The 2018 Stockholm Water Prize has been awarded to Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht (TU Delft) for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment. He has demonstrated through microbiological-based technologies the possibilities to reduce significant costs of wastewater treatment and energy consumption, to remove harmful contaminants from water and to recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. His research and innovation lays the groundwork to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes.
Connected to our Institute for many years
Mark van Loosdrecht is Professor in Environmental Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (TU Delft).
Mark van Loosdrecht has been connected to our Institute for many years. Not only is he a very well appreciated guest lecturer in our Sanitary Engineering programme, he is also the co-author of the International Water Association's best-selling book Biological Waste Water Treatment – Principles, Modelling and Design.
Mariska Ronteltap, Senior Lecturer in Sanitary Engineering: “Mark was the promoter of many of our current Sanitary Engineering staff members, and the co-promoter of a number of our PhD candidates and graduates. His ideas and creativity continues to inspire students and researchers in our field alike”.
Awarded several prizes
Professor van Loosdrecht’s research has led to the widely used Anammox and Nereda technologies for wastewater treatment. He has been awarded several prizes, including the 2014 Spinoza Prize and the 2012 Lee Kuan Yew Prize. He is chief editor of the scientific journal Water Research and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Dutch and USA National Academies of Sciences.
The award will also be given to Professor Bruce Rittmann for his pioneering work in the biotech field. Bruce Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA.
The Stockholm Water Prize is an international water award presented by the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The prize has been awarded annually since 1991 and was created to honour outstanding achievements in the water sector.
The Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee recognizes Professors Rittmann and van Loosdrecht for “pioneering and leading the development of environmental biotechnology-based processes for water and wastewater treatment. They have revolutionized treatment of water for safe drinking, and refined purification of polluted water for release or reuse – all while minimizing the energy footprint”.
The official award ceremony will be held on 29 August during World Water Week in Stockholm.
Read the full press release from Stockholm International Water Institute here.