8th DEX summer school – Urban Water Management and Infrastructure

DEX – Deutscher Expertenrat für Umwelttechnologie und Infrastruktur e.V. Urban Water Infrastructure

Target Audience

- Post graduate and doctoral students with a background in civil/environmental engineering or similar
- Young water professionals from consulting companies
- Utilities and equipment suppliers

Special emphasis is put on young professionals from the new EU member states and accession countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Basic knowledge in waste water collection and treatment systems is expected. Preferably a degree in civil/environmental engineering or similar.


The DEX summer school started in 2009 and has since successfully brought together over 140 young water professionals (YWP) from more than 12 different countries. The goal of the DEX summer school is to pass on the DEX professors’ expert knowledge on urban water management to the next generation of professionals and to direct their attention at recent areas of interest in this sector. Next to this profound knowledge transfer, the DEXsummer school provides a familiar atmosphere to facilitate international networking between the participants and further with the dex professors.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

– describe the underlying legislations in European water management (Water Framework Directive, Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, Nitrate Directive, …) and their scope
– 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 in combination with flood preventative planning of the physical urban environment
– plan safe reuse concepts for sewage sludge and treated waste water
– incorporate regional aspects to the design and operation of WWTPs, e.g. not only European conditions, but also in areas of dry climate