Advanced Course

Environmental Biotechnology

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Course introduction

Environmental Biotechnology is a rapidly developing and increasingly important branch of science. It has implications for both the prevention and clean-up of pollution in domestic and industrial waste streams in waste water treatment plants. This international training course will introduce mixed microbial culture theory and reactor technology in relation to the design and scale-up of advanced treatment processes from the laboratory to the full scale implementation. The course will be given in English and has a long history.

26 September - 6 October 2023
Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


Microbiological topics

  • Thermodynamics, kinetics and ecophysiology of pure and mixed cultures
  • (Geo)biochemical element cycles and biofilm formation

Biochemical engineering subjects

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Biomass retention by various separation techniques
  • Mass transport in biofilms and three phase reactors
  • Scale up/scale down
  • Integration of processes and process control
  • Process design from flask to full scale and back

Study load

The course (including preparatory materials) is valued 75 hours of work.

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology

Who should attend?

This Advanced Course is aimed at professionals (MSc, PhD or equivalent experience) in microbiology, biochemistry or biochemical engineering with a basic working knowledge of the other disciplines. Also, molecular biologists with a microbial background may apply. The course is primarily aimed at those already employed in industry who wish to update their theoretical knowledge and practical insight in this field.

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


*To be eligible for the reduced early bird fee you need to register before 18 July 2023. If this date is exceeded, the regular fee applies.

**A limited number of fellowships is available for PhD students and SME’s (small/medium enterprise). Fellowships will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To apply as to one of these fellowships, please include a copy either of your registration as a PhD student from your university or a proof of the SME-status of the company you work at.

The fee includes course materials, lunches and the buffets and the course dinners as indicated on the program. The fee does not cover other meals or lodging.

The course fee

Early bird*

€ 3.250,-

Regular fee

€ 3.750,-

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME/Startups/scaleups)**

€ 2.600,-

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME/Startups/scaleups) of Biotech Campus Delft**

€ 2.000,-

PhD Students**

€ 2.000,-

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology

Course board members Mark van Loosdrecht

Board member Robbert Kleerebezem

Board member

Prof.dr. Cristian Picioreanu

Board member

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


After registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail from us and another email with an invoice. We look forward to welcoming you in our course in Delft!


A limited number of fellowships is available for PhD students (reduced fee). Deadline for registration is 5 September 2023.

Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


Advanced Course Environmental Biotechnology


‘Strengthening my current knowledge on Environmental Biotechnology’

Woo Hyoung Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida I have known the Advanced Course on the Environmental Biotechnology at TU Delft since 2007 when I studied at the University of Cincinnati. Taking the course has been in my to-do lists as one of my research interests is related to biofilm studies using microelectrodes. Read more
‘It helped me to get the “big picture” thanks to the lecturers ’

Vicente Tomás Monje López

PhD student in the Process and Systems Engineering Centre at Denmark Technical University My background is industrial biotechnology, focused more in food, pharma and biotech bioprocess than wastewater treatment technologies. The course goes from stoichiometry and (bio)reaction thermodynamics, to the different types of treatment processes and bioreactor design. Read more
‘It revealed many answers and will keep revealing more during my work’

Tessa Geskus

Process Engineer at Paques Europe B.V. As process engineer I design several waste water treatment plants according to our standards and knowledge. I wanted to follow this course to get more in depth knowledge of the fundamental chemistry, thermodynamics and other factors that are important in waste water treatment. Read more
‘It was a wonderful experience attending the course. ’

Fengyi Zhu

PhD student from Department of Industrial Biotechnology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology It deepened my understanding of environmental biotechnology and ignited inspiration for my project. As a PhD student in environmental biotechnology, I enrolled in this course to gain a better knowledge of environmental biotechnology principles and applications. Read more
‘The course exceeded my expectations’

Juan Vásquez

PhD in biotechnology / Fermentation coordinator at Bialtec I enrolled in the Advanced Course on Environmental Biotechnology with the goal of broadening and updating my knowledge in the fields of waste treatment and the study of mixed microbial communities. The course exceeded my expectations, as it not only provided a solid theoretical foundation but also facilitated valuable interactions with the lecturers, who generously shared their extensive experience and knowledge on the subject matter. Read more
‘The course helped me to understand many interrelations in a new way ’

Larissa Graß

PhD student in environmental engineering, RWTH Aachen University With my background in environmental engineering, I was very happy to get a new biotechnological perspective on some processes I already work with. The course helped me to understand many interrelations in a new way and gave me new impulses and ideas that I can integrate into my further work. Read more