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Program Overview

Program Overview


This conference will focus on innovative wastewater treatment technologies that ultimately enable the emerging paradigm shift from wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) to water resource recovery facilities (WRRF) and alignment with the "the three factories" vision. Accordingly, the conference will be structured to accentuate the following three major themes:

  • The Water Factory, with emphasis on water treatment, reclamation and reuse;
  • The Energy Factory, with emphasis on energy recovery and the net-zero energy goal;
  • The Value Products Factory, with emphasis on resource recovery and value product creation.

Focus will be placed on scientific contributions where good modeling practices and robust experimentation are presented, with the goal of overcoming barriers for technology adoption at full scale. Case studies of successful commercialization will be shared together with best practices and lessons learned. Limitations and new development needs associated with these technologies will also be discussed. Examples of topics discussed in the conference include:

  • Emerging technologies for wastewater treatment and reuse (e.g., microsieving, granular sludge and short-cut nutrient removal;
  • Emerging opportunities for resource recovery (e.g., nutrients, valuable organic compounds such as proteins, cellulose and bioplastics, and metals and other value products);
  • Strategies for energy optimization, carbon diversion and biogas production;
  • Integrated plant-wide assessment, including advanced modeling, optimization and control;
  • Microbial ecology and ecotoxicology;
  • GHG quantification and management;
  • Economic impacts (capital costs, operational costs and economic efficiency).

Scientific Program

Tuesday June 26, 2018
  Plenary Session I (Music Auditorium)
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:15am
Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00am Art Umble - Global Wastewater Practice Leader, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
10:00 - 10:30am Coffee Break/Poster Session
10:30 - 11:15am Damien Batstone - AWMC, The University of Queensland
11:15 - 12:00pm Andrew Shaw - Global Practice and Technology Leader for Black & Veatch
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 5:30pm

Parallel Sessions

  • Session 1: Nutrient Removal
    (Session Chairs: George Nakhla, Medhavi Gupta)
  • Session 2: Resource Recovery
    (Session Chairs: Andrew Shaw Tulip Chakraborty)
  • Session 3: Anaerobic Digestion
    (Session Chairs: Elsayed Elbeshbishy, Andishen Yazdanpanah)
  • Session 4: Emerging Biosolids Technologies
    (Session Chairs: Arthur Umble, Mazuduz Zaman)
  • Session 5: Primary Treatment
    (Session Chairs: Mahran Andalib, Ahmed Ahmed)
  • Session 6: Water Reuse
    (Session Chairs: Juan Lema, Nicole McLellan)
  • Session 7: Advanced Wastewater Treatment
    (Session Chairs: Martha Dagnew, Sadaf Medrabi)
  • Session 8: Energy
    (Session Chairs: Francesco Fatone, Roberta Maffettone)
Wednesday June 27, 2018
8:30am - 12:30pm

Parallel Sessions

  • Session 1: Emerging Light-driven Bioprocesses
    (Session Chairs: Damien Batstone, Francesca Giaccherini)
  • Session 2: Wastewater Microbiology
    (Session Chairs:Dominic Frigon, Nouha Klai)
  • Session 3: Disinfection & AOPs
    (Session Chairs: Siva Sarathy, Tanin Amerian)
  • Session 4: Decentralized Treatment
    (Session Chairs: Diego Rosso, Francesca Cecconi)
  • Session 5: Sustainability
    (Session Chairs: Ronald Gehr, Linda Tseng)
  • Session 6: Modeling & Controls
    (Session Chairs: Peter Vanrolleghem, Lisha Guo)
  • Session 7: Value Product Recovery
    (Session Chairs: Mark Van Loosdrecht, Dang Ho)
  • Session 8: Emerging Water Technologies
    (Session Chairs: Ana Soares, Wenjun Sun)
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 5:30pm Plenary Session II (Music Auditorium)
1:30 - 3:00pm SOWC Technology Showcase
3:00 - 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15 - 4:30pm LIFT Technology Showcase
4:30 - 4:45pm Q & A
4:45 - 5:15pm Mark Van Loosdrecht - Chair Environmental Biotechnology TU-Delft and 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Recipient

Technical Program

Pre-Conference Training Course


June 23 - 24, 2018

Course Title

Modelling Activated Sludge Plants organised by the Good Modelling Practice (GMP) Task Group

Organisers of Workshop/ Trainers

Leiv Rieger, PhD, P.Eng., CEO of in CTRL Solutions.
Oliver Schraa, M.Eng., CTO of inCTRL Solutions.


A survey by the IWA Good Modelling Practice (GMP) Task Group identified an urgent need for hands-on training in the mathematical modelling of Activated Sludge plants.

This two-day modelling course provides detailed instructions on mathematical models, their structure, and use in practice such as in design, operation, and control of activated sludge plants. The course provides ample hands-on opportunity to use these models in a class-room setting. The participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the structure of the IWA Activated Sludge Models (ASMs) and have an opportunity to learn how to use these models in simulation studies. The course follows the GMP Unified Protocol as presented in the IWA Scientific Technical Report No. 22.

Target Audience and Number of Participants

The modeling course is limited to a participation of maximum of 25 participants and may be of interest to professionals in the following groups: Consultants, Plant managers or operators, water boards, academics, environmental engineering students.

*Participants are requested to bring their own laptops*

Learning Objectives and Content

Learing Objectives

  • Understanding principles of mathematical models for water resource recovery facilities
  • Understanding the structure of the IWA Activated Sludge Models (ASMs) and their use in practice
  • Understanding the requirements and needs for performing a simulation study for AS plants
  • Understanding the steps needed to use a simulator for building, running, and calibrating a model for an AS plant


The content of the training is based on the work of the GMP TG, i.e. the IWA Scientific and Technical Report No.22 on "Guidelines for Using Activated Sludge Models" released in 2012

The GMP Task Group has set up an internationally accepted framework to deal with ASM-type models in practice. This framework makes modelling more straightforward and systematic to use especially for practitioners and consultants. Additionally, it helps to define quality levels for simulation studies and provides a procedure to assess this quality and assists in the proper use of the models.

The framework describes a methodology for goal-oriented application of activated sludge models demonstrated by means of a concise guideline for simulation studies including illustrative examples. Additional case studies provide information on the required data quality and quantity and the effort for calibration/validation with respect to a defined goal.


This training comes at extra cost and is separately accessible to non-delegates of the congress also.

  • IWA member: $450 CAD
  • Non IWA member: $550 CAD
  • IWA LIC member + Students: $300 CAD
  • Non IWA LIC + Students: $350 CAD

*The Fee includes morning coffee/tea, lunch, and materials.


Social and Technical Tours

June 28th, Thursday, 2018

  • IWA ecoSTP2018 Social and Technical Tour
  • Tour Fees
    • Tour 1: London and Lake Huron (Grand Bend)
      • Non-Student $30.00 each
      • Student $20.00 each
      • Accompanying Person $30.00 each
    • Tour 2: London, Guelph and Niagara Falls
      • Non-Student $40.00 each
      • Student $30.00 each
      • Accompanying Person $40.00 each
  • All individuals must wear long pants and closed toed shoes to visit the treatment plants.