IWAlgae 2019



IWAlgae 2019 will be held in Valladolid, Spain, in July (1st-2nd 2019). This event represents a joint conference, bringing together the 2nd IWA Conference on Algal Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery and the 12th IWA Specialist Group Conference in Wastewater Pond Technology. These two international conferences will allow 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. A specific session will be run to present the final outcomes of INCOVER in the topics of microalgae and purple photosynthetic bacteria.


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Wastewater treatment using photosynthetic microorganisms can benefit from the knowledge coming from the use of algae to produce biofuels, food supplements or green pharmaceuticals and of microbial physiology 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 a 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 has increased from 60 in 2007 to > 1000 in 2017.

Valladolid University is one of Spain’s and Europe’s oldest Universities (established in the XIII century). Conference attendees will enjoy accessibility to world-class conference facilities and beautiful historical sightseeing tours in a land of castles and vineyards. Valladolid is also only 1 h drive from a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.