Management of Micropollutants in the Urban Water Cycle: Leading edge Summer Course 2nd edition (LESC-MUWC2018)

IRSTEA, INRA Emerging Contaminants

Target Audience

The course is oriented to PhD students who wants achieve a higher degree of specialization in the field of micropollutants. It also concerns other students or professionals specifically interested in the topics with a limited amount of time.


This short, intensive and highly specialized course is focused on priority and emerging micropollutants in wastewater and wastes systems (including sludge). Aspects related to policies, sources, occurrence, and fate in water and wastes, treatment technologies (process, microbiology, modeling) and ecotoxicological impact of micropollutants will be tackled. Students will be able to (i) identify the bottlenecks in the micropollutant management and where future researchers are needed and (ii) propose emerging technological solutions and select the best option according to their own context. The course involves internationally known scientists; it emphasizes interactions with senior scientists and other students (group exercises).

The 5-day course includes different types of activities:

* Introduction and expectations: Monday 9th

* Lectures are given by senior researchers and guests speakers (Polishing Treatment (Monday 9th): JM Choubert; Behaviour of chemicals (Tuesday 10th): S. Suarez Martinez; Sources (Tuesday 10th): M. Pomiès; Policies (Tuesday 10th): F. Metz; Modeling (Wednesday 11th): B. Plosz; Sludge/soil (Wednesday 11th): D. Patureau; Toxicity (Thursday 11/12th): I. Bazin)

* Group exercises on water management (2 * 1:30): Thursday 12th
Participants will work by team of 4, to define potential sources of pollutants for cities, define the risks and propose solutions to reduce the risks.

* Presentation of the participants research topics and discussion with senior. researchers (3 * 1:30) : Monday (*2), Friday

* Technical visit to WWTP (2:00): Thursday 12th.

* Social event: Guided tour (historical part of Lyon): Tuesday, 10th, Farewell dinner: Wednesday, 11th, Technical tour: Thursday, 12th July 2018,3:00pm-5:00 pm

* Evaluation of the on-site course, discussion for next edition, closure (1h): Friday 13th

Learning Objectives

The global learning objective is to manage micropollutants in the water cycle, technically and socially. After the course, participants will know how to define potential sources of pollutants for cities, define the risks, and propose solutions to reduce the risks.

Detailed objectives:
– Participant will be able to identify proper investigative practices and through this be
able to identify the sources of micro-pollutants.
– Participants will be able to identify the proper strategy for sampling wastewaters and sludge, and select suitable analytical methods and ecotoxicological tests to characterize environmental samples (including quality control and data consolidation), removal performances of treatment technologies and environmental impact (landscape surface and groundwater).
– Participants will be able to select and design conventional and innovative treatment technologies (water and sludge) and through this be able to propose suitable solutions to reduce the emissions of micropollutants towards the environment.
– Participants will be able to determine the processes explaining the removal of various micropollutants according to physico-chemical characteristics, and through this be able to estimate and model the fate of micropollutants through wastewater treatment plants.
– Participants will be able to determine what kind of policy instruments are suitable to address new challenges in water protection.