• Conference Programme

Thursday October 24 – Saturday October 26 RMIT UNIVERSITY MELBOURNE

Location: Building 80, Level 4, Room 11 Lecture Theatre – 445 Swanston St, Melbourne, Vic 3004


Day 1 – Lecture Theatre, RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus

Building 80, Level 4, Lecture Room 11 – 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

Thursday 24 October 2019

Time & LocationPresentationSpeakerBackground
9.00 to 10.30am

Plenary Theatre Location: 80.04.11
Introduction & ANZBI - 2 years on, a call to link armsDon CoyneAust. N.Z. Biochar Initiative (ANZBI)
Biochar 2019; A Overview of Commercialisation, Product Development and Recent Research in Australia and New Zealand.Professor Stephen JosephUniversity of New South Wales
Biochar Products, Systems, and Processes for Urban ResiduesTom MilesChair of International Biochar Initiative
10:30-11:20amPurchase Morning Tea in RMIT
11.20 to 12.20pm
Plenary Theatre Location: 80.04.11
Biochar developments in ChinaProfessor Stephen JosephC/Nanjing Agricultural University
Our carbon credit system for humus increasing in soilsGerald DunstSonnenerde Austria
12:20 – 1:20pmPurchase Lunch @ The Oxford Scholar
Rubberised biochar as a bitumen additivePeter BurgessRainbow Bee Eater
1.20 to 2.40pm
Plenary Theatre
Location: 80.04.11
Recent advances on biochar researchDr Jorge Paz Ferriero & Dr Kalpit ShahRMIT University
2.40 - 3:30pmPurchase afternoon tea in RMIT
3.30 to 5.00PM
5 Concurrent Sessions
Session 1
Location: 80.05.12
Biochar for Soil, Plants and Trees
“Influence of Pyrolysis Preparatory Conditions (temperature, residence time and heating rate) on Characteristics of Biosolids Derived Biochar”Shefali AktarRMIT University
Realising the potential of biochar as a negative emissions technologyAnnette Cowie Bioenergy Australia
Using biochar-based blends to remediate hardrock minesKristin Trippe
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
A comparison between the effect of NPK granules and NPK coated biochar on soil propertiesSara Tahery
University of New South Wales
Location: 80.02.03
Time 4:30pm
Biochar for Soil/Plant/Tree health. Use in indoor growrooms with neutracritical benefits.Stuart LarssonSoft Agriculture
Session 2
Location 80.02.03
Biochar for Animal Health
FeedChar - For naturally healthy animalsDominik DunstCharline
Biochar for Livestock Health & Productivity. Regional Energy & JobsStuart LarssonSoft Agriculture
Biochar to increase milk yield and solids in a South Australian DairyMelissa RebbeckClimate Agriculture & Support
Session 3 Location: 80.09.12Biochar for Construction Materials
An innovative use for Biochar: humidity sensorMauro GiorcelliPolitecnico di Torino
100ts of biochar consumed safely per km of road. How?Andre Van ZylCarbonCor Australia
Epoxy resin composites using biochar as carbon filler: study of Mechanical and Electrical behaviourMauro GiorcelliPolitecnico di Torino
Biomass chars for future structural materialsJohn McDonald - WharryUniversity of Waikato
Location: 80.03.15
Time 4:10pm
On the road with biogenic asphaltRyan JanszBoral
Session 4
Location: 80.04.19
Available technology & projects
An update on Green Man Char & Wood VinegarDr Adrian MorphettEarth Systems
Clean low cost Renewable Gas for Industry. Carbon Sequestration for our Planet.Peter Burgess & Ian StanleyRainbow Bee Eater
Jeffries Compost Biochar System S.A.Dr James JoycePyrocal
Developments & Projects in Western AustraliaEuan Beamont & Tom VoganEnergy Farmers Australia
Session 5
Location: 80.03.15
Biochar for Water Filtration & Soil Remediation
Biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and activated carbonsZhanying ZhangQueensland University of Technology
Producing effective adsorbents from biomass waste by understanding and manipulating surface chemistry through different treatmentsLokesh PadhyeUniversity of Auckland
5.30 to 7.30 PM
Drinks in Pearsons & Murphy's Cafe followed by networking dinner. (venue TBA)

Day 2 – Lecture Theatre, RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus

Building 80, Level 4, Lecture Room 11 – 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

Friday 25 October 2019

Time & LocationPresentationSpeakerBackground
8.30 to 10.30am
Plenary Theatre
Location: 80.04.11
ANZBI AGM & Standards Discussion
Session 1Australia New Zealand Biochar Initiative (ANZBI) AGM & Standards DiscussionANZBI CommitteeMembers Only (AGM) & Standards Discussion (open)
10:30-11:20amPurchase Morning tea in RMIT
11.20 to 12.50pm
5 Concurrent Sessions
Session 1
Location: 80.05.12
Biochar for soil, plants and tree health & productivity
Local climate crowdfunding as a new financial scheme for storing carbon in soils?Pia OtteInstitute for Rural and Regional Research and NTNU Sustainability
Local climate crowdfunding as a new financial scheme for storing carbon in soils?Pia OtteInstitute for Rural and Regional Research and NTNU Sustainability
Practical application of a biochar derived fertilizer for use in paddy rice cultivation.Gordon HirstChang Mai University
Pyrolysis of Biosolids: Process modelling and Economic AnalysisEkaterina SeleznevaRMIT University
Session 1
Location: 80.02.03
Biochar for soil, plants and tree health & productivity
Kinetic Parameter Estimation for Slow Pyrolysis of BiosolidsNimesha RathnayakeRMIT University
Why Do it? PyCCS - Biochar co-generation & ProSilva: Responsible Forest Resource ManagementFrank StrieTerra Preta Developments
Soil nitrogen, organic carbon and crop yield after biochar application – a meta-analysisShahla Hosseini BaiUniversity of Central Queensland
Making a value added product from dewatered sewerage sludge & Wood BiocharDean Hurlstone & Stephen JosephConhur
Time: 12:10 -12:30
Biochar & Dung BeetlesMelissa Rebbeck
Climate Smart Agriculture
Location: 80.09.12
Time: 12:30-12:50pm
Mainstreaming the benefits of Biochar in soils using the Carbon Farming MarketsLouisa KielyCarbon Farmers of Australia
Location: 80.03.15
12:30 -12:50am
Biochar from biosolids microwaved-yrolysis: Characteristics and potential
for use as growing media amendment
Bhawana BhattaUniversity of Melbourne
Location: 80.03.15Development of U.S. Pacific North West Biochar AtlasKristin TrippeUnited States Dept of Agriculture (USDA)
Session 2
Location: 80.09.12
Biochar for Animal Health & productvity
Biochar – reducing livestock’s carbon footprintKathy Dawson & Dominik Dunst -CharlineBiochar Network of W.A.
Feeding biochar mineral complexes to animalsStephen JosephUniversity of New South Wales
Session 3
Location: 80.04.19
Available technologies & projects
Biochar for the Pacific - Certified Organic and Ethical Production Initiatives"Frank Sanders & Ruy de la anaya RosaPacific Biochar Initiative - Working Group
Reducing moisture content of pulpwood by natural drying: A case study near Mt Gambier, SADr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan
University of Sunshine Coast
Report on the IBI Finland Biochar Study TourPeter BurgessAustralia New Zealand Biochar Initiative INc (ANZBI)
Biochar activity in NZ; a case study and other emerging opportunitiesDennis EnrightBiochar Network of New Zealand (BNNZ)
Session 3
Location: 80.03.15
Available technologies & projects
Ironwood Technologies - An UpdateGeoff ProctorIronwood Technologies
Biochar in a circular economyKelly Wickham
Sustainability Victoria
12:50 – 2pm Lunch together @ Oxford Scholar - Building 81
2.00 – 3:30pm
4 Plenary Sessions
Session 1Biochar as Smart and Sustainable Building MaterialDr Kua Harn Wei Universtiy of SIngapore
Session 2Polytechnik - Green CarbonChristian JirkowskyPolytechnik Biomass Energy
Session 3Biochar before planting. A new normalDoug PowPow Brook
Session 4“How biochar can fulfil its potential”Nigel MurphyEarth Systems
3:30-4:30pmPurchase Afternoon Tea

Group Discussion – wrap up
Discussion with those currently operating commercial projects
Conference Closing

Day 3 – Field Trip Melbourne Metro Region

Buses departs @ 8:30am from City Tempo, 353 Queen St, Melbourne. (Coach will be parked in A’Beckett St around the corner) 

Templestowe Landfill Site

9:15 – 12 Noon See the Charmaker patented technology operating at the Manningham City Council Landfill site in Templestowe, Melbourne where Green Man Char & Wood Vinegar are produced from tree prunings or typical green waste. Morning provided by Manningham City Council. 

Morning tea 10:30am – 10:50am  provided C/ManninghamCity Council Bronze Sponsor


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