PRESAGE Training School

Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 20-23rd May 2024 | Registration Deadline: Monday 4th March 2024



This short, intensive, and highly specialized course is focused on the removal of contaminants of emerging concern, such as organic micropollutants (OMPs), antibiotic resistant microorganisms/genes (ARMs/ARGs), and pathogens (including bacteria and viruses), during advanced wastewater treatment. The thematic areas of the course cover:

  • Different technologies for wastewater treatment and posttreatment
  • Methodologies to assess occurrence of chemical and biological pollutants in the environment
  • Microbiological tools to identify the biological pathways
  • Methods to determine the ecotoxicological consequences of their discharge
  • Process sustainability in a circular economy context.

The final aim is to find solutions to reduce the emission of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) to the environment. The course also offers training on transversal skills, including tips to increase the impact of oral and written presentations, as well as insights into bibliometrics and ethics. On the last day, students will visit one of the newest and largest wastewater treatment plants in our region (Galicia). The course is mainly oriented to PhD students who want to achieve a higher degree of specialization in this field but also to other students or professionals specifically interested in these topics and with a limited amount of time. The course is organized by the Group of Environmental Biotechnology, which is part of CRETUS Center of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, Spain), and will be held at the School of Engineering (ETSE) and the Center of Research in Biology (CIBUS). The course combines lectures with laboratory work, with the practicum focused on the operation of pilot and lab-scale innovative bioreactors as well as on the application of different advanced microbiological tools.



  • Course language: English
  • Number of participants: 30
  • Total hours: 32 (theoretical, practicum, soft-skills workshop, and technical visit)



Monday 20

  • Francisco Omil. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Joaquim Comas. ICRA, University of Girona
  • Isabel Oller Alberola. CIEMAT-PSA
  • Miguel Mauricio. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Gracia Frutos. University Library, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Gemma Eibes. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Cristina Gómez. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)

Tuesday 21

  • Ravi K. Chhetri. Denmark Technological University (DTU)
  • Elis Watanabe. University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil)
  • Víctor Matamoros. CSIC
  • Marinella Farré. IDAEA-CSIC
  • Luis Melo. University of Porto (UP)
  • Ana Pereira. University of Porto (UP)

Wednesday 22

  • Jesús González López. University of Granada
  • Jesús L. Romalde. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Alan X. Elena. Technical University of Dresden (TUD)
  • Sabela Balboa. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Alba Trueba-Santiso. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Anuska Mosquera. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)

Thursday 23

  • Eric Pinelli. INP Toulouse
  • Laury Gauthier. INP Toulouse
  • Maite Moreira. CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Teresa Alvariño. CETAQUA
  • Jose R. Vázquez. AQUALIA



Registration Fee (including attendance to lectures, practicum, and technical visit): 150 €. Registration procedure: Fill in the registration form including a 1-page CV at the following link:

Registration fee must be paid by bank transfer to:

Name of the bank: Banco Santander,

IBAN: ES40 0049-2584-90-2214002210,


Holder: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela,

Issue: PRESAGE Summerschool (send a copy to the Secretariat).

Registration Deadline: Monday 4th March 2024



Coordination: Sonia Suárez, Anuska Mosquera, and Francisco Omil. Secretariat: Rosa Arcos ( Tel. +34 8818 16773

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