2018 Research award
The 2018 Research Award was awarded to Andreia Amaral, a joint Ph.D. student of Ghent University (BIOMATH), Belgium and Instituto Superior Técnico (MARETEC), Portugal. This year’s award was given based on the excellent research paper entitled: Towards advanced aeration modelling: from blower to bubbles to bulk.
The research of Andreia Amaral aims at improving our understanding of gas-liquid mass transfer. Based on this knowledge, fine-bubble aeration systems of full-scale wastewater treatment plants can be optimized for environmental and economic benefits.
The BIWA Research Award is awarded yearly to outstanding individuals active in the Belgian water sector for their innovative and creative approach towards a sustainable water future.
Picture: From Left to Right: IWA president Diane d'Arras, Research Award Winner Andreia Amaral, B-IWA president Prof. Ilse Smets.
2018 Development collaboration Award
The 2018 Development Collaboration Award was awarded to Prof. Korneel Rabaey (CMET) and Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) and all collaborators for their SWACHH project.
SWACHH aims at providing a robust, low-tech technology for treating septic tank effluent to safe discharge limits. Pilot facilities are being constructed at the campus in Goa, India whereas more fundamental lab-scale experiments are conducted in Ghent, Belgium. This work has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The BIWA Development Collaboration Award is awarded yearly to outstanding collaborative innovations in the water sector.
Picture: Image of pilot facility at BITS Pilani in Goa. Insert: effluents of various treatment steps.