This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676070


Post date: 14/08/2019 - 17:28

On the 22nd and 23rd of October 2019 the first CAPTURE conference will take place in Ghent. With this two day conference we are aiming to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths that CAPTURE can offer towards a more sustainable and circular economy. The CAPTURE projects converge in three pipelines, named ‘CO2 to product’, ‘water ‘fit for use’’ and ‘plastics to resource’.

Post date: 03/07/2019 - 12:23

A group of our fellow ESRs worked on educational outreach for primary school students in Peru as part of their outreach. Last week Marco and Larissa reported implementation of their work on IYWPC 2019 (IWA International Young Water Professional Conference) in Toronto, Canada. 

Post date: 03/07/2019 - 12:14

Approaching the third year of SuPER-W's running, the efforts of students is bearing fruit. Our fellow ESR, Marco Hartl presented his work at the 8th International Symposium for Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control (WETPOL) in Aarhus, Denmark. Where he had an oral presentation titled "Emerging contaminants  removal in constructed wetlands operated as bio-electrochemical systems".

Post date: 24/06/2019 - 12:37

SuPER-W fellow, Philipp Kehrein attended the IWA conference on water reuse and reclamation in Berlin. Here is what he had to say about it:

Project facts

Project (read more)

The project has started on March 1st, 2016 and will run over a period of four years. The programme offers early-stage researchers (ESRs) the opportunity to join established research teams, improve their research skills, and enhance their career prospects.

Network (read more)

Our network comprises 5 academic partner institutions and 12 non-academic partners from different European countries, including industrial partners involved in technology development, SMEs focused on consultancy/engineering, a service provider, a government agency, and professional network organisations.

Training Programme (read more)

It combines local expert training at each academic and non-academic partner organisation, a network-wide secondment scheme, internships and an intense series of network-wide training sessions, workshops and seminars.

All fellowships are granted. No more subscriptions allowed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 16:00

Our Fellow colleague, ESR Marco Hartl, from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya·BarcelonaTech published his first peer-reviewed journal article in the Science of total environment journal. the abstract of the paper reads:

" Microbial fuel cells implemented in constructed wetlands (CW-MFCs), albeit a relatively new technology still under study, have shown to improve treatment efficiency of urban wastewater. So far the vast majority of CW-MFC systems investigated were designed as lab-scale systems working under rather unrealistic hydraulic conditions using synthetic wastewater. The main objective of this work was to quantify CW-MFCs performance operated under different conditions in a more realistic setup using meso-scale systems with horizontal flow fed with real urban wastewater. Operational conditions tested were organic loading rate (4.9 ± 1.6, 6.7 ± 1.4 and 13.6 ± 3.2 g COD/m2·day) and hydraulic regime (continuous vs. intermittent feeding) as well as different electrical connections: CW control (conventional CW without electrodes), open-circuit CW-MFC (external circuit between anode and cathode not connected) and closed-circuit CW-MFC (external circuit connected).

Eight horizontal subsurface flow CWs were operated for about four months. Each wetland consisted of a PVC reservoir of 0.193 m2 filled with 4/8 mm granitic riverine gravel (wetted depth 25 cm). All wetlands had intermediate sampling points for gravel and interstitial liquid sampling. The CW-MFCs were designed as three MFCs incorporated one after the other along the flow path of the CWs. Anodes consisted of gravel with an incorporated current collector (stainless steel mesh) and the cathode consisted of a graphite felt layer. Electrodes of closed-circuit CW-MFC systems were connected externally over a 220 Ω resistance.

Results showed no significant differences between tested organic loading rates, hydraulic regimes or electrical connections, however, on average, systems operated in closed-circuit CW-MFC mode under continuous flow outperformed the other experimental conditions. Closed-circuit CW-MFC compared to conventional CW control systems showed around 5% and 22% higher COD and ammonium removal, respectively. Correspondingly, overall bacteria activity, as measured by the fluorescein diacetate technique, was higher (4% to 34%) in closed-circuit systems when compared to CW control systems."


Read the complete version here


Monday, August 20, 2018 - 01:00

If you are less than 35 years old and want to help set the Water Agenda for 2030/2050 and participate in a global network of enthusiastic Young Water Professionals (#YWPs), then please make sure to register now for the #EmergingWaterLeaders forum, part of the exciting programme at the upcoming IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 in Tokyo.



The forum is open to young and emerging leaders (aged 35 and below) and senior professionals to discuss questions posed to us by three Congress Keynote speakers that are of outmost importance for the 2030/2050 agendas and beyond. The selected topics that will be addressed are:


o           Digital Water

o           Climate Resilience

o           Healthy Liveable cities


We will be going through a series of exercises based on problem-solving tools to unpack the questions into manageable and prioritised components, and will put forward our findings at the Congress Closing Ceremony, as well as present this to the wider IWA network in a series of follow-up communications.


Join us and engage with young and invited senior professionals by registering online at:      

Friday, July 13, 2018 (All day)

Euromembrane 2018, the main membrane science event in Europe, was held in Valencia June 9th to 13th. The cinference was organized by EMS-European membrane society and hosted by Polytechnique University of Valencia and comprised of more than 250 oral presentations in 5 parallel sessions and 500 posters. From SuPER-W network, PaInT group from Ghent university contributed with several talks and posters, including a keynote speech from Dr. ir. Arnout D'Haese on negative rejection of uncharged solutes in forward osmosis membranes. Also, ESR 07, Morez Jafari from TUDelft presented his latest findings on Biofilm compression under dead-end ultrafiltration.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:30

As part of the IMPROVED project, a workshop titled: "From waste streams towards the process water" will be held at BASF site at Antwerp. IMPROVED is a european reginal (Interreg) project aimed at recycling industrial waters to high quality process water. The workshop takes place on June 18th and lectures will be delivered in English. The particle and interfacial technology group of Ghent university, one of the SuPERW partners, is also affiliated with the IMPROVED project.

you can register for free at this workshop before June 11th. Please find the addiotional information here

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:30

The first European water tech week will be held in Leeuwarden, the United Nations Innovating City for water technology, on September 24th to 27th. The annual Wetsus congress and WaterLink, by Water Alliance, are integrated to bring representatives from governments, policy makers, universities and industry together.


Click here to find complementary information and register.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 01:15

The Belgian membrane group co-organises its 16th poster day and symposium with the help of Dutch and German membrane Association (NMG - DGMT).  The event takes place on June 5th 2018 at Leuven and aims at providing latest reports on the progress on membrane research and development in laboratory and industrial level.


From the SuPER-W network, Professor Ingmar Nopens will give a lecture at the event on 'How advanced modelling accelerates the design of current and next generation membrane applications'. Furthermore, our fellow ESR Mohammad Kazemabad is going to present a poster on 'Towards cation selective NF membranes: inclusion of crownethers in layer by layer polyelectrolyte membranes'. 


For additional info check out here

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:00

British Water - Water & The Circular Economy Conference will be held in Liverpool on June 14th. Students affiliated with SuPER-W will have a special student discount.


check out the complementry data here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00

Our SuPER-W fellow Kasper Ampe will deliver a presentation on "the politics of the Dutch wastewater system its sustainability transition towards the circular economy and resource recovery" in NEST conference on Friday March 16th.

The NEST conference focuses on sustainability transitions, these are long-term transformation processes of established industries, socio-technical systems and societies to more sustainable modes of production and consumption. By their nature these processes are political; decisions are made on what is included and excluded and they require co-operation and conflict. Kasper will present his work on the innovation journey and politics of the sustainability transition in the Dutch wastewater system towards resource recovery and the circular economy.

The talk will take place in Utrecht and entrance is free of charge. Feel free to find complementary info here.  

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, February 2, 2018 - 17:00

The Midterm review of SuPER-W hosted by Delft university of technology started on Monday 29th with the presentation of European union’s Research Executive Agency (REA) representative. The meeting then continued with presentations of SuPER-W management committee on the progress of the project. Starting from afternoon, SuPER-W fellows had the unique opportunity of presenting their latest works to a board of experts and officials from European union’s Research executive agency. Students’ research, their goals, methodology and results were discussed and evaluated by our own SuPER-W promoters as well as a board of external peers. Two feedback moments between fellows and REA and management committee and REA brought the long day to an end. 

Second day started with the fruitful panel debate on Stakeholder involvement in resource recovery from wastewater. Bart Hommez, Business developer from Ghent university, Kirsten Steinbusch manager of Delft advanced Biorenewables, Antonella Vagliente director of young water solutions and Kala Vairavomoorthy the executive director of IWA presented their experiences and views on the matter in the panel, moderated by Prof. dr. ir. Willy Verstraete. The event continued with several professionals discussing the main obstacles in industrializing latest scientific advances in the field of resource recovery.

The event continued in the coming days with workshops and lectures organized for fellows on the topics such as ‘Valorisation and Exploitation of research’, ‘a reflection on social and environmental aspects of the research’, ‘Transition management’, ‘Societal aspects of Technology’ and ‘Life cycle assessment’; as well as a short description of CAPTURE and R2T projects in Ghent university and a presentation and the following discussion on Nereda® Technology by Mark van Loosdrecht. Social and normative aspects of Nereda® Technology was also investigated in a discussion between Mark van Loosdrecht and Sjoerd Zwart. Friday saw the conclusion of the event with a field visit to Uit je Stad, and a presentation by professionals from Evides Waterbedrijf, a company active in the field of waste water and drinking water.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (All day) to Friday, October 20, 2017 (All day)

ESR5 Iryna Lanko attended the 15th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion (AD-15) in Beijing, China. She presented her most recent work with a poster presentation.


There are still some uncertainties in application of anaerobic digestion at different temperature ranges. In this work one of the key parameters such as specific methanogenic activity (SMA) was studied at thermophilic (55°C) and mesophilic (35°C) conditions. The standard method of SMA testing was used with cellulose as a substrate. The sludge was taken from five full-scale digesters operated at Czech wastewater treatment plants. The experiment showed that under thermophilic conditions SMA is significantly higher. SMAs of the mesophilic sludges were 0.10-0.13 grams of CH4-COD per gram of VSS and day whilst the thermophilic ones were equal to 0.21-0.36 grams of CH4-COD per gram of VSS and day.


Lanko I., et al (2017). "Comparison of specific methanogenic activity of sludge from full scale mesophilic and thermophilic digesters". IWA World on Anaerobic Digestion Conference, 17-20.10.2017, Beijing, China


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