The 13th CEN meeting of Working Group 2 of the Technical Committee 264 'Air quality - Determination of odour concentration by dynamic olfactometry' took place in Berlin (Germany) at the end of August. The day 28th of August from 09:00 to 17:00 and the 29th from 09:00 to 13:00 a full review of the text was carried out by 19 experts from a few countries in Europe.
The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) of Berlin was the place selected for the final review of the future EN 13725. After almost 5 years from the first meeting it is time to sum up the work and approve a final document. The ambitious aim set was to approve each and every of the clauses redacted. Was this goal reached?
We are delighted to share with you that the IV International Conference on Environmental Odours and VOCs Management that took place in Valladolid, Spain, last week was very successful. We got a fantastic conference room and we put there 152 attendants from around 15 countries who were avidly listening to over 40 presentations during these 2 days. Outside of the hall we set 9 booths and 7 posters. Every single paper was peer reviewed by a scientific committee of over 80 people. We would like to say a big thank you to our reviewers too.
We hope you found the information or the help you were looking for in this Conference. We are sure you networked with a lot of interesting people (and friends) there. We really enjoyed your presence in the event and we hope to meet you again in another event soon.
Two points of view. Two ways of seeing calibration of Instrument Odour Monitors (in short here, o-sensors). The 29th and 30th of August, the Working Group (WG) 41 committed to the new standard on o-sensors, met in Berlin, Germany to discuss a bit more about the text. This time, there were some very hot discussions on the interesting issue of o-sensor calibration. The tense atmosphere was broken from time to time by the pause for coffees, but all in all, everybody was enjoying the fascinating discussions being hold in the meeting room of the BAM Institute.
Like in tennis matches, the ball went from one side to the other side of the court. The question is the following: Could a non-specific o-sensor be used on any application? That is, could an o-sensor that is performing fine in a composting site, be used also in an oil refinery? In that case, is there any way to prove that the quality of the results is transferable? Should we define procedures to calibrate o-sensors on site? Which is the Certified Reference Material (CRM) to calibrate the o-sensor? is it possible to design a CRM for quality procedures? These and more questions were addressed during these 2-day meetings.
The next General Assembly of the recently created Environmental International Association of Odour Managers (AMIGO for its acronym in Spanish, Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor) will take place during the IV International Conference on Odour and VOC management, in Valladolid, Spain. This Association gathers partners from several Spanish-speaking countries, such as Chile, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. One of the items that will be discussed in the Agenda for this meeting is whether to open the inscription for other non-Spanish speaking partners.
The Environmental International Association of Odour Managers (AMIGO) is a non-profit organisation formed by consultants, environmental companies, industrial sectors and other important environmental actors who care about a better environment without odour annoyance. This organization is based in Spain, but there are other groups in Chile, Colombia and Argentina. After a few tens of "virtual" meetings by videoconference, this time the goberning board and other members wil meet in person. The General Assembly will take place on Wednesday the 20th of September 2017, in the room Chancilleria.
Taking place from Sunday 15 - Wednesday 18 October 2017 at the Pullman Brisbane, King George Square, Australia, The CASANZ 23rd International Clean Air & Environment Conference (CASANZ 2017) will bring together over 300 highly influential group of global industry experts, policy and decision makers and key equipment suppliers of the environmental sector, from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
These conferences are always special in our field, cause there is quite an active group in CASANZ dealing with Environmental Odour Management. That is why this conference is always a key event for odour experts to meet. The program of this conference has a well-assorted selection of interesting topics, but here we will focus on our beloved odorous part. So... what can we expect from this conference?
There is just one month left for the II International Odor Management Conference and Technology Showcase (OMCTS) in Los Angeles, organized by the Canadian company Scentroid. The event will take place between the 1st and 2nd of November 2017 in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).