The 2nd edition of the Leading Edge Summer Course is co-organized by Dr. Dominique PATUREAU (INRA) and Dr. Jean-Marc CHOUBERT (Irstea).

This short, intensive and highly specialized course is focused on priority and emerging micropollutants in wastewater (including sludge) and wastes systems (including biowastes, green wastes, manures…). Aspects related to policies, sources, occurrence and fate in water and wastes, treatment technologies (process, microbiology) and ecotoxicological impact of micropollutants will be tackled. Students will be able to (i) identify the bottlenecks in the micropollutant management and where future researches are needed and (ii) propose emerging technological solutions knowing advantage/disadvantage and select the best option according to their own context.

The previous edition was organized in 2016 in Narbonne. It was a very successfull 1st edition with 20 students coming from 11 countries. The overall evaluation of the course was very good, in particular the highly specialized course with very good lectures, the range of topics covered, the interactions with senior scientists and other students (group exercises) ...



  •  April 1st, 2018  :  Opening of the submission of applications - More details in the section “APPLICATION”
  •  May 15th, 2018 extended to May 28th:  Submission of applications (closure)
  •  June 5th, 2018 :  Selection and announcement of participants to attend the course





The 5-day course include different types of activities:

  • Lectures given by senior researchers and guests speakers: Policies, Behaviour of chemicals, Modelling , Sources, Toxicity, Polishing Treatment, Sludge/soil.
  • Group exercises (2 * 1:30)
  • Presentation of the participants research topics and discussion with senior researchers (3 * 1:30)
  • Technical visit to WWTP (2:00)
  • Social event




The course will be in English. It is oriented to PhD students who wants 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.

Speakers: Florence METZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), Sonia SUAREZ-MARTINEZ (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Benedek PLOSZ (University of Bath, UK), Maxime POMIES (Eurométropole Strabsourg, France), Ingrid BAZIN (Mines d'Alès, France), Jean-Marc CHOUBERT (Irstea, France), Dominique PATUREAU (INRA-LBE, France)

 Maximum number of participants: 20

Total hours: 28 (theoretical and practicum). This will be confirmed by a certificate of participation, but it will not have ECTS equivalents.

Fees: There is NO registration fee for the course. Lunch is offered, but diner is at your own charge. Similarly, travel and accomodation is at your own charge.

Course location: Irstea, 5 rue de la doua, 69100 VILLEURBANNE, France.


  • Guided tour through the historical part of Lyon/ Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Farewell dinner: Wednesday, 11th July 2018, 7:00pm
  • Technical tour: Thursday, 12th July 2018,3:00pm-5:00pm



Lodging: The organizing strongly suggests booking accommodation as soon as possible. A list of hotels is indicated on this link:

Course location: Irstea, 5 rue de la doua, 69100 VILLEURBANNE, France

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Public transport: In lyon, we have, Tramway, Métro, Railway and Airport

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Tourist office: Tourist informations are available on this link 

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In the section "SUBMIT" of this website, upload (A template is provided):

  • a cover letter with a statement of interest of up to 1-page
  • a CV including a list of publications or conference presentations
  • 1-page description of your research topic

These documents will be sent to the organizers, and you will receive a confirmation of submission. Selection of participants will be carried out by the organizers according to the CV, the letter of interest, the research topic, and gender / country balances.



 For any question, please ask:

  • Jean-Marc CHOUBERT - Irstea : jean-marc.choubert (at)
  • Dominique PATUREAU - INRA : dominique.patureau (at)
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