This time, the NOSE conference has been one of the best organized conference in the NOSE series that started in the year 2008 in Rome. We have had the pleasure of attending each and everyone of these European Conferences on odour management and we must say that the AIDIC will have a terrible task if they pretend to do it better next time.
Around 90 people, with a different background but a common interest on odour management, gathered for 3 days in the beautiful island of Ischia in Italy. This conference organized by the Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (AIDIC) with the help of the University Politecnico di Milano, has earned a well deserved position on the list of to-attend conferences about odour management.
The NOSE 2016 started with an engaging Keynote from Richard Stuetz director of the Water Research Centre (WRC) of the University of New South Wales and a well known person on this field. His presentation dealt with odour sampling from area sources. This type of odour source is often found in wastewater treatment plants, landfills and agricultural operations and presents particular difficulties for the measurement of emission rates. His interesting presentation dealt with the different enclosure methods for emission rate measurement, illustrating the various enclosure parameters that can influence emission rates. Mr Stuetz highlighted the current uncertainties in enclosure design and their potential for affecting the accuracy of measurements.
It was a pleasure listening to Mr Stuetz keynote. He has a very active role in the field of odour management and has been a key figure in this sector for many years.
All in all, we enjoyed a very nice assortment of presentations with a special focus not only in basic research but also in real case studies. The conference was well structured and divided in many interesting sessions.
- Odours and VOCs Emission Assessment
- Determination of the effect of the exposure to odours
- Other Applications of Odour Measurement
- Policy & Regulations
- Odour Control and Abatement Techniques
- VOC and Odour Sampling
The companies Olfasense and Scentroid presented some very interesting products in their booths. It was a pleasure discussing about the latest developments on odour measurement with Simon Rützel-Grünberg and Marc Andresen from Olfasense and with Ardevan Bakhtari from Scentroid.
The company Olfasense presented their latest developments concerning their new smart web platform for odour complaint management Odourmap. In addition they brought their olfatometer TO evolution. This olfactometer has doubled the size of the old TO8, but it has won on reliability and robustness.
The company Scentroid presented also their new Scentroid SS400 6 station portable olfactometer. This olfactometer is one of the smallest of the market. The dilution in this device is made with fixed orifices and a jet pump. This makes a much more affordable olfactometer but on the other hand needs a higher frequency of calibrations.
If you are interested in odour management and you want to know more, the papers presented in the conference will be available for some time in this link. Later they will be available as an open content article in the open access scientific magazine Chemical Engineering Transactions.
The next NOSE 2018 conference is planned to be in Milan, the home town of the very active the Polytechnic University of Milan. We are just counting the days for this conference.