Short course: Management of Micropollutants in the Urban Water Cycle – Leading Edge Summer Course

INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment MICROPOLLUTANTS IN URBAN WATER CYCLE

Target Audience

PhD students, postodoral fellows, young water professionnals


The 3rd edition of the Leading Edge Summer Course is co-organized by Dr. Dominique PATUREAU and Dr. Jean-Marc CHOUBERT from INRAE.  This 3rd edition will focus on (i) life cycle assessment (LCA) approaches to assess the risks of contaminants release, (ii) predictive modeling of the fate of contaminants and pathways of transformation, (iii) new non-targeted chemical analysis methods and their contribution to risk assessment, (iv) the paradigm shifts in the plant of the future no longer designed to treat but to reuse wastewater, enhance energy and recover nutrients.


  • Polishing treatment processes
  • Fate of chemicals
  • Source separation & recovery
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Non-target analysis
  • Sludge/soil
  • Toxicity

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 learning 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.