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: 12/04/2019 - 01:54

Are you or have you been a MSCA Fellow? If the answer is yes, we invite you to apply to the MSCA2019 – AWARD COMPETITION. By applying to this competition, you have the chance to showcase your work to a large audience, take part in the conference and interact with international outstanding profile speakers.
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Post date: 13/03/2019 - 18:45

Our ESR fellow, Morez Jafari had chance to present his results on importance of biofouling properties in membrane process in R2T yearly show case in Ghent, Belgium. Here he shares his experience in R2T presentation: “ It was a great experience to present my PhD results for group of experts with such a vast and various background. It was great combination of industrial partners and academics audience.

Post date: 18/12/2018 - 16:41
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 07:30

The mini symposium: Bridging the gap between membrane modelling and applications will take place at Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Gent university on Jan. 9th 2019.


Registration to the symposium is free but mandatory. For more info please contact ir. Wouter Naessens.

Post date: 09/12/2018 - 09:24

 Matthias Wessling, RWTH Professor and part of the SuPER-W network is the leibniz prize winner 2019. Like all of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in the programme of excellent people, the membrane expert receives a research prize of 2,5 Millions of euros. " we are very excited about the high recognition for this outstanding scientist.

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.

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Figure 1 ESRs learning the practice of modelling.

The third SuPER-W training event and PhD workshop was organized in Barcelona at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) over the span of one week. The main agenda of the training included evaluating the progress of individual research work, motivational training on numerical and computational modelling and practical training sessions. The event was ended by a field trip. Below, a summary of the training event is given.

The event was kick-started by warm welcome from UPC partners, Dr. Anna Garfi and Dr. Ivet Ferrer. This was then followed by an introduction on general modelling methodology from Prof. Dr. ir. Ingmar Nopens from UGent. After a refreshing networking lunch break, Dr. Alessandro Solimeno gave an inspiring speech on his dedicated work on modelling of algae-based wastewater systems. Thereafter, Prof. Dr. Xavier Flotats took the stage and elaborated more on modelling anaerobic biological systems using Anaerobic Digestion Model 1 (ADM1). A lab tour was given by the UPC ESRs to demonstrate how UPC researchers are developing to innovative wastewater treatment solutions.

The next day was filled by ESRs’ presentations on their own project progress, and by updates on outreach activities. The PhD seminar was coordinated by Dr. Anna Garfi and Dr. ir. Han Vervaeren, while  Prof. Dr. Xavier Flotats was especially appreciated for his full participation as an external expert. Doing so, valuable remarks to and recommendations on each individual ESR’s project were given. The long though fruitful day was closed by a pleasant networking dinner with traditional local food and beverages. 

The following two days were allocated for practical modelling sessions of wetlands in 1D and 2, which consisted of a theoretical introduction and an extended hands-on section on COMSOL Multiphysics software. The training was given by Amphos21, a company specialised in environmental modelling  and consultancy. As a result of this intensive two-day training, the group was able to use COMSOL to model cases based on geochemical processes, and equipped with the know-hows to extend these models to biological systems.

After a revitalizing night by a horror city tour in downtown Barcelona, the group spent their last day for a field visit. The ESRs first arrived at the Espais Naturals del Delta del Llobregat, a river delta just beside the Barcelona Airport - El Prat. During the guided tour, the group not only learned the history of development in the area, but also showed special interest in the constructed wetland systems for treatment of wastewater from vicinity. The tour was finished by stories about the local ecosystem and a visit to a bird observation pavilion next to a lagoon. Before saying goodbye and looking forward to the next event in Delft, ESRs visited another European project INCOVER algae pilot site (


On Tuesday 30-01-2018, a panel debate is organised with key speakers, active in policy, research and entrepreneurship, moderated by Willy Verstraete! 

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Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:00 to Friday, February 2, 2018 - 15:00

This workshop will take place at TU Delft. View programme here


On 22 November 2017, CAPTURE (the Centre for Advanced Process Technology for Urban REsource recovery) is set to launch the CAPTURE Accelerator. This is an initiative of the CAPTURE platform, a partnership between professors from various faculties of Ghent University (UGent) and Flemish and international partners, both public and private. Anyone who is active in resource recovery can now join the research platform.

On this occasion, CAPTURE is not only presenting its Accelerator. A declaration of intent will also be signed between UGent and VITO, a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, to work together in the framework of CAPTURE. The partners consider plastic, wastewater and CO2 not as waste products but rather as resources, and CAPTURE aims to contribute to the marketing of new developments in this field. The goal is for the CAPTURE Accelerator to boost the collaboration between industry, knowledge institutions and policymakers with a view to turning Flanders into a world player in resource recovery.

In a nutshell, CAPTURE aims to:

  • Build a Flanders-wide network with strong international branches gathering outstanding expertise on resource recovery.
  • Erect a building to give stakeholders with complementary knowledge access to top-notch infrastructure on the one hand, and, on the other, to provide the necessary space to showcase integral solutions for resource recovery.
  • Act as a one-stop-shop in Flanders for both companies and government bodies.
  • Support companies, particularly start-ups, that aim to grow in the field of resource recovery, through expertise, access to top-of-the-range R&D and upscaling of infrastructure, assistance and flexible accommodation.
  • Create business platforms enabling close interaction with the industrial stakeholders.
  • Set up an advisory board consisting of key entrepreneurs and policymakers.

7,000 m2 of opportunities

As a result, CAPTURE will be supported by an existing network of players specialised in resource recovery, in collaboration with some of the largest companies in and around Ghent and Flanders. This new financing allows it to integrate its activities, make them more efficient and further develop them in the 7,000-m2 meeting and incubation centre. This aim is for this building to quickly pass on knowledge, allowing it to be put into practice. The CAPTURE Accelerator building is scheduled to open its doors in August 2018 at the Eiland science park in Zwijnaarde, on the outskirts of Ghent.

The building will include an enormous technology hall, demo infrastructure, joint laboratories and workshops. Part of the building will be owned by the Incubation and Innovation Centre of Ghent University (IIC UGent), which has years of experience in providing assistance and accommodation to spin-offs.

Regional and European support

Apart from investments by Ghent University and IIC UGent, CAPTURE can rely on support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Flemish government and the Province of East Flanders. The project calls for a total investment of 15 million euro (1.5 M from UGent, 4.8M from the ERDF, 3.9M from the Flemish government and 500k from the Province of East Flanders).

This project will give research into resource recovery a boost in an infrastructure like no other on the international scene. Companies specialising in environmental issues, SMEs and industrial groups will also have access to the space they need to develop new activities in the field of resource recovery.


IIC UGent: Eric Boodts,, +32 9 241 56 11

Professors for each pipeline

Province of East Flanders: Martine Verhoeve, representative for European collaboration, 09 267 81 59,

CAPTURE website:
General e-mail address:


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Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:00 to Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:00

This workshop will take place Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Barcelona, Spain). View the draft programme here.

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 11:00 to Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 17:00

This workshop will take place at RWTH Aachen University. Review the programme here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (All day) to Friday, November 11, 2016 (All day)

At the campus of TUDelft different workshops will be organised from 8 till 11 November 2016:

Workshop on global environment issues, the role and market potential of resource recovery technologies

Experts of the industry will together with academics elaborate on different aspects of resource recovery, as well technologies as market potential.

Workshop on career management, modern communication and networking skills

Training on existing communication tools with hands-on exercises provided by “pinpoint solutions

Monday, November 7, 2016 (All day)

The SuPER –W researchers and partners will for the first time get to know each other in person  on 7 November in Delft (Netherlands).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (All day) to Friday, July 1, 2016 (All day)

More than 800 application files for the 15 topics were received. Top 3-5 of each topic was invited for an interview. And final selection resulted in a list of 15 ESR from diverse nationalities (Belgium, China, Ecuador, Colombia, The Philippines, Iran, Belarus, Ethiopia, Austria, Brazil and Germany) which will shortly join the project.

Staff members of the partner institutes gathered to get acquainted with administrative procedures and to agree upon different procedures.


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