21 November 2019

EVENT POSTPONED: Recycling critical nutrients into the food chain: from industrial wastes to innovative fertilisers

Organised by:

SCI's Environment, Health & Safety Group

London, UK

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With the global population continuing to grow beyond seven billion, we need to balance an ever-increasing demand for food, energy and natural resources, with the sustainable management of ecosystems and the vital services that they provide. In the EU the intensification of agriculture has resulted in the degradation of soils through the loss of organic matter and fertility, contributing to increased food production costs, as well as diminished productivity and elevated use of fertilisers that are both finite and energy intensive to produce. With demand for phosphorus already outstripping supply, the requirement for innovation and the development of a resource-efficient circular economy for nutrients has never been more critical.

This event will showcase the significant opportunity that UK industry presents as a source of alternative sustainable nutrients for use in agriculture. It will highlight innovative technologies that enable the recovery and reuse of these nutrients, from industrial residues, in line with the principles of the circular economy. The event will also discuss the regulatory landscape both in terms of the protections required to ensure responsible practice in the use of emerging materials and the regulatory constraints that can inhibit the effective recovery and reuse of nutrients. It will seek to share best-practice and future opportunities to enable nutrient reuse efficiency. Finally, the event will engage with practitioners that operate across nutrient supply chains with a view to discussing opportunities for further industrial and agricultural symbiosis with respect to nutrients.


This will be an ideal opportunity to meet others and generate connections and partnerships and will be of interest to the following groups of people:

  • Academics
  • Industry
  • Policy Makers
  • Consultants
  • Technologists
  • Farmers/Agronomists
  • Civil Servants

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Session 1: Novel nutrient sources for agriculture
Application of anaerobic digestate to land
Dr Chris Rose, AMUR
Extracting the value of ash and digestate
Dr Ben Herbert, Stopford Energy & Environment
Refreshment break
Nutrient recovery in the water industry
Jon Brigg, Yorkshire Water
Case Study on Biomass Ash Derived Fertilisers
Speaker to be advised
Session 2: Policy, regulator and industry viewpoints on realising a circular nutrient economy
Current regulatory landscape and future policy direction
John Williams, ADAS
End of waste regulations
David Stainton, Lincoln University
Using industry residues in agriculture: regulatory barriers and end user perceptions
Rachel Mashall, N8 Agri-food, Lancaster University
Refreshment break
Alternative sources of nutrients to land: an agronomist's perspective
Apostolos Papadopoulos, Crop Intellect
Panel debate: is innovation outpacing regulation?
Closing remarks

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14/15 Belgrave Square

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An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Organising Committee
  • Steve Waller, SCI / Stopford
  • Ben Herbert, SCI / Stopford