In light of the celebration of the 95th anniversary of Wageningen UR a special ‘Wageningen Week’ was organized in Santiago de Chile from 26 to 31 May including two symposia and a reunion for alumni.
Agrifood in Chile and the Netherlands
The first anniversary of Wageningen UR Chile was celebrated on 29 May with a symposium focusing on the parallels and differences between the Chilean and Dutch agrifood sectors. Some two hundred people attended; not only from the Netherlands and Chile, but also from Argentina and Peru. Speakers included Marian Geluk, Executive Director of Wageningen UR Chile, Conrad von Igel, Executive Director of the CORFO research institute (run by the Chilean Ministry for Economic Affairs), Martin Kropff, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen UR, and Raoul Bino, Chairman of the Board of Wageningen UR Chile and Director of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group at Wageningen UR.
High-grade use of agricultural residue
A symposium on the theme of ‘Valorisation of Biomass’ was held on 31 May. Chilean businesses are very interested in technologies for capitalising on agricultural raw materials and waste streams from the food industry. Chile is already producing biodiesel and biogas on a modest scale, but is also interested in using waste residuals from the dairy and fruit sectors as raw materials for high-grade products, such as materials and chemicals. This symposium was led by Jan Broeze, researcher at Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research.