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Odour SIG

Odour is probably the most widespread and complex local air pollution problem in Australia and New Zealand. It accounts for the majority of complaints received by environmental authorities and can be a major source of annoyance and stress in affected communities.

Odour problems involve a complex set of scientific, analytical, technological, physiological and psychological factors. Effective long-term solutions to odour problems or effective planning to avoid such problems require an understanding of many of these factors. However, while the science surrounding odour is rapidly developing, there still remain major gaps in our knowledge of some of the key issues that are important to odour-related annoyance.


There are important challenges to the air quality community involved in odour to advance the technical, planning and regulatory aspects of odour assessment and management. OSIG is an important forum for the exchange of information, and in encouraging improved practices in odour measurement, modelling, assessment, control, management and monitoring.




OSIG is planning a full day pre-CASANZ conference workshop on Sunday, 20 September, 2015 on the theme of:


Odour Assessment


The workshop will bring together practitioners from jurisdictional authorities (Australian EPAs and New Zealand Councils) to discuss current experiences with odour monitoring.



Final Programme


08:30 – 09:00    Coffee and registration


09:00 – 10:30    Workshop – Biofiltration for odour control – Practical solutions to a pongy problem. – Terry Schulz and Larry Botham 


10:30 – 11:00    Morning tea


11:30 – 12:30    Field odour assessments – the who, what, when, where and why of selecting ambient odour monitoring methods. Does one size fit all? – Geordie Galvin, Andrew Balch and Peter Stephenson


12:30 – 14:00    Lunch break


14:00 – 14:30    Update on Auckland and Christchurch Air Quality Regulations – Rob van de Munchkohf and Richard Chilton


14:30 – 15:30    Proposed Victoria risk assessment methods for poultry – Where does it take us? – Paul Torre and Michael Asimakis


15:30 – 16:00    Afternoon tea


16:00 – 17:00    Round Table Update on odour regulations: Is the current regulatory approach used for odour assessment working? – Geordie Galvin and Andrew Balch



Call for Registrations


OSIG welcomes all workshop participants to share their latest experiences with odour control; measurement; modelling and regulatory compliance. You can register for this workshop in conjunction with CASANZ 2015 Conference..


For further information, please contact the OSIG Chair, Geordie Galvin via email:



Geordie Galvin
Deputy Chair   
Andrew Balch

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