Online course of “Household Composting and Food Waste”

Online course of “Household Composting and Food Waste” performed by Lipor took place on 17 October 2018.

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Advanced Workshop: Thermodynamic Speciation of Metals in the Environment

Advanced workshop: “Thermodynamic specification of metals in the environment” within the framework of the INTERREG V project Spain Portugal (POCTEP) Res2Valhum: Valorization of organic waste: production of humic substances. Duration 15 h.

Led by Professor José Paulo Pinheiro of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

The course will be held from 19 to 21 June 2018 at the Gualtar Campus, University of Minho.

This advanced course aims to present the fundamentals of the thermodynamic speciation of metals in the environment, namely with mineral particles and natural organic matter from a theoretical point of view and its modeling using Visual Minteq.

The course is free, but subject to registration. For registration, send to the following elements: name; affiliation; telephone contact and academic training. Number of vacancies limited.

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Apresentação pública do projecto de cooperação transfronteiriça Res2ValHum

A apresentação pública do projecto Res2ValHum – Valorização de Resíduos Orgânicos: Produção de Substâncias Húmicas, decorreu no Anfiteatro da Escola de Ciências, Edifício 6, Campus de Gualtar, no dia 8 de Maio, onde foram apresentados os objectivos e parceiros deste projecto. .

A sessão também incluiu uma palestra sobre “Desenvolvimentos na quantificação e caracterização de substâncias húmicas em amostras naturais, resíduos e produtos húmicos” pelo professor Rob Comans da Wageningen University & Research.

Rural World Week 2017

During the 2017 Rural World Week, organized by the Municipality of Braga, a lecture was presented: Valorization of organic waste and improvement of agricultural production, on September 14, 2017. This lecture presented the main objectives of the interreg project Res2ValHum by Ana Paula Estevão, from the Chemistry Center, and by Rui Oliveira, from the Center for Research and (CITAB), belong to the team of the Interreg Project “Valuing Organic Residues: Production of Humic Substances”, led by the University of Minho. The project involves partners from Galicia, namely SOGAMA, CVAN and the University of Santiago de Compostela, and companies from Northern Portugal, Lipor and Braval and the CVR.

European Cooperation Day

The European Cooperation Day welcomes the benefits and results of Territorial Cooperation through various events in the European Union. This initiative of the European Commission, organized with the collaboration of INTERACT, and in which the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal Program regularly participates, took place on 21 September 2017.

The Res2ValHum project, INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020, “Valorization of organic waste: production of humic substances” is led by the University of Minho (UMinho) and counts on the participation of the Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto (LIPOR), the Centro para a Valorização de Resíduos (CVR) e the Valorização e Tratamento de Resíduos Sólidos, S.A. (BRAVAL) and partners from Galicia, namely the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), the Centro de Valorización Ambiental del Norte S.L. (CVAN) and the Sociedade Galega do Medio Ambiente, S.A (SOGAMA).

In this project, commemorative posters of the European Cooperation Day were developed and exhibited by the partners.


UMinho coordinates European project in the area of organic waste recovery

The University of Minho leads a European project to promote the recovery of organic waste through the production of a compound rich in humic substances that are formed from the chemical and biological decomposition of these wastes. The aim is to reduce the amount of waste landfill in the transboundary region of Northern Portugal and Galicia, focusing on composting as a management tool. The project “Valorization of Organic Waste: Production of Humic Substances” (Res2ValHum) was one of the projects approved in the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Program being financed by the European Union with an amount of more than 2.1 million euros.

The organic waste produced in the region will be characterized and the compound obtained will be optimized with respect to its humic substances content. The chemical profile and biological activity of the compound will be evaluated. This type of waste is distinguished by being “rich in humic acids”, which increases its water retention capacity and its fertilizing action, and can be reused for the treatment of agricultural soils, and in the design of cosmetics and nutraceuticals (nutritional supplement with therapeutic value).

“This new bet opens doors for the emergence of new areas of business and employment related to the design of high added value articles and contributing to the development of the green economy in this space of cooperation,” explains Fernanda Proença, a researcher at the Center for Chemistry of UMinho responsible for the project. It is also intended to increase the quantity and quality of the compound produced, not only by the partner institutions of the project, but also by other entities of this region.

Approved under the Spain-Portugal cooperation program, this project runs until 2020 and counts on the partnership of the Centro para a Valorização de Resíduos, da Lipor – Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto, the Braval – Valorização e Tratamento de Resíduos Sólidos and, on the Spanish side, the Sociedade Galega do Meio Ambiente, the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and the Centro de Valorización Ambiental del Norte.

Prof. Fernanda Proença – 253604379,
Prof. Dulce Geraldo – 253604053,

The 1st Meeting POCTEP

The 1st POCTEP Meeting, Kick-off Meeting of the Res2ValHum project – Valorization of Organic Waste: Production of Humic Substances took place at the University of Minho, on July 11, 2017.

This meeting presented the project management and coordination structure, and the methodologies for implementing each of the project activities were discussed.

All partners were represented:

  • Fernanda Proença (Principal Investigator); Ana Cunha; Ana Paula Bettencourt; Conceição Paiva; Dulce Geraldo; Fátima Bento; Paula M. Ferreira e Rui Oliveira (UMINHO)
  • André Ribeiro (CVR)
  • Júlia Oliveira e Susana Abreu (LIPOR)
  • Pedro Machado e Vasco Machado (BRAVAL)
  • Isidro García Téllez; Maria Esther Campos e Mónica Pérez Álvarez (SOGAMA)
  • Felipe Macías García (CVAN)
  • Felipe Macías Vázquez e Juan Antelo Martinez (USC)