Intensive course


The major objective of the course is to provide the course participants with the knowledge and the practical skills that could be used in designing, managing and evaluating of modern wastewater treatment plants in order to minimize their impact on environment and on climatic changes. The specific project's objectives include:

  • making the student to realize that the combined effect of "small" emissions from a number of wastewater treatment plants can noticeable contribute to the global environmental pollution and ultimately to global climate change and that EU-wide cooperation in this area is necessary;
  • showing the students that if the commonly used wastewater and sewage sludge treatment technologies are optimized, improved or replaced with other more sustainable technologies the pollution emission to the environment can be reduced and teaching them how to achieve this;
  • showing the students that implementation of sustainable management systems supported by appropriate automation, integrated control, monitoring, and computer simulation to the existing treatment processes can result in reduction of environmental pollution and teaching them how to achieve this;
  • teaching the students how to evaluate and assess the wastewater and sludge treatment processes and technologies from the sustainable development standpoint.

Course in brief

Dates: 8-20 June 2009 in Italy (Sardinia, Cagliari)

Participating students: 21 travelling students

ECTS credits: 6 (5)

Major teaching topics

Preliminary, subject to modification.
Global climate change (approx. 6-8 hours) - including basic chemistry and physics of atmosphere, greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion, hypotheses and facts, regulations and conventions to control gas emissions.
Wastewater treatment (approx. 18 hours) - including comparison of national regulations and technologies, novel processes and technologies, advanced treatment technologies, sludge treatment, design guidelines, designing exercises, emissions to the environment, etc.
Interactions between wastewater treatment plant and the environment (approx. 6 hours) - including mass and energy balance for wastewater treatment plant, gas emission assessment and control, material and energy recovery.
Monitoring, control and automation at wastewater treatment plants (approx. 4 hours) - including concepts, control modes and timescales, monitoring systems and equipment, designing exercises etc.
Integrated control of wastewater systems (approx. 6 hours) - including application of computer simulation for optimization of wastewater treatment plant and minimization of emission.
Sustainable environmental management (approx. 4-6 hours) - including sustainability indicators and indexes, pollution prevention, integration of urban sanitation systems.
Environmental impact assessment (approx. 4 hours) - including legal requirements, methodologies, specific applications to wastewater treatment plants, case studies, etc.
Interdisciplinary topics (approx. 26 hours) - including group work, presentations, exercises, field trips, case study analyses and others