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SOFIE2SOFIE2 organizers

Day 1: Tuesday 17th January 2023

09.00 hr | Registration

10.00 hr | Opening and context

Welcome: ESPP, Eurofema, ECOFI, Fertilzers Europe, IFS

Oliver Sitar, European Commission (DG AGRI): the fertilisers supply and price crisis – opportunities for organic (secondary carbon-based) fertilisers

Pekka Pesonen, Copa-Cogeca: the importance of organic fertilisers for European farmers

Jacob Hansen, Fertilizers Europe: complementarity between mineral and organic solutions to achieve balanced fertilisation

Alberto Persona, S&P|Fertecon: overview & future of the organic fertilising market in Europe

1.25 - 12.00 hr | Break

12.00 hr | Agronomic benefits

Verena Pfahler, Fachverband Biogas
:  biogas digestates and soil fertility – an overview

Maurice Evers, Lumbricus.nl: agronomic success of carbon-based fertilisers requires knowledge about their role in the soil

Andrea Schievano, EU Joint Research Center (JRC): reserach organic and organo mineral fertilisers


12.55 - 13.55 hr | Lunch

13.55 hr | Market & Technologies

Laia Llenas Argelaguet, Fertimanure
: Fertimanure fertilising products: Biorefineries for recovering nutrients from animal manure

Thijs Kapteijns, Protix: organic fertiliser produced from Black Soldier Fly insect larvae

Emma Burak, Yara: the assessment of organo-mineral fertilisers as a viable commercial product in the UK

Mark Kragting, Tema Process: granulating organic fertilisers using Fluid bed dryers as a granulator

Esteve Casòliba, Unimer: organo-mineral study in coffee crops, a comparative experience


16.00 - 16.35 hr | Break

16.35 hr | Circular Nutrients & Climate Change

Leon Fock, Eurofema: carbon footprint of organic fertilisers

Peter Hammond, CCm: the elimination of waste and pollution, the retention and reuse of CO2 combined with organic materials and the regeneration of soils

Harald Mikkelsen, Koppert: carbon sequestration as a result of the nitrogen content of fertilisers

17.50 hr | Cocktail reception


Day 2: Wednesday 18th January 2023

(Coffee from 8h00)

09.00 hr | Regulation 


The Fertilising Product regulation – state of implementation – interaction with national fertilisers and with Animal By-Products regulations

Ana-Lucia Crisan, European Commission (DG GRO): EU Fertilizer Regulations

Laura van Scholl, NMI: Technical study in support of a Guidance document Fertilisers

Finbarr O'Regan, Ireland Department of Agriculture and (pending) AdCo (EU FPR Member States market surveillance authorities administrative cooperation group): registration of organic and organo-mineral fertilisers

Murray Smedley, Barkwith Associates Limited: practical experiences & GB position 

Giulia Laura Cancian, EBA: Completing the nutrient cycle

10.40 - 11.15 hr | Break 

Giel Tettelaar, EFCI Register (Notified Body): CE registration of organic fertilisers using Module B&C of the Conformity Assessment procedure

Dorottya Lőrincz, Certrust (Notified Body): explaining pitfalls of CE registration in practice & Module D 1

12.05 hr | Q&A on EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR 219/2009) implementation

Participants can put their questions to speakers above and to experts from Eurofema, ECOFI and Fertilizers Europe

13.10 - 14.15 hr | Lunch

14.15 hr | Perspectives and panel discussion

Company presentation and market perspectives: Irmgard Leifert (ECN), Karlien Vermeiren (DCM), Luuk Braam (Ferm-O-Feed)

Panel members:  Antoine Hoxha (Fertilizers Europe), Jessica Fitch (ECOFI), Leon Fock (EUROFEMA), Giulia Laura Cancian (European Biogas Association), Irmgard Leifert (European Compost Network), Martin Alm (EFPRA)


16.05 hr | Close



Mari Eronen, Mikko Rahtola - LAB University of Applied Sciences. New possibilities in manufacturing recycled fertilizers in Finland.

James Dowers, Ryan Higginbotham, John Williams (ADAS), David Chadwick (Bangor University), Tom Misselbrook (Rothamsted, North Wyke). Acidification of slurry and digestate – Impacts on ammonia emissions and nitrogen use efficiency.

Novafert project. Novel procedures and sustainable guidelines to enhance the use of alternative fertilisers.

Śniatała Bogna, Sobotka Dominika, Mąkinia Jacek (Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Gdansk University of Technology). Technologies for N and P recovery from wastewater vs. market readiness for the product reuse

Renate Weiß and Susfert team. Design of biobased and bioactive fertilizer coatings.

G. Noriega-Hevia, A. Mayor, A. González-Míguez, A. Sánchez, L. Rodríguez, C.M. Castro-Barros. WalNUT: Closing wastewater cycles for nutrient recovery.

Theodore Welby, Ruben Sakrabani, Nick Girkin (Cranfield University). Evaluating efficacy of carbon capture based organo-mineral fertilisers (OMF) to meet crop demands.

Kenny L. Brown, H. Aarts, M. Nyvold (N2 Applied). On-farm plasma treatment of livestock slurry and digestate produces nitrogen fertiliser while reducing environmental emissions

Ana Robles Aguilar, Margherita Genua, Maarten De Coninck, Nimisha Edayilam, Nagore Guerra Gorostegi, Erik Meers, Laia Llenas Argelaguet. Nutrient recycling community: A platform to exchange knowledge and good practices between relevant initiatives and European projects related to nutrient recycling.

Ricardo Paúl Ipiales, A. Sarrión, E. Diaz, A.F. Mohedano, M.A. de la Rubia. Optimizing nutrient recovery by hydrothermal carbonization of biomass waste.

Antonio Scialletti (SBS Steel Belt Systems SRL). RecOrgFert PLUS: the organic fertilizer to reverse desertification

Isabel Ranschaert. Fertira – Premium Organic Fertilisers