The main purpose of "Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment" is to assemble and integrate innovative experimental methods developed by research groups and practitioners around the world.
The book will make the methods readily available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, laboratory staff, plant operators, consultants, and other sector professionals, particularly from developing countries and countries in transition.
The book was edited by Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands (TUDelft), Prof. Per H. Nielsen from Aalborg University in Denmark, and Dr. Carlos M. Lopez-Vazquez and Prof. Damir Brdjanovic from UNESCO-IHE.
As pointed out by Prof. Helmut Kroiss: "In the near future, most of the global population will live in cities and in low and middle-income countries, where most wastewater is not adequately treated.
Probably the most limiting factor in achieving the goals for sustainable water management is the lack of qualified, well-trained professionals, able to comprehend the scientific research results and transfer them into practice. This was one of the drivers for the development of Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment, which represents an innovative contribution to help overcome such a capacity development challenge".
Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht highlighted the challenging yet successful gathering of a group of experts to become part of this innovative educational project. He mentioned the priceless benefits that the book and video lectures under preparation will have in training current and future generations of water professionals since the exact handling of experimental methods is important, but not always easy to write down in a protocol.
To close the launch event, Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, thanked everybody who made the book possible, including the world-wide group of experts that spent time sharing their knowledge and practical experience. He acknowledged the generous financial contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the SaniUp project, the Dutch Government, Applikon, UNESCO-IHE and IWA.
Last but not least, Prof. Brjanovic underlined that the e-book "Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment" is fully available online at IWA Publishing, reaching already several thousands of downloads and the upcoming launch in 2017 of the online course of the same name which will form an integral part of the internet-based curriculum in sanitary engineering at UNESCO-IHE.