IWA Conference on Algal Technologies and Stabilisation Ponds for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery

Community Organizer: , Wastewater Pond Technology

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.


  • 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)

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Jean-Philippe Steyer
Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l'Environnement (LBE) France
Daniel Puyol
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain
Cristina González Fernandez
Imdea Energia Spain
Tania Vasconcelos Fernandes
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) Netherlands
Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero
School of Civil Engineering University of Leeds United Kingdom
Marcia Morales Ibarria
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa Mexico
Sofie Van Den Hende
Centro Nacional de Acuacultura e Investigaciones Marinas Ecuador
German Buitrón Méndez
Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM Mexico
Armando Sanchez Gonzalez
Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM Mexico
Benoit Guieysse
Massey University New Zealand
Günter Langergraber
Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control Austria
Miguel Peña-Varon
Universidad del Valle Colombia
Koenraad Muylaert
University of Leuven Belgium
Sebastian Canizales Gomez
Wageningen University Netherlands
Angélica Rada Ariza
IHE Institute for Water Education Netherlands
Eugenia J. Olguín
Institute of Ecology Mexico
Bouchaib El Hamouri
Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II Morocco
Gopalakrishnan Kumar
University of Stavanger Norway
Jesus Zambrano
Malardalen University Sweden
Peter van der Steen
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Netherlands
Jack van de Vossenberg
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Netherlands
Bilassé Zongo
Université Nazi Boni, Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina Faso
Joan García
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech Spain
Rupert Craggs
NIWA New Zealand
Luisa Gouveia
LNEG Portugal
David Alejandro Jeison Nuñez
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile
Frank Rogalla
Aqualia FCC Spain
Ivet Ferrer
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech Spain
José Olivares
Los Alamos National Laboratory Spain
Jose Antonio Perales
Universidad de Cadiz Spain
Olivier Bernard
INRIA France
Matthew E. Verbyla
San Diego State University United States Of America
Jason Park
NIWA New Zealand
Howard Fallowfield
Flinders University Australia
Rejane da Costa
Universidade Santa Catarina Brazil
Rafael Bastos
Universidade Viscosa Brazil
Miguel Peña-Varón
Universidad del Valle Colombia
Kara Nelson
University of California United States Of America
Marcos von Sperling
Universidade Minas Gerais Brazil
Sonia Heaven
Southampton University United Kingdom
Andy Shilton
Massey University New Zealand
Alma Toledo-Cervantes
Universidad de Guadalajara Mexico