Our zirkulierBAR colloquium kicked off with a presentation by Geneviève Metson from Linköping University in Sweden on „Fitting human excreta into a circular nutrient bioeconomy – Future scenarios, retailer perspectives, and research accessibility in Sweden“. In her presentation, Gene gave us insights into her current research and her work in Sweden, where dry toilets are already well established. Geneviève Metson and her colleagues are doing research on sustainable circular food systems – with a focus on nutrient recycling from human excreta.
The exciting presentation made clear that even across national borders and structural differences, many of the Swedish projects have a lot in common with zirkulierBAR. Not only in terms of research goals – bringing nutrients back into the cycle – but also in the form of knowledge collection, distribution and education on the topic. While we run the Nährstoffwende.org website as part of NetSan e.V., the „Egestabase“ was created as part of „end of wastewater„. Egestabase is a database that is intended to document, link and share knowledge and is described in this context as an „evidence-platform“. We remain curious about the further development of this great action and recommend this platform to researchers in the field of sanitation transition as a research tool.
The slides of Geneviève Metsons presentation are available for download here.