Coordination office and central secretariat

Ghent University coordinates the SuPER-W project and consortium.  Prof. Gijs Du Laing is the academic coordinator. He is supported by the central secretariat

Academic partners


Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries, providing excellent training opportunities to young and experienced researchers. It awarded around 640 PhD degrees in 2012 of which over 20% go to international young researchers and is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity (e.g., in 2010 about 4025 research papers published in ISI-listed journals, a 200% increase in ten years’ time). Research centres and stakeholder platforms involved in SuPER-W include Capture, the brand-new research centre focused on the development of resource recovery technologies (, the stakeholder platform on resource recovery R2T (, and the Centre for Sustainable Development (,


TUDelft is a versatile, multidisciplinary university. 15.000 students and 5.000 employees work on high-tech solutions and innovations for social issues and development knowledge. TUDelft has an extensive hiring, coaching and support program for PhDs, with all PhD students being integrated in a graduate school. Its Biotechnology Department aims at contributing to a biobased economy for a sustainable future. The department is internationally leading in research and education in the field of industrial and environmental biotechnology. Its Department of Sanitary Engineering aims at contributing to improving a well-integrated and sustainable water infrastructure in society. High quality drinking water, cost-efficient wastewater treatment and industrial water provision is the major research focus.


RWTH is with its 260 institutes in nine faculties, 2500 academic and 2000 non-academic staff, among the leading European scientific and research institutions. Currently, 40375 students in 127 courses of study are registered, including 6395 international students from more than 120 countries. RWTH is providing excellent training opportunities to young and experienced researchers. In 2012, 4000 PhD students (900 international) were registered. RWTH awarded 773 PhD degrees in 2012. RWTH has achieved international recognition especially in the field of engineering and science, and is a founding member of the strategic alliance "IDEA League" of five leading universities of technology in Europe. The research group of Prof. Matthias Wessling and Dr. Süleyman Yüce (AVT RWTH) is one of the leading chemical engineering research facilities in Germany with 7 full professors covering the whole range of chemical engineering. AVT-CVT has over 40 years of experience in all aspect of membrane research, ranging from porous and dense membrane processes, hybrid membrane processes such as MBRs and adsorption combined with nanofiltration to electrodialysis and gas permeation. AVT-CVT hosts one cluster of excellence of the "Excellence Initiative." The research group of Prof. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum (iAMB) focuses mainly on microbial physiology in bioelectrochemical systems.


The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is the largest educational institution of its kind in Central Europe with a tradition spanning almost two centuries. With progressive fields of study and a restigious international reputation, UCT Prague provides every student with education in advanced technologies and excellent preparation for lucrative careers worldwide. UCT Prague is known for the depth and breadth of its educational and research activities in almost all branches of chemistry, chemical engineering, food chemistry and technology, biochemistry, refining, water treatment, power and biological sciences and technologies, as well as environment protection, materials sciences, and other chemistry-based fields of study. The Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering (DWTEE) has been involved in environmental education and research for over 50 years.


Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. With 2500 academic and 1500 non-academic staff, it hosts around 29000 bachelor students, 2500 master students and 2500 doctoral students. The research Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology (GEMMA), coordinated by Prof. Joan García, is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, innovation, knowledge transfer and education in environmental engineering. The goal of research activities is to develop and promote sustainable and innovative water, wastewater and sludge treatment technologies, capable of removing a wide range of contaminants, including emerging pollutants. The main research topics are: (i) natural low-cost bioprocesses for wastewater and sludge treatment; (ii) algal based technologies for wastewater treatment and biomass production;; (iii) biogas generation from residual biomass; (iv) microbial fuel cells; (v) phosphorous recovery from wastewater; (vi) water reuse; ; (vii) Life Cycle Assessment and economic evaluation of products and technologies; (viii) numerical simulation of bioprocesses. Together with the research Group on Cooperation and Human Development (GRECDH), it has particular experience with the development and implementation of low-cost technologies for energy and resource recovery in developing countries.


Non-academic partners

International Water Association, United Kingdom

Erftverband, Germany

Paques, The Netherlands

Microdyn-Nadir Gmbh, Germany

OVAM, Belgium

Evides, The Netherlands

Amphos21, Spain

KWR Water, The Netherlands

Umicore, Belgium

Asio , spol. s r.o., Czech Republic

Clean Tech Delta, The Netherlands

Simbiente, Portugal


Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board Members are:

The SuPER-W coordinator:

One representative of each full partner:

Two representatives of the Associated Partner Organisations:

  • Hong Li (International Water Association)
  • Tom Hennebel (Umicore)

One student representative:

Management Committee

The Management Committee Members are:

  • Gijs Du Laing (Network Coordinator, Ghent University)
  • Ingmar Nopens (Internship Coordinator, Ghent University)
  • Suleyman Yüce (Exchange Coordinator, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochsule Aachen)
  • Jan Bartacek (Dissemination, Outreach and Exploitation Coordinator, Vysoka Skola Chemicko-Technologicka v Praze)
  • Marianna Garfi (Training Coordinator, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Jules van Lier (Scientific Coordinator, Technische Universiteit Delft)