Japan Guest Country 2017

We are proud to announce that Japan has been elected as this year "Special Guest Country".
A wide range of initiatives will be organized throughout the week to enrich both the scientific and social programme of the conference and give all delegates the chance to have in-depth insight into the Japanese world and culture.

All activities will be organised with the scientific support and cooperation of delegates from Japanese Universities and research institutes. In addition, a workshop on Japanese Exeprience and proposals for landfill aftercare will be held on Wednesday Oct 4th by Prof. Yasushi Matsufuji, Fukuoka University.

  • Prof. Matsufuji introductory lecture

    Monday 2nd October, h 11:30 - Sardinia 2017 Opening Session

    Yasushi Matsufuji is professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Fukuoka University, Japan. He is also Invited Professor at National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurements, People's Republic of China.

  • Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Monday 2nd October, h 17:10 - coffee break

    The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶), powdered green tea. Procedures vary from school to school, and with the time of year, time of day, venue, and other considerations. All the tools for tea ceremony are handled with exquisite care. They are scrupulously cleaned before and after each use and before storing, and some are handled only with gloved hands


  • Origami Class

    Tuesday 3rd October, h 17:10 - 18:00

    Origami (from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.

  • Calligraphy Class

    Tuesday 3rd October, h 17:10 - 18:00

    Japanese calligraphy (書道 shodō) also called shūji (習字) is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. In modern calligraphy, a number of tools are used to make a composition:a brush (筆 fude), an inkstick (墨 sumi), mulberry paper (和紙 washi), an inkstone (硯 suzuri) to grind the inkstick against, mixed with water, a paper weight (文鎮 bunchin) to hold the paper in place, a cloth (下敷き shitajiki) to place under the paper to prevent ink from bleeding through.

  • Workshop: Japanese experience and proposals for landfill aftercare

    Wednesday 4th October, 9.00 - 10.40 / Chair: Yasushi Matsufuji

    Landfilled waste are likely to be a potential source of contamination for a long time after landfill closure. Landfill managers are expected to take adequate measures to prevent pollution processes; however there is neither an established standard procedure with a list of parameters to be controlled nor the related limit values to be reached. Different waste stabilization levels involve the need of different approaches and measures for emission control during the aftercare phase and allow for different reuse options for the landfill site. These issues will be addressed during the workshop and the Japanese experience will be reported and discussed.

  • Sakè tasting

    Friday 6th October, h 21:00 - during the Gala dinner

    Sake is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more akin to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol. In Japan, where it is the national beverage, sake is often served with special ceremony – gently warmed in a small earthenware or porcelain bottle called a tokkuri, and sipped from a small porcelain cup called a sakazuki.


  • Best Japanese Paper Award

    Friday 6th October, h 22:00 - during the Sardinia Symposium Awards ceremony

    Winner: Evaluation of methane potential from old landfilled wastes for landfill aftercare
    by O.Hirata, A. Tachifuji, Y. Matsufuji, R.Yanase