I’ve just returned from 3 weeks of nearly continuous travel and am finally able to reflect on my experiences. The first week of June I traveled to Amarillo, Texas for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality. I spent the second week of June in South Korea for the 2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology and last week I traveled to Newark, Delaware for the Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate Symposium.
My trip to South Korea was my first to the country and a tremendous experience. The 2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM 2018) was held in beautiful Gangwon Province, Korea. Over 600 delegates from 35 countries attended BEEM 2018 discuss a wide range of scientific topics.
I attended as an invited speaker and a member of the International Organizing Committee. In addition to the general sessions, the conference also hosted a number of focused special symposia. I participated in 2 of these symposia: Best Management Strategy for Environmental Management of Carcass Burial Sites and Biosolids Land Application Risk Assessment – Evaluation of (In)organic Compounds. During these symposia I delivered two presentations: Evolution of Composting from a Novelty to a Leading Carcass Disposal Method and the Role of Aboveground Burial during Future Animal Disease Outbreaks and Virginia’s Biosolids Land Application Program: Regulating the Land Application of Biosolids to Protect Citizens and the Environment.
Committee Members and Invited Speakers
In additional to the knowledge gained and shared, I made some wonderful contacts, enjoyed the beauty of the region and was amazed by the unparalleled hospitality of my Korean hosts. Many thanks to Professor Geon-Ha Kim and Professor John Kye-Hoon Kim.
On June 14th I conducted a seminar for the leadership of the Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER). NIER is responsible for a broad range of environmental research including addressing environmental issues resulting from the disposal of animal mortality from disease outbreaks like Foot and Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza. We had a great discussion!
I am looking forward to future collaboration with my new colleagues in Korea and elsewhere in the region.
Next up: 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management