WEF/IWA Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference 2010

August 15 – 18, 2010
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
Portland, Oregon, USA

Technical Program

Draft Program

Biofilms Reactor Technology Conference Caters To:

  • Engineers and Designers
  • Researchers
  • Students and New Professionals
  • Technology Developers
  • Industrial Professionals
  • Municipal Agencies
  • Operators and Superintendents
  • Regulators

Opening General Session

Monday, August 16 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The investigation and implementation of biofilm reactors encompass a dynamic and evolving field that consists of professionals who span academic, practice, operational, and equipment manufacturing arenas to name only a few. The WEF/IWA Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference program is a diverse compendium of knowledge derived from professionals representing each of these arenas and leading to a unique program that was designed by conference organizers to highlight this extraordinary diversity. Three keynote lectures will be given by internationally recognized experts who have made unprecedented contributions to the research, development, design, and application of biofilm reactors through consulting, research, operation and management. Denny S. Parker, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, will offer his views of biofilm reactor technology and design. Professor Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht, Ph.D., will speak about ongoing developments and new findings resulting from his dynamic and exciting leading edge research. Finally, Henrik Aspegren, Ph.D., will address the merger of leading edge practice and research for the application of biofilm reactors to safeguard human health and provide environmental protection.

The three keynote lectures comprising the opening general session will ultimately lead to a culmination of practical, research, and municipality vantages grown during three days of knowledge sharing, interaction, and thought provocation. The finest minds across the globe who are focused on biofilm reactor technology will meet and interact to advance science and practice – from the micro (biofilm) to the macro (bioreactor) scale – as it pertains to biofilm reactor technology.


Conference Workshops
This year in Portland, we are very pleased to be hosting two pre-conference workshops.

Workshop B Agenda


Workshop A: Causes and Control of Biofilm Mediated Biofouling in Microfilter/Ultrafilter and Reverse Osmosis Membranes
Sunday, August 15, 2010 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Biofilms are ubiquitous, including in engineered membrane filtration systems where they significantly increase cost and adversely impact performance. Fortunately, the application of advanced biofilm knowledge is providing engineers with new tools to understand the causes of biofilm fouling in such systems, and to develop innovative control techniques. This workshop will describe these advances and present them in an integrated fashion. This represents a unique application of biofilm technology which will be of high interest to conference attendees.

Workshop B: Present and Future of Nitrogen Control with Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) and Biofilm Reactors: Post Denitrification to Sidestream Deammonification
Sunday, August 15, 2010 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to present the state-of-the-art and future direction regarding planning, design, optimization, and application of biofilm reactors for nitrogen. In addition to providing the design fundamentals and guidance for the application of a variety of biofilm reactor systems, this workshop will focus on using these reactors to maximize the use of existing assets when upgrading municipal wastewater treatment plants and water reclamation facilities for nitrogenous pollutant biodegradation.