WWTmod is favouring quality over quantity. This is guaranteed by a single track seminar set-up (starting on Monday and ending on Wednesday) with a schedule that provides ample time for discussion on every presentation. All sessions will be led by a moderator, and include an extended brainstorming/discussion at the end.

Several parallel full-day workshops will be scheduled for Sunday in an effort to lay the groundwork for consensus building on topics selected by the scientific committee from submitted proposals. These workshops will be preceded by a YWP workshop (on Saturday) organized and attended by YWP (Young Water Professionals). Active involvement of YWP is at the heart of the WWTmod conference series.

By limiting the number of participants to 120 motivated individuals that are active in the wastewater treatment modelling field, consensus on a number of issues is assured. Participation in WWTmod is by invitation ollowing an application review procedure.


The set-up of the programme for platform/poster presentations was based on an open call for contributions. Those who wished to present at the seminar, were encouraged to start the consensus building process by submitting 3 page abstracts preferably involving coauthors from different groups. The scientific committee condensed the topics of major interest and invited groups to present their ideas. The scientific committee encouraged fusion papers where different groups work together to develop a common paper. Fusion papers were given preference, but were not mandatory or forced.

To provide a platform for discussion on topics for which a consensus is still lacking, WWTmod2016 offers several full-day workshops on Sunday and a YWP workshop preceding the seminar on Saturday.

Programme overview (clic below to download the Final Programme)


In contrast to other conferences, the participation in WWTmod2016 is strictly based on invitation. WWTmod2016, as in previous years, requires a good balance of academia, consultants, and utilities, as well as a good balance of experienced and young water professionals. A contingent of ten seats will be reserved for Young Water Professionals (YWP). The YWPs for these seats will be selected by the YWP committee. Attendees will be invited based upon the following criteria, in this order:

  • The presenting author of an accepted contribution (oral, workshop and poster) is automatically invited to register. However, application for participation is required (see Registration Info page).
  • Scientific and Organizing Committee members are invited to register along with WWTmod2016 sponsors.
  • The remaining openings will be available based on individual application (see Registration Info page).

Modelling of wastewater treatment plants as a whole (within fence/whole plant/plant-wide modelling), with a focus of the use of models in plant design and operation:

  • Plant design and operation
  • Activated sludge (traditional and MBR)
  • Biofilm processes (including MBBR and IFAS)
  • Sludge treatment (including anaerobic digestion)
  • Mainstream and sidestream treatment, whole plant modelling
  • Separation processes (including clarifier and flotation)
  • Process control
  • Water chemistry, emerging and priority micropollutants
  • Uncertainty, calibration, validation and the interaction of process units
  • WWTP sustainability assessment
  • Resource recovery modelling

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