UK – Bahrain Waste Management Symposium

16-17 February 2020

University of Bahrain



Symposium Program

Day 1: Sunday, 16th February 2020

Location: Zain e-Learning Center – University of Bahrain *

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
Opening Ceremony
9:00 – 10:00

H.E Prof. Riyad Hamzah,
       President of University of Bahrain

H.E Dr. Mohammed Bin Daina,
      Executive Chief of Bahrain Supreme Council for Environment

H.E Mr. Roddy Drummond,
       Her Majesty’s Ambassador

H.E Mr. Amin El Sharkawi,
       United Nations Resident Coordinator

Group Photo

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and Networking

Session I: Waste Management Methodologies in UK and Bahrain

Moderator for all sessions: Dr. Hanan Al Buflasa, College of Science, University of Bahrain

10:30 – 10:50 Dr Jose Torero, University College London Dealing with urban waste, from in situ treatment for reduction of landfills to novel technologies for dealing with urban waste
10:50 – 11:10 Prof. Dr. Gulnur Coskuner, Bahrain Society of Engineers Membrane Bioreactor Technology: Opportunities and Challenges
11:10 – 11:30 Dr Hanan Albuflasa, University of Bahrain Showcase Bahrain’s first effort at establishing an anaerobic digestion facility in Bahrain, present findings from the evaluation of waste management for energy recovery in Bahrain, and landfill monitoring assessment of impact in the kingdom
11:30– 11:50 Professor Karl Williams, Director, Centre for Waste and Resource Management, University of Central Lancashire E-Waste
11:50 – 12:10 Dr Nader AlBastaki,  Kingdom University Removal of toxic organic waste from water using oxidation methods
12:10 – 12:30 Dr Tanja Radu, Loughborough University Showcase joint project regarding the waste management strategies in Bahrain and the problem of Askar
12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch and Prayer
Session II: Waste Management Methodologies in UK and Bahrain cont.
13:30 – 13:50 Professor Tom Curtis, Newcastle University Presentation on Bahrain-based wastewater related project with UOB
13:50 – 14:10 Professor Sandra Esteves, Director, Wales Centre for Anaerobic Digestion, University of South Wales The design, monitoring, modelling, control and optimisation of anaerobic and aerobic processes; and integration of anaerobic bioprocesses in biorefining as well as with a number of other industrial processes and energy systems
14:10 – 14:30 Dr Majeed Jassim,  University of Bahrain Modelling landfill gas emissions from Askar landfill in Bahrain
14:30 – 14:50 Dr Aiduan Borrion, University College London Novel mobile nutrient recovery from organic waste
14:50 – 15:10 Dr Sumaya Yousif, Arabian Gulf University Discovering Technological Opportunities to Control Organic Household Waste in Muharraq Governorate- best possible methods for sustainable waste control, using Muharraq as an example. Presentation on different techniques to manage hard organic wastes and convert them into energy producing electricity in Bahrain
15:10 – 15:30 Dr Anh Phan, Newcastle University Energy, fuels and chemicals production from solid waste (agricultural residues, municipal solid waste, waste wood and plastic waste etc.)
15:30 – 15:50 Dr Sh. Fay Al Khalifa, University of Bahrain Defining Smart Sustainable Urbanism Indicators for waste management: professionals perspective
15:50 – 16:10 Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of University Energy Institute, Managing Director of Translational Energy Research Institute, Sheffield University  TBC
16:10 – 17:00 Roundtable Discussions
End of day One

Day 2: Monday, 17th February 2020

Location: Wyndham Grand Manama **

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

Session I: Panel Discussion- Policy Development, Governance and Industry

Moderator for all sessions: Dr. Humood Nasser, College of Science, University of Bahrain

9:00 – 9:10

Welcoming Remarks

H.E Mr. Roddy Drummond, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

9:10 – 9:25 Bob Doig, Lead on Waste Management, Ministry of Works, Municipalities, and Urban Planning Waste Management strategy in municipalities, challenges faced and how to work with industry and academia to tackle the issues
9:25 – 9:50 Nicholas MacInnes, Lead on Waste and Resources, UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs How to manage the flow of organic waste and disposal of digestate
9:50– 10:10 Coffee and Networking
10:10– 10:25 Dr Simon Galpin, Managing Director, Economic Development Board How to approach the issue of waste as EDB with companies in Bahrain
10:25– 10:50 Dr Ali Fardan, Venkateswara Rao, Senior Chemical Engineers, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) Showcase the first-of-its-kind Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant in the GCC and Bahrain; and a presentation on their waste management plant, waste water treatment plant and plans for a biofuel plant
10:50– 11:05 Coffee and Networking
Session II: Panel Discussion- Policy Development, Governance and Industry cont.
11:0511:30 Mrs. Reem Albastaki, GPIC’s Environmental Engineer, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) GPIC’s strategy for a state-of-the-art way for cutting down green-house gas (GHG) emissions.
11:30 – 12:00 Mohamed Farija, Environmental Specialist, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) Presentation on the future of Waste to Energy in Bahrain and the challenges of implementing such technologies with the current status of waste management and capabilities in the Kingdom
12:00 – 12:25 Iyngararasan Mylvakanam, Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme The development of thermal waste to energy is facing several challenges; decision-making in consultation with relevant stakeholder is required before establishing thermal waste to energy plants
12:25– 13:00 Zahra Radi Al-Sahlawi, Export Executive, Crown Industries Company Crown Industries is the pioneer re-cycling operation in Bahrain. The only Company in Bahrain with the full capability to re-cycle plastics, ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, obsolete machinery, electrical and telecommunications cable and equipment
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Session III: Roundtable Discussions and Event Conclusion
14:00 – 14:45  Roundtable discussions over coffee
14:45 – 15:00

Closing Remarks

Dr Hanan Albuflasa, College of Science, University of Bahrain

Nour Zenaty, UK Science and Innovation Network Adviser, British Embassy Bahrain

End of day Two

* Location for Day One


** Location for Day Two