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  • DEADLINE: Award/Grant – Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
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    The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes those who have made scientific advances in one of four areas: basic science, clinical science or population or environmental health. This award is given to a scientist whose advances have (or will potentially have) a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.

  • 11th IWA EE YWP Conference: Water for All, Water for Nature, Reliable Water Supply, Wastewater, Treatment and Reuse
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    In 2019 we organise our 11th Eastern European IWA YWP Conference for Young Water Professionals, this conference will take place in a Europe’s most romantic city – Prague! The motto of our conference reflects the importance of water in our country and in the whole region of central and eastern Europe. Therefore the care about water has a long tradition in this country. The first Czech Water Act was issued by local parliament in 1870. The beginning of the 20th century was the period on intense construction of dams in Czech border mountains with the aim to secure enough water for growing population and industry and to control floods. Prague was one of the first towns in this region which was equipped with wastewater treatment plant commissio-ned in 1906. In 1910 the first trickling filter in central Europe was installed in Czech spa town Jáchymov. After the 2nd World War the construction of large dams culminated, for example, in 1975 the construction of Želivka dam and water work was finished which is still one of the biggest sources of drinking water in the region with capacity of 7 m3/s. The activated sludge process was applied already in the 1930s. The progress in activated sludge research has been connected since the 1960s with our university and many priority research papers can be found in IWA journals. Our university was also the birth place of IWA Specialist Group on Activated Sludge Population Dynamics in 1988 (the group is today known as Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering). The Czech Republic was one of the founding country members of IWA in 1965, the Czech experts are active in three EU commissions on protection of international rivers (the Elbe, The Oder and the Danube). Therefore the Czech Republic is proud to be a host of the 2019 IWA YWP conference and to welcome in its capital city Prague the young water experts who will come with a lot of new and intriguing ideas. Chair Program Committee Prof. Ing. Jiří Wanner,DrSc. IWA Distinguished Fellow University of Chemistry and Technology Prague

  • BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series – Dr. Paul Hynds
    14:30 -15:30


    The seminar will present multiple multi-disciplinary studies, all of which had and have a very similar overarching objective, but use several approaches, datasets, test sites, and software packages to get there. Ireland currently has the highest incidence rate of verotoxigenic E. coli enteritis in Europe and one of the highest in the world. For example, current incidence rates for Ireland and Canada are approximately 9 cases/100,000 persons and 1.8 cases/100,000 persons, respectively. Moreover, the profile of infection in Ireland is suspected to be extremely unique due to it’s climate, infrastructure, and geography. Thus, the “journey” comprises hydrogeology, microbial ecology, socio-epidemiology, statistical modelling, machine learning, quantitative risk assessment, and Paul getting stuck down a well for 4 hours (True Story).

  • The 7th IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Water
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    Natural organic matter (NOM) in water influences ecosystems in natural water environmental and water quality in urban water supply systems. NOM abundance and characteristics are influences by the local ecosystems and climate. Thus, future global warming may alter the abundance and characteristics of NOM in water sources. “The IWA Specialist Conferences on NOM in water” has been held six times in the past, and provided opportunities for the scientists, engineering and practitioners to acquire the latest knowledge and technical development on NOM science. Since IWA has provided support through its endorsement to the past IWA NOM conferences, those events attracted many researchers from around the world. The successful organization of the past IWA NOM conferences has extended high reputation of IWA as an academic and professional organization around the world. The 7th NOM Specialist conference will also provide an outstanding opportunity for the researchers from around the world to present their latest research outcomes and to discuss future trends on NOM research. We believe IWA’s endorsement will make it certain that the 7th NOM Specialist Conference will be successfully advance the science on NOM in water and will attract many scientist to participate in this conference.


    • Climate change and NOM in aquatic environment.
    • Innovations in characterization, measurement and monitoring of NOM.
    • Dynamics and impacts of NOM in water, wastewater, or recycling treatment processes.
    • NOM as disinfection by-product precursors.
    • Role of NOM in desalination processes.
    • Innovative NOM removal processes in drinking water treatment.
    • NOM in water supply systems (water treatment processes, biofilms, chemical or microbial processes, corrosion, distribution system and process control).
    • Land-use and catchment management strategies for reducing NOM in raw waters.
    • NOM quantity and quality- trends, processes and modeling.
    • Impact of NOM on interaction and mobility of synthetic compounds: reactivity, analysis, treatment and managing persistent organic pollutants.
  • BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series – Dr. Ted Mao
    14:30 -15:30


    Municipalities are facing significant challenges related to wastewater treatment, including aging infrastructure, increasingly more stringent discharge requirements, climate change and extreme weather events, constrained plant space, municipal budget stress, etc.  Paradigm shifts in changing wastewater treatment plants into resource, energy and value recovery facilities are needed to turn these challenges to opportunities.  Game-changing technologies are being developed to realize this vision with low energy, small footprint and cost effectiveness.  However, significant barriers to development and commercialization of these technologies still exist. Some key challenges include: multi-disciplinary nature of the subject matter, scale-up from lab to pilot to full-scale, validation, risk/reward, technology adoption, regulation, etc.  Case studies will be presented to explore solutions in overcoming these barriers, particularly in removing roadblocks between scientific discoveries and commercial implementation, essentially bridging the “valley-of-death” in the innovation cycle.  Effective academic and industry collaborations on piloting new technologies in real wastewater under real plant dynamics can play an important role in accelerating technology development and commercialization.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Award/Grant – Volvo Environment Prize
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    Established in 1988 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes. It is awarded for “Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field”. Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives. It consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 167 000 or USD 209 000).

  • Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference
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    On behalf of the organizing committee of the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC 2019), we are pleased to welcome you to Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 20-23, 2019 where we will enjoy the state of the art newly opened Halifax Convention Centre.

    The CCEC 2019 conference program will explore the theme of “Synergy and Innovation through Community Engagement”, focusing on the evolving landscape of roles and interactions between chemical engineers and society (community-driven research, sustainability, industry/academia partnerships, commercialization, equity and diversity initiatives and research).  The program will showcase industrially-relevant examples of commercial advancement and insight into potential pathways for graduates exploring links between their research and the broader community through three special symposia: Emerging and Applied Industrial ResearchChemical Engineering in the Community, and Entrepreneurial Advancement and Globalization.  This year’s plenary lectures and honorary symposia will also focus on recognizing leaders in chemical engineering who have made significant contributions to the research landscape in Canada or abroad.

    CCEC 2019 will continue to build on the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering special plenary sessions, with a call for nominations expected early in 2019. The conference will also feature several core technical sessions, and an integrated student program for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Halifax was recently named one of the top 10 global destinations on the rise in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards, and is home to a vibrant and multi-cultural community and both developing and established industry.  Situated on Canada’s eastern shore, Nova Scotia boasts a diversity of landscapes from the highlands of Cape Breton, to the sandy beaches of the southern shores, to the vineyards of the Annapolis Valley ( We welcome you to come for the conference, and encourage you to stay and explore the province and fall festivities.

    We look forward to working with the Canadian chemical engineering community and our atlantic university partners to make the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference a great success.

    We look forward to seeing you in Halifax in October 2019.

  • 11th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2019

    On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to 11th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference which will be held from October 20 to 24, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years, there is a growing body of research on emerging micropollutants associated with water, wastewater, surface and groundwater. This conference is dedicated to provide the rich and thought-provoking scientific programs to share and discuss the latest scientific development and technical solutions in monitoring & analysis, fate & transport, ecotoxicity & risk assessment, control & treatment, and prioritization & regulation of emerging micropollutants with water professionals from all over the world. We are also delighted to host the conference in Seoul, the capital and the largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul is the city with fascinating blend of ancient and modern architecture, having five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its neighborhood as well as multiple award-winning modern landmarks, also being the birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave. We hope many of you will join us at the 11th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2019 and every participant to enjoy the scientific programs as well as impressive experiences in Seoul.


    • Source, Fate, and Occurrence
    • Monitoring Methods (Chemical and Biological Tools) and Strategies
    • Toxicity Assessment
    • Transformation Products in Natural and Technical Treatment Systems
    • Environmental Nanotoxicology and Nanotechnology
    • Risk Assessment and Communication
    • Prioritization and Regulation
    • Removal & Reduction Strategies (Physicochemical and Biological Processes) and Source Control
    • Technical Solutions and Requirements for Water Reuse
    • Pilot- and Full-scale Treatment Processes
    • Special Topic I. Antibiotic Resistance
    • Special Topic II. Microplastics
  • Power of Water Canada Technical Conference & Trade show
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    The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is a not-for profit, member based organization promoting the sustainable development of waterpower resources in Ontario. Since 2001 the OWA has been representing the common and collective interests of the waterpower industry. To date membership has grown to over 150 organizations. Our membership includes generators, engineering firms, environmental consultants, legal, project financing and insurance firms, First Nations communities and other organizations, all sharing the common interest of advancing waterpower in Ontario.

  • BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series – Steve Usher
    14:30 -15:30


    Typically, clean up of old leaking gas stations are a “dig and dump” affair.  The level of science of assessment is limited to drilling and soil sampling and testing for hydrocarbons, including water samples.  In the majority of cases this is an effective and economic solution as the contamination is usually shallow.  In this case study a lacustrine clay aquitard appeared to be of substantial thickness, and one confirmatory borehole into the confined aquifer below yielded startling results, with LNAPL trapped under the aquitard.  150 downgradient private water wells existed starting about 100 m from the site.  Initial efforts focused on the dig and dump process, but engineers wisely chose not excavate too much of the aquitard, but an understanding of WHY it was in the confined aquifer was not attained.  A proper geologic model was constructed by experienced hydrogeologists, including review of the prehistoric glacial conditions which explained the source of aquifer penetration.  Successful remedial efforts then focused on a pump and treat with hydraulic containment, turning this high risk site into one of ongoing maintenance and progressive cleanup.

  • FEAS Research Symposium
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    Symposium Objectives:
    The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) is hosting a Research Symposium on October 24th,
    2019, in an effort to celebrate the success of our researchers, increase visibility of the research portfolios
    within the disciplines, outline a future direction of the Faculty’s Strategic Research Plan, and foster
    collaboration amongst faculty.

    Poster Competition Overview:
    The Student Poster Competition, which will be hosted at the Research Symposium, is an opportunity
    for graduate research students (as well as summer research students and post-docs) within the FEAS to
    network, present their work, and become more familiar with research work being performed in other areas
    of engineering.

    All poster team members are invited to attend the Research Symposium tracks throughout the day. Only
    the presenter of the poster will be eligible for an invitation to the Research Symposium banquet dinner
    following the day’s event. Additionally, cash prizes will be awarded for winning ($400/each), and an
    honorable mention ($200/each).

    Research Tracks:
    Poster themes should focus on one of the symposium research tracks.
    n Intelligent Systems
    n Biomedical Engineering
    n Natural & Built Environment
    n Energy Systems
    n Advanced Materials, Manufacturing & Processing

  • 19th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution & Eutrophication
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    The sustainable development goals (SDG) approved in 2015 identified the importance of promoting sustainable water management for safer and resilient cities. The 19th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication (DIPCON 2019) aims to encourage research, disseminate information, and support the development of policies to understand and solve environmental constraints caused by diffuse or non-point sources of pollution. Moreover, DIPCON 2019 aims to address a wide range of issues associated with urban and agricultural contamination of water, air, and soil resources that result from disseminated or non-point sources. DIPCON 2019 will also serve as a venue to introduce the current trend of water management to developing and developed countries. DIPCON 2019 is particularly interested in understanding the physical, hydrological, biological, and chemical processes that contribute to diffuse pollution, and learning how this knowledge may be used to design systems to mitigate diffuse pollution using nature-based solutions and decentralized management approaches. Social, economic, and policy issues are also important to the conference as it provides opportunities to link technological questions and potential solutions with the human institutions and communities that will benefit from improvement of water, air, and soil quality. As such, DIPCON 2019 will highlight the importance of the collaborative effort of the government, as well as the water professionals, in addressing the problems brought about by traditional urban development. DIPCON 2019 will provide an opportunity to bring together researchers, scientists, practitioners, NGOs, and policy makers to discuss several aspects within the scope of the conference topics.


    • Integrated Watershed Management
    • Agricultural runoff: Agricultural pollution (including nutrients and pesticides)
    • Urban/Industrial Diffuse Pollution: urban drainage systems (including CSOs and SSOs)/traffic pollution/industrial pollution
    • Nature based solutions: Low impact development/Green Infrastructures/Water wise cities/Decentralized water management systems/Ecological Design/Innovative and Policies
    • Integrated watershed management
    • Integrated coastal watershed management (Marine and coastal area problems)
    • Soil and Groundwater contamination
    • Reservoir and surface water bodies issues: Eutrophication/Turbid flows
    • Public participation and sustainable development issues
    • Policies, Governance and Education on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication
    • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Ecological health issues
    • Rainwater Harvesting
    • Diffuse pollution and Eutrophication Monitoring and Modeling (Modeling/GIS and Remote sensing application)
  • ABSTRACT DEADLINE: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020
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    The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the entire water cycle. As the Congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region.

    There will be a strong representation and contribution from Nordic and Baltic Sea countries, making the IWA Congress & Exhibition a vital opportunity to learn about the Nordic water challenges and solutions, including participation in technical site visits.

    The 2020 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. It will engage stakeholders and key contacts within the conventional water sector and beyond. It will bring together core water sector groups, such as those focused on urban water and urban water services, as well as participants from industry and agriculture, architects and urban planners, soil and groundwater experts and hydrologists, social scientists, the ICT sector, the financial sector, and others.

  • 8th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition 2019
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    The ASPIRE 2019 will be held on 31 October to 2 November 2019 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, located at the heart of the city centre with excellent meeting and convention facilities and proven record of hosting the international conference. The 3-day Conference and Exhibition plus technical visits and workshops will attract 1 000 participants all over the world. ASPIRE will organize alongside events such as technical visits and networking events. Technical visits will include our prominent waterworks, waste water and storm water infrastructure, such as Ma On Shan Water Treatment Works, High Island Reservoir, Muk Wu Raw Water Pumping Station, Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme and Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works. We are planning to organize some networking events to build up personal relationships and business linkages among the profession. Tentatively, there will be 4 numbers of parallel sessions, with each parallel session centred on the themes related to water supplies, wastewater and stormwater management etc. There will also be expected total of about 200 presentations. The highlights will be on smart and novel solutions together with green infrastructures for Water Resilience cum global actions required.


    • Climate Change
    • Green Technology
    • Wastewater Treatment Technologies
    • Wastewater Policy and Governance
    • Water and Energy Nexus
    • Water Policy and Governance
    • Water Resources Management
    • Water Supply Management
    • Water Sustainability
    • Water, Sanitation and Health