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Biological Wastewater Treatment - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS) currently offers 17 open-access online courses on Biological Wastewater Treatment. The courses cover a variety of topics suitable for all wastewater treatment professionals whether they are academicians, students or practitioners who wish to learn about biological wastewater treatment in order to approach sanitary engineering challenges with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence built on stronger competence.

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We are delighted to complement the GSGS portfolio of educational offerings with the Biological Wastewater Treatment Online Course Series - a package of open-access distance-learning courses. The Biological Wastewater Treatment Online Course Series currently consists of 17 exciting courses prepared by internationally renowned wastewater treatment experts. All the courses in the series are free and suited for individual use in self-study mode, while several institutions are considering to provide a guided version that includes online guidance, exams, and certificates. Each course in the series is stand-alone and available as a package comprising video lectures, presentations, assessments, and additional study materials. Courses can be studied in any order that suits the user’s needs and can all be downloaded from this website including the guidelines on how to use the materials. In addition, in response to demand from clients, IHE Delft and GSGS partners can design and offer training on various courses from this series at their own sites, at the premises of the client, or a combination of these. Depending on the wishes of the client, training can take place entirely in Delft and/or on location at our partners worldwide. If you need additional information, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Biological Wastewater Treatment: Examples and Exercises
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The Biological Wastewater Treatment Open Access Online Course Series make use of several open access books which you can download here.

  • Lopez-Vazquez C.M., Brdjanovic D., Volcke E.I.P., van Loosdrecht M.C.M., Wu D., Chen G. (2023) Biological Wastewater Treatment: Examples and Exercises. IWA Publishing, pg. 558. ISBN 9781789062304 (eBook).
  • Chen G., Ekama G.A., van Loosdrecht M.C.M., and Brdjanovic D. Ed. (2020) Biological Wastewater Treatment: Principles, Design and Modelling – 2nd IWA Publishing, pg. 839. ISBN 9781789060362 (eBook).
  • de Lemos Chernicharo C.A. and Bressani-Ribeiro T. Ed. (2019) Anaerobic Reactors for Sewage Treatment: Design, Construction and Operation. IWA Publishing, pg. 399. ISBN 9781780409238 (eBook).
  • Van Loosdrecht M.C.M., Nielsen P.H, Lopez-Vazquez C.M., and Brdjanovic D. Ed. (2016) Experimental Methods in Wastewater Treatment. IWA Publishing, pg. 350, ISBN 9781780404745 (Hardback) 9781780404752 (eBook)
  • Brdjanovic D., Meijer S.C.F., Lopez-Vazquez C.M., Hooijmans C.M., and van Loosdrecht M.C.M. Ed. (2015). Applications of Activated Sludge IWA Publishing, pg. 500. ISBN 9781780404639.
  • Meijer S.C.F. and Brdjanovic D. A Practical Guide to Activated Sludge Modelling (2012). UNESCO-IHE Lecture Notes. UNESCO-IHE, pg. 277. ISBN 9789073445280.


The Biological Wastewater Treatment course series is currently offered in self-study online mode only.  In the foreseeable future, the series will be delivered also in instructor-led mode by several  partner institutions, as well as the regular (standard) face-to-face course at the premises of partners (on campus). A tailor-made group training course can be prepared and delivered by partner institution at various locations where the specific needs of the client are taken into account.

  • What is a self-study online course?

    A self-study (self-guided) online course delivers a series of pre-recorded lessons to a web browser or mobile device, to be conveniently accessed anytime, anyplace. An online course is designed as a built environment for learning. The key element is the use of the internet and it does not engage a teacher. It may include a check to find out to what extent the learning objectives are being achieved (e.g. self-assessment, quiz, etc). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) also belong to this category. In the case of this CWIS course series, in a foreseeable future, you will be able to test your knowledge at the end of the course, and obtain a certificate without our engagement.

  • What is an instructor-led online course?

    You can deepen your knowledge and develop new skills with our online courses under the individual guidance and support of an instructor (teacher, mentor) to help you excel in the topic and facilitate the learning process. Such courses utilize electronic technologies to access the educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom and are specifically delivered via the internet to somewhere other than the classroom where the teacher is lecturing. It is interactive in that the student can also communicate with course instructors or other students in his/her class online (via the internet). Sometimes courses are delivered live, where students can interact in real-time and sometimes it is a lecture or assignments that have been pre-recorded. There is always an instructor interacting and communicating with the student and grading his/her participation, assignments, and tests. This option will become available soon.

  • What is an on-campus course?

    An on-campus course is a face-to-face course with pre-defined, fixed content and a syllabus usually targeting certain groups of interest. It can vary in length and depth and commonly takes place on campus. This option will become available soon.

  • What is a tailor-made training course?

    This is a customized face-to-face course prepared in response to demand from clients. The training can be organized by GSGS partners for groups of various sizes, from one or multiple organizations, sectors, or regions, and can vary in length and depth and can take place on campus, at the client’s premises, or a combination of the two.