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With 50+ speakers spanning 12 technical sessions, the event programme offers something for everyone with an interest in wastewater treatment.

2021 Sessions

Digital Approaches
Granular Activated Sludge
Instrumentation and Monitoring
Design Approaches
Process Intensification
New and Emerging Technologies
Ammonia Conversion
Net Zero
Circular Economy
Natural Solutions
Bathing Waters

Keynote Talks

Wastewater-based Epidemiology and Digital Transformation: Their role in building Water-Smart Cities
Prof Dragan Savic, CEO, KWR Water Research Institute, the Netherlands

Over the last year and a half, we have seen how sewage has become a ‘mirror of society’ as it can tell many things about the population connected to the sewer system. COVID-19 sewage water research, or “wastewater-based epidemiology” and its interpretation has become of vital importance worldwide. It gives decision-makers a basis upon which to take extra precautionary measures or start easing them. Digital transformation of the water sector has started even earlier, but accelerated during the pandemic period. Various new digital technologies have found their way into daily practice. This talk will provide an outlook on how digital technologies and wastewater-based epidemiology will benefit the industry and society beyond the latest pandemic.


Fate of microplastic particles during wastewater and sludge treatment – a comprehensive approach
Katrin Bauerfeld, Technische Universitaet (TU) Braunschweig, Institute for Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Germany

The effect of different wastewater treatment processes on microplastic particle (MPP) reduction has already been comprehensively discussed in many international studies. However, the overall removal performance of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is difficult to assess as methods for microplastic (MP) determination are not standardized. In addition, the more complex interaction of MP and sewage sludge and the role of sludge treatment processes remain insufficiently investigated. Therefore this presentation provides final results regarding detailed long-time monitoring of process efficiency considering not only conventional wastewater treatment but also enhanced MP reduction by different on-site filtration units at a large WWTP in Northern Germany.

2021 Programme

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Event Testimonials

“From start to finish the presentations were of the highest quality, demonstrating some great examples of science and innovation, tackling the big challenges in the global water sector. The rich diversity of the attendees over the two days also made the conference a fantastic networking opportunity as well as being able to see the latest technology on display.”

Chief Executive


‘Great chance to meet folks from other water companies and suppliers, do a bit of knowledge exchange, find out what else is going on in the industry and see what learnings I can bring back.’

WW Resilience and Regional Strategy Team Leader

Scottish Water

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