Workshops will take place June 17th, 18th, and 19th and require registration and a nominal fee ($5 for half-day and $10 for full-day workshops) via the registration portal. The below workshops will be offered at AD17:
Pretreatment strategies for high-rate methane and hydrogen recovery

Friday, June 17th, 8:30am -  5:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Hélène Carrère, INRA-LBE (chair)

Parthiba Karthikeyan, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (chair)

Jonathan W.C. Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University

C. Viswanathan, Asian Institute of Technology

Rajesh K. Sani, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Gadhamshetty Venkataramana, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Abstract: The workshop on “Pre-treatment strategies for high-rate methane and hydrogen recovery” will provide the insights of the pre-treatment technologies and its potential benefits in anaerobic digestion processes. Specifically, the effectiveness of pre-treatment process in regulating the microbial community shifts, metabolic pathways, and methane, hydrogen (and nutrient) recovery from anaerobic digesters. It also covers the additional topics including, but not limited to, fate of persistent organics, change in pathogen loads and antibiotic resistance gene distribution and energy mass balance of integrating the process and pre-treatment technologies with anaerobic digestion.

Major Themes:

1.Understand the pre-treatment requirements and optimize AD technology 

2.Mass and energy balance for different pre-treatment integration with AD

3.Fate of recalcitrant and emerging contaminants during pre-treatments

4.Microbial community distributions in AD and environmental benefits

Presenters: Hélène Carrère, INRA-LBE

Samir Kumar Khanal, University of Hawai'i Manoa

Shou Yan, Nanyang Technological University

Parthiba Karthikeyan, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Can we use dynamic membrane bioreactors (DMBRs) to intensify and expand AD applications?

Friday, June 17th, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Tim Fairley-Wax, University of Michigan

Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan

Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan

Abstract: Anaerobic dynamic membrane bioreactor (AnDMBR) technology is an emerging approach for low-pressure filtration for waste/wastewater treatment. The technology utilizes a biofilm developed on a mesh support to achieve liquid/solids separation, which also contributes to biological treatment. Due to AnDMBR’s relatively lower fouling propensity than conventional AnMBRs, AnDMBRs have been proposed as a low-cost alternative. Some studies have shown that AnDMBRs may be particularly well-suited to handle higher solids waste streams, such as wastewater sludge or food waste. Other studies have investigated using AnDMBRs for non-biogas AD applications, such as for the production of specific acids. In this workshop, participants will learn about i) the development of AnDMBR technology, ii) approaches to characterize the biofilm layer and evaluate filtration resistance, iii) design considerations and lessons learned to date about operation, and iv) application scenarios for AnDMBRs that conventional AnMBRs cannot serve well.

Presenters: Renata Starostka, Hang (Alex) Song, and Dianna Kitt - University of Michigan; Jules van Lier - TU Delft; Evren Ersahin - Istanbul Technical University; Muhammad Siddiqui - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Sang-Hyoun Kim - Yonsei University; Daniel Stockard - Northwestern University; Bumkyu Kim - University of Wisconsin

Better BMP: How to accurately measure biochemical methane potential

Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Sasha D. Hafner, Consulting LLC, USA

Konrad Koch, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Measurement of biochemical methane potential (BMP) is essential for anaerobic digestion (AD) research and practice. But the quality of measurements given in peer-reviewed papers and reports vary widely, contributing to low reproducibility in BMP. The purpose of the workshop is to teach participants how to accurately measure BMP and to critically evaluate results. The workshop will cover BMP theory, measurement principles, methods, test design, data collection, data processing, and BMP test validation. A combination of teaching methods will be used in order to encourage participant engagement and knowledge retention. Participants should bring a computer in order to explore the Standard BMP Methods website ( and use the Online Biogas App OBA (

Presenters: Sasha D. Hafner, Hafner Consulting LLC, USA
Konrad Koch, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Sergi Astals, University of Barcelona, Spain 
Sören Weinrich, DBFZ, Germany 

Mainstream municipal anaerobic treatment – Principles to practice

Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Glenn Daigger, University of Michigan

B. Conall Holohan, NVP Energy & National University of Ireland, Galway

Frank Rogalla, Aqualia

Chungheon Shin, Stanford University

Aleksandra Szcuka, University of Michigan

Abstract: Principles, advances and perspectives of the next generation of municipal wastewater treatment – mainstream anaerobic sewage treatment. Learn the microbiological, engineering and real world process implementation principles from the experts in the field. Using case studies of lab-trials through to full-scale WWTPs presented the fundamentals of the process, the challenges has and is encountering will be presented. Moreover, the currently knowledge gaps limiting the process from becoming ‘business as usual’ will be discussed in roundtable format  get the knowledge to join the field. Through cross-sectorial experts and attendee at this workshop we hope to share the core knowledge to allow experts and young water professionals to join this field and together develop a community of practice and network that will drive mainstream anaerobic treatment forward to assist sewage treatment global in a time of climate emergency when it is most needed. The workshop outcome will be a network of expertise across sectors in the field – developing into a community of practice with a critical review technical document (potentially publishable) to guide principles, advances and future perspectives/knowledge gaps.

Presenters: Thiago Bressani-Ribeiro, Reference Center on Sustainable Sewage Treatment Plants, Brazil

Zouhayr Arbib, FCC Aqualia, Spain

Vincent O'Flaherty, NUI Galway, Ireland

B. Conall Holohan, NUI Galway, Ireland

Eleonora Paissoni, Cranfield University, UK

Jeff Cumin, Suez, Canada

Youngseck Hong, Suez, Canada

Chungheon Shin, Stanford University, USA

Anna Trego, NUI Galway, Ireland

Adam Smith, University of Southern California, USA

Angel Robles, Valencia University, Spain

Maria Dittman, Eliquo Technologies, Germany

Stephen Galdi, Stanford University, USA

Anaerobic digestion, a technology to help solve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) concerns in resource constrained communities

Saturday, June 18th, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Francis de los Reyes, NC State

Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan

Renata Starostka, University of Michigan

Xavi Fonoll Almansa, Great Lakes Water Authority

Abstract: The purpose of this session is to engage  the anaerobic digestion community in discussions about the implementation of anaerobic technologies in resource constrained communities to increase interest and understanding of WASH technology within the AD community. The relation between water, sanitation and hygiene and anaerobic digestion will be discussed in detail via panelists and the audience, focusing on the drivers, benefits, and challenges of AD implementation.

Presenters: Francis de los Reyes, NC State

Grietje Zeeman, Wageningen University

Prakash Ghimire, SNV

Daniel Yeh, University of South Florida

Julie Waechter, DigDeep

Expanding the horizon for anaerobic digestion modeling

Sunday, June 19th, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: Ryan Ziels, University of British Columbia

Matthew Scarborough, University of Vermont

Kuang Zhu, University of Michigan

Renata Starostka, University of Michigan

Oliver Schraa, inCTRL Solutions

Mirzaman Zamanzadeh, inCTRL Solutions

Carston Owerdieck, inCTRL Solutions

Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan

Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan

Abstract: Conventional kinetic and stoichiometric models predict the performance of anaerobic digestion (AD) systems and have helped facilitate the development, optimization, and deployment of AD systems for valorizing waste. In turn, more in depth understanding of the microbiomes and biochemical reactions involved in AD processes, innovations in AD operating strategies, and developments of novel high-efficiency AD systems have led to expansions of these models. Such expansions include the refinements and extensions of existing biochemical model frameworks, such as Anaerobic Digestion Model 1 (ADM1), the utilization of data-driven methods for system performance prediction, and the establishment of metabolic model frameworks based on high-quality genomes from mixed anaerobic microbiomes. In this workshop, presenters will share innovations and visions for AD modeling and explore emerging modeling practices for anaerobic bioprocesses. Workshop participants are invited to identify knowledge gaps in current model practices, share their thoughts on the needs in research and practice, gain hands-on experience in using the novel modeling frameworks.

Presenters: Damien Batstone, University of Queensland

Julie Jimenez, INRAE

Samir Khanal, University of Hawai'i Manoa

Jean-Philippe Steyer, INRAE

Oliver Schraa, inCTRL

Jorge Rodriguez, Khalifa University

Robbert Kleerebezem, TU Delft

Matthew Scarborough, University of Vermont

Florian Centler, University of Siegen

Alberte Reguiera Lopez, Ghent University

Ryan Ziels, University of British Columbia

Elizabeth McDaniel, University of British Columbia

From Research to Application: Identifying and overcoming barriers to adoption of new AD technology

Sunday, June 19th, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Rackham Graduate School

Organizers: John Norton, Great Lakes Water Authority

Xavier Fonoll Almansa, Great Lakes Water Authority

Tim Fairley-Wax, University of Michigan

Abstract: The purpose of this session is to bridge the gap between practitioners and academia. Researchers and practitioners will present their experience on their past and current collaborations to implement advances of anaerobic digestion in utilities and industries. The workshop will be run as a set of interactive panel discussions with audience participation.


Dave Parry, Jacobs

Conall Holohan, NVP Energy

Grietje Zeeman, Wageningen University

Kati Bell, Brown and Caldwell

Majid Khan, GLWA

Jules van Lier, TU Delft

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Black and Veatch

Frank Rogalla, FCC Aqualia

Zhiwu (Drew) Wang, Virginia Tech