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KAUST Research Conference 2017 - Changing Paradigms of Wastewater Treatment – From Waste to Resource
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Water Desalination and Reuse Center (Thuwal/ Saudi Arabia)

27 Mar. 2017 - 29 Mar. 2017

The KAUST Research Conference on "Changing Paradigms of Wastewater Treatment – From Waste to Resource", will take place from the 27th of March to 29th of March 2017. Non-traditional water sources through reclamation and reuse of wastewater will be discussed and explored at the conference.

Further Description / Program

KAUST Research Conference: Changing Paradigms of Wastewater Treatment – From Waste to Resource


Global increases in water demand and decreases in both the quantity and quality of fresh water resources have served as the major driving forces to develop sustainable use of water resources. One viable alternative is to explore non-traditional water sources through reclamation and reuse of wastewater. Adequate supply of safe fresh water is not only needed for drinking and sanitation but also for industrial and agricultural activities. The water challenge is complicated as it is interrelated to two other grand challenges: - energy and food security (water-energy-food nexus). Sustainable and energy efficient technologies are therefore needed for wastewater treatment with resource recovery.

Aim of the KAUST Research Conference:

Changing Paradigms of Wastewater Treatment – From Waste to Resource is to highlight the critical role of efficient and innovative technologies and microbes to recover resources (water, nutrients, energy) from wastewater in a safe and sustainable manner.

Themes of the Conference:

Theme 1: Energy efficient biotechnologies for nutrient removal from wastewater

Theme 2: Innovative biotechnologies for recovery of water, energy and nutrients from wastewater

Theme 3: Harness the potential of microbes for synthesizing high value-added products from carbon dioxide and low-value waste streams

Theme 4: Characterization of microbes to better harness their potential in energy and nutrient removal

Theme 5: Safety of reuse water – characterization of emerging contaminants and the role of wastewater treatment processes to reduce contaminants.

Event Organisation:
Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)

Registration deadline:
15th of March 2017

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