ecoSTP - EcoTechnologies for Wastewater Treatment

Technical, Environmental & Economic Challenges

25-27 June 2012
Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Opening session. Monday 25th 18:30-19:15
"Wastewater based biorefineries". Mark van Loosdrecht

Mark van LoosdrechtMark van Loosdrecht graduated from Wageningen University in 1985. He obtained his PhD from the same university in 1988 on a thesis entitled "Bacterial Adhesion". Since 1988 he is working at the department of biotechnology, where he was nominated in 1998 full professor in Environmental Biotechnology.

The research is focusing on Biofilm System, Nutrient Conversion and Resource Recovery from Waste. He has been involved in development and scale-up of several wastewater treatment technologies (biofilm airlift reactor, sharon process, BCFS process, Anammox process, Aerobic Granular Sludge process).

He has been co-author of over 430 ISI-papers (h-factor 66). He has been chair person if the IWA specialist groups on 'biofilm systems' and 'nutrient removal and recovery' and a member of the IWA task group on Activated Sludge Modelling. Currently he is editor in chief of Water Research. Mark van Loosdrecht is a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Dutch Academy of Engineering. He has in 2010 been awarded an honorary doctorate by the ETH Zurich and in 2011 been awarded Knight in the order of the Dutch Lion.

Tuesday 26th 9:00-9:45
"From wastewater to biofuel: innovations to recover resources and energy from municipal effluents". Frank Rogalla

Frank RogallaFrank Rogalla is Director of Innovation and Technology of Aqualia in Madrid, Spain, a private utility providing water and wastewater services for more than 25 M people. Previously he was Global Process and Technology Leader for a large Construction and Engineering Contractor, Black & Veatch, based in London, UK.

After his studies of Environmental Engineering in Germany he obtained a MSc degree as a Fulbright student in the US, and worked for almost ten years at the Research Centre of Veolia (then Compagnie Generale des Eaux, CGE) near Paris, France. Later he was stationed in New York for Metcalf and Eddy, and for Severn Trent Services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, working on technology transfer and large municipal and industrial infrastructure projects.

His specialty is advanced water and wastewater technology, where he holds a handful of patents and was instrumental in bringing a few high rate treatment systems to full scale for the first time. The consortium he compiled and is leading, All-Gas, was just awarded one of the large projects of the EU to demonstrate 'Algae to Biofuel' implementation of a scale of 10 ha.

Wednesday 27th 9:00-9:45
"Environmental Perspectives, Tools, and Approaches for Wastewater Treatment in the New Water Sector". Jose Porro

Jose PorroCurrently based in New York City, Jose Porro is a member of the Malcolm Pirnie / ARCADIS consultancy's Water Planning Group and serves as a technical expert for water conveyance and treatment projects, including: water conveyance system hydraulic and water quality modelling; nutrient removal; water conveyance / treatment system analyses for energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and developing modelling frameworks for decision support in urban water system benchmarking, optimization, and planning. Jose also helps spearhead sustainable water conveyance/treatment technology initiatives and applied research efforts.

Externally, Jose is Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on the use of Water Quality and Process Modelling for Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Footprints, is a member of the IWA Sustainability Specialist Group Management Committee, currently a project sub-committee member for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and a member of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF). Jose is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Environmental Engineering from Wilkes University and Manhattan College, respectively, and is currently pursuing a PhD and conducting modelling research within the BIOMATH Department of Ghent University.

Closing session. Wednesday 27th 17:00-17:45
"Taking ecoefficient decisions in STP: The Novedar road map". Manel Poch

Manel PochManel Poch, born in Barcelona in 1957, Professor of Chemical Engineering, at Universitat de Girona, founder of the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA) Consolidated Research Group (SGR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Tecnio Network member (technology transfer agents)..

In 2009 he joined Catalan Institute for Water Research Water (ICRA team) as senior researcher and group leader of Technologies and Evaluation Area. His research has evolved from the mathematic modelling of biotechnological and environmental processes, to the development of environmental decision support systems (EDSS), particularly those related with the water cycle and sanitation. He works on the integrated management of the urban cycle elements (drainage, treatment, receiving environment). He is, also, founding partner of the spin-off Sisltech which markets a supervision system for wastewater treatment plants, currently deployed at different locations throughout Europe.

Official sponsors

Abengoa Water
Augas de Galicia

Supporting Entities

Plataforma Tecnológica del Agua
Tecnología del Agua
IWA International Novedar_Consolider Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad