Current trends and challenges faced by wastewater treatment plants, and advanced modelling and control tools for wastewater treatment were deliberated at length during the two-day Indo-European workshop on ‘Advanced Tools for Wastewater Treatment’ that culminated at the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) on Tuesday.

The workshop organised by Department of Chemical Engineering as part of the Indo-European project titled ‘Advanced  modelling, control and decision support tools for flexible and optimal  wastewater treatment plants’ with funding by New INDIGO, a consortium of European and Indian Science and Technology organisations involved in promoting research cooperation between Europe and India, witnessed invited and plenary lectures by invited experts representing industry, academia and research institutes including Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi; Thermax Ltd., Pune; National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Chennai; National Chemical Laboratory, Pune; NIT-T; Pondicherry Engineering College; and delegates from Belgium, Spain and Turkey.

A panel discussion towards the end of the workshop had the participation of Ingmar  Nopens, University of Gent, Belgium; Vivek V. Ranade, National  Chemical Laboratory, Pune; V. Kalayanaraman, Thermax Ltd., Pune;  GucluInsel, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey; Joaquim Comas, University of Girona, Spain; M. Velan, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd., Neyveli; and A. Seshagiri Rao, NIT-T.

The workshop was supported by International Water Association, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, New Delhi, and India Platform UGENT.