With green urban environments and advanced stormwater treatment techniques, Luleå researchers Heléne Österlund and Annelie Hedström want to reduce the risk of flooding and environmental impact of pollution as well as create sustainable urban environments.
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On November 12-13 , the conference "Water in the Sustainable City" was held in Gothenburg, Stormwater&Sewers having been one of the co-organizers of the conference. The conference aimed at highlighting Swedish and international experiences in urban development focusing on water.
On 20-21 January 2015, the National Conference Sewerage & Environment (# NAM15) will take place in Örebro for the first time. It is organized by the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association in collaboration with Stormwater&Sewers, VA-teknik Södra, VA-kluster Mälardalen and Örebro municipality.
Godecke Blecken was granted almost 6 million SEK by Formas for a new project called "Improving Green Roof perfomance in demanding climates using the ecosystem mimicry concept." The project will run for three years starting in January 2015 and will be carried out on an international level, to be precise in Sweden an Australia, in co-operation with the University of Melbourne.
Once again, Stormwater&Sewers participated as exhibitor in the Water&Wastewater Fair that took place from September 30 - October 2 this year in Jönköping. The motto of the trade fair being "Meeting point for a Sustainable Society", the Water&Watewater Fair, the District Heating Fair and Elmia Waste & Recycling were co-arranged all in one single event which turned out to be a very successful concept with a total of nearly 9000 visitors.
The thirteenth International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) was held on September 7 to 12 in Kuching, Malaysia. LTU and Stormwater&Sewers were represented by seven researchers who presented and discussed their research projects at the conference.
Wastewater leakages into the stormwater sewers can take time to discover especially if they occur in remote environments and in a smaller scale. Now researchers at Luleå University of Technology want to examine if sampling and online sensors will help in monitoring and controlling the systems and thus preventing environmental pollutants discharge into lakes and streams.
Maria Viklander, having been nominated earlier this year for the IWA Fellow Award now was appointed IWA Fellow at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference took place September 21-26, 2014, and showed more than 5000 participants from all over the world. The presentation of the IWA Fellows Awards 2014 were part of the conference program.
GreenNano is a challenge-driven innovation project financed by VINNOVA and the 26 partners involved in the project ranging from stakeholders to suppliers and researchers. The project will be run from 2014 - 2016 and has a total budget of 22 million SEK.
Stormwater&Sewers' combined research and development activities during the past year are now summarized in the Annual Report 2013 (in Swedish only).
Karolina Berggren presents her thesis in the field of stormwater systems and climate adaptation titled "Urban Storm Water Systems in Future Climates: Assessment and Management of Hydraulic overloading" on June 12, 2014, at 10-12 am at Luleå University of Technology.
On May 22, 2014, a seminar on snow management in urban areas is arranged by the Urban Water research group at Luleå University of Technology in close cooperation with the Ports of Stockholm.
Swedish Water and Wastewater Annual Meeting 2014 is held on 13 - 14 May at Elmia in Jönköping. The day before, Jönköping municipality figuring as host for this year's event arranges various field trips for the participants and a very welcome meet & greet event in the evening.
The need for a comprehensive stormwater strategy has never been greater. Future community builders are facing major challenges. It says Professor Maria Viklander, host of Day and Nets, a national research and development center in the storm area at Luleå University of Technology.
Godecke Blecken has been approved 3 millions SEK in grants by Norrbotten Research Council for the project "Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities".
Stormwater - Water in the city is the topic of an evening lecture at the House of Science in Luleå on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7 - 8.30 p.m. Maria Viklander, professor in Urban Water Engineering will be giving a presentation that is open to the public.
Gilbert Svensson (Urban Water / Luleå University of Technology) awarded Water Prize for his collected works in the VA area. The explanatory statement including his work on the benchmarking of VA area as well as his contributions to the development of national guidelines for the design of pipeline network.
Now millions are spent on research in Norrbotten. Four young scientists have been selected for their pursuit of excellence in three years.
The Urban Water Engineering research group at Luleå University of Technology celebrated its 20th anniversary as a research subject with a conference on the future challenges and possibilities of Urban Water Engineering. More than 130 people attended the two-day conference.
- a strategic agenda for cooperation between business, the public sector, universities, research institutes and other organizations in the water sector to create sustainable and globally competitive water services in Sweden and all around the world.
During the second week in October, representatives of the cluster Stormwater&Sewer participated in the 13th Nordic Sewer Conference that was held in Malmö this time. The number of participants successfully exceeded 300 people. About 130 of them were representatives of local authorities. The conference took place at Malmö Expostion Hall in Hyllie located halfway to the Oresund Bridge and nearby the railway shuttle Malmö-Copenhagen.
Interview with Godecke Blecken, Sanitary engineering, on the Swedish Radio.
Rain Garden, or biofilter, is a simple way to clean and retard stormwater. Godecke Blecken, researcher at Luleå University of Technology, works with this technology, which is often used in the United States and Australia, trying to adapt it to the Swedish climate.
In a joint project, Luleå University of Technology and North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA, are investigating the possibilities of constructed wetlands with regards to ecosystem services. PhD student Laura Merriman from NCSU conducted, in close cooperation with Ahmed Al-Rubaei from LTU, field experiments completed in Örebro, Växjö, Malmö, Östersund and Umeå in the beginning of September.
Maria Viklander, Annelie Hedström, Godecke Blecken, Helene Österlund, Jiri Marsalek, Matthias Borris, Ahmed Al-Rubaei, Laila Søberg and Helen Galfi will represent Stormwater&Sewer at Novatech conference in Lyon, France, on June 24 - 26.
In the EIPs call in spring 2013 to form action groups on a European level, ESU - Ecosystem Services for Europe with the Urban Water Engineering research group as partner, has been nominated one of nine action groups out of 60 applications.
Godecke Blecken participated in the Innovation Dialogue for Climate Adaptation organized by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Cabinet Office, in cooperation with VINNOVA and Boverket on June 5, 2013 in Stockholm. Our booth attracted a big number of visitors from municipalities, county councils, government agencies and consultants who were very interested in learning about our Stormwater&Sewer, Attract and Green / Blue Cities projects.
The green roof project in Luleå has now started for real. Sampling has begun during the rains that came in the beginning of June and the flowmeters deliver data day and night.
On June 4, 2013 PhD student Matthias Borris presented his licentiate thesis Influential Factors in Simulations of Future Urban Stormwater Quality: Climate Change, Progressing Urbanization and Environmental Policies at Luleå University of Technology. Senior researcher Tone Merete Muthanna from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Trondheim, Norway led the very interesting discussion that was listened by fellow scientists as well as representatives from interested consulting firms and Water and Maritime Authority.
The Annual Report 2012 is ready and will soon be published as a report by the Swedish Water & Wastewater Association.
The Stormwater&Sewer project continues in 2013 in Östersund with first bacteria samplings during entire snowmelt events.
Preliminary results indicate that in the central areas we can have higher indicator bacteria concentrations (total coliforms, E. coli) in the initial snowmelt runoff although the temperatures during sampling did not exceed +5°C. These initial concentrations are comparable to the summer time concentrations.
On 14 - 15 of May, the Swedish Water General Meeting will take place in Umeå. It is organized by the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association in cooperation with UMEVA that arranges field trips and mingling on May 13.
The Prize is awarded to a person or group of persons operating in the Nordic countries and the idea, design, practice, research, scholarly dissertation etc. in a significant manner promoted the development of water management.
Within the framework of the SI project "Stormwater Quality: Opportunities and risks for reduced effects on receiving water and adaptation to a changing climate", three renowned researchers from Karazin Kharkiv National University (KKNU), Ukraine,namely Kateryna Utkina, Nataliia Rychak and Olena Tchernikova came to visit their project partners from Stormwater&Sewer. The aim of the project meeting was to get acquainted with the project partners, present one's work and discuss the possibilities of closer cooperation in the field of stormwater quality in the future.
On February 19, the annual Water and Wastewater seminar for our students and others interested in the industry was held in Luleå, together with Swedish Water and Wastewater Association. This year's topic was Sewer systems.
According to the academic tradition and in the spirit of Martin Luther, Annickas doctoral thesis is posted on Thursday, 29 November 2012, at 2 p.m. in the library at LTU. The thesis deals with "Overcoming inertia to sustainable stormwater management practice" and is accessible here.
"Management of pollutants in stormwater: International experiences and Swedish challenges"
Along with a number of other municipalities, Östersund municipality participates in a research project led by Urban Water group at Luleå University of Technology. The project aims to investigate storm water content. Extensive sampling has been initiated in Östersund in september and was met of great interest in the local media.
Day&Net is one of over 240 exhibitors at the Water and Wastewater industry's most important trade fair organised by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in collaboration with the Swedish Water & Wastewater Association (SWWA), Swedish Water Association (Föreningen Vatten), Varim and HVAC Manufacturers' Council.
Come and see us in our booth right next to the Speakers Corner. We look forward to informing you about our cooperation network and the competence we have, making new contacts and meeting future partners. More than that, Maria Viklander, project leader and professor at Luleå University of Technology, and Stefan Marklund, chairman Day&Net and director of the Water and Wastewater department at Luleå municipality will participate in a panel discussion on Successful R&D cooperation on Thursday, 20 september.
Join us during those interesting three days in booth B09:43!
The 9th International Conference on “Urban Drainage Modelling” (UDM) was held in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2012, 4th - 7th of September. The conference is designed to bring together specialists, researchers and practitioners, to exchange experiences, demonstrate present potential, improve the reliability of urban drainage modelling and to set-up the stage for its future developments. Topics are from both theoretical and practical developments and applications.
The conference is organised by the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory, University of Oulu, in collaboration with the Thule Institute, VALUE Doctoral Programme, LYNET and the Finnish Hydrological Association on behalf of the Nordic Association for Hydrology (NHF). The participants in this conference come from over 50 countries worldwide.
Representants of Day&Net in this conference are Ahmed Al-Rubaei, Matthias Borris, Helen Galfi, Shahab Moghadas and Annelie Hedström contributing with several presentations and abstracts.
Swedish Water Development report presents Dag&Nät Annual 2011th
Ahmed Al-Rubaei has participated in the graduate course Urban Water - Risk or Resource conducted at LEESU, University Paris-Est. Graduate students from ten different countries attended the course.
On 15 February a we will organise a seminar in connection to the Water Systems course. The theme of the seminar is "Sustainable water use for a safer food and drinking water production". The seminar is a co-arrangement with The Swedish Water & Wastewater Association There will also be company presentations, mingle, and a dinner in the evening .
The steering group for Cluster Daag&Nät will have a meeting in connection with the seminar.
Kluster Nord – Dag och Nät is represented by Annelie Hedström, Godecke Blecken and Jonathan Mattsson. Godecke will present the paper Long term performance of a porous asphalt pavement in Luleå, Northern Sweden and Jonathan his paper The incompatibility of food waste disposers with an aging sewer -fact or fiction?
The Nordic Wastewater Conference is arranged every second year by the Finnish Water Utilities Association (FIWA), the Swedish Water & Wastewater Association, Danish Water and Wastewater Association, Norwegian Water BA, Samorka, Iceland, and NORDIWA
Maria Vikaldner presents the Urban Water research group and Cluster Nord / Stormwater&Sewer at Urban Hydrology and Stormwater that is arranged by Föreningen Vatten. Maria's presentation is about Stormwater management in Nordic climate.
Godecke Blecken presents the oncoming report FOG in sewer systems which will be published by Norwegian Water. VAnndammen is a northern Norwegian meeting for water professionals
A Swedish version of the report has already been published by the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association.
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