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January 2021
Dear colleagues,

Due to the covid pandemic and the related travelling and meeting restrictions, it is impossible to have a pyrolysis conferences this year. The physical PYRO2020 will be further postponed to May 15 to 20, 2022.

PYRO2022 will be organized, starting from the program that has been prepared already completely for PYRO2020. We will try to keep all the keynote speakers.

Authors of accepted oral and poster contributions will be asked if they wish to 1) keep their abstract in its 2020 form, 2) update the abstract to a 2022 level, or 3) withdraw their abstract. After having gathered that information, a new call for abstracts could be launched in case the program needs a completion . Updated abstracts will be checked and new abstracts reviewed by the scientific committee.

Confirmed registrations will be automatically transferred to the new dates. Should you wish to cancel (free of charge up to 30 November 2021), please send an e-mail to 

After consultation of the organizing and scientific committees, it has been decided to organize an eConference this spring on 12 and 13 April 2021: ePYRO2021. It was considered important to revive the contacts between the pyrolysis community members and create a bridge between the last conference PYRO2018 in Kyoto and the future one in Ghent, now scheduled for May 2022.  A link to the website and registration will follow soon.

Invitations to present will be sent out to all pyrolysis research groups. The webinar consists of five sessions of two hours and the program will be filled with a proper selection of speakers, including research group leaders and other prominent scientists, a number of talented students recommended by group leaders, and finally some sponsor related speakers. Each session has three 20-minutes (senior scientists) and four 10-minutes talks. There will be no call for abstracts; suggestions for speakers are however quite welcome.

Once again, welcome to Ghent University

Frederik Ronsse, Wolter Prins



The 23rd edition of the International Conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis (PYRO 2020) will be held in Ghent, Belgium.

Delegates from academia, research institutes and industry are going to present their latest results and define the needs for future developments This is done in sessions with oral and poster presentations, with ample opportunities for discussion.

The program includes topics varying from fundamental studies and advanced analytical techniques, up to pyrolysis applications in a commercial setting. The conference is not limited merely to applied biomass pyrolysis for renewable energy; it will also be dedicated for a significant part to the thermal decomposition of materials like coal, plastics / polymers, and composites. Products of pyrolysis can be used for (renewable) fuels and advanced materials; valuable green chemicals can be extracted or synthesized from them and, if properly characterized, they can lead to identification of the parent material.

It is the first time that Belgium is hosting the PYRO conference. Previous conferences were held in France (3), Germany (3), Spain (3), England (2), Austria (2), Hungary (2), Japan (2), The Netherlands (2), Italy (1) and Sweden (1). The latest editions held in Birmingham (2014), Nancy (2016) and Kyoto (2018) were chaired by Tony Bridgewater, Anthony Dufour and Hajime Ohtani respectively; they have been very successful with an increasing number of participants from all over the world. This time, the organizers are again expecting over 300 participants, and they intend to accommodate around 80 oral plus 150 to 200 poster presentations. The conference venue is magnificent: “Het Pand”, situated in the historical center of Ghent, is an ancient monastery (13th century) of the order of the Dominicans, which has been renovated completely. The University of Ghent is using it currently for academic meetings and the organization of symposia and congresses. It houses - apart from a large number of congress rooms - various museum collections, exhibition areas and a restaurant.

Your host institute, the University of Ghent, was founded in 1810. Over the past two centuries it has developed towards a highly-ranked academic society, with 11 faculties occupied by 15,000 staff and 44,000 students. The PYRO2020 conference organizers are working in the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology of the Bioscience faculty, and at the Laboratory of Chemical Technology of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Together, they have an extensive experience in pyrolysis research and built a significant network of international collaboration. All members of the pyrolysis community are cordially invited to spend one week in the spectacular town of Ghent, to enjoy the presentation of new pyrolysis results in the first place, but also to establish collaborations by meeting new colleagues and seeing old friends again.

The organizers are eagerly looking forward to welcome you all at PYRO2020.


Wolter Prins (chair)

Frederik Ronsse (co-chair)