9th dex Summer School on Water Quality Management

German Environmental Experts Association Wastewater Collection, Treatment and Reuse

Target Audience

Post-graduate and doctoral students (civil/environmental engineering or related), young water professionals from consulting companies, utilities and equipment suppliers from all over Europe.


dex summer school started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 120 young water professionals from more than 12 different countries. In 2018 the dex summer school will be held in Rottenbach/Austria. The 2018 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topic of interest. All teachers are internationally well recognised academics with long term scientific and practical experience in the field of their lectures and beyond: A unique opportunity. The content of the course includes: advanced scientific background, state-of-the-art technology, experiences and practical aspects for the design and operation of sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants, sludge treatment and energy management.

Learning Objectives

Transfer of scientific background, advanced knowledge and actual experience on methodologies and technologies for water quality management as it is required to implement European Water legislation (Water Framework Directive) and is supported by new scientific research results. Progress in this trans-disciplinary field of expertise relies on a common professional language which will promote international human networking of (young) water professionals and enhance team working.

Participants will be able to
– determine realistic design parameters for cost optimised planning of waste water treatment plants (WWTP)
– demonstrate the main biological and chemical processes related to the design of urban drainage systems, WWTPs and water reuse systems
– apply up-to-date planning aspects to the design of sludge removal systems
– establish optimal sludge treatment and disposal concepts
– explain underlying principles in advanced waste water treatment technologies such as membrane technology and process water treatment
– generate through thought urban drainage master plans
– plan safe reuse concepts for sewage sludge and treated waste water
– explain the role of WWTPs in the area of energy consumption and production