Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation by email to

Abstracts must be written in the official conference language – English and must not exceed 1000 words in length, not including key illustrations and tables.  Abstracts must not exceed 5 pages in total length.  The abstracts must contain sufficient information for the Scientific Committee to judge the full paper quality.

Deadline for abstract submission is 7 September 2012 has been extended to 28 September 2012.

5th IWA Specialized Conference on Odors and Air Emissions Jointly Held With 10th Conference on Biofiltration for Air Pollution Control


Odors and Air Emissions – Odors, VOCs, GHGs, and carbon emissions, control techniques, sampling, dispersion, modelling, measurements, strategies, planning and impacts
Biofiltration –Development and fundamental principles of biofilters, biotrickling filters, and other emerging bioreactors for odors, air or gas treatment

4-7 March 2013
San Francisco, California, USA

Key Dates:
Abstract Submission: 7 September 2012 28 September 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 9 November 2012
Submit Full Manuscript: 18 December 2012
Final Acceptance (based on full manuscript quality and confirmed registration): 15 February 2013
Conference Programme Publication: 1 March 2013

Early (discounted) online registration deadline: 31 January 2013
Online registration deadline: 18 February 2013
Onsite registration: 3-4 March 2013

Conference Registration:
Preview Booklet
Registration website for delegates
Registration website for exhibitors and sponsors

This is the first IWA Odors and Air Emissions Conference and joint Biofiltration Conference to be held in the United States in this series. Events have previously been held in London, Sydney, Singapore, Barcelona, and Vitoria, Brazil. The Biofiltration conference has been held successfully 9 times over the past 17 years in various global locations. Duke University – Pratt School of Engineering and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico hosted the 2010 Biofiltration Conference.

This jointly held IWA and Biofiltration conference is a forum for the management of environmental odors, air emissions, Volatile Organic Compounds, and Greenhouse Gases. It will bring together specialist researchers and professionals from a range of sectors, including municipals, consulting, government and non-government agencies, universities, waste management, composters, odor abatement equipment manufacturers, and other industrial and agricultural sectors.

The conference will provide attendees to meet and exchange strategies, planning approaches, operational experiences, advances, innovations, initiatives and results. Expertise in odors, air emissions, sampling, measurement, odor control operations/maintenance, and biofiltration can be exchanged, shared, and developed into innovations and new applications that complement both focus areas.

Conference Themes:

  • Odor management as a community tool for addressing odor perceptions, determining odor nuisance levels, and managing odor impacts
  • Odors and air emissions at municipals and industrial wastewater handling, conveyance, and treatment facilities; livestock, land waste application sites, and agricultural operations; composting; and, industrial and waste handling, management, reuse/recycle and processes
  • Odor and air emissions sampling and measurements by gas chromatography, electronic noises, hand held devices, and other methods
  • Odor and air emissions regulation, planning, and policy developments and sustainability impacts
  • Odor and air emissions controls that are viable and sustainable
  • Odor and air emissions formation and emission sampling techniques for point, area, combustion, and volume sources
  • Odor and air emissions estimation methods, models, and emissions factors and dispersion modelling
  • VOCs, GHGs, air toxics, and odorant measurements – chemical sensors, chromatography and other innovative methods
  • Odor measurement using Olfactometry methods
  • Control techniques for treatment and abatement of odorous, VOCs, air toxics, and GHGs emissions
  • Traces of VOCs, GHGs, and sulphur compounds with focus on biogas, exhausts from municipal and industrial wastewater conveyance and treatment, and waste management and composting
  • Biofilter, biotrickling filter, bioscrubber, membrane bioreactor, two-phase and other gas-phase bioreactor technologies
  • Novel applications: biogas and landfill gas, greenhouse gas mitigation, syngas fermentation, indoor air, biofuels, agricultural application, etc.
  • Case studies in VOCs, air toxics and odor control using bioreactors, laboratory and pilot scale evaluation.
  • Biofiltration process design and scale-up, process optimization, bioreactor modeling
  • Hybrid air or gas biological-chemical or physical technologies
  • Biofiltration: microbiological aspects, physiology and metabolism, new species, microbial ecology, novel molecular biology techniques
General Inquiries
Conference Registration and On-site Logistics
Ms. Cari “Cas” Strouse
Telephone: +1.720.286.4256
Conference Exhibiting and Sponsoring
Ms. Ashley Rath
Telephone: +1.720.286.2327