Technical Sections 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: Prof. Tomas Norton

KU Leuven. Division Animal and Human Health Engineering. Kasteelpark Arenberg 30 - box 2456, 3001 Leuven,... read-more

BE Belgium

TEL: +3216377531


Vice Chair: Prof. Eberhard Hartung

Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Max-Eyth-Str. 6, 24118 Kiel, Germany

DE Germany

TEL: +49 4318802107


Secretary: Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl

USDA-ARS-MARC, Box 166, Clay Center, NE 68933

US United States

TEL: +1 (402) 762-4279


Member: Dr. André Aarnink

Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen Livestock Research, De Elst 1, 6708 WD Wageningen, The Netherlands

NL Netherlands

TEL: +31 317480191


Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University

DK Denmark

TEL: +45 4189 3314


Member: Ms. Fatima Baptista

University of Evora. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Apartado 94, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal

PT Portugal

TEL: +351 266 760823


Member: Prof. Matteo Barbari

Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry – University of Florence, Firenze, Italy

IT Italy

TEL: +390552755632


Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Departamento de Engenharia Agrícola. DEA - CCA - UFV - Av... read-more

BR Brazil

TEL: +31 38991884


Member: Prof. Mohamed Hatem

Agricultural Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza

EG Egypt

TEL: +2 02 5738000


Member: Prof. Atsuo Ikeguchi

Utsunomiya University. Faculty of Agriculture. Department of Environmental Engineering. 350 Mine-machi, Utsunomiya,... read-more

JP Japan

TEL: +81 286495483


Member: Prof. In-Bok Lee

Laboratory of Aero-Environmental & Energy Engineering (A3EL). Department of Rural Systems Engineering. College of... read-more

KR Korea, Republic of

TEL: +82-2-880-4586


Member: Prof. Sven Nimmermark

Dept. of Rural Buildings, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 86, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden

SE Sweden

TEL: +46 40 41 54 96


Member: Prof. Panagiotis Panagakis

Agricultural University of Athens, Dept. of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Lab. of Farm... read-more

GR Greece

TEL: +302105294024


Member: Prof. Bart Sonck

Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Animal Sciences. Business Unit and Service Centre. Scheldeweg,... read-more

BE Belgium

TEL: +32 92722604


Member: Prof. Chaoyuan Wang

State University of Campinas, Agricultural Engineering College, FEAGRI-UNICAMP, 501 Padua Dias Avenue, 13083875,... read-more

BR Brazil

TEL: +55 19 3788 1027


Honorary Chairs/Members:

Honorary Chairs: Prof. Thomas Banhazi

University of Southern Queensland. School of Civil Engineering and Surveying. Toowoomba Campus. West St, Darling... read-more

AU Australia

TEL: +61 7 4631 1191; +61 8 8303 7781


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Daniel Berckmans

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses, Kasteelpark Arenberg 30 B - 3001... read-more

BE Belgium

TEL: +32 16 32 17 26


Honorary Members: Prof. Giovanni Cascone

Building and Land Engineering Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Italy

IT Italy

TEL: +39 095 7147571


Honorary Members: Prof. Irenilza de Alencar Nääs

Agricultural Engineering College, State University of Campinas, Campinas 13083-970, Brazil

BR Brazil

TEL: +55 19 35211039


Honorary Members: Prof. Jorge Ferro Meneses

Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Tapada da Ajuda, P-1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal

PT Portugal

TEL: +351 21 3653482


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Søren Pedersen

Department of Biosystems Engineering. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus Birketoften 1 DK-8700... read-more

DK Denmark

TEL: +45 2548 7761


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Alvaro Ramírez-Gómez

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería y Diseño Industrial. Ronda de Valencia 3.... read-more

ES Spain

TEL: +34 910677400


Mission, Objectives, Scope 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.

Events organized by Section II

Title Date Event type Location Country
The XVIII CIGR World Congress 2014 Tue, 16/09/2014 to Fri, 19/09/2014 Congress Beijing CN China
International Conference of Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng 2012 Sun, 08/07/2012 to Thu, 12/07/2012 Conference Valencia ES Spain
7th International Symposium on Cement Based Materials for a Sustainable Agriculture Sun, 18/09/2011 to Wed, 21/09/2011 Conference Château Bonne Entente, Quebec City CA Canada
EFITA – ECPA – ECPLF – ISAF Joint International Agriculture Conference 2011 Mon, 11/07/2011 to Thu, 14/07/2011 Conference Prague CZ Czech Republic