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11th IWA EE YWP Conference: Water for All, Water for Nature, Reliable Water Supply, Wastewater, Treatment and Reuse
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
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.
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).
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.
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.