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Anaerobic Digestion Technologies as a Solution for Wastewater and Solid Waste Challenges in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies

February 19 – March 02, 2019 / Braunschweig, Germany


The international and inter­­disciplinary winter school is funded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and organised by both the Institute of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and Leichtweiß-Institut (LWI), Department of Waste and Resource Manage-ment.

The topic of the winter school is “Anaerobic Digestion Technologies as a Solution for Waste­water and Solid Waste Challenges in Developing Countries and Emerging Eco­nomies”, focusing on special aspects of Climate Change Mitigation, Energy Supply, and Water Protection.


The winter school will address the anaerobic digestion technology in wastewater and solid waste treatment and present the state-of-the-art technologies. During the keynote sessions, speakers will shed the light on the specific impacts of anaerobic technology on climate change mitigation, water protection and energy supply. Special focus will be placed on the challenges of wastewater and solid waste in developing countries and emerging economies, providing solution approaches.

Participants are requested to present their research projects. Afterwards, the opportunity is given to deepen different topics while identifying special problems and working on possible solutions in small working groups. The results of the working groups will be presented and published in the workshop proceedings.


The main topics will be:

  • Basics of anaerobic digestion process
  • Proper waste fractions from municipal, industrial and agricultural residues and from wastewater treatment,
  • Appropriate technologies,
  • Co-digestion,
  • Biogas utilization options,
  • Digestate treatment,
  • GHG-Mitigation potential of anaerobic digestion and environmental impacts,
  • Adapting solutions for rural and urban areas.

The contents of the presentations and extended summaries should follow the following objectives:

  • Explanation of the context to the topics of the Summer School
  • Problem description
  • Social, ecological, economical and environmental effects
  • Suggestions for suitable solutions

The Winter School starts with participation in the ReWater Conference. The conference takes place in Braunschweig from 20 Feb. 2019 till 22 Feb. 2019.


For extended abstract  submission please  c a r e f u l l y  read and use the following template: Template Extended Abstract (Deviations will not be accepted).

Target Audience

The participants expected are preferably advanced master students, PhD-students, post-docs who are working on anaerobic digestion applications in the field of wastewater treatment or solid waste management are welcome to apply.

Number of participants

The number of participants is limited to 20 participants. Candidates from the SWINDON/exceed partner universities are to be given first priority. Practitioners, decision-makers and trainers intending to transfer the acquired knowledge and skills directly into engineering of integrated systems will also be given priority.


The application period has expired

Notification of accepted application participants is made till 06.12.2018. The selection is still in progress. The decision on the selection of participants will be announced on 20 December at the latest.

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