Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in the sewage system

With this event, Technologieland Hessen brings together companies and scientists from the fields of wastewater treatment, PCR analytics and data sciences with representatives from the public health service to discuss the challenges and solutions for setting up a wastewater monitoring system.

Life during the corona pandemic is associated with far-reaching restrictions for society and the economy. However, if new sources of infection are detected early, targeted protective measures can be taken to counteract them. There is increasing evidence that the occurrence of infection in the catchment area can be monitored by detecting SARS-CoV-2 viruses in wastewater. Such a monitoring system could serve as a valuable decision-making aid.

The challenges for setting up a monitoring system are manifold and range from intelligent sampling and the development of robust PCR analysis to digital evaluation and dissemination of the data obtained to public decision makers. At the same time, developers, producers and service providers have the opportunity to react to this new market and adapt their products and services to the resulting requirements.

The two-day hybrid event kicks off with a digital science session, where european research projects will report on their results and experiences. On the following day, the programme will be continued with the presentation of various approaches along the process chain and the challenges will be discussed from the perspective of the stakeholders on the podium.

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(all times in CET)


Tuesday: 9 February 2021 – held in English

14:00 European Research on Coronavirus-Wastewater-Monitoring – Epidemiology for COVID-19
Chair: Dr. Felix Kaup, Hessen Trade & Invest

Prof. Dr. Susanne Lackner & Dr. Shelesh Agrawal
Institute IWAR at Technische Universität Darmstadt

Dr. David Weissbrodt & David Calderón
Delft University of Technology

Dr. Tim Julian
Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

United Kingdom
Dr. Andrew Singer
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Dr. Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

16:00 Open Q&A & Wrap-Up

16:30 END

Wednesday: 10 February 2021 – held in German

13:30 Begrüßung

13:40 Keynote: Infektionsgeschehen frühzeitig erkennen
Welches Potential liegt in Abwasseranalytik für den Umgang mit SARS-CoV-2?
Prof. Dr. Susanne Lackner, Institut IWAR der TU Darmstadt

14:00 Beprobung – Digitale Lösungen für das Kanalnetz
Modellgestützte Ermittlung von "Hot Spots" der Siedlungsentwässerung
Dr. Oliver Kraft, BGS Wasserwirtschaft GmbH, Darmstadt

Abwasser 4.0 – Von den Potenzialen eines Digitalen Zwillings für das Kanalsystem
Jan Hanken, idatase GmbH, Frankfurt am Main

14:40 Analytik – Abwasser in der PCR-Diagnostik
„Herausforderung Sensitivität“ - Nachweis von SARS-CoV-2 im Abwasser
Dr. Rolf Marell, BAG Diagnostics GmbH, Lich

Neuheiten und Entwicklungen in der qPCR Detektion und NGS Sequenzierung von SARS-CoV-2
Dr. Thea Ziegler & Nicolai Wilk, Thermo Fischer Scientific, Darmstadt

15:20 Kaffepause

15:50 Datenauswertung und -nutzung – Technologien für eine digitale Entscheidungshilfe
Real-time tracking of SARS-CoV-2 using Nextstrain
Prof. Dr. Richard Neher, Biozentrum der Universität Basel

Digitale Unterstützung zur Pandemiebewältigung mit SORMAS
Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Braunschweig

16:30 Podiumsdiskussion: Corona-Monitoring im Abwasser – Was sind die Herausforderungen?
Prof. Dr. Susanne Lackner
Fachgebietsleiterin Abwasserwirtschaft an der TU Darmstadt

Dr. Peter Quick
Geschäftsführer der Promega GmbH und Vorstandsvorsitzender der Fachabteilung Life Science Research des VDGH e.V.

Dr. Susanne Schmid
Leiterin der Abteilung Abwasserbehandlung der Stadtentwässerung Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Richard Neher
Forschungsgruppenleiter Evolution von Viren und Bakterien am Biozentrum der Universität Basel

Moderation: Dr. Thomas Track
Leiter Wassertechnologie, DECHEMA e.V.

17:15 ENDE

Tuesday: 9 February 2021
Wednesday: 10 February 2021
Felix Kaup
Felix Kaup

Dr. Felix Kaup

Projektleiter Ressourceneffizienz & Umwelttechnologien
Konradinerallee 9, 65189 Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
+49 611 95017 8636 felix.kaup@htai.de
Hendrik Pollmann
Hendrik Pollmann

Dr. Hendrik Pollmann

Projektmanager Life Sciences & Bioökonomie
Konradinerallee 9, 65189 Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
+49 611 95017 8610 hendrik.pollmann@htai.de

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