Scientific, advisory and stakeholder board


Prof. Manuel Poch

Prof Manel Poch Espallargas is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Universitat de Girona. Currently he is the Director of the Institute of the Environment.

He was one of the founders of LEQUIA research group and his Director from 1992 to 2013. As such, he has participated in more than 100 R&D projects, has directed 24 doctoral theses, and is co-author of 118 articles in scientific journals. Prof Poch’s research has evolved from the mathematic modelling of environmental processes to the development of environmental decision support systems (EDDS), particularly those related with the water cycle.

Prof Manel Poch has also held several management academic positions, such as UdG vice rector of innovation and technology transfer, director of UdG department of chemical and agro-food engineering, dean of the UdG Faculty of Sciences, head of “Technologies and Evaluation Area” of the Catalan Institute for Water Research, and scientific coordinator of UdG Euro-Mediterranean Campus of International Excellence on Water and Tourism.


Dr. ir. Emile Cornelisse

Dr. ir. Emile Cornelissen is a Senior Scientific Researcher at KWR Watercycle Research Institute in the Netherlands and since 2014 a Visiting Scientist at the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) at the NTU in Singapore.

He obtained his Chemical Engineering MSc degree (1992) and his Chemical Engineering PhD degree (1997) at the University of Twente (the Netherlands). From 1997-2002 he worked as a Process Engineer at Seghers better technology for Water in Belgium and worked on membrane filtration in waste water treatment.

Since 2003 he is a Senior Scientific Researcher at KWR Watercycle Research Institute and his research topics include membrane fouling and cleaning, rejection of emerging contaminants by pressure driven membranes and developing innovative processes.

He published more than 81 papers in well-respected scientific journals (h-factor of 22), co-filed 3 patents and written three book chapters. He received several innovation awards in the field water treatment and membrane filtration.


Prof. Ulf Jeppsson

Ulf Jeppsson holds a tenure position as Associate Professor at the division of Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden. He obtained his PhD in Industrial Automation at Lund University in May 1996 on a thesis entitled "Modelling Aspects of Wastewater Treatment Processes".

His professional fields of interest are automation and control in general, and mathematical modelling, simulation, benchmarking and control applied to urban water and wastewater systems and wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in particular.

He is chairman of the International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on Benchmarking of Control Strategies for WWTPs, vice-chair of the IWA Specialist Group on Modelling and Integrated Assessment, national coordinator for EU COST Action Water_2020 and the national project leader for EU ITN project SANITAS since 2013. He is deputy head of the newly formed department of Biomedical Engineering and IWA Fellow since 2012

Pedro Póvoa


Pedro Póvoa has a background in sanitary environmental engineering (2001) and currently is a PhD student on large wastewater modelling.  He is the Research and Development (R&D) manager of the Águas de Portugal Group (water and wastewater of 8 million PE) and EPAL.

He has many years’ experience firstly as specialized engineer to project management of design and construction of new and upgrading of WWTP and Combined Sewer´s (2 million inhabitants of Lisbon North Metropolitan Area: 383 millions of euros from 2002 to 2012).

Since 2010 he started to work with R&D and innovation national and european projects with an overall budget more than 30 million euros. He is also a member of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) and China Europe Water Platform.

António M. P. Martins

António Martins is a Process Engineer and R&D+i Responsible in Águas do Algarve, S.A..This Company is the concessionaire of the Multi-Municipal Water Supply System and the Multi-municipal Sanitation System of Algarve for a period of 30 years.The Multi-Municipal Sanitation System covers the operating area for the region’s sixteen municipalities, covering a total surface area of about 5.000 Km2 and serving about 1.200.000 inhabitants in the summer.

António holds a PhD. in Environmental Biotechnology from the Delft University of Technology (2004),  in the beginning of his professional career (1993), António worked in EU R&D projects, in the implementation of Quality and Environmental Management Systems in the Industry, namely oil field industry, and in the design of wastewater treatment systems.

His main professional interests in Águas do Algarve, S.A. are planning, design, retrofitting and operation of urban WWTP, operation control, sludge management, water reuse, odor treatment, granular sludge (aerobic and anaerobic) and emerging pollutants. He is the team leader of Águas do Algarve, S.A. for the R&D+I project “IMPETUS” (LIFE14 ENV/PT/000739).