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Announcement of the International Symposium on Constructed Wetlands & Small Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plants - ISCW2019, 29-31 August 2019, Patras, Greece

Most European cities have wastewater treatment plants in place, securing thus adequate protection of the aquatic environment. Small communities, however, with a population under 2000, are still far from meeting effluent requirements. The "International symposium on constructed wetlands & small decentralized wastewater treatment plants" ISCW2019, that will held in Patras, Greece, on 29th-31st August 2019, has as a goal to bring together all stakeholders (academicians, local government and technology developers) in an effort to assess the current state of the art in this important environmental issue. The mandate of Circular Economy implies a special interest in the valorization of resources. Thus water reuse and valorization of the generated biomass, e.g. in constructed wetlands are also important issues. Finally, the fate of nutrients and emerging pollutants in small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems is also an important concern.

The Symposium will be organized in the frame of the "DOMUS-CW" project, funded by the INTERREG BALKANMED programme, with the kind support of the Hellenic Water Association (HWA).

The conference topics are:

  • Natural wastewater treatment systems
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment plants
  • Smart autonomous systems
  • Wastewater quality assessment
  • Toxicological Assessment
  • Resources and energy recovery from effluents
  • Biomass valorization
  • Modelling
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Role of Plants and Algae
  • Legislation and policy


Patent application at USPTO

Researchers from FORTH/ICE-HT (Dr. John Parthenios, Principal Application Scientist and Prof. Konstantinos Papagelis, Collaborating Faculty member) in collaboration with BIC Violex S. A. (subsidiary of BIC, developed a novel functional PTFE-based nanocomposite coating, incorporating graphene nanoplatelets. The new coating exhibits improved lubricity. Incorporation of the coating onto BIC's razor blades, could result in a significantly improved product. This patent application which has been filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, is the outcome of a successful collaboration in applied research between industry and a research center in Greece.


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