The conference is organized by two prestigious research groups of University of Girona and the Catalan Institute for Water Research.
With more than 15.000 students in last academic term, UdG has 4 university campuses, 12 research institutes, 1 doctorate school (with 1 doctorate program in water science and technology) and +100 research groups linked to 24 departments. LEQUIA is a research group devoted to the development of eco-innovative environmental solutions, mainly within the water field. Currently, it has a multidisciplinary team of 35 people, including 8 permanent professors and 8 post-doctoral researchers. Experience in wastewater treatment traces back to LEQUIA foundation in 1993, and includes expertise in nutrient removal and resource recovery (e.g. anammox), membrane technologies (e.g. MBR, FO, RO), and EDSS applied to treatment technology selection, among others.
The Catalan Institute for Water Research was founded in 2006 as an initiative for multidisciplinary research dealing with the integral water cycle, hydraulic resources, water quality and treatment and assessment technologies for treatment, recycling and reuse of water, especially in conditions of scarcity. ICRA aggregates most strategic areas in water research (chemistry, ecology, water technology, microbiology, etc.) in a single Institute by enhancing integration and promoting a Mediterranean perspective of water issues. Only in the last five years it has participated and coordinated more than 30 European research and training projects, many of them on innovative technologies for water reuse and resource recovery. The Technology and Evaluation research Area focuses on developing and implementing innovative technologies for water and wastewater treatment with a special focus on water reuse and resource recovery. It includes mathematical models and knowledge-based decision support for the integrated management of water systems.