For yet another year, we have here again the only conference on odor impact management of wastewater collection systems that we know of. This biennial event has become the meeting point for odor and corrosion management professionals working with sewer networks. The 2024 WEAT Collections Systems and Odor & Corrosion Specialty Conference, scheduled from May 20-22, 2024, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center, presents a singular opportunity to delve into the complexities of odor management within wastewater systems.

     The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) ha a very active Odor and Corrosion Management Committee to educate and inform on technologies, trends, and best practices with regard to air quality, odor and corrosion control. In 2019 they organized a Biosolids, Odor & Corrosion Conference & Expo with a very interesting program. A couple of years later, they organized the 2022 WEAT Collections Systems and Odor & Corrosion Specialty Conference in Frisco. Recognized as the sole conference dedicated exclusively to this critical aspect of wastewater management in 2024, attendees can expect a focused exploration of strategies and solutions aimed at mitigating odor-related challenges in collection systems.

   The recently concluded "Gerüche in der Umwelt 2023" conference, held on November 29-30, has been hailed as a resounding success, with approximately 160 participants gathering to explore the latest advancements and discussions in the realm of olfactometry and odour assessment.

   One of the standout features of the event was the keynote address delivered by Mr. Dietmar Mannebeck, a founding partner of Olfasense GmbH, Kiel. His presentation, a captivating summary of the history of TO olfactometers, provided attendees with valuable insights into the evolution of the TO olffactometer and of the olfactometry itself. Dietmar paid tribute to his father, Dr. Heinrich Mannebeck, a trailblazer in German olfactometry.

   Odeuropa is a European research project which bundles expertise in sensory mining and olfactory heritage. The group developed novel methods to collect information about smell from (digital) text and image collections. This Tuesday there was the final event gathering 160 people in the Odeuropa Smell Culture Fair that unfolded at the Trippenhuis (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Amsterdam. This groundbreaking event marked a significant milestone in their journey to explore, understand, and celebrate olfactory heritage.

   The day commenced with a warm welcome by Zakia Guernina, the interim director general of the KNAW, setting the tone for an enriching experience ahead. The Plenary Session, led by PI Inger Leemans, provided a comprehensive introduction to Olfactory Heritage and the Odeuropa project. The unveiling of the IFF x Odeuropa Historical Scent Collection by Bernardo Fleming and the Heritage Smell Library by Isabelle Chazot added a sensorial dimension to our understanding of history.

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