LET 2019 Programme

Water-technology innovations for emerging challenges.

The 16th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies is designed to be the place where new ideas are introduced and the opportunity is provided to interact with the “best of the best”. This is the global conference where new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway.

Draft Programme

Programme Topics

The LET 2019 taking place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, will cover 8 programme topics:

Jorg Drewes, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
Shane A. Snyder, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)  (Singapore)

In the past 5 years there has been significant increased concern by utilities and the public about micro-contaminants in drinking water. This is part due to improved detection methodologies and increased production of pharmaceuticals and chemicals. This session will focus on the detection and advanced treatment technologies to remove target compounds.

Domenico Santoro, Trojan Technologies (Canada)
Pedro Alvarez, Rice University (United States)

There is a need for novel microbial control approaches that enhance water safety and minimize formation of harmful disinfection byproducts and harmful bacteria in drinking water systems. This session focuses on innovative materials and approaches, informed by microbial ecology and techno-economic constraints, for the control of harmful bacteria in drinking water and biofilms.

Jonathan Clement, Nanostone Water Inc. (The Netherlands)
Stewart Sutherland, Scottish Water (United Kingdom) 

In the past decade there has been much focus on the development of specialized materials for membranes applications for the treatment of drinking water. However, in reality very few of the developments have been applied in working systems. This session will focus on advanced membranes using alternative materials that have been successfully employed in-situ.

Nikolay Voutchkov, Water Globe Consultants, LLC (United States)

Across the world there has been considerable investment to find alternative approaches to high-energy demanding desalination. This session will focus on creative system solutions and advanced salt separation technologies.

Ana Soares, Cranfield University (United Kingdom)
Francesco Fatone, Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy)

The session will focus on novel concepts and processes to improve environmental efficiency of wastewater treatment plants by either optimizing energy efficiency or resource recovery. Papers that discuss technoeconomic life cycle assessment (LCA) or economic aspects are also invited.

Despo Fatta-Kassinos, University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Thomas Ternes, Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Koblenz  (Germany)

With the increased public concern related to pollution by emissions of microconstituents of effluents, water utilities have to evaluate the impact of these emissions. This session will address conversions in wwtp’s and efficient technologies for the removal of these compounds.

Jurg Keller, The University of Queensland  (Australia)
Mari Winkler, University of Washington (United States)

Nutrient removal optimization continues to be an important challenge. This session will discuss the advance in the development of novel technologies such as anammox, granular sludge, membrane aerated biofilms,algae, ion exchange, absorbents etc. Technologies aiming at reaching very low nutrient effluent concentrations are also invited.

Bill Barber, Cambi  (United States)
Elise Cartmell, Scottish Water (United Kingdom)

Waste activated sludge management is one of the main cost factors for wastewater treatment. The session will discuss all aspects of sludge management (including dewatering, digestion, hydrolysis, disintegration,advanced thermal processes etc.) including the handling of sludge liquors and biogas.

Programme Committee

  • Mark van Loosdrecht (Co-Chair) The Netherlands
  • Jonathan Clement (Co-Chair) The Netherlands
  • Ana Soares United Kingdom
  • Bill Barber United States
  • Despo Fatta-Kassinos Cyprus
  • Domenico Santoro Canada
  • Elise Cartmell United Kingdom
  • Francesco Fatone Italy
  • Jorg Drewes Germany
  • Jurg Keller Australia
  • Mari Winkler United States
  • Nikolay Voutchkov United States
  • Pedro Alvarez United States
  • Shane Snyder Singapore
  • Stewart Sutherland United Kingdom
  • Thomas Ternes Germany

Important Dates

    • Extended Outline Paper Submission deadline 16th December 2018
    • Authors notification   From 30th January 2019
    • Registration open February 2019
    • Early Bird Registration deadline (Deadline for authors to register ) 28 February 2019
    • Submission deadline for delivery of full papers 1 June 2019


Showcase your company and solutions in front of over 400 water professionals.

The 16th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies offers participants new insights into the future of innovation in the water and sanitation sectors taking shape today. It provides an exceptional meeting place to interact with more than 400 renowned leading researchers, technologists and water managers from over 40 countries. For those who are proposing novel ideas and concepts, and those looking for solutions to bring them forward, this is the one conference of the year that should not be missed.

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