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University of Guadalajara (UdeG), 26 August 2021, 13:00 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. [GMT]

Please check your time zone (GMT: Greenwich Mean Time). The webinar starts at Guadalajara local time (GMT -5): 8 a.m.


The highly complex biological and biochemical nature of Wastewater Treatment Processes is one of the main challenges for modelling and control of such processes. This includes also parametric uncertainties and disturbances to which they are subject, and that affects their performance. Thus, various modelling and process control techniques have been used to face such issues in different ways. Typical deterministic models proposed by the International Water Association (IWA) as well as knowledge-based ones; like neural networks and fuzzy approaches, are used for general and specific applications where particular emphasis is placed on the main parameters and variables to be monitored and controlled in order to ensure the optimal performance of Wastewater Treatment Plants. This webinar is intended to present different approaches that have proved their usefulness in the modelling, and regulation of WWTP.

Keynote Topics

1) Coupling the biochemical and thermochemical biorefinery platforms to enhance energy and product recovery from distillery solid residues

2) Modeling and control of wastewater treatment plants : Objectives, challenges and some solutions

3) Non linear Control Approaches in WWTP



Webinar on “Resources Recovery from Wastewater: Science, Technology, and Outcomes”

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 27 July 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. [BRT-Brasilian Time – GMT-3]


Wastewater resource recovery facilities play an important element of a renewables-based and bio-circular economy. They can produce clean water, recover nutrients, and also achieve energy-positive operations to reduce costs, improve system resilience and reliability, and reduce greenhouse emissions.

However, the transition to resource recovery is a gradual and complex process. Cities and industries face scientific, technical, financial, regulatory, and social challenges to implement resource recovery strategies.


Presentation 1: Resource recovery from wastewater treatment in cities: current challenges and key factors for implementation

Presentation 2: Bioelectrochemical systems as an opportunity for agroindustrial wastewater treatment: organic matter and nitrogen as potential sources of electricity



Webinar on “Nature-based Solutions in Coastal Systems”

UNAM, Mexico City, 10-11 June 2021, 16 p.m. GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)


The protection of coastal regions is becoming increasingly important in coastal research in view of climate change. In addition, in the next 30 to 50 years, more and more people worldwide will live in large cities that are located on the coast.
The webinar aims to address the issue of coastal protection with a focus on nature-based solutions. The slogan is Together with Nature against erosion, coastal degradation and coastal ecosystems.


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Webinar on “Using Electron as a Clean Reagent for Wastewater Treatment”

Sao Carlos, Brazil, 21 May 2021, 10-12 a.m. (Brazilian Time)


Considering that many organics present in industrial wastewaters are not biodegradable and refractory to
conventional treatments, more efficient methods must be employed.

In this webinar, we will present the fundamentals of using electron as a clean reagent and its application
for wastewater treatment. The field of Environmental Electrochemistry will be explored for
decontamination of wastewaters containing heavy metals and organic pollutants. It will be shown that
electricity can be successfully used to effectively destroy organic pollutants and recover metal ions,
cleaning the water in an efficient and feasible economic way. The treated water can also be applied for reuse.


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Webinar on Wastewater based epidemiology: COVID-19 Tracking in Brazil

Santa Maria and Pernambuco, Brazil, 16 April 16, 2021

After one year what are the lessons learned from COVID-19 in Brazil? In this webinar we will discuss about how sewage may reveal true scale of coronavirus outbreak and how this information may be managed to define public politics. The efforts of Brazilian research groups in analyzing waste-water and SARS-CoV-2 will be discussed in this webinar. The public is invited to attend and participate with questions and comments.


For further information, please download the flyer here:


Webinar on “Ecological Restoration of Farmland: Progress, Prospects, and Impacts”

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), March 10, 2021

We are happy to invite you to the webinar series “Latin American Science Ties” promoted by the International Network on Sustainable Water Management on Developing Countries (EXCEED-SWINDON) sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This webinar on the topic of “Ecological restoration of farmland: progress, prospects, and impacts” will be organized by Dr. José Araruna Jr. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and Dr. Aluísio Granato de Andrade from the Soil Conservation Service Branch of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (EMBRAPA). For more details on the webinar, see the flyer for the event.

Short extract from the flyer

Land resources planning should help producers, policy makers and other stakeholders select the most appropriate land uses for a given area. It should also help create conditions that allow for the adoption of sustainable soil and land management practices that promote the conservation of soil and land in healthy landscapes and ecosystems, and restore degraded land.

It is a well-known fact that Brazil is struggling to reconcile economic development and forest preservation. The trade-off between conservation and improvements in human well-being, could be achieved by compensatory conservation mechanisms that aim to protect natural resources, biodiversity, ecological functions, ecosystem services, and other kinds of ecological values. The use compensatory conservation mechanisms would enable the actions of active forest restoration to be more feasible and increases the likelihood of successful projects by large and small farmers.


Flyer – Ecological restoration on farmland



“Water on Agricultural Practices: Training the Trainers”

September 15th – 21th 2019 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Water use in agriculture plays a critical role of any discussion of water and food security since farming activities account for around 70% of water used in the world today.
Inefficient agriculture contributes for a great waste of surface water and also contributes to groundwater depletion and its associated consequences. Also an excessive use of nutrients and pesticides are key sources of water pollution in many regions. Hence, the sustainable management of water in agriculture is critical not only to increase agricultural production but also to support continued economic growth in other sectors.

The International Expert Workshop on “Water on Agricultural Practices: Training the Trainers” will serve as a forum to discuss advance solutions to improve the management of agricultural water risks on developing countries.

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“Linking Water Security to the Sustainable Development Goals”

August 29th – September 1st 2018 // São Paulo, Brazil

Water Security is emerging as a primary sustainability challenge across the globe in the 21st century. It is a determinant for security in various societal and environmental aspects including food, energy, economy, environment and public health, and thus has a complex  political momentum that goes far beyond the traditional water sector. To understand, project, address and plan for water security challenges, we must collectively understand exposure to climate and environment driven hazards, as well as socio-economic determinants, and the cultural and political context within which we live, work and play. Technologies (ranging from model-based scenarios and predictions to green and grey infrastructure and treatment systems, and from remote sensing to social media) and innovative financing and governance systems are being proposed to address water security.

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Expert Workshop on “Wastewater Treatment and Reuse for Metropolitan Regions and small Cities in Developing Countries

September 13th – 17th, 2016 // Recife, Brazil

Sustainable water management is essential for the social, economic and environmental growth of developing countries. The high growth rates resulted in massive migration from rural to urban/metropolitan areas. Water supply of good quality and adequate quantity impaired severe constraints for the population.

The use of conventional treatment technology, as well as advanced alternatives for treatment and post-treatment of wastewater, including the questions of plant scale in centralised or decentralised systems and possible reuase of effluents, are aimed for presentation and discussion about theoretical and practical aspects.

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The venue of the expert workshop is the Transamerica Prestige, located at The Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife: Transamerica-Prestig Recife



Expert Workshop on “Water Scarcity

September 14th – 18th, 2015 // San Juan, Argentina

Water scarcity is a constantly growing problem worldwide, not only in arid and semiarid regions. United Nations define Water Scarcity as: the point at which the aggregate impact of all users impinges on the supply or quality of water under prevailing institutional arrangements to the extent that the demand by all sectors, including the environment, cannot be satisfied fully. In addition, water scarcity is constantly aggravated by factors such as climate change, population growth, economic development and devastation of natural resources.

This Regional Workshop aims to bring together experts from different fields to exchange and share their experiences and research results about aspects of Water Scarcity, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Applying researchers are requested to submit (upload) also an abstract about an oral presentation to be given during the course of the summer/winter school. The topic covered in the presentation shall be related to the topic of theworkshop.

The participants expected are preferably Researchers, Professors, Post-Graduates dedicated to topics related to sustainable water management.

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