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  • IWA Conference on Algal Technologies and Stabilisation Ponds for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery
    All day
    2019.07.01-2019.07.02

    These two international conferences bring together scientists, algaeneers and practitioners to exchange the latest knowledge on the application of photosynthetic microorganisms for wastewater treatment and resource recovery, covering traditional opened ponds systems and the use of photobioreactors. Wastewater engineers using photosynthetic microorganisms can benefit from knowledge coming from the use of algae to produce biofuels, food supplements or green pharmaceuticals and of purple photosynthetic bacteria. Likewise, wastewater as a cheap source of nutrients and inorganic carbon is promising for the mass production of algae-based commodities. For example, microalgae based treatment systems in developing and tropical countries may reduce wastewater treatment costs via the recovery of its inherent resources, while providing effective sanitation services. The opportunity to bring together expertise in both extensive (ponds) and intensive (photobioreactors) algal systems in a single event constitutes an unique overview and discussion platform of the latest scientific developments and practical applications in a field of research that has exponentially increased over the past decade. In this context, it is worth noticing that the number of publications in microalgae-based wastewater treatment increase from 60 in 2007 to > 1000 in 2017.

    Topics

    • Algal-bacterial photo-bioreactors for wastewater treatment
    • Experimental methods, algal respirometry, monitoring, modeling and process control
    • Algal-Bacterial interactions and microbial ecology
    • Macroalgae-based technologies
    • Purple photosynthetic bacteria-based Wastewater Treatment
    • Biofuels from photosynthetic microorganisms
    • Waste gas treatment and greenhouse gas capture (including biogas upgrading)
    • Harvesting technologies
    • Algae downstream processing to valuable products
    • Algae-based biorefineries
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Advances in wastewater pond technology (cases of study and fundamental research)
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  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Award/Grant – Stockholm Water Prize
    All day
    2019.07.02

    First presented in 1991, the Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities. The prize honors individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems. Any water-related activity is eligible as the purpose of the award is to recognize the most visionary and creative minds that through their accomplishments drive water development forward.

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  • BWRC and Leaders Seminar Series – Dr. Hilmar Hofmann
    14:30 -15:30
    2019.07.03

    Title: Effects of physical processes in lake ecosystems”

    Profile: Dr. Hilmar Hofmann is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Physics Group and Academic Councilor at the Limnological Institute of the University of Konstanz. The Limnological Institute is one of the top addresses and references for Limnology within Germany and Europe and i.a. a new Research Training Group (R3) was just established which comprises more than 15 PhD candidates who investigate responses to biotic and abiotic changes, resilience and reversibility of lake ecosystems in a team.

    Research interests: Dr. Hofmann’s research is based on multidisciplinary approaches in the field of environmental physics that links his expertise in physical limnology and environmental sciences with related disciplines, e.g., freshwater ecology, geochemistry, microbial ecology, ecotoxicology, and climatology. It is based on intensive empirical field investigations that he combines with numerical modelling to allow for generalization of the results in space and time. His main research interests are:

    • Shallow water processes, e.g. surface waves, currents, sediment dynamics, effects on biota;
    • Large- and small scale transport processes
    • GHG-emissions and budgets from/in lakes;
    • Growth, migration and distribution of plankton as well as lake metabolism

    The aim of his research is a process based and mechanic understanding of the dynamic interactions within aquatic ecosystems from a physical perspective e.g., the role of physical processes on distribution of nutrients, dissolved substances and particles, and interactions of organisms within the ecosystem.

    In his talk, he will present a broad spectrum of case studies that give insights into his field of research.

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