Dry Toilet 2012 Conference:
On behalf of ecological sanitation

There are around 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to safe sanitation. Every day an estimated 4,000 children die of diarrheal diseases, such as those transmitted through faecal contamination of food and water.

A sustainable approach to sanitation and water resources is the use of dry toilet technology that converts human waste into safe fertilizer. In fact, a sewage treatment plant is not self-evident even in the largest European cities.

The 4th International Dry Toilet Conference will be held at the University of Tampere on 22 - 25 August 2012. The main theme of the conference is Drivers for ecological dry toilets for urban and rural areas.

The conference is organized by the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland in cooperation with Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

Workshop: Safe and Sustainable Sanitation

A pre-conference workshop Safe and Sustainable Sanitation will be organized by Tampere University of Technology on 20 - 22 August 2012. The workshop focuses on sanitation in emergency situations. It will address the following questions: What is a role of sanitation in emergencies? What kinds of practices and technologies are currently used to promote sanitation? How can the most vulnerable people as well as ecological sustainability be taken into account? The deadline for registration is 15 May 2012.

Preliminary programme (PDF)

The lectures given at the workshop will be recorded and used during the online course Safe and Sustainable Sanitation (5 ECTS credits), which will be offered to Finnish university students and exchange students in cooperation with the UniPID network every autumn for the next 3 years. The workshop and training materials are freely available to everyone interested in the topic.

 

Further information:

Professor Tuula Tuhkanen, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering

The 4th International Dry Toilet Conference

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