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2nd Science Congress "Waste and Resource Management" 2012, March 29-30, 2012 in Rostock

Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles, who chaired the 2nd Science Congress, welcomed almost one hundred participants on behalf of the DGAW at the University of Rostock on March 29, 2012.

During the two-day congress, 25 speakers, chaired by professors from German-speaking departments, presented their specialist papers on topics from the fields of prevention and recycling, material flow management, biogenic waste, recycling and special waste, international waste and resource management, energy from waste and emissions.

As in the previous year, a poster exhibition was held alongside the presentations. This gave young scientists the opportunity to present their current work and concepts to an interested specialist audience.

An evening event was also held on the evening of the first day of the congress. After a welcoming address by Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Schareck, Rector of the University of Rostock, a DGAW scholarship worth 5,000 euros was awarded to Ms. Jasmin Kornau for the promotion of her doctoral project. The relaxed atmosphere provided the opportunity to deepen discussions that had already begun, make new contacts and exchange experiences and ideas.

On the second day of the event on 30.03.2012, a jury from the Advisory Board selected the best three contributions in each of the "Presentation" and "Poster" categories. In the "Poster" category, the Science Prize for Waste and Resource Management and a cash prize of 500 euros were awarded to Ms. Luise Westphal from the Hamburg University of Technology for her paper entitled "Neodymium: Raw material requirements and recycling potential". In the same category, Mr. Christopher Larsen from the Technical University of Berlin was awarded for his work "Impact of palm oil plantation on climate change" and Ms. Martina Meirhofer from the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland for the poster "Separation of inert and high caloric waste components of MBT heavy fraction"

The Scientific Award for Waste and Resource Management for the best presentation and a cash prize of EUR 1,000 went to Mr. Markus Helftewes from the University of Rostock for his presentation "Modelling and simulation of commercial waste processing against the background of cost efficiency and high-quality recycling strategies". Awards in the "Lecture" category went to Ms. Felicitas Schneider from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna for her lecture entitled "Influence of packaging material in determining the proportion of avoidable food in residual household waste" and Mr. Martin Rotheut from RWTH Aachen University for his lecture entitled "Raw material recovery through thermal-mechanical processing of shredder light fractions. Experimental evaluation of a process engineering approach".
The cash prizes and the scholarship were made possible by the sponsorship of numerous private and municipal companies in the industry, who also supported the event with their presence.

The congress ended on March 30, 2012 at around 4 p.m. with closing remarks from Minister Volker Schlotmann (Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development) and Mr. Thomas Obermeier, President of the DGAW. In his closing speech, Minister Schlotmann emphasized the importance of science and stressed that young scientists should make their presence felt in society and politics.
The next Science Congress will take place on March 21 and 22, 2013 under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kranert at the University of Stuttgart.

Contributions to the congress:

Part 1 Avoidance and recycling
  • "Influence of packaging materials in determining the proportion of avoidable food in residual household waste"
    Dipl.-Ing. Felicitas Schneider, BOKU Vienna
  • "Food in household waste - quantities, indicators and economic relevance"
    M. sc. Frances Vaak, University of Giessen
  • "Business models for the limits of growth - A business model concept for high-quality recycling and re-use"
    Dipl.-Oec. Max Regenfelder, Univ. Stuttgart
Part 2 Material flow management
  • "Cross-industry and cross-technology approaches in the strategic area of resource efficiency"
    Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Josephine Müller, TU Munich
  • "Material and cost efficiency in waste management through further development of material flow cost accounting"
    Daniela Schrack, University of Linz
  • "Modeling and simulation of commercial waste processing against the background of cost efficiency and high-quality recycling strategies"
    Dipl.-Ing. Markus Helftewes, University of Rostock
Part 3 Biogenic waste
  • "GIS-based bioresource inventory"
    Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Adwiraah, TU-Hamburg-Harburg
  • "Investigations into the degradation behavior of biopolymers in the hydrolysis stage"
    Dipl.-Ing. Veit Grundmann, Univ. Dresden
  • "The intermediate aerobic hydrolysis: A new way to improve the biogas yield"
    Dipl.-Biotechn. Timo Thiel, TU Braunschweig
Part 4 Recycling and special waste
  • "Raw material recovery through thermal-mechanical processing of shredder light fractions. Experimental evaluation of a process engineering approach"
    Dipl.-Ing. Martin Rotheut, RWTH Aachen University
  • "Methods for sulphate analysis for the selective deconstruction of prefabricated buildings"
    Dipl.-Ing. Gabi Seifert, University of Weimar
  • "Pharmaceutical Waste Management in Ghana. Consequences and Interventions." Samuel Sasu, Univ. Stuttgart
  • "Safety-related aspects in the recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles"
    Dipl.-Ing. Astrid Arnberger, Univ. Leoben
Part 5 International waste and resource management
  • "Development of a sustainable waste management concept as an instrument for the implementation of resource management strategies in Latin America"
    Dipl.-Ing. Jackeline Martínez-Gómez
  • "Latest developments in the disposal of bio-organic municipal waste in China"
    Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Dorn, University of Rostock
  • "Factors influencing the development of future raw material prices" Isabelle Gröticke, Univ. Gießen
  • "Mass Flow Analysis and Economic Evaluation of Informal Sector Activities"
    Dipl.-Ing. Ulrike Lange, TU Dresden
Part 5 Energy from waste
  • "Energy from waste in Europe - an inventory and comparison"
    DI Manuel Sommer, FH Burgenland
  • "Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) - Part II: First experiences on a technical scale"
    Dipl.-Ing. Dennis Blöhse, HS Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  • "Analysis of the relevant market and competitive environment for the further development and introduction of near-infrared-based real-time analytics for substitute fuels"
    Dipl.-Ing. Peter Krämer, Münster University of Applied Sciences
Part 6 Emission
  • "Development of a quantification tool for emission measurements of greenhouse gases using optical remote measurement methods"
    DI Marlies Hrad, BOKU Vienna
  • "Behavior of sicilium-organic compounds in biofilters"
    Dipl.-Ing. Lilly Brunn, TU Dresden
  • "Influence of vegetation on microbial methane oxidation in landfill cover layers to minimize methane emissions"
    Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Bohn, TU Darmstadt
  • "Increasing energy efficiency in the utilization of biogenic residues"
    Dipl.-Ing. Christof Heußner, TU Braunschweig