The EU funded FertiCycle International Training Network has kicked-off its formal training program with a ‘Winter School’ course, in collaboration with the H2020 EU Project Nutri2Cycle, designed to provide participants with important basic insights into the research and development needed in the bio-based fertiliser technology industry. The course is aimed at introducing students to the management, treatment, and up-cycling of bio-waste into valuable, bio-based fertiliser products. It highlights the importance of political, legislative, and economic drivers as well as market mechanisms.
The topics of the course include:
- Global nutrient flows and cycling in food systems
- The role of EU policy frameworks in the transition toward nutrient recycling
- Technologies in nutrient recovery from organic residues
- Effect of bio-based fertilizers produced from organic waste on soil fertility and quality
- Agricultural and environmental performance of bio-based fertilizers
- Modeling and optimization of nutrient recovery and soil dynamics: Predicting the behavior of bio-based fertilizers
- Environmental impact assessment on the production and use of bio-based fertilizers
- Economics of bio-based fertilizer products and mineral counterparts
25 European academic experts in the field of bio-based fertiliser topics lead the course. Scheduled for February and March 2021, the course is held one every week (half-day) and includes lectures from experts, discussion break-outs, plenum discussions and collaborative activities. The plenary is only for students, however the lectures are open to all interested researchers and industry leaders.