Water research school

Lund University

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This course consists of two parts. The physical meeting for part 1 will be held in Lund January 28-30, 2019. For the second part, the physical meeting will be held March 12 in MDH, Västerås, March 13 in KTH, Stockholm, and March 14 in SLU, Uppsala.

Part 1

Lund; 28-30 January 2019.

This is an advanced course in urban wastewater treatment which is good for PhD students that would like to get an overview of wastewater treatment technologies of today and of the future.


Course aim:

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

• Know about resources in waste water and how to utilize them.

• Know about new advanced processes for wastewater treatment.

• Know about advances in sludge treatment and handling of emerging problems.

• Evaluate energy demand and carbon footprint for a waste water treatment plant.

• Make a mass balance of nitrogen for a wastewater treatment plant.


Schedule and course content:

DAY 1 (Monday 28th of January 2019)

09.30-10.00       Coffee and registration


10.00-10.30       Presentation of the course and the participants (KJ)

10.30-11.30       Basis for the wastewater systems we have today. Current driving forces. Visions and strategies for wastewater treatment. Introduction to homework. (KJ)


11.30-12.30       Lunch

Resources in wastewater

12.30 -14.00      Potentials in wastewater treatment - Energy, organics, N, P, heat, metals (JKA)

14.00-16.00       Energy producing wastewater treatment (incl. coffee break & discussion exercise) (JKA)

16.00-16.30       Phosphorus removal processes and recovery. New phosphorus outlet demand and need for polishing. Sludge incineration. (KJ)

16.30-17.00       Carbon utilization and hydrolysis (KJ)

17.00-17.30       Summary of discussion exercise (KJ/JKA)

19.00 Dinner


DAY 2 (Tuesday 29th of January 2019)

New advanced processes for wastewater treatment

08.30-09.30       New nitrogen removal processes - nitritation, denitritation, anammox. New nitrogen outlet demands. Advanced reject water treatment (more on anammox in Part II). (JMB)

09.30- 11.00      Biofilm processes: MBBR, Aerobic Granular Sludge, MABR (more on MABR in Part II). Incl. Coffee break. (MP/EO))

11.00-11.30       Exercise: Nitrogen removal, carbon source and nitrogen mass balance. (MP)

11.30-12.30      Lunch

12.30-14.00         Simple tools for evaluation of carbon footprint from WWTP, including Exercise (ABS)

14.00-15.00       Application of new microbiological methods in wastewater treatment systems. (FP)

15.00-15.30       Coffee break

15.30-16.00       Bulking sludge control (KJ)

16.00-17.00       Separation technologies, incl. membranes, DMF, MBR (more on MBR in Part II) (MC)


DAY 3 (Wednesday 30th of January 2019)

Advances in sludge treatment and handling of emerging problems

08.30-09.30       Advanced control (DT)

09.30-11.00       Removal of micropollutants and microplastics from wastewater and sludge (incl. coffee break) (PF)

11.00-12.00       Anaerobic digestion (ÅD)

12.00-13.00       Lunch

13.00-14.00       New challenges, Climate change, New cities. Infiltration/Inflow. (HA)

14.00-15.00       Exercise and Coffee break

15.00-16.00       Eco-Shift – Holistic transformation towards environmental sustainability – Guest lecture by prof. Zaini Ujang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (ZU)

16.00-16.15       Evaluation, Closing (KJ)




The course is carried out as a distance course with 1 physical meeting over 3 days.

Lectures, exercises and discussions.

Individual written report (literature review).



To pass the course, the student must:

Attend the physical course meeting.

Hand in notes from group discussions.

Hand in a written individual report on a topic chosen in dialogue with the teachers (literature review).

Do a peer review of two other students’ reports according to instructions given.


Course coordinators:

Karin Jönsson (KJ), Associate professor in Water and Environmetal Engineering at Lund university

Jeanette Agertved Madsen (JAM), Head of R&D at Envidan



Jacob Kragh Andersen (JKA)

Henrik Aspegren (HA)

Anna Bernstad Saraiva (ABS)

Jan-Michael Blume (JMB)

Michael Cimbritz (MC)

Åsa Davidsson (ÅD)

Per Falås (PF)

Elin Ossiansson (EO)

Frank Persson (FP)

Maria Piculell (MP)

Dines Thornberg (DT)

Zaini Ujang (ZU), Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia



Karin Jönsson (LTH)


Part 2

Will be announced soon