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Due to the revision process of Wastewater sludge directive wastewater sludge management and treatment technologies are at the crossroads and in the next decade the direction of the wastewater sludge will be treated as a waste or recyclable material. Should we burn it or use in farmlands? How much and who is ready to pay for wastewater sludge treatment?
Circular economy is getting more importance both in science and everyday life. In order to reduce pollution and improve environmental conditions it is important to close the cycle whenever possible. This is of particular significance in the water sector since water, energy, nutrients and other resources can be recovered from wastewater and reused in different areas. For example, treated wastewater can be reused in agriculture in order to fill the gap that exists between overall water need and water availability, which can be rather big in the world regions that suffer from water scarcity. Join us on 1st April at to let us know what is your opinion and to discuss this interesting topic together.
Pandemic time made us adapt to the new normal, creating our own PhD path within the COVID-19 restrictions, while blending in a virtual and physically distanced research environment. In reflection of the one year COVID-19 impact on the PhD students, a new perspective of being proactive instead of reactive, has been a challenging way to make the best out of what we can do from uncertain and mentally demanding times.
There are two ways how to move knowledges and technology from science lab to real application: via existing company of by establishing your own. Both ways are distinctly different. If theformer is well known – basically licencing your idea, then the latter requires establishing ecosystem within universities and research institute. Because of rapid change in the technology development cycle more and more focus might shift to “making your start-upsapproach”. That is an opportunity especially to young scientists. One of the challenges in water sector, which mostly owned by municipal companies, is how to keep up to the speed with technology changes. We willdiscuss these and other questions in sessionof Water Entrepreneurship.
Smart water refers to a movement in the water industry involving emerging technology that includes hardware, software, and analytics to help water and wastewater utilities solve problems through automation, data gathering and data analysis. Smart water systems use sensors, information and communication technology (ICT) to provide real-time monitoring of data such as pressure, water quality, moisture, etc. with the capability to detect any abnormalities such as water losses or water contamination in the water distribution system