Bioresource Recovery Seminars– putting the circular economy to action

Target group

This seminar series is targeted to PhD students, researchers, and partner platforms linked to AUGent, and working under the umbrella of bioresource recovery.

Topic and theme

Promoted by the community, the cycle of scientific seminars will be focused on topics related to both bioresource recovery and the circular economy.

The overall seminar series aim at:

  • bringing together experts from all disciplines across the AUGent (UGent, HoGent, Artevelde Hogeschool,  and HOWEST);
  • fostering scientific collaboration as well (business) valorization that can flow from such collaborations.

The course will focus on both topics related to bioresource recovery and circular economy targeting various environmental fields such as energy, biomaterials, waste valorisation and water.

  • Waste to energy… and more
  • Sustainable design of biomaterials
  • Value chain assessment of biowaste valorization into resources
  • Nutrient recycling and primary resource substitution
  • Water Recovery
  • Biochemical Recovery

Besides dedicated sessions to each of the topics above, the course will also have a Joint Thematic Session in which the PhD students following the course will have the opportunity to present their research to experts in the field and receive feedback on their work. A field trip to a business implementing a circular bioeconomy approach will also be organized.


By attending our series of seminars, PhD students and young researchers will gain a unique learning experience and up-to-date information on research and novelties in the waste recovery field.

It will give them as well the opportunity to become research-active and get a chance to meet and interact with similar researchers with the same interest as well as most renowned experts coming from both research and industry field working under the umbrella of environment and more specifically within the waste recovery field.

Dedicated experts will bring the top information on the novel approach in the conversion of the waste streams through thermal, catalytic and bio-based processes into valuable energy products as well as useful feedstocks.


  • 1st Seminar: January 22, 2024, Waste to energy and more!, online, Frederik Ronsse and Erik Meers

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  • 2nd Seminar: February 26, 2024, Nutrient recycling and management, online, Stefaan de Neve and Erik Meers      
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  • 3rd Seminar: March 26, 2024, Bio-based materials and design, online, Francesca Ostuzzi and Aleksandra De Raeve  
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  • 4th seminar: April 30, 2024, Value chain assessment of biowaste valorization into resources, online, Marieke Franck and Jan Deklerck.
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  • 5th seminar: May 14, 2024, Water recovery, online, Imca Samper and Christine van de Heyden
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  • 6th seminarJune 17, 2024, Biochemicals Extraction, online, Katleen Raes
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  • 7th seminar: July 9, 2024, Joint Session (PhD students presentations), In person, Marcella Fernandes De Souza


To register for the Specialist Course as a PhD student, please contact with the subject “Registration for the Bioresource Recovery Specialist Course” and with your name, affiliation and thesis title. If you wish to only follow specific sessions, simply use the registration links above to do so.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

  • Attendance to at least 5 of the organised seminars in the series (attendance list)
  • Active participation in the seminars
  • Give a presentation in at least one of the seminars

Number of participants

35 to 100