The soil – water and plant continuum for urban and rural wastewater phytotreatment and contaminated site remediation


Deadline for Registration

15th February, 2021

Learning objectives

The Seasonal School will introduce participants to the theory and practice of phytodepuration techniques for urban and rural wastewater treatment and the subsequent reuse for irrigation purposes. It will also address the use of the soil - water and plant continuum to remediate contaminated sites. Regulatory and social issues will also be examined in the use of nature-based solutions to improve water quality.

At the end of the course students will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify the most effective phytoremediation techniques in order to resolve the most common wastewater treatment and contaminated site issues.

Teaching methodologies

The course is based on 20 hours of theoretical lessons and 11 hours of laboratory exercises. A 4-hour workshop with companies, institutions and scientists will help the participants to become familiar with real cases and applications. Another 5 hours will be dedicated to visiting phytodepuration facilities.

Who should attend this Seasonal School?

The Seasonal School is designed for early career scientists (MSc students, PhD or post-doc students), technicians from public authorities (water authorities, river basin authorities, environmental protection agencies) and geo-environmental companies, water utilities operators with a degree in engineering, environmental sciences, biology, earth sciences, agricultural engineering, or chemistry.


Dr. Rudy Rossetto

Key teaching staff

  • Prof. Luca Sebastiani
  • Prof. Laura Ercoli


April 19th – 23rd, 2021

Deadline for Registration

15th February, 2021