On the first day of CSITF on the 20th April, more than 100 people visited a soil remediation demonstration site in Pudong Heqing Town in the morning and then participated in the Sino-Dutch Soil Remediation Technology Seminar at one of the meeting halls of CSITF in the afternoon. The events were organised by the College of Agriculture and Biology of Shanghai Jiaotong University and Wageningen University & Research (WUR). With the visit and the seminar, the organisers aimed to share and exchange knowledge between Dutch and Chinese participants on the developments of soil remediation in both countries, promote academic exchange in the field of agrochemicals, biodegradation technologies to remove heavy metals from soils for food safety and enhance collaboration among the governmental departments, knowledge institutions and enterprises.
The seminar started with warm opening remarks by Mr. Che Shengquan, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biology of Shanghai Jiaotong University and Mrs. Anne te Velde, Counsellor for Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands of the Embassy in Beijing. Several keynote speeches from both Dutch and Chinese professors followed. From the Shanghai side: Professor Jie Chen from Jiaotong Univerisity talked about “The mechanism of agrochemicals biodegradation by Trichoderma”; Professor Shen Guoqing explained the “Application of engineered biochar for soil remediation”. From WUR: Professor Huub Rijnaarts — Director Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research held his speech on “Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sediments”; Dr. Rene Rietra from Soil Quality and Food Safety of WUR continued after the break with his keynote speech on “Risk-based land management (RBLM) to optimize soil remediation operations (with a focus on agriculture)”; Mr. Piet Stouten— the training co-ordinator and international cooperation from Food Quality and Food Safety Division of WUR ended the seminar with his speech on “Food Safety and Heavy Metals Detection”.
After the seminar, all participants gathered at the Holland Innovation Pavilion for a network reception, where experts, scholars and others had the opportunity to exchange ideas and broaden their network.