weis R, Novak J and Feyereisen G (USA/South Korea)

10:00 - 10:15 Can biochar reduce nitrogen pollution from chicken manure? Assessing biochar’s biogeochemical fate and policy opportunities

Ryals R, Hastings MG, King D, Tang J (USA)

10:15 - 10:30 Combination of biochar and clinoptilolite for nutrient recovery from liquid fraction of digestate

Kocaturk NP, Bruun S, Zwart K, Brussaard L and Jensen LS (Denmark/The Netherlands)

10:30 - 10:45 Addition of clay, biochar and their mixture during composting with earthworms: a strategy to reduce carbon emissions?

Barthod J, Rumpel C and Dignac M-F (France)

10:45 - 11:00 Are biochar and hydrochar adequate materials as substrate constituents? A summary of the research carried-out at UPV

Fornes F and Belda RM (Spain)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break and poster session
Session 6 Nutrient and organic matter recycling via integration of biochar
and compost. Perspectives from Europe's FP7
Chair: Miguel A. Sánchez-Monedero and Carlos Alberto Silva
11:30 - 11:50 Investigating the nutrient adsorption capacities of various waste-derived biochars

Ms. Chibi Takaya. University of Leeds (UK)

11:50 - 12:10 Potential of biochar in composting: effect on process performance and greenhouse gas emissions

Dr. Claudio Mondini. CRA (Italy)

12:10 - 12:30 Interaction of biochar with compost, plant health, yield and soil quality: balancing risks and opportunities!

Dr. Bart Vandecasteele, ILVO (Belgium)

12:30 - 12:50 New insights on the interaction between biochar and soil N2O

Dr. Mariluz Cayuela. CEBAS-CSIC (Spain)

12:50 - 13:10 Biochar as a soil amendment in vegetable crops developed under greenhouse conditions in Spain

Dr. Carolina Martínez, TECNOVA (Spain)

13:30 - 15:30 Lunch time and poster session
15:30 - 17:30 Round Table. Does biochar qualify for a role in sustainable agriculture
and circular economy?

Chairman: Prof. Peter Kuikman. Alterra (The Netherlands).
FERTIPLUS coordinator


  • Dr. David Wayne. Member of the IBI Board and Advisory Committee (UK)
  • Dr. José María Gómez Palacios. Biomasa del Guadalquivir (Spain). REFERTIL
  • Dr. Kurt Spokas. University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Prof. Claudia Kammann. Hochschule Geisenheim University (Germany)
  • Prof. Maria de Nobili. University of Udine (Italy)

Introductory talk. What might biochar cost?.
Dr. David Wayne. Member of the IBI Board and Advisory Committee (UK).

17:30 - 18:00 Closing session
20:00 Symposium dinner

Friday 24th

08:30 - 19:00 Technical and cultural visit