Fin Yrjoe Matikainen is the new president of the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE). With 20 years experience as managing director of the Association of Finnish Civil Engineers, Matikainen is well placed to lead ECCE, which represents over 500,000 civil engineers in 22 countries throughout Europe via professional civil engineering institutions and associations. For more information on ECCE visit www. eccenet. org.
The Singapore ministry of environment has completed what could be the world's first smell-free sewage works, according to the latest issue (vol. 154 no. 3) of the ICE/IAHR Water & Maritime Engineering journal. All tanks and channels at the Kranji sewage treatment works are completely covered to prevent odours escaping, with foul air conveyed to a 99% efficient odour treatment plant. Summaries of all papers can be read at www. waterandmaritime. com.