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  • ABSTRACT DEADLINE: First Trans-Asia IWA-YWP Conference on Smart Technologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment – Technoscape 2020
    All day

    Far from being a niche concern, water is the heart of everything we do. The reasons are many – increasing world population, climate change, changing consumption patterns, expansion of irrigated agriculture and improving living standards. Depleting freshwater resources like groundwater and glaciers add on to the concerns. We have concepts and theoretical constructs of the business of water, but the bottom line is we have no choice except judiciously managing the resources to improve lives in a sustainable manner. To keep up with globalization, innovation of various technologies can help manage these dire challenges and showcase a more sustainable path with lower costs and wider effects all the while supporting economic growth. Methods invented and practiced to conserve and treat water are Desalination, Membrane Separation, Ion Exchange, etc. It is the need of the hour to convene a congress of learned men from different specialties devoted to sustainable water to deliberate, contribute to building solution and exchange of knowledge. Hence, it is proposed to convene Technoscape 20 – First Trans-Asia Conference on Smart Technologies for Water and Waste Water Treatment at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore from 16th – 19th December 2020. Technoscape 20 aims to engage a broad spectrum of innovations and hope to bring an amalgamation of ideas, inventions, and research to the forefront. This conference will address the following broad issues regarding water : – water quality, quantity, and groundwater/surface water management – water supply and sanitation planning – water quantity and quality – physical, economic and social aspects of water resources management – Communication and networking between main Water management groups, consumers, and specialists group

  • ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 7th IWA Water Resource Recovery Modelling Seminar
    All day

    The organizing committee is excited to invite you to the next IWA Water Resources Recovery Modelling Conference from August 22nd until 26th, 2020 in Arosa, Switzerland. This conference is endorsed by the International Water Association (IWA) and supported by the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The WRRmod2020 conference will be organized by Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.

    The WRRmod conference series (formerly WWTmod seminars) is designed to share and discuss cutting-edge research as well as practices in modelling of water resource recovery facilities (WRRF). The conferences are internationally highly recognized as the place where practitioners, utilities, engineers, and researchers are brought together to debate innovative modelling theory and practices and thus play a key role in bridging academia with engineering practice.

    The WRRmod conferences are organized every two years. Previous conferences took place in Spa, (Belgium, 2014), Annecy (France, 2016) and Lac Beauport (Canada, 2018). The WRRmod2020 conference will take place in a beautiful setting in Arosa, Switzerland.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 edition of the WRRmod conference series!

  • DEADLINE: Wicked Ideas – Notice of Intent
    All day

    The Wicked Ideas Competition is a Vice-Principal (Research) pilot initiative to fund and support research collaboration and excellence. This will be a pilot program for the 2020-21 funding period.

    Wicked Problems are issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it. Wicked Ideas are needed to solve these problems, and demand the input of multiple disciplines with relevant practical expertise. This competition will fund Wicked Ideas that respond to local, national and global challenges, by supporting the formation of research teams that offer the expertise and perspectives needed to tackle these challenges.


    • February 3, 2020 – Notice of Intent due
    • March 4, 2020 – Full applications due
    • Week of March 30, 2020 – Presentation/Pitch of Wicked Idea
  • DEADLINE: Algae Biomass Summit Abstract Submission
    All day
    The Algae Biomass Organization is pleased to announce that abstracts for speaking and poster presentations at the 2020 Algae Biomass Summit are now being accepted. This year’s Summit will take place on September 8 – 11, 2020 at the University of California, San Diego in the coastal community of La Jolla, California.
    The beautiful campus of UC San Diego is located in one of the world’s leading hubs for algae research and entrepreneurship. This will be the ideal setting for everything that makes the Summit an invaluable experience : intimate professional networking, top-notch presentations and discussion, and exposure to the latest breakthroughs, new algae-based products and more.
    The Summit will be accepting speakers and poster presenters from a wider range of scientific, technological and commercial topics than ever before. Plan to share your research, commercial milestones, policy innovations and more at the largest gathering of algae professionals.
    First priority consideration will be given to abstracts submitted by February 10, 2020!
  • DEADLINE: 2020 Student and Young Professional Committee
    All day

    2020 Student and Young Professional Committee

    What are your water goals for the next 5 years? Advance your career by volunteering on Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professional Committee. Acquire new skills, expand your professional network and demonstrate leadership.

    Canadian Water Network selects 20 candidates for the roles of President, Webinar Coordinator (2 positions), Social Media Specialist (2 positions) and Regional Representative (15 positions).

    Our objective is to select representatives from major centres across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax, as well as smaller communities or remote locations. Where possible, we select two representatives from each location.

    This is a one-year volunteer commitment from March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

    What’s involved?

    • Organize Blue Networking events in locations across Canada.
    • Organize World Water Day events, often in collaboration with others.
    • Develop webinars for students and young professionals.
    • Represent CWN as a young ambassador at events and in the digital space.
    • Participate in training and mentoring opportunities.

    What are the benefits?

    • Volunteer with outstanding young people who are passionate about water.
    • Expand your professional network with contacts from across the water sector.
    • Interact with CWN staff and members of the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium.
    • Attend our Blue Cities conference (special rates and scholarships are available).
    • Learn how to organize and promote events, establish your personal brand and become a social media influencer.
    • Access mentoring opportunities with CWN staff and others.
    • CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee is highly regarded. Each representative is featured on CWN’s website, plus there are opportunities to share your accomplishments through CWN’s social media.

    What are the responsibilities?

    • This is a one-year volunteer commitment from March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
    • Each representative submits a brief biography and photo for publication on CWN’s website.
    • Representatives work with others in their region and CWN staff to organize and promote Blue Networking events. This often involves collaboration with other water professionals and water organizations in your community.
    • National meetings are held monthly on Skype (attendance is mandatory).
    • Regional meetings may occur with greater frequency when planning an event.
    • Committee members are encouraged to participate on social media.
    • President: Coordinates and documents the Committee’s monthly meetings; gathers feedback; assists regional representatives with problem-solving; represents Canadian Water Network at Blue Cities.
    • Webinar Coordinators: Work with CWN’s Events Manager to organize four webinars with student presenters.
    • Social Media Specialists: Promote the Committee’s activities on social media, tweet during #CWNSYP webinars and share SYP success stories, publications and other updates.
    • Estimated time commitment is 5 hours per month.

    Are you eligible?

    • You are studying or working in the water sector in Canada.
    • You are in the first five years of your career.

    Members will be selected based on merit, with an effort to have representation across Canada and across disciplines. We will schedule brief Skype interviews with perspective candidates for the roles of President, Webinar Coordinator and Social Media Specialist.

  • BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series – Bas Vriens
    14:00 -15:00


    The numbers and quantities of trace metals used in the energy and communication sectors, consumer electronics and chemical and pharmaceutical industries are increasing exponentially, but corresponding waste streams and environmental impacts remain poorly quantified. In this talk, I will first present results from a nationwide survey of wastewater treatment facilities in Switzerland, in which we assessed the concentrations of >60 (trace) elements. This data set, representative of an entire industrialized country, presented a first baseline reference for current trace metal concentrations, average per-capita fluxes, loads discharged to surface waters, and economic waste-stream values. Geospatial analysis and comparison of effluent loads from wastewater treatment plants with Swiss riverine fluxes indicated dominant anthropogenic sources for a variety of trace metals: examples include Gd from its medical application as a contrast agent, Ce (nano)particles used in polishing emulsions as well as various valuable precious metals… Currently, my research group at Queen’s University works on establishing environmental budgets for trace metals in Canada, focusing on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence drainage basin. We collaborate with industry and government partners and use a combination of large-scale screenings, geospatial statistics and site-specific on-site sampling to quantify emissions of trace metals through wastewater effluents. The results of this project may have significant practical implications, ranging from the prioritization of emerging metal contaminants in environmental policy, source-tracking of major societal and industrial emission pathways, as well as technological advances aimed at optimizing wastewater treatment for increased elimination or even recovery of valuable metals.