Rural-Urban Symbiosis

RAMIRAN 201516th International Conference 

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH),
8th-10th September 2015

Ramiran_Titelbild_web“I’ve never attended such a well organised and well-structured conference so far. Everything was clear and smartly arranged from the first until the last minute”

“Thank you for a perfect Ramiran! I enjoyed the program and the time in between.”

“I enjoyed the useful and interesting conference in a the nice city of Hamburg.”

The 16th International RAMIRAN conference took place for the first time in Germany. TUHH was the chosen host. The conference was organized by the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection in cooperation with TUTech Innovation GmbH.

RAMIRAN is the scientific network on organic residues and their application in agriculture. It is an interdisciplinary meeting place for scientist and practioners; young professionals and students can exchange thoughts with experienced experts for mutual benefit. RAMIRAN 2015 focused on “Rural-Urban symbiosis”: In rural systems basics for human needs are generated – for food and increasingly for energy and biobased materials too. The products made from the agricultural resources are used mainly in urban areas. Outcomes are residues, which are today mainly disposed or inefficiently used. The conference contributed to close the cycle – from production over consumption up to residue utilization – by a more than 100 oral and 60 poster presentations. The covered thematic areas included: “Quality fertilizers from residues”, “Sustainable soils”, “Advances in emission prevention”, “The bioresource challenge”, “Sustainable regions”.

Intensively the question “What we can do to bridge the gap between consumers and producers?” was discussed. A highlight was the podium discussion to that topic involving “Farmer Willi”, who became well known in Germany by his “letter to the consumers”, and guests from science and practice – Mr. Gelpke (BUHCK company), Prof. Arentsen (Twente University), Mr. Ederhof (energy cooperative, ENH, Energienetz Hamburg), Prof. Otterpohl (Hamburg University of Technology).

230 participants, 40 % female and 60 % male, from more than 35 countries participated. The mainly European RAMIRAN network is now more and more extending worldwide. This year about 5 % of the participants came from Asia and 5 % from Africa. Also the extension to Eastern Europe increased.

The conference followed a special approach of European Commisions joint research centre in Ispra regarding Nitrogen neutrality of food. The food was scientifically evaluated and menu selection was based on culinary issues and scientific results. By this means e.g. lunches had a 9 % lower Nitrogen and land use footprint and a 17 % lower CO2 footprint compared to an earlier conference. Participants contributed with a voluntary fee for the challenge towards Nitrogen neutrality, which will support and Urban gardening project in Indonesia.

The conference contributed also to connect the scientific and practical world with culture and art. Artistically activities contributed to the communicative atmosphere – the Freiburg Scientific Theatre presented sketches focusing on conference topics and reached participants with the heart as well as the mind. The Hamburg artist Christiane Lüdtke presented art from tetrapak. Photographic images on “Rural-urban colors” upgraded the conference breaks.

Following organizations and companies supported the conference by exhibitions and sponsoring: BioCoverA/S, Denmark, Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH, Fresh Factory GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Budnikowsky GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Steinbeis Papier GmbH, Glückstadt, J.J. Darboven GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Buhck Umweltservices GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Farmatic Anlagenbau GmbH, Nortorf, BioResourceInnovation, Hamburg, StartUpDock of TUHH, Hamburg.

More information is available soon under;

Ina Körner, Conference Chair





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16th International Conference Rural-Urban Symbiosis