The organising committee would like to cordially thank all keynote speakers, lecturers, poster presenters, researchers, participants and sponsors for their participation in the conference Biogas Science 2018 in Torino.

Scientists from all over the world sent their abstracts: Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA. 

At the conference there were 13 sessions and a total of 74 oral presentations and 45 poster presentations (plus 6 keynotes and 6 warm up lectures). 

Announcement of Biogas Science 2020 – SWEDEN


After the successful conferences in Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary, we’re glad to announce the fifth edition of the Biogas Science International Conference (Biogas Science 2020).
The event will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on Autunm 2020 (click picture to visit website).


Scientific Programme

Biogas 4.0: moving towards a self-sustainable biogas sector

The scientific programme will include poster, plenary sessions with keynote speakers and parallel sessions on September 17th and 18th. Study tours are scheduled for September 19th.

The purpose of the Biogas Science 2018 conference is to provide a platform for scientific exchange of knowledge concerning technology, agronomy, chemistry & biology and economy within the anaerobic digestion sector.

Click here to download the final programme » biogasscience18finalprogrammeprint2.pdf



iconsprite1-83.png1. Substrates for AD

  • Industrial & Municipal organic waste
  • Solid waste management
  • Energy crops
  • Co-digestion
  • By products for AD
  • Pre-treatments

iconsprite2.png2. Gas Technology

  • Biogas upgrading
  • Bio-hydrogen
  • Odour emissions
  • Gas grids
  • Energy providers
  • Power authorities

iconsprite3.png3. Process Technology

  • Hydrolysis
  • R & D
  • Technical innovation
  • Early warning systems
  • Process control

iconsprite4.png4. Microbiology

  • Population analysis and tuning
  • Metabolic studies
  • Microorganisms as additives
  • Enzymes in AD
  • Algae in AD
  • Fungi in AD

iconsprite5.png5. Life cycle and life cost assessment

  • GHG and ammonia emission
  • Supply chain management
  • Feed in tariffs
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cost assessment
  • Critical success factors

iconsprite6.png6. Digestate post treatment and agronomic utilization

  • Digestate processing
  • Plant nutrients use efficiency
  • C stability and sequestration
  • Potential risks to agronomic utilization
  • Machineries for application

Technical visits on 19th September

Click here to download the Technical visits programme»  biogasscience18technical-tour-programme.pdf

Cooperativa Speranza (Candiolo, TO)

Thanks to a purpose built district heating grid, the Cooperative supplies approx. 9.000.000 kWh of thermal energy per year to the near Institute for the Research and Treatment of Cancer (I.R.C.C.) of Candiolo and other companies in the surrounding areas. Recently, an innovative three layers membrane gasometer has been installed for minimizing heat loss from the digester. Digestate is stored in fully covered tanks and the logistic chain for its agronomic utilization is optimized to enhance the efficiency of the system and to minimize polluting gas emissions to the atmosphere.

Consorzio ACEA (Pinerolo, TO)

Being ACEA a biogas plant highly connected with the adjacent facilities (landfill, wastewater treatment plant and composting plant), ACEA represents a virtuous example of integrated waste treatment district.ACEA is a modern Italian multi-utility company, which provides services for municipalities, private companies and citizens. In more than 150 years (Acea finds his origin in 1856, when the first Italian-French society for gas supplying was established), the company has continued its territorial growth and the current Group, established in 2003, operates in 47 Municipalities situated in the North West of Italy. Within the environmental sector, ACEA manages the entire waste cycle from waste collection, street sweeping and cleaning to the development and administration of different waste treatment plants. Currently, the ACEA group processes 60˙000 t y-1 of municipal bio-waste serving roughly 1 million inhabitants, and the waste treatment is accompanied by the production of electricity, district heating and high-quality compost. Since October 2014, alternatively to biogas combustion in combined heat and power units (for a total of 3 MW), biogas can be upgraded to bio-methane through several purification steps in order to serve a small fleet of vehicles and for methane grid injection in a near future (2019 expected). Moreover ACEA is investing in the future perspective of the circular economy concept hosting demo plants for the recovery of high-added value compounds (i.e. bio-plastics and humic acids) and energy carriers (i.e. bio-hydrogen) within the EU research programme.

Conference Venue


Via Nizza 280
10126 Torino, Italy

The Centro Congressi Lingotto was built between 1917 and 1922. Lingotto was designed by architect Giacomo Mattè Trucco in a rationalist, innovative style. The building symbolised a turning point in the development of Italian industry, marking the end of one era and the start of another.

Many generations of workers have been employed in the workshops of this great industrial complex, manufacturing not only cars but also aero engines, commercial vehicles and household appliances.

Having already undergone many renovations over the years in response to changing industrial needs, in 1985 the factory ceased production.

In 1989 an international competition was launched to transform the Lingotto industrial area into a modern multifunctional centre.

These were years of frenetic activity, as the winning project by Genoese architect Renzo Piano– designer of the Beaubourg in Paris in the 1970s – was turned into reality, earning acclaim from architects and engineers around the world.

Pictures (click to enlarge)

How to reach it

 The Lingotto Congress Centre is 10 minutes from the centre of Turin and the Porta Nuova train station. 
Connections can be made by underground bus and tram. The Lingotto train station can be reached via the Olympic footbridge. 
Visitors arriving from motorways or from city by-pass will be guided directly to the Lingotto’s underground car parks by road signs. 
Turin’s Sandro Pertini airport is 16 km from the city centre and can be reached in 80 minutes by taxi, at a fixed rate.

  • From the main motorways Piacenza, Pavia,Genova, Savona, Milano, Aosta Frejus e Pinerolo – direction TORINO, continue on the South Ringroad - exit Corso Unità d’Italia then follow signs to Lingotto.
  • From downtown: access to the underground parking sectors – from Via Nizza n. 230 and n. 280 bis.
  • From Lingotto railway station: on foot follow Via Pannunzio, turn left in Via Passobuole then turn left again in Via Nizza. Estimated time: 20 minutes.
  • From Porta nuova main railway station: Underground (, line 1, 6 stations, terminus LINGOTTO. Bus n. 1 or 35, get off after 12 stops. Estimated time: 20 minutes.
  • From Porta Susa railway station: Underground (, line 1, 9 stations, terminus LINGOTTO. Bus n. 1 and get off at Via Nizza/Via Vado stop. Estimated time: 30 minutes.
  • Pedestrian entrance: Via Nizza n. 280.
  • By car: underground paying car parking entrance from Via Nizza 230 or 280 bis.
  • Bus gate: Via Nizza 294.


The conference Biogas Science 2018 provides appropriate surroundings to introduce your company, your services and products among experts and potential customers. We expect about 200 participants from science, economy, industry and municipal biogas associations. Advertisement and attendance at the conference will provide added value for the prominence of your company.

You can choose a sponsoring or advertising activity that is suitable for you and your company. The local organising committee is on hand for answering your questions and for the professional realisation of the advertising of your company. Detailed information on different advertising and sponsoring possibilities can be downloaded.

Click here to download Sponsorship Opportunities » biogas2018sponsorship-opportunities.pdf

The Biogas Science 2018 Organising Committee gratefully aknowledges the support of the following companies and institutions 









































Social Events

Social Dinner | Monday the 17th of September, 2018

Address: Borgo Medievale, Sala San Giorgio | Viale Millo 6, Torino 

The Social Dinner will take place in the Borgo Medievale (Sala San Giorgio) at 08:00 pm. The Social Dinner is reserved for people who have purchased the entrance fee ticket (€ 60,00) during the registration process.At the registration desk onsite, the Organizing Secretariat will give you a ticket to show at the Social dinner venue entrance.

The Medieval Castle at the Valentino was built to host the Ancient Art section of the 1884 Turin Expo: along the Po river and surrounded by walls, the richly furnished castle rises above a small cluster of houses and workshops. The idea was to offer an artistic and evocative example of the gothic style which characterized 15th century in Piedmont: a century of cultural and economic growth that blossomed under the duchy of Amedeo VIII, leaving many important monuments throughout the region that needed to be preserved and enhanced. 


Take a look at the venue here.

Registration and payment of attendance fee compulsory.

About Torino

Capital of the Western Alps and of the Piedmont Region, Torino is located in the North-West of Italy and was founded 2300 years ago by the Taurini Gauls, a Celtic tribe, and was a Roman military camp called "Augusta Taurinorum" in the early Roman period. Taurus is latin for bull and still today the bull is the symbol of Torino. In the Middle Ages the Savoys, Lords from the homonymous French region, began to extend their ambitions towards the most important territories in Piedmont.

Since the 17th century, it has been the seat of the Savoy Dynasty who turned it into a beautiful capital of Baroque art.
In the 19th century, it was the first capital of the Italian Kingdom after the unification of Italy.
At present Torino is a modern industrial and commercial city, the seat of Fiat and many other industries as well as the home of the famous Martini, Cinzano and Carpano Vermouth Industries. 
Torino also boasts artistic churches, buildings and well-known museums. The most important of these is the Egyptian Museum, the 2nd largest in the world after the one in Cairo.
The large squares, the straight avenues lined with trees, the streets with arcades give the city an appearance of noble and charming elegance.
Beside being famous for their wide selection of typical regional food and wines like Barolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto, Piedmont and Torino are well-known also for their hors-d'oeuvres and "pasticceria" (small pastries, friandises, chocolate). Some of the old café bars (Baratti & Milano, Al Bicerin, Caffé Torino, Caffé San Carlo, Caffé Pepino, Caffé Mulassano) visited by the aristocracy are open to the public and one can still enjoy some of the old recipes and live the athmosphere of the past centuries.
Torino was the host city to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games which attracted athletes and people from all over the world and increased its popularity throughout the world.

1. Porta Palatina
2. Cathedral - Chapel of the Holy Shroud
3. Royal residence
4. Royal gardens
5. Royal Armery
6. Palazzo Madama
7. Royal theatre
8. Mole Antonelliana
9. National Museum of Cinema
10. Gran Madre di Dio (Church)
11. Palazzo Carignano
12. Egyptian Museum
13. Savoy gallery

14. Museum of Risorgimento 
(First Parliament of italy)
15. Academy of Sciences
16. Picture Gallery of Albertina Academy
17. Mount of Cappuccini
18. E. Filiberto Monument
19. Palazzo Bricherasio
20. Museum of Natural Sciences
21. Conservatory
22. Carlo Felice Square
23.. Porta Nuova maiin railway station
24. Valentino Park



Typical Piedmontese Food

Useful Links


Useful information




DiSAFA, Università di Torino

Prof. Fabrizio Gioelli - Associate Professor
L.go Paolo Braccini, 2
10095 Grugliasco (To), Italy
phone: +39 0116708844



Via Sebastiano Caboto 44
10129 Torino(To), Italy
phone: +39 011591871

Host & Organisers

The Department of Agricultural Forest and Food Sciences of the University of Torino hosts and organizes the Biogas Science 2018 conference with the support of AXEA Meetings Events and of the Scientific Committee.

Local Organising Committee

Prof. Paolo BALSARI


Prof. Fabrizio GIOELLI

Prof. Carlo GRIGNANI


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