Monday, September 7, 9:30 – 10:00
Keynote 1

Prof. Helmut Kroiss (Austria)

Quo vadis wastewater treatment (in big cities)

Helmut Kroiss is an expert in design and operation of municipal and industrial waste water treatment plants, development of industrial water protection technology, transfer of scientific research results to full scale practical application, regional water quality management, material flow analysis, economic evaluation of water quality management strategies (benchmarking), interdisciplinary river basin management.

Consulting at many national and international projects regarding industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plant design and operation, as well as for regional water quality management projects (Austria, Germany, Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, pulp and paper industry, beet sugar factories, chemical industry, food and beverage production, landfill leachates, textile industry etc.).

Member of IAWQ since 1974 as member of the program committee and board of directors, Helmut Kroiss was Chair of the Large Waste Water Treatment Plant Specialist Group for a total of 8 years (IAWQ and later IWA). Currently he is IWA’s President having started his mandate at the World Water Congress and Exhibition 2014 in Lisbon.


Monday, September 7, 10:00 – 10:30
Keynote 2

Prof. Harro Bode (Germany)

Wastewater treatment requirements in the times of Water Framework Directive

Harro Bode is CEO of Ruhrverband (Ruhr River Association - 13 reservoirs, 60 munici­palities, 68 sewage treatment plants, 1.200 employees), which is responsible for the entire water quality and quantity management in the catchment of the German River Ruhr. 4.5 millions of people get supplied with water from the River Ruhr. Ruhrverband is also engaged in production and distribution of electricity.

As head of Ruhrverband Harro Bode tries to organize the work of this large utility to be efficient and innovative. Water quality and environmental protection should have a high standard but should still be affordable for the customers of drinking water and wastewater services.

Harro Bode studied civil engineering in Hannover, Germany, and received his doctor degree in connection with research about anaerobic/aerobic industrial wastewater treatment. Parallel to his job he is involved in the work of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA), the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) and of the International Water Association (IWA). In 2014 he received the “Karl Imhoff and Pierre Koch Medal” from IWA, an award for outstanding contributions to water management and science. He helds an honorary professorship in water quality management in 1999 from the Technical University of Hannover. Over the years he has published about 160 papers and has given many speeches about different water related topics.

As a sailor Harro Bode won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1976.


Tuesday, September 8, 8:30 – 9:00
Keynote 3

Prof. Jörg Drewes (Germany)

Reuse (on Large Wastewater Treatment Plants)

Jörg Drewes is Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Previously, he served as Full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA (2001-2013) and Director of Research for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Professor Drewes’ research and scholarly activities are closely related based on the common theme of energy efficient water treatment systems and water recycling.

Dr. Drewes has published more than 300 journal papers, book contributions, and conference proceedings. He served on multiple science advisory panels and chaired blue ribbon panels on topics related to public health, engineering, and reliability of water reuse projects in the U.S., Australia and the EU. He was awarded the 2007 AWWA Rocky Mountain Section Outstanding Research Award, the Quentin Mees Research Award in 1999, the Willy-Hager Dissertation Award in 1997, and the 2003 Dr. Nevis Cook Excellent in Teaching Award. In 2008 and 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. National Academies/National Research Council Committees on Water Reuse as an Approach for Meeting Future Water Supply Needs (2008-2012) and Onsite Reuse of Graywater and Stormwater (2013-2015), respectively. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of the WateReuse Research Foundation (Alexandria, VA). Professor Drewes currently serves as the chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Water Reuse Specialist Group.


Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 – 9:00
Keynote 4

Prof. Gustaf Olsson (Sweden)

Control of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Gustaf Olsson is professor in Industrial automation and since 2006 professor emeritus at Lund University, Sweden. He has devoted his research to control and automation in water systems, electrical power systems and industrial processes.

Since 2006 he has devoted part of his time as guest professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, the Technical University of Malaysia (UTM) and the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He is an honorary faculty member of the Exeter University in UK. He was earlier the editor-in-chief of Water Science and Technology and a member of the IWA Board of Directors. He has received the IWA Publication Award and is the awardee of an Honorary Membership of IWA. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the IWA and has an Honorary Doctor degree at UTM.

Gustaf has authored 9 international books - some of them published also in Russian, German and Chinese - and contributed with chapters in another 19 books as well as about 170 scientific publications. His most recent book called “Water and Energy – Threats and Opportunities” (IWA Publications) was published in May 2015 with a second edition.

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