The 13th IWA Specialist Conference on Wastewater Ponds and Algal Technologies will be held as a hybrid event, combining a face-to-face program in Melbourne, Australia (3-6 June 2022), with virtual sessions for those unable to attend in person. We are looking forward to the specialist group coming together again to share, connect and inspire.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions the full conference program will be available using digital model for those who are unable to attend in-person due to international travel or local travel restrictions. In addition, the recorded sessions will be made available to watch on-demand after the event for all conference delegates. We hope that in doing so, this will also enable those who would not be able to travel for other reasons not related to COVID, such as family responsibilities or lack of travel funding.

The Conference organising committee are closely following the Australian Government recommendations to develop COVID-Safe Guidelines for the IWA event going forward. These guidelines will be in place at the face-to-face event and have been developed to ensure attendee and staff health and safety and will be made available closer to the event.


Preliminary Program

Sunday 3rd July: Registration and Welcome reception
Monday 4th July: Scientific Program
Tuesday 5th July: Scientific Program
Wednesday 6th July: Technical tour


Conference Themes

  • Wastewater treatment using algae 
  • Pathogen removal – virus, bacteria and protozoa 
  • Trace metal removal from wastewaters 
  • Nutrient control, recovery and reuse 
  • Removal of emerging organic contaminants – PPCPs/PFAs 
  • Recovery of algal – bacterial biosolids from treated effluents 
  • Energy production from algal-bacterial and other biosolids 
  • Production of added value commodities from biosolids 
  • Treated wastewater reuse – human and environment risk management 
  • Wastewater pond treatment systems: Ecology, conservation and biodiversity 
  • Modelling to aid pond/algal wastewater treatment design and operation 
  • Case studies – operational, performance and regulatory considerations 
  • Closed systems for wastewater treatment – photobioreactors 
  • Impact on climate change – green house gas emissions