Student from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the 5th International Postgraduate Conference on Biotechnology (IPCB) 2021

    At the research presentation (December 8-10) of the 5th International Postgraduate Conference on Biotechnology (IPCB) 2021 held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Hybrid), Akinori Fujita, a second year Graduate of Science and Engineering Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis student, received the Best Oral Presentation Award.

    This conference aims to strengthen research collaboration with young researchers and encourage multilateral cooperation among ASEAN countries, advancing next-generation science and sustainable development of our natural resources. The main theme was “Symbiosis-science and technology for sustainable environment towards societal well-being”.

    Mr. Fujita presented on “Treatment of anaerobic digestion effluent by slow sand filtration combined with activated sludge process and activated carbon filtration.” In order to effectively utilize nitrogen and phosphorus in anaerobic digestion effluent (ADE) to microalgae cultivation, ADE was treated with a combination of activated sludge, slow sand filtration, and activated carbon filtration. Anaerobic digestion is a process through which bacteria break down organic matter. It was announced that the combination of three treatments can remove contaminants from ADE while retaining nutrients for microalgal cultivation.

    Mr. Fujita said,” I am very grateful to receive such an award. Additionally, I am very happy to receive the recognition for this research, which is important for the EARTH project and for the formation of a new resource recycling cycle, which our laboratory is aiming for. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people involved. I also learned a lot from the valuable questions and opinions I received in the question-and-answer session. I will continue my research to contribute more to the realization of a sustainable environment.”

    Co-presenter: Tatsuki Toda (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering), Kishi Masatoshi (Assistant professor, Institute of Plankton Eco-engineering), Mutsumi Sekine (Assistant professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)