The second PGSB workshop on algae - wastewater research


Palestine museum of natural history (PMNH) – Bethlehem University

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Under the support and sponsors of Palestinian German Science BridgeJuelich Research Center FZJ, in coordination with the Academy, Palestine Polytechnic University PPU and Bethlehem University BU, are organizing 

The second PGSB workshop on algae - wastewater research

11-15 Nov., 2019, at Palestine museum of natural history (PMNH)- Bethlehem University

This workshop will provide a platform for academics and researchers from various Palestinian universities and abroad to present their research in the fields of algae uses (biomass production and  wastewater treatment).  There will be a team from FZJ (Prof. Ladislav Nedbal and Prof. Dean Calahan) in addition to Dr. Rami Arafeh from PPU and Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh from BU, whose will present and demonstrate recent research results and prospectives regarding the work with freshwater algae. 

Aims and Objectives of the workshop

  1. Train Palestinian students and researchers on topic related to algae cultivation, biomass production, analysis and water analysis, how to the use of algae to close the nutrient cycle.
  2. Production of low cost algae turf scrubber (ATS) system and study the effect of Palestine geography/climate on ATS productivity and compare it with other experiments in the world.
  3. Study wastewater issue in Palestine, obstacles and opportunities and how to close the nutrient cycle using algae. 

Practical part: seeds from local plants/crops in Palestine will be planted with/without combinations of dried freshwater algae biomass and evaluate the effect 

Selected soil: poor soil with low organic material, soil is collected previously from Alrashyda area, near the eastern mountains of Bethlehem and the dead sea. 


Day 1:

  • Introduction of participants. Background, research field, research interest, profession. Why participating in the workshop, what field is more attractive.
  • Ice breaking discussion.
  • Selected reading materials are chosen and provided to students.

Day 2:

  • Selected presentation about algae research (bioreactors, ATS, biomass production), and wastewater treatment issues.
  • Formation of workshop groups, two groups (algae Vs. wastewater)

Day 3:

  • Work groups task training – methods for algae cultivation e.g. ATS and for wastewater, nutrients   recycling. 
  • Visiting of local water and wastewater streams, may be treatment plants

Day 4:

  • Presentation of selected Literature by students, discussion and evaluation.
  • Open day for local people, farmers, ministries, companies, and people interested in algae cultivation and  wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Certificate for participated students.

Day 5:

  • Workshop organizers meeting and discussion: evaluation of what has been achieved learned lessons, opportunities, future plans and what can be done.