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Events Program at IFAT Entsorga 2012

An interesting events program is again flanking the range of products and services showcased at IFAT Entsorga 2012, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management which takes place from May 7 to 11, 2012 in Munich. On all five days of the fair, the forums in Halls A5 and C1 will be featuring country and theme specials, panel discussions and presentations by exhibitors.

Country Specials
In line with the international character of IFAT Entsorga a number of Country Specials are being put on in the program. The Africa-Maghreb Region, Russia and Turkey will feature in three Country Specials being organized by Messe München in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Water Partnership. And together with the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, the company is hosting an event to explore in greater depth the developments in Canada and India. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) is also a co-organizer of the latter. The Country Special on the Arab Regions is being carried out in cooperation with the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA).

Theme Specials
In addition the partners of IFAT Entsorga will be turning the spotlight on a range of special themes. For example, the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry (BDE – Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft e.V.) is organizing panel discussions on EU regulations, the law on product recycling and waste management, recovery and recycling and biowaste and how to use it. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the German Water Partnership and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research are putting on a panel discussion on the subject of capacity development in international markets, looking in particular at the involvement of German industry in education and training in water management. The UmweltCluster Bayern is also active at IFAT Entsorga and organizing a panel discussion on "Waste to Energy" in cooperation with the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology.

16th International Symposium
The "16th International Symposium Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Energy" is being held within the framework of IFAT Entsorga 2012. This is a joint initiative, organized by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA – Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall) in cooperation with the European Water Association (EWA), the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the waste management and city cleaning section of the association of public utilities companies (Verband Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung im VKU). The event, taking place from May 7 to 10 in the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München, offers a diverse trade program on themes in sustainable water and waste management.

Mega Cities – Mega Chances
A special event on "Mega Cities – Mega Chances" is on the program the very first day of the fair. In four theme blocks experts will be exploring the problems of global urbanization and examining solutions. The experts include, for example, Dr. Michael Denkel, a partner at Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, and Professor Dr.-Ing. Xiaohu Dai, Director of the National Engineering Research Center for Urban Pollution Control at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Attendance at the symposia and the forums is free of charge. Simultaneous interpretation (German/English) is provided at all the lectures.

GeoBioEnergy Conference
Another highlight is the premiere of the GeoBioEnergy Conference, which takes place on 9 and 10 May, also in the ICM. On the first day operators will be reporting on their experiences with geothermal power stations. There will also be a review of how geothermal heat can be made usable. On the second day the focus switches to the production of biogas from biogenic waste and the efficient use of waste wood for energy.

More details about the speakers and contents of these events will follow in a later press release in March.

Source: IFAT Entsorga

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