Conference Overview

Final Programme (Download the PDF version)

Sunday, 12th June 2016
Hotel EXE Guadalete. Avda. Duque de Abrantes, 84. Jerez de la Frontera 

Registration opens at Congress Venue


Monday, 13th June 2016

Hotel SHERRY PARK. Avda. Alcalde Álvaro Domecq 11. Jerez de la Frontera

Registration Opens
Challenges, Opportunities and Barriers for Decentralised Treatment of Wastewater
Resilient Cities
Overcoming barriers of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) Technology: Moving from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) to Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs)
The Future is Here: Experiences In the Full-Scale Implementation of Mainstream Deammonification for Leading Edge Nitrogen Control
Development and Application of Sustainable Membrane Desalination Technology: Reversing Water Scarcity and Fast Forwarding to the Future
Microalgae Based Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Progress, Experiences and Perspectives for the Next Years
20:30 Welcome Reception at Cloister of Santo Domingo


Tuesday, 14th June 2016
Hotel EXE Guadalete. Avda. Duque de Abrantes, 84. Jerez de la Frontera 

Plenary session
Registration Opens
09:00 Opening Address Mark van Loosdrecht, Programme Committee Chairman of LET2016
Helmut Kroiss, President of the International Water Association
Mamen Sánchez Díaz, Mayoress Jerez de la Frontera
Plenary Speaker 1
"Challenges and opportunities for innovation in water management and infrastructure in Andalucia" 
Belén Gualda González, Regional Government of Andalucía , Spain
10:15 Plenary Speaker 2 "Water Innovation Actions in the context of the Circular Economy" 
Carmen Mena Abela
, European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Belgium
11:00- 11:30 Morning Break
Plenary Speaker 3
"When dancing with sharks... impacts of innovation implies intimacy with your investors"
Piers Clark
, Isle Utilities, UK
12:15 Plenary Speaker 4 "The Membrane-aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR): Full-scale Applications"
Eion Casey
,  University College Dublin, Ireland
13:00 Plenary Speaker 5 "Combatting Antibiotic Resistance in the Water Sector"
Amy Pruden
, Virginia Tech, USA
13:45 -14:45 Lunch
14:45 Plenary Speaker 6 "Discovery of the "Comammox" Bacteria and other Nitrifiers for Wastewater Treatment"
Per Nielsen
, Aalborg University, Denmark
15:30 Plenary Speaker 7 "Innovative Smart Solutions for Sustainable Water Services"
Eva Martinez
, FCC Aqualia, Spain
16:15 -16:45 Afternoon break
16:45 Industrial Innovation forum
  Koch The New Pulsion MBR. Christoph Thiemig  (Koch)
Cambi The innovative Solidsstream hydrolysis. Paal Nielsen (Cambi)
Bactest Shepherd – floc monitoring and management for activated sludge. Annie Brooking 
Pyreg Pyrolysis for Phosphorus recovery. Kevin Friedrich (Pyreg)
Ostara WASSTRIP to turbo-charge nutrient removal and recovery. Philip Abrary  (Ostara)
SUEZ SeMPAC: a compact technology for micropollutants removal. Nicolas de Arespacochaga (SUEZ)
18:15 -19:30 Poster Exhibition +  Cocktail


Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Hotel EXE Guadalete. Avda. Duque de Abrantes, 84. Jerez de la Frontera 

Technical session

Room 1

Room 2
Session 1: “Sustainable Desalination”

Session chairs: Maria Kennedy, Amy Childress

Session 2: “Circular economy - Recovery of water, energy and nutrients“

Session chairs: Aurora Seco, Bruce Rittmann

09:30 Keynote (1):Ceramic Membrane Filtration for pre-treatment of Desalination
Jonathan Clement, PWN Technologies (The Netherlands)
Keynote (1): Exopolysaccharides Biorefining From Used Water: An Enterprise In The Microbiome Of Granular Sludge
David Weissbrodt & Lorena Guimarães, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
10:00 Improving RO Sustainability by Choosing the Right Target and the
Right Process for the Pre-treatment

Jeong Sanghyun, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia)
Implementation of a P-recovery System in Calahorra Wastewater Treatment Plant
Alberto Bouzas, Universitat de València (Spain)
10:15 Advanced Technologies for Sustainable Seawater Desalination
Amy Childress, University of Southern California (United States)
Application of Magnetic Microsorbents for Separation, Concentration and Recovery of Phosphate from Wastewater Streams
Asya Drenkova-Tuhtan, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
10:30 Discussions Discussions
11:00 - 11:30
Morning break  / Poster exhibition
11:30 Keynote (2): Innovative Pre-treatment Technologies For Sustainable Operation Of Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Systems During Algal Blooms
Maria Kennedy, UNESCO IHE (The Netherlands)
Keynote (2): FP 7 All-gas project: From wastewater to bioenergy factory
Zouhayr Arbib, FCC Aqualia (Spain)
12:00 Life Cycle Assessment Of Capacitive Deionization Technology For Brackish Water
TING HUAYU, National Taiwan University (Chinese Taiwan)
Development Of Integrated Anaerobic-aerobic Membrane Process For Wastewater Reclamation At Ambient Temperature 
Leticia Rodríguez-Hernández , CETAQUA Galicia (Spain)
12:15 Six Years Of Operation Of The Largest EDR Plant In The World, To Improve Drinking Water Quality In the area of Barcelona 
Fernando Valero-Cervera, ATLL Concessionària Generalitat de Catalunya S.A. (Spain)
Prioritization Of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) Research & Development Through Quantitative Sustainable Design
Brian Shoener, University of Illinois (United States)
12:30 Discussions Discussions
13:00 Poster Pitch
• Environmentally Friendly Antiscalant For Wastewater Reclamation Using Reverse Osmosis Membrane Systems. Nuria Adroer, ADIQUIMICA S.A. (Spain)
• High-Performance And Energy-Efficient Seawater Ultrafiltration Pretreatment: HIFLUS Technology. Marina Arnaldos, Acciona Agua SAU. (Spain)
• Biofouling Control By d-Tyrosine Incorporated Zeolite
Nanocomposite Membrane. Qilin Li, Rice University. (United States)
Poster Pitch
• Nutrient Recovery From Biogas Digestate By Optimised Membrane Treatment – Screening And Process Development. Tobias Gienau, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. (Germany)
• Effect Of Hydrodynamic Stress In An EGSB Reactor For Biohydrogen Production Using Granular Methanogenic Sludge. Germán Buitrón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
• AnMBR, From Concept To Full-scale And Future Outlook. Reuben Bouman, Biothane Systems International (Netherlands)
13:15 - 14:15
Session 3: “Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Antibiotic resistance, microbiological hazards, nano-pollutants”

Session chairs: Javier Marugan, Amy Pruden
Session 4: “Energy Efficient Water and Wastewater Management”

Session chairs: Anuska Mosquera, Mark Van Loosdrecht
14:15 Keynote (1):Developments in water analysis for emerging environmental contaminants
Ana Agüera, Universidad de Almería (Spain)
Keynote (1): Striving for eco-efficiency in wastewater management: Are anaerobic membrane bioreactors the right path forward?
Adam Smith, University of Southern California (USA)
14:45 New Decentralized Approach To Hospital Wastewater Treatment
José Antonio Gil Linares, Grundfos BioBooster (Denmark)
Overcoming The Challenges For Mainstream Deammonification On Municipal Wastewater In Warm And Cold Areas
Irene Mozo, SUEZ (France)
15:00 Advanced Reduction Processes For Trace Organic Contaminant Removal In Drinking Water Treatment
Klaas Schoutteten, Ghent University (Belgium)
Can Nitrate Reduction By Denitrifying Anaerobic Methane Oxidizing Microorganisms Reach A Practically Useful Rate?
Chen Cai, The University of Queensland (Australia)
15:15 Discussions Discussions
15:45 - 16:15
Afternoon break / Poster exhibition
16:15 Keynote (2): Can advanced oxidation processes be an effective urban wastewater disinfection process for controlling antibiotic resistance spread into the environment?
Luigi Rizzo, Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
Keynote (2): Electrical load shifting: opportunities and constraints in the field of Municipal Wastewater Treatment 
Otto Nowak, Nowak Waste Water Consult (Austria)
16:45 Elimination Of Organic Micropollutants From Secondary Wastewater Effluent Using Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filters
Eleni Laski, ISWA (Germany)
Energy-positive Wastewater Treatment Based On Anaerobic MBBR, Partial Nitrification/anammox And Microalgae
My Carlsson, Veolia Water Technologies/AnoxKaldnes (Sweden)
17:00 Leading Edge Research Of Direct Potable Water Reuse In The United States
Andrew Salveson, Carollo Engineers (United States)
Enhancing Energy Efficiency Of Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactors (MABRs) By Managing Of Gas Back-Diffusion
Marcelo Aybar, University of Notre Dame (United States)
17:15 Discussions Discussions
17:45 Poster Pitch
• Occurrence Of Pharmaceuticals And UV Filters In Swimming Pools And Spas And Their Correlation To Pool Water Treatment. Maria Kennedy, UNESCO-IHE -
Institute for Water Education. (Netherlands)
• Pesticides Removal By Advanced Oxidation Technologies In The Water Reclamation Process. Natividad Miguel, University of Zaragoza. (Spain)
• Mechanisms Involved In The Removal Of Micropollutants By Biological Processes: Aerobic MBR And Anaerobic System-UASB. María de los Ángeles Bernal Romero del Hombre Bueno, University of Alicante. (Spain)
Poster Pitch
• Reciprocating Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor As An Energy Efficient Pre treatment For Mainstream Anammox. Jurg Keller, The University of Queensland (Australia)
• Leachate Treatment Using Aerobic Granular Sludge. Qiuyan Yuan, Univerisity of Manitoba. (Canada)
• How To Save Energy In A WWTP And Enhance Nutrient Removal Through On line Aeration Control, The Case Of OptimEDAR. Montserrat Batlle, ADASA SISTEMAS S.A.U. (Spain)
18:00 End of technical programme
19:30 Social Programme:  Horse Exhibition + Tapas tour


Thursday, 16th June 2016
Hotel EXE Guadalete. Avda. Duque de Abrantes, 84. Jerez de la Frontera 

Technical session

Room 1

Room 2
Session 5: “Advanced materials – nanotechnology and new membranes”

Session chairs: Qilin Li, Jun Ma

Session 6: "Solar and algal based water technologies”

Session chairs: Jose Antonio Perales, Pilar Fernández

09:30 Keynote (1): Novel Nanofiltration Membrane Active Layers with Dendritic and Macromolecular Building Blocks
Benito Marinas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Keynote (1): Novel photocatalytic materials for solar water treatment
John Anthony Byrne, Ulster University (UK)
10:00 Membrane And Membrane Combination Process In Drinking Water Treatment
Panpan Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Modelling Shortcut Nitrogen Removal From Wastewater Using An Algal-bacterial Consortium
Larissa Arashiro, UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands)
10:15 Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT): A Vision To Enable Decentralized Water Treatment And Reuse 
Pedro Alvarez, Rice University (United States)
Performance Of A Pilot-scale Membrane-coupled High-rate Algal Pond (MHRAP) For Urban Wastewater Treatment
Angel Robles, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
10:30 Discussions Discussions
11:00 - 11:30
Morning break / Poster exhibition
11:30 Keynote (2): Using aquaporin proteins for low-pressure desalination in biomimetic membranes
Yen Wah TONG, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Keynote (2): On the Contribution of Microalgae to Wastewater
Treatment Processes

Gabriel Acién,University of Almeria (Spain)
12:00 Development And Application Of An Enzymatic Reactor With Magnetic Nanoparticles For The Removal Of Emerging Pollutants
M. Teresa Moreira, Santiago of Compostela University (Spain)
Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS): Is Its Greatest Advantage, Its Biggest Obstacle To Use?
Kevin McGuigan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland)
12:15 Enhancing Capacitive Deionization Technology As An Effective Method For Water Treatment
Derya Dursun, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Photocatalytic Degradation Of Lindane With A Nano-TiO2 Suspension
Silvia Escuadra, Zaragoza University (Spain)
12:30 Discussions Discussions
13:00 Poster Pitch
• Nanotest For Fungal Infections, A Self-Diagnostic And Hygiene Control Tool For Public Places. Tobi Sojinrin, Dublin Institute of Technology. (Ireland)
• Novel Thin-film Nanofiber Composite (TNC) Membrane For Osmotic Energy Harvesting. Moon Son, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) (Republic of Korea)
• Comparison Of Fouling Resilience Of Two Ceramic Nanofiltration Membranes Of TiO2 With Enlarged Surface. Mihaela-Elena Dascalu, Vasile Alecsandri, University of Bacau. (Romania)
Poster Pitch
• Influence Of PH On The Solar Disinfection Of Simulated MWTP Effluent. Evaluation Against Cryptosporidium. Hipólito Gómez-Couso, University of Santiago de Compostela. (Spain)
• Selective Pressures Drive Algal Community Function, Nutrient Recovery, And Feedstock Production In Wastewater Treatment. Ian Bradley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (USA)
• Optimal Algal Cultivation For Used Water Resource Recovery. Dorottya Wagner, Technical University of Denmark. (Denmark)
13:15 - 14:15
Session 7: “Smart Management of Water and Assets”

Session chairs: Eva Martínez Díaz, Oliver Grievson

Session 8: “Microbial electrochemical technologies”

Session chairs: Abraham Esteve Núñez, Korneel Rabaey

14:15 Keynote (1): Smart Water Utilities: Complexity made simple  Pernille Ingildsen, Kalundborg Utility (Denmark) Keynote (1): Integration Of Advances In Material Science With Microbial Electrolysis Cells For Resource Recovery From Domestic Wastewater
Pascal Saikaly, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
14:45 Management of water supply services through integral operation based on advanced Smart Metering schemes: A case study
Joan Carles Guardiola, Aguas de Valencia S.A. (Spain)
Hydrogen Peroxide Production At High Concentrations In Continuous-flow Cathode Microbial Electrochemical Cells
Michelle Young, Arizona State University (United States)
15:00 Online Methodology For Determining THM Formation Potential And Predicted Network TTHM Levels Aids Operations
Rick Bacon, Aqua Metrology Systems, Ltd. (United States)
Experiences Of Floating Microbial Fuel Cells, Supplying On-line Sensors For Water Quality
Andrea Schievano, DISAA - University of Milan (Italy)
15:15 Discussions Discussions
15:45 - 16:15
Afternoon break / Poster exhibition
16:15 Keynote (2): One Water LA 2040 Plan: Using a Flow Balance Model to Achieve Los Angeles’ Water Sustainability Goals 
Inge Wiersema, Adel Hagekhalil, Carollo Engineers, Inc (USA)
Keynote (2): METs Meet Water at Full Scale: From Nano to Kilo
Abraham Esteve Núñez, University of Alcalá (Spain)
16:45 Online Orthophosphate Measurement In Full-scale WWTPs Using A Novel Potentiometric Sensor
Ana Soares, Cranfield University (United Kingdom)
NONIT: Scaling-up BES For Treating Nitrate-polluted Ground Water 
Narcis Pous, LEQUIA/ University of Girona (Spain)
17:00 Integrated Wastewater System Modelling: A New Approach For The Development Of Long Term Integrated Plans For Wet Weather
Julian Sandino, CH2M (United States)
Electrochemistry And Bioelectrochemistry For Removal Of Sulphur Species From Water
Ilje Pikaar, The University of Queensland (Australia)
17:15 Discussions Discussions
17:45 Poster Pitch
• Semantic Models For Enabling Smart Management Of Urban Water Systems. Shaun Howell, Cardiff University. (United Kingdom)
• In Situ Microscopy: Towards The Application Of Real-time Process Monitoring For Filamentous Bacteria Growth.  Erika de Leon, University Of Duisburg Essen. (Germany)
• IT System For Dynamic Condition-Based Intelligent Monitoring Of Well Water Quality In Israel. Orly Avraham, Mekorot - Israel National Water Company (Israel)
Poster Pitch
• Optimum Dose Of Chaetoceros For Controlling Methanogenesis To Improve Power Production Of Microbial Fuel Cell. P. P. Rajesh, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. (India)
• A New Concept For The Integration Of Microbial Fuel Cells Into Membrane Bioreactors. Sven Kerzenmacher, University of Freiburg. (Germany)
• Multi-stage Microbial Fuel Cell-based Biosensor For Biochemical Oxygen Demand And Toxicity Detection. Martin Spurr, Newcastle University. (United Kingdom)
18:00 End of technical programme
Social Programme: Gala Dinner LET2016 at Gonzalez Byass winery


Friday, 17th June 2016

09:00 - 13:00
Technical Visits
  1. Chiclana
  2. Centa
  3. La Ranilla

Additional Event 

Hotel EXE Guadalete. Avda. Duque de Abrantes, 84. Jerez de la Frontera 

09:45 - 14:30 Symposium on ict4water drives circular economy. The impacts of innovation in H2020 Projects



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