Courses & Webinars


New advances in Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) Modelling

Jul 9, 2018 4:00 PM in CEST


Modellers and practitioners, consultants, researchers, software developers, plant managers/operators of water resource recovery facilities.


Following the 6th IWA/WEF Water Resource Recovery Modelling Seminar (WRRmod2018), the enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) session was elected through an online survey of IWA Specialist Group on Modelling and Integrated Assessment (MIA) members for a webinar.

Two new models for EBPR systems were presented, one based on the metabolic approach and the second one based on Activated Sludge Model (ASM)-type model approach. Both models aim to overcome shortcomings of existing models that fail in predicting the behavior of EBPR processes under process upset conditions and of side-stream EBPR higher performance.

The two models are critically reviewed by practitioners to provide a constructive discussion on the newly implemented processes and usability of the models.

The duration of this webinar is 90 minutes.


Learning about the main activities and areas supported by IWA MIA SG, especially in the topics of enhanced biological phosphorus removal modelling. The specific learning objectives are:

– Learning objective 1: Gain an overview of existing models for EBPR systems and their limitations
– Learning objective 2: Gain an overview of most recent research in EBPR model development
– Learning objective 3: Understand what the complexity level, applicability and limitations of the new developed models are, and in a general way what are the difficulties in developing new models.


Yves Comeau, Professor École Polytechnique de Montréal (CA) and Mathieu Spérandio, Professor INSA Toulouse (FR)


Modelling Resource Recovery: State of the art and future challenges

Feb 6, 2018 4:00 PM in CEST

With the paradigm shift from “wastewater treatment plants” to “water resource recovery facilities”, wastewater is now considered not just as something to be treated but as a resource from which benefits and products can be recovered.

In this webinar, a general overview on the concept of water resource recovery facilities will be presented, wherein examples of existing resource recovery technologies will be discussed. A number of existing models will be revisited to determine what is missing in terms of model structure. The webinar aims to present current efforts to model these processes, with particular attention to technologies related to carbon and nutrient recovery. There will also be a discussion on model uncertainty which will potentially guide resource recovery processes’ modellers and model-users alike.

THE WEBINAR IS HOSTED BY Ingmar Nopens (Ghent University, Belgium) and Ulf Jeppsson (Lund University, Sweden).

Borja Valverde-Pérez (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Jean-Philippe Steyer (INRA, France)
Kimberly Solon (Ghent University, Belgium)
Lina Belia (Primodal, Canada)
Céline Vaneeckhaute (Université Laval, Canada)

Modelling and Integrated assessment: Overcoming data issues and barriers to integrated modelling in practice

Sep 26, 2017 4:00 PM in CEST

This webinar discusses two common challenges in the application of modelling and integrated assessment.

The 1st topic of this webinar “Overcoming data issues in process modelling” discusses the challenges related to recognizing and obtaining good quality data. In fact, modellers spend a significant part of their time on data screening and collecting additional measurements instead of developing new models and providing solutions for process optimisation. Specific attention was paid to typical fault patterns and the selection of proper tools for their detection.

The 2nd topic “Integrated modelling in practice” aims to discuss the barriers that are preventing the application of an integrated model for decision support in urban water management. The webinar focused on the diverse nature of these barriers, provided some examples of potential strategies and introduced a systematic way to increase receptivity towards integrated models.

THE WEBINAR IS HOSTED BY Ingmar Nopens (Ghent University, Belgium) and Ulf Jeppsson (Lund University, Sweden).


All of them are members of IWA specialist group on Modelling & Integrated Assessment


COST Action Water 2000 e-course

In the framework of the COST Action Water 2020 (Conceiving Waste Water Treatment in 2020 – Energetic, environmental and economic challenges (ES1202)), an e-course on Micropollutants in Water has been prepared. The e-course is available here.

Advanced course on Modelling of Integrated Urban Drainage-Wastewater Systems

Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th September 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.
DTU Environment and modelEAU, Université Laval, in collaboration with the Czech Technical University (Faculty of Civil Engineering),  are happy to announce the fourth edition of the advanced course on Modelling of Integrated Urban Drainage-Wastewater Systems.

After the previous editions held in Copenhagen (Denmark), Quebec City (Canada), and Lyon (France), this year the course will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) in the days before the 14th ICUD conference ( This will give the opportunity to all the ICUD participants to follow the course (but you do not need to attend ICUD to follow the course).

The physical part of the course will be held at CTU campus from Wednesday 6th (afternoon) to Saturday 9th September. The course will also have an e-learning part, starting on 14th August.

The course is targeted at practitioners,  PhD students, and researchers modelling the elements of integrated Urban Drainage-Wastewater systems – drainage network, wastewater treatment plants, receiving water bodies. The course consists of an overview of state-of-the-art tools for integrated modelling of urban drainage and wastewater systems, simulation exercises based on the WEST® software, and examples of application of integrated approaches for improving the environmental status of natural water bodies.

Students will be awarded a total of 2.5 ECTS by the Technical University of Denmark after the completion of the course.

Additional information (detailed course content, prices, practical information) can at DTU Environments homepage ( ). Please contact the course responsible (Dr. Luca Vezzaro – for any further question.