Symposium structure

The scientific programme of Venice 2022 included more than 160 presentations, structured in 3 parallel tracks.
The presentations were organised in Oral sessions, Workshops and Poster sessions. Oral sessions lasted 75 min and include 5 presentations (50 min) and a Discussion. Workshops were focused on controversial issues in Waste to Energy; they included a series of introductory lectures for seeding the debate among participants. Posters were made available digitally, offering pre-recorded video presentations, download of the individual posters and online discussion with the Authors.
In addition to these traditional sessions, the Symposium included five plenary Focus Sessions, held in the morning and in the afternoon, dedicated to specific themes of high public interest. A moderator, after a short presentation and statement made by 2-3 experts in the field, will guide the discussion among the experts and the audience. The format and the session settings are similar to a "talk show".


  • Biological treatment

  • Thermal treatment

  • Focus Session

  • Italian Session

Monday 21 November 2022

09:00 - 12:30


Chair: Raffaello Cossu (IT)

14:30 - 15:20

FOCUS SESSION I: Health risks in Waste to Energy

Moderator: Raffaello Cossu (IT) - Panellists: Massimo Federico (IT), Margherita Ferrante (IT), Toni Lesley Gladding (UK)

15:30 - 16:45

session A1

Material vs Energy options in Waste Management

Chair: David Bolzonella (IT)

session B1

Strategical approach in thermal treatment technologies

Chair: Marco J. Castaldi (US)

session C1

Processi biologici di conversione energetica

Chair: Salvatore Masi (IT)

17:15 - 18:30

session A2

Anaerobic digestion of different feedstocks

Chair: Deborah Panepinto (IT)

session B2

Carbon capture and decarbonation in thermal treatments

Chair: Thomas Astrup (DK)

session C2

Combustione diretta dei rifiuti

Chair: Umberto Arena (IT)

Tuesday 22 November 2022

09:00 - 09:50

FOCUS SESSION II: Role of thermal treatment in Circular Economy

Moderator: Umberto Arena (IT) - Panellists: C. Cord’Homme (FR), M. Castaldi (US), L. Lombardi (IT), R. Taylor (UK), D. Chen (CN), J. Yan (CN)

10:00 - 11:15

session A3

Anaerobic digestion: process efficiency

Chair: Michael Nelles (DE)

session B3

Thermal treatment: emission control

Chair: Masaki Takaoka (JP)

session C3

Gassificazione e processi termici a bassa temperatura

Chair: Federico Viganò (IT)

11:45 - 13:00

session A4

Enhancement of biogas production in anaerobic digestion

Chair: Rainer Stegmann (DE)

session B4

Thermal treatment residues: quality and valorisation

Chair: Giulia Costa (IT)

session C4

Workshop: Pyrolysis of industrial sewage sludge

Chairs: A. Pivato, M.C. Lavagnolo (IT)

14:30 - 15:20

FOCUS SESSION III: The contribution of biomass in the energy system - Competition with food and material use?

Moderator: Michael Nelles (DE) - Panellists: William Clarke (AU), Luca Fiori (IT), Susan Thorneloe (US)

15:30 - 16:45

session A5

Anaerobic digestion of wastewater and sludge

Chair: William Clarke (AU)

session B5

Thermal treatment: pyrolysis

Chair: Umberto Arena (IT)

session C5

Workshop: Waste to Energy perspectives in low income countries

Chair: Michael Nelles (DE)

17:15 - 18:30

session A6

Biohydrogen production

Chair: Rainer Stegmann (DE)

session B6

Gasification: process and quality control of outputs

Chair: Johan De Greef (BE)

session C6

Workshop: Carbon capture in Waste to Energy plants

Chair: Thomas Astrup (DK)

Wednesday 23 November 2022

09:00 - 09:50

FOCUS SESSION IV: Status and perspectives of biohydrogen industrial application

Moderator: Raffaello Cossu (IT) - Panellists: Massimiliano Materazzi (UK), Franziska Müller-Langer (DE), Rainer Stegmann (DE)

10:00 - 11:15

session A7

Workshop: Biodiesel from different lipids sources

Chair: Marco Schiavon (IT)

session B7

Pyrolysis and gasification of different substrates

Chair: Dezhen Chen (CN)

session C7

Workshop: High-temperature vs low-temperature conversion processes

Chair: Luca Fiori (IT)

11:45 - 13:00

session A8

Specific biomass management

Chair: Blake A. Simmons (US)

session B8

Low-temperature technologies: process and emissions

Chair: Luca Fiori (IT)

session C8

Workshop: Enhancement of Waste to Energy plants

Chairs: Damir Zibrat, Matthias Lukic (AT)

14:30 - 15:45

session A9

Biofuels from different feedstocks

Chair: Luísa M. Martins (PT)

session B9

Low-temperature technologies in biorefineries and waste recycling perspectives

Chair: Nicole Berge (US)

16:00 - 17:00

FOCUS SESSION V: Communication and public acceptance in Waste to Energy

Moderator: Giuseppe Tipaldo (IT) - Panellists: A. Cianciullo, A. Fornetti, G. De Feo, M.C. Lavagnolo, V. Tartamella (IT)

Poster session - from 21 to 23 November 2022