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Dear Colleague,

In the light of the unpredictable course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PYRO Organizing Committee has decided, with much regret, to postpone the PYRO 2020 Conference to 26-30 April 2021.

The decision to postpone the conference was only taken after thorough consideration of the current situation and of all the available options.

After all, we want to organize a successful, captivating and - above all - safe event, both for you as a sponsor and for the delegates and we strongly believe that a live conference still has an added value.

Recognizing the fact that the participants would be arriving from all over the world – if they could travel at all – we realized that the only viable option was to postpone the conference again until a sense of certainty and safety is restored.

The PYRO 2020 Conference will stick to the same location (Het Pand in Ghent) and we will try to maintain the program as much as possible. It is still our firm intention to organize a fully live congress. Only when that would not be possible, we will resort to a hybrid conference or – worst-case scenario – to a fully online conference. We do hope, however, that this back-up plan will not have to be implemented.

More than 300 colleagues have already proposed or reviewed abstracts, so we have decided to maintain the existing selection. In view of the altered circumstances, authors will be allowed to bring their abstracts up to date. A decision on whether to issue a supplementary “Call for Abstracts” will be made in due course.

Confirmed registrations will be automatically transferred to the new dates. Should you wish to cancel (free of charge up to 30 November 2020), please send an e-mail to

We hope that we will be able to travel and gather safely soon and hope to see you all in good health in Ghent next year.

Best regards,

Wolter Prins – Chair

Frederik Ronsse – Co-chair


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)