IUVA Symposium:  UV Technology Advancement For Water Environment

November 6, 2017

An IUVA Symposium on “UV technology advancement for water environment,” jointly organized by The Center for Water Research, National University of Singapore and The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). The focus of this symposium is to discuss the recent advancements in UV technologies addressing the challenges in water and wastewater treatment, with the emphasis on water disinfection and emerging contaminants control. Other novel developments and practical applications of UV technologies in water environment will also be discussed. Well known academic and industrial experts worldwide in the field of UV technologies will be invited to this symposium to share the advancement in UV technologies. A tentative program is attached.

This Symposium offers a unique program, including:

  • Full day education sessions by invited speakers
  • Post session
  • Exhibit Area
  • Panel discussion on current trends, regulations and new applications.

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Session Topics

6 November 2017

  • Registration Opens 8:00
  • Welcome Speech 9:00
    Hu Jiangyong, National Univ of Singapore, Singapore

  • Opening Remarks 9:10
    Oliver Lawal, IUVA

  • Expansion of UV Light-Emitting diodes, UV-LED's, to Water Treatment 9:20
    Kumiko Oguma, University of Tokyo, Japan

  • Degradation of Micro-pollutants by MP-UV and sulphate radical: mechanisms and application 9:50
    Wenjun Liu, Tsinghua University, China

  • Coffee Break 10:20
  • Attenuation and Transformation of Emerging Organic Contaminants by UV-AOP Treatment 11:00
    Shane A. Snyder, University of Arizona, USA

  • Understanding and predicting the fate of organic compound degradation in UV-based AOPs 11:30
    Daisuke Minakata, Michigan Technological University, USA

  • Lunch, poster viewing and exhibition 12:00
  • Impacts of Gas Production Wastewater on Disinfection By-products Formation 13:30
    Yuefeng Xie, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • Impact of Inner-wall Reflection on UV Reactor Performance as Evaluated by Using Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Role of Diffuse Reflection 14:00
    Zhimin Qiang, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  • Application of Novel UV Process for Drinking Water Treatment 14:30
    Jiangyong Hu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • UV and UV-based AOPs for Disinfection and Oxidation of Emerging Contaminants: Elimination Efficiency of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Organic-N Containing Contaminants 15:00
    Yunho Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Korea
  • UV/H2O2 Pilot System for Drinking Water Treatment 15:30
    Rongjing Xie, Public Utility Board, Singapore

  • Coffee break, poster viewing and exhibition 16:00
  • Industrial Sharing and Final Panel Session 16:40
  • Closing Remarks 18:00
  • Networking Dinner 18:30

7 November 2017

  • Visit to NEWater Facilities 8:00

8:00 Visit to NEWater Visitor Centre (NVC)

NEWater, a pillar of Singapore’s water sustainability strategy, is high-grade reclaimed water. Produced from treated used water that is further purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection, it is ultra-clean and safe to drink.

The first stage of the NEWater production process is known as Microfiltration (MF). The treated used water is passed through membranes to filter out and retained on the membrane surface suspended solids, colloidal particles, disease causing bacteria, some viruses and protozoan cysts. The second stage is Reverse Osmosis (RO). In this process, a semi-permeable membrane is used, which only allow very small molecules like water molecules to pass through. RO water is free from viruses, bacteria and contains negligible amount of salts and organic matters. The third stage of the NEWater production process really acts as a further safety back-up to the RO. UV disinfection is used to ensure that all organisms are inactivated and the purity of the product water guaranteed. Before storing NEWater in water tanks, some alkaline chemicals are added to restore the acid-alkali or pH balance.

The NEWater Visitor Centre (NVC) is an education hub that promotes water sustainability in Singapore and emphasizes the importance of NEWater – Singapore’s 3rd National Tap.

From interactive daily tours to educational workshops, take a stroll through the gallery, understand the science behind NEWater and experience what it’s like to be a water molecule undergoing treatment. Explore the Waterwise Arcade, take a peek into our adjoining NEWater Factory and discover the membrane and ultraviolet technologies that make NEWater so clean.


The event will be held at National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Engineering, Engineering Auditorium, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Blk EA, Singapore 117575.

Hotel accommodations can be made at Park Avenue Rochester, 31 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138637.  Cuddled by lush greenery, Park Avenue Rochester showcases 351 contemporary hotel rooms and suites targeted at discerning business travelers.  Dining and night life is just around the corner with a great selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Please download and complete this room registration form and email this form to pagroups@uel.sg.  

IUVA Symposium Booking Form

Poster Session

Poster abstracts are now invited for submission in any of the following topics, but not limited to:

  • UV Based advanced oxidation processed
  • UV disinfection processes
  • Application of UV technologies in drinking water, wastewater, reuse water and ballast water treatment
  • UV processes for emerging contaminants control
  • Novel development in UV technologies
  • Industrial application of UV technologies
Abstracts shall be submitted to Dr Cai Qinqing at Center for Water Research at ceecaiq@nus.edu.sg or to Dr Jung Youmi at ceejung@nus.edu.sg by September 30, 2017, it shall be limited to a maximum of one A4 pages (including figures, tables and references). If an abstract is selected, at least one author must register for the symposium and present the poster. Abstracts will be published in the symposium proceeding.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This symposium will feature invited international speakers, poster session, industrial panel and a number of networking breaks which will be featured in our exhibit area.   We anticipate 100 to 150 participants.   As part of this symposium, we are offering table top exhibitions at the event for companies to showcase their products and services.   

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Table Top Exhibit Space (1300 USD): 1 free registration, name and logo on program, name and logo on web site and advertisement space and attendee list.   This level also includes one spot on the industrial panel including a 5 minute open presentation by your company
  • General Consulting Company Sponsor (800 USD):  Name and logo on program, name and logo on website, 1 free registration and attendee list
Please let us and IUVA secretariat (gcohen@iuva.org) know at your earliest convenience if you are able to come to the event and participate as a sponsor and at which level you prefer.   If you have any question, feel free to email us.


Early bird registration is $150 for members and $190 for non-members through 30 September 2017.    Registration will increase to $190 for members and $220 for non-members after this date.   Register today!

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If you encounter any problems with the registration process, please call 301-253-3700 ext 375 or email accounting@iuva.org

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