Technical Sections II

Section II: Structures and Environment


Optimizing the interaction of living organisms with their individual micro-environment by using structures and guaranteeing the long term sustainability (product quality and safety, human/animal health and welfare), of these biological systems in their surrounding environment.


Chair: Tomas Norton
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, KU LEUVEN, M3-BIORES, Animal and Human Health Engineering, Department of Biosystems, Kasteelpark Arenberg 30, 3001 Heverlee/ Leuven
Tel.: +3216377531

Thomas Norton
Vice Chair: Eberhard Hartung
Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Max-Eyth-Str. 6, 24118 Kiel, Germany

Tel.: +49 4318802107

Secretary: Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl
USDA-ARS-MARC, Box 166, Clay Center, NE 68933
Tel.: +1 (402) 762-4279
Anders Peter S. Adamsen
SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre. Aarhus University. Agro Food Park 15, 8200 Aarhus N

Tel.: +45 3339 4928
Aarnink André
Wageningen Livestock Research. ZODIAC, gebouwnummer 122, kamer B1083. De Elst 1, 6708 WD Wageningen. Postbus 338, 6700 AH Wageningen

Tel.: +31 317480191
Fatima Baptista
University of Evora. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Apartado 94, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal

Tel.: +351 266 760823
Prof. Mateo Barbari
Dipartimento GESAAF. Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali. Via San Bonaventura, 13. 50145 Firenze, Italy

Tel.: +39 552755632
Prof. Ilda de Fatima Ferreira Tinoco
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Departamento de Engenharia Agrícola. DEA - CCA - UFV - Av PH Rolfs s/n. Campus UFV. 36570-000 - Vicosa, MG - Brasil

Tel.: +31 38991884
Prof. Mohamed Hatem
Agricultural Engineering Deptartment, Faculty of Agriculure, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

Tel.: +2 025738000

Prof. Atsuo Ikeguchi
Utsunomiya University. Faculty of Agriculture. Department of Environmental Engineering. 350 Mine-machi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8505, Japan

Tel.: +81 286495483
Prof. In-Bok Lee
Laboratory of Aero-Environmental & Energy Engineering (A3EL). Department of Rural Systems Engineering. College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Seoul National University. San 56-1, Shillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul-city, Korea

Tel.: +82-2-880-4586
Prof. Sven Nimmermark
Dept. of Rural Buildings, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 86, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
Tel.: +46 40 41 54 96
Prof. Panos Panagiotis
Utsunomiya University. Faculty of Agriculture. Department of Environmental Engineering. 350 Mine-machi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8505, Japan
Tel.: +81 286495483
Prof. Bart Sonck
Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Animal Sciences. Business Unit and Service Centre. Scheldeweg, 68. 9090 Melle. Belgium

Tel.: +32 92722604
Prof. Chaoyuan Wang
State University of Campinas, Agricultural Engineering College, FEAGRI-UNICAMP, 501 Padua Dias Avenue, 13083875, Campinas SP, Brazil
Tel.: +55 19 3788 1027

Honorary Chairs:

Prof. Daniel Berckmans
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses, Kasteelpark Arenberg 30 B - 3001 Leuven – Belgium
Tel.: +32 16 32 17 26
Prof. Søren Pedersen
Department of Biosystems Engineering. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus Birketoften 1 DK-8700 Horsens, Denmark
Tel.: +45 2548 7761
Prof. Thomas Banhazi
University of Southern Queensland. School of Civil Engineering and Surveying. Toowoomba Campus. West St, Darling Heights QLD 4350, Australia

Tel.: +61 7 4631 1191 (ext. 1191)
Alvaro Ramírez-Gómez
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería y Diseño Industrial. Ronda de Valencia 3. 28012 Madrid. Spain

Tel.: +34 910677400

Honorary Members:

Prof. Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Agricultural Engineering College, State University of Campinas, Campinas 13083-970, Brazil
Tel.: +55 19 35211039
Prof. Jorge Ferro. Meneses
Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Tapada da Ajuda, P-1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel.: +351 21 3653482
Prof. Giovanni Cascone
Building and Land Engineering Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Italy
Tel.: +39 095 7147571

Mission, Scope, Objectives and Activities



CIGR Section II is a worldwide information platform and task force dealing with issues related to "Engineering for Structures and Environment". It will provide and distribute information, organise, coordinate and co-organise activities, such as working groups, conferences, etc. with strong emphasis of encouraging the involvement of young scientists. Therefore Section II will act as an umbrella organisation for all national committees and coordinate conferences/workshops.


  • Section II will motivate more young researchers from different countries to attend our meetings;By allowing all interested people to attend our Board Meetings as "Special Guests" and by sending the minutes of Section Board Meeting to all Board Members and Special Guests
  • Section II will continue to publish documents of general interest on the CIGR website, including all Section II related reports and the 'Glossary of definitions' produced by the "hot Climate Working Group"
  • CIGR Section II will improve and intensify the cooperation with different groups;By intensifying the cooperation with EurAgEng working group on Air Emission and by improving the relation between PLF and aquaculture groups


Section II had a number of important activities in the last few years and some of the activity highlights are listed below:

XVIIth CIGR World Congress, Quebec City, Canada, June 13 to 17, 2010

  • 96 out of 504 presentations and 30 out of 440 posters were related to Section II topics;
  • Prof. Hisamitsu Takai was responsible for the successful organization of the special session on “Natural ventilation”. The outcome of the session might become a reviewed paper;
  • Prof. Eberhard Hartung and Dr. Eiko Thissen were responsible for the successful organization of the special session on “Aquaculture”.

Working Group on “Animal Housing in hot climates”

  • 3 workshops were held: in Catania organized by Prof. Giovanni Cascone, in Cairo organized by Prof. Mohamed Hatem and in Chongqing organized by Prof. Baoming Li;
  • the new focus of the Working Group will be on “application” and the next workshop will be an “extension related conference”;
  • Prof. Eileen Wheeler, Prof. Baoming Li and Prof. Mohamed Hatem have become the “pulling persons” of this working group and will organize themselves in the function of chair, co-chair and secretary;
  • Israeli colleagues at the Volcani Institute have been asked if they are willing to organize the fourth Hot Climate workshop. As an alternative, the workshop can also be organized by Prof. El Houssine Bartali from Morocco.

Working Group on “Cattle Housing”

  • Dr. Josi Flaba, after 10 years of chairing this working group, is looking for successor;
  • within this year the new report on housing systems will be available on the CIGR website.

Glossary of Definition

  • is available over CIGR website;
  • a translation in certain languages is still in progress.

List of upcoming Conferences

  • EFITA – ECPA – ECPLF – ISAF Joint International Agriculture Conference 2011, 11th-14th July 2011, Prague, Czech Republic;
  • 7th International Symposium on Cement Based Materials for a Sustainable Agriculture, 18th-21st September 2011, Château Bonne Entente, Quebec City, Canada;
  • International Conference of Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng 2012, Agriculture & Engineering for a Healthier Life, 8th-12th July 2012, Valencia, Spain;
  • XVIIIth CIGR World Congress, 16th-19th September 2014, Beijing, China.