We’re continuing to bring you our recommendations for WEFTEC 2019, compiled by our expert analysts who have reviewed in detail the 500 papers being presented.

We know delegates can feel blinded by the sheer number of high-quality presentations on offer at events like WEFTEC, which is why we’ve created a top 100, based on what we think will be the most valuable. As well as reviewing the content, we’ve looked for trend-setters, an increase in specific themes, and papers that have significance for anyone interested in tracking water innovation.

To make things even more accessible, we’ve drilled down to the top 10 papers, in four key categories – consultants, academic, utility and tech company.

Today, we focus on the top 10 academic papers

With highly respected scholars from around the world scheduled to share their learnings, attendees will be spoilt for choice in this area.

These are some of the brightest minds in water and the work we see published is often early intelligence. We saw this with a paper by the University of Manitoba at WEFTEC 2017. A research project with technology provider Headworks BIO, on an anaerobic moving-bed biofilm reactor (MBBR), has subsequently been launched as a product.

Our WEFTEC top 10 is listed below and includes:

Peyman Dalaei, The University of Western Ontario, who will discuss nutrient removal and recovery from municipal wastewater by purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB) at different temperatures. With the University of Queensland also presenting on PPB at another recent conference, this may be a straw in the wind for future research directions.

Patricia Perez, University of Notre Dame, who examines one of the pain points of membrane aeration bioreactors (MABRs) – understanding the characteristics and behaviour of the biofilm and controlling its thickness.

Matthew Blair, Virginia Tech, who will discuss the increasingly urgent topic of antibacterial resistance in wastewater

Ryan Freemantle, University of Guelph, who will speak about non-targeted characterisation of the metabolic profile of wastewater bioreactors using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). NMR was until recently virtually unknown in the water industry. This paper may be a sign that the concept is receiving more attention in research circles.

In the run-up to WEFTEC, we will be announcing the utilities and tech speakers you should be looking out for. See our previous post for our top 10 consultants’ papers.

As a market intelligence company specialising in water industry innovation, WEFTEC is a valuable source of information for us, too.

All the details gathered will help us set the agenda for our own BlueTech Forum 2020, which takes place in Vancouver, Canada, on June 3 to 5. Follow us on Twitter @BlueTechR and Linkedin for updates.