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The European Sustainable Phosphorus Conferences are the unique event bringing together companies, stakeholders, regional and national authorities, innovation and researchers, to discuss phosphorus and nutrients sustainability actions and policies. This third conference (ESPC3) follows from the first two such European conferences in 2013 and 2015, see SCOPE Newsletters 92 and 111. In particular, the conference will present and assess integration of phosphorus and other nutrients into EU policies since the publication of the EU Consultative Communication on Sustainable Use of Phosphorus (2013), enable dialogue with industry and stakeholders concerning future policies and see success stories from companies and environmental management. ESPC3 is jointly organised by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), and supported by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and EasyMining, Kemira and Yara.

Objectives of the conference are:

  • Update on implementation of EU Commission Consultation on Sustainable Phosphorus, 2013
  • Bring together different sectors concerned by phosphorus sustainability: agriculture and fertilisers, food industry, dietary choices and health, industrial applications, trade and resources (EU Critical Raw Materials), recycling and the Nutrient Circular Economy, environmental impacts
  • Make links with soil organic carbon sequestration, climate change
  • Showcase research and innovation and business success stories from across Europe
  • Global scientists call for phosphorus sustainability (Our Phosphorus Future project)

Download programme here

Start registration: 8h30, Monday 11 June
Start conference: 9h00, Monday 11 June
End conference: 17h00, Tuesday 12 June
Back from site visits: 15h00, Wednesday 13 June
Eastern European Time (EET)

Conference highlights are:

  • From the European Commission Consultative Communication on Sustainable Use of Phosphorus (2013), to policies today engaged, to perspectives for tomorrow
  • Final workshop of the BSAG nutrient recycling business ecosystem
  • Plenary presentations on success stories in nutrient recycling and nutrient emission abatement and ecosystem restoration, from Europe, worldwide and Finland
  • Parallel sessions & poster sessions
  • Company success stories
  • Eutrophication mitigation success stories
  • Conference Networking Dinner, Helsinki City Hall at Monday 11
  • Wednesday 13th June: site visits to nutrient success stories for those interested

Confirmed speakers

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Full speakers summary can be found in this PDF

Confirmed lead speakers include: Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment (video message), Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament, Jonathan Trent, adjunct professor University of California at Santa Cruz, Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of city of Helsinki, Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Will Brownlie, CEH Edinburgh (Our Phosphorus Future), International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, HELCOM, Newtrient (US dairy industry), Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance (North America), Netherlands Government, Fertilizers Europe, European Commission DG Environment and companies, R&D and projects including: SARIA, Nijhuis, WETSUS, Ostara, Italpollina, Kemira, EasyMining, Yara, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Baltic Slurry Acidification, Cooperl, Svenskt Vatten, Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY, Metsä Group / Biolan Oy, and LIFE DOP.

Site visits
Site visits on Wednesday 13th will be arranged in three locations, which are Kemira Research Center in Espoo, Yara Kotkaniemi Research Station and Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY sewage works – RAVITA process. The visits will start on Wednesday around 09h00 and will end by 15h00. The conference participants will receive more information on the sites and will be able to choose, which of them to visit.

Registration is now closed.

Conference entry fee is 300€ for companies, 150€ for ESPP members, 100€ for students, researchers, NGOs, etc. The conference fee includes entry for 2 days, lunches and networking dinner on Monday 11 June. The fee does not include hotel accommodation.

Speakers benefit from free registration and should NOT use registration links above, but should use the separate link which will be sent to them if their abstract is accepted.

In case of questions regarding the registration send an email to Eero Jalava ().

Please responds to our ESPC call for posters and stands. Deadline for poster submission is 30 April 2018 latest.
Full details of themes and required format submission can be found in this document.

The deadline for the call for speakers and presentations has past. Thanks for the submissions.

Eero Jalava
Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)

Conference website address is www.phosphorusplatform.eu/ESPC3

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ESPC3 is jointly organised by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), and supported by the following organisations and companies:

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