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Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment - Impacting the environment with innovation in wastewater treatment





High anthropic pressure is impairing water quality, thus limiting its potential uses and impacting on ecosystems. Innovation is the ground for the effective deployment of a new paradigm in wastewater treatment and management, aiming at energy and resource recovery in a biorefinery context. New and multidisciplinary tools are needed to support this fundamental transition and to path the way toward a new water-economy, including: innovative technologies, integrated and risk-based approaches, and adequate regulatory and economic guidelines to promote technological uptake and societal acceptance.       


These topics are targeted by the IWA 5th International Conference on Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment - EcoSTP2021 (Milan, Italy - June 21-25, 2021), and specifically:

  • Innovative technologies, approaches and STP layouts for sustainable treatment, resource recovery and reuse
  • The wastewater biorefinery from lab to full scale: technical, economic and regulatory issues
  • Strategies for energy consumption and carbon footprint minimization in WWTP
  • Monitoring, modelling and control for effective process management, optimization and scale-up, also based on advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Occurrence, fate and removal of contaminants of emerging concern, including micro- and nano-plastics and antibiotic resistance, in wastewater and sludge
  • Natural-based solutions for resilient and smart wastewater treatment and management
  • Preservation of ecosystem quality and human health through risk-based approaches
  • Integrated assessment for wastewater treatment and management under Life Cycle Thinking
  • Digitalization and emerging ICT technologies for a new deal in water cycle
  • Economics of wastewater treatment and management
  • COVID-19 and water services


Key dates:

  • Deadline for manuscript submission: 15th November 2021
  • Expected publication: March, 2022



  • Manuela Antonelli     
  • Andrea Turolla          
  • Elena Ficara
  • Juan Lema
  • Roberto Canziani
  • Francesca Malpei


Information for submission:


Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors, before submitting your paper directly to Water Science and Technology’s peer review system:


Please select the article type ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the category ‘Special Issue: Impacting the Environment’. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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