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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 2: Resource Recovery
  • Session 3: Anaerobic Digestion
  • Session 4: Emerging Biosolids Technologies
  • Session 5: Primary Treatment
  • Session 6: Water Reuse
  • Session 7: Advanced Wastewater Treatment
  • Session 8: Energy
Wednesday June 27, 2018
8:30am - 12:30pm

Parallel Sessions

  • Session 1: Emerging Light-driven Bioprocesses
  • Session 2: Wastewater Microbiology
  • Session 3: Disinfection & AOPs
  • Session 4: Decentralized Treatment
  • Session 5: Sustainability
  • Session 6: Modeling & Controls
  • Session 7: Value Product Recovery
  • Session 8: Emerging Water Technologies
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

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

IWA ecoSTP2018 Technical and Social Tour, June 28th, Thursday, 2018

Tour 1: London and Lake Huron (Bayfield)
8:30 am Pick-up at Western University
8:30 - 9:00 am In-transit to Trojan Technologies
9:00 - 10:00 am Trojan Technologies.

Tour of Trojan Technologies facilities.

10:00 - 10:30 am In-transit to SOWC Greenway Wastewater Test Bed Facility
10:30 - 11:30 am Tour of SOWC Greenway Wastewater Test Bed Facility.

The SOWC Greenway Wastewater Test Bed Facility comprises of four self-contained testing rooms. Flow can be diverted to each of the four rooms from various points in the wastewater treatment process at a flow rate of up to 1 MGD. This tour will include the test bed facility and discussion/introduction to the projects being conducted in each test bay.

11:30 - 1:00 pm In-transit to Bayfield on the shore of Lake Huron
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch in Bayfield (cost included in the tour registration fee)
2:00 - 3:00 pm Lake Huron Tour
3:00 - 4:30 pm In-transit to London
Tour Fees
  • Non-Student $30.00 each
  • Student $20.00 each
  • Accompanying Person $30.00 each
Tour 2: London, Guelph and Niagara Falls
8:00 am Pick-up at Western University
8:00 - 8:30 am In-transit to Oxford WWTP
8:30 - 9:30 am Tour of Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This includes a tour of the Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant MBR system as well as Suez Water's advanced ZeeLung MABR demonstration site.

9:30 - 11:00 am In-transit to SOWC Guelph Wastewater Test Bed Facility
11:00 - 12:00 pm Tour of SOWC Guelph Wastewater Test Bed Facility.

The SOWC Guelph Wastewater Test Bed Facility is an open concept space that is available for the testing and demonstration of new wastewater technologies. Located adjacent to the Guelph municipal wastewater treatment plant, a variety of flow are accessible to test bed occupants drawn from different point in the wastewater treatment process. This tour will include the test bed facility and discussion/introduction to the projects being conducted in each test bay, including the Suez Water's Advanced Anaerobic Digestion Pre-Treatment pilot system.

12:00 - 1:30 pm In-transit to Niagara Falls (or Niagara on the Lake). Provide light refreshments on the bus.
1:30 - 2:30 pm Lunch at Niagara-on-the Lake (cost included in tour registration fee)
2:30 - 5:30 pm Free time at Niagara Falls
5:30 - 7:30 pm In-transit to London
Tour Fees
  • Non-Student $40.00 each
  • Student $30.00 each
  • Accompanying Person $40.00 each