Prof. Joan Mata. "Anaerobic co-digestion: A review of achievements and perspectives"

Wednesday 26th, 09:30-10:00h

Joan Mata-Alvarez is professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Barcelona. His research work has focused in anaerobic digestion and nutrient management in wastewaters. Within the field of anaerobic digestion he has worked mainly on solid wastes and in co-digestion during the last 25 years, in which he has published more than 100 papers on these topics.

Prof. Vincent O'Flaherty. "Functional insights into the microbial communities underpinning low-temperature anaerobic wastewater treatment"

Wednesday 26th, 11:15-11:45h


Vincent O’Flaherty is Professor of Microbiology at the National University of Ireland in Galway. A key focus of his research group is the microbial ecology of biofilms and anaerobic digestion. For the past decade, he has worked extensively on the microbiology and application of high-rate anaerobic digestion for the treatment of dilute wastewaters at low temperatures.

Prof. Jim Field. "Anaerobic biotransformation of inorganic pollutants: Reducing environmental risk and recovering critical elements"

Wednesday 26th, 16:30-17:00h


Jim Field received a PhD from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in 1989 in Environmental Technology. He continued on at Wageningen until the year 2000 as an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Microbiology and Division of Industrial Microbiology . In 2001, he joined the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona (USA). Currently he is a Full professor and Department Chair. Dr. Field’s research focusses on the biodegradation and biotransformation of hazardous organic and inorganic pollutants under anaerobic conditions.

Prof. Damien Batstone. "Modelling and control in anaerobic digestion: Achievements and challenges"

Thursday 27th, 09:30-10:00h


Damien Batstone is leader of anaerobic technology and nutrient recovery research groups at the Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland. He I well known for his work in anaerobic modelling and anaerobic process technology, as key author of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1, and has been working in this area for almost 20 years, with 70 journal publications, many directly relating to modelling or control.

Prof. Fernando Fdz-Polanco. "Squeezing the sludge. Thermal hydrolysis to improve WWTP sustainability"

Thursday 27th, 09:30-10:00h


Fernando Fdz-Polanco is professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Valladolid (Spain). During more than 30 years his applied research involved anaerobic technology applied to wastewater and biogas up-grading focusing in the last decade in sludge and OFMSW treatment and energy integration.

Prof. Perry McCarty. "High-efficiency carbon-neutral anaerobic domestic wastewater treatment at any temperature"

Thursday 27th, 11:15-11:45h


Perry McCarty is World Class University Professor at Inha University, Korea, and Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus from Stanford University. His principal interests have been in biological processes for environmental protection. His research in anaerobic processes spans a period of over 50 years.

Prof. Nanqi Ren. "AD in China:From technical innovation to full-scale implementation"

Thursday 27th, 16:30-17:00h


Nanqi REN, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IWA, Vice President of Harbin Institute of Technology. His research interests are wastes-to-energy, and high strength organic wastewater biotreatment. One of his remarkable work was the establishment and successfully performance of biohydrogen demonstration plant (with H2 yield of 350m3 per day) in 2005.

Prof. Carlos Chernicharo. "Current limitations and the necessary improvements in the anaerobic technology for domestic sewage treatment"

Friday 28th, 11:00-11:30h


Carlos Chernicharo got his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1990 and since then has been teaching and developing basic and applied research at the Federal University of Minas Gerais - Brazil, in the field of anaerobic treatment of domestic sewage. His current topics of research include post-treatment of anaerobic effluents, control of gaseous emissions and valuation of the by-products of the treatment aiming at energy recovery.