Online event

Resource-oriented solutions for industrial wastewater treatment – Water2REturn project Final Conference

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022    Time: 10:00 - 13:00 CET


The Water2REturn final conference will share the project outputs and have discussions on integrated nutrients recovery from wastewater, organic fertilizers, and biostimulant products.
The Water2REturnFinal Conference will allow a comprehensive presentation of project results. The event structure will have interactive and engaging sessions, and is aimed towards stakeholders from different fields (water industry, farmers, administrations at different levels, and academia). During this event, the following material will be disseminated: Policy recommendations, guidelines for use of the technology, capacity building material, etc. SMEs, and audiovisual material.

David Haigh Florez
Biostimulants Unit Manager / R&D
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Laia Llenas Argelaguet
Deputy Director – BETA Technological Center (UVIC-UCC)
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Daniel Monteleone
Project Officer, European Landowners’ Organization
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Pilar Zapata Aranda
Senior Project Manager at Bioazul S.L.
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David Haigh Florez, Biostimulants Unit Manager / R&D

David got his PhD degree at the UCM (Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain), as a member of GSOLFA research group (; Prof. G. Orellana), developing luminescent sensors and biosensors; being microalgae cultures the common subject of my work. During this time (2006-2013), he completed my PhD degree and worked in a postdoctoral fellowship.
Later I spent two years in Brazil doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the UFES (Espirito Santo, Brazil), granted by the Brazilian Government (CAPES); dealing with natural product.

He is currently working (2018-) in the R&D department of Kimitec Group (Almeria, Spain) developing plant biostimulant, through enzymatic and fermentation process.
Laia Llenas Argelaguet, Deputy Director – BETA Technological Center (UVIC-UCC)

Dr. Laia Llenas is a Chemical Engineer and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering. She is the Deputy Director of BETA Technological Centre at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (Spain). She has a strong experience in waste and wastewater treatment and valorisation technologies, mainly focused on nutrient recovery from different waste streams. Dr. Llenas counts on extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of EU funding and project management, mainly in projects related with circular bioeconomy and nutrient management.
Daniel Monteleone, Project Officer, European Landowners’ Organization

Daniel Monteleone is a project officer at the European Landowners’ Organization where he works on several projects with topics including agroforestry, agroecology, the circular economy, and Natura2000 lands. He received his Masters in Political Science at California State University Northridge. He has previously worked as a statistician for the US Department of Agriculture. He also serves as the Project coordinator for HERIT and EUWAY and is responsible for eNatura2000, one of the top digital apps in Europe and the US on the topic of Natura2000.

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Twitter – @DanInBrussels
Facebook – daniel.monteleone.7s
LinkedIn – daniel-monteleone-874aa537
Pilar Zapata Aranda, Senior Project Manager at Bioazul S.L.

Ms. Zapata, MSc. in Biology with the specialisation of Organisms and Environment at the University of Malaga (Spain), has been working for more than 16 years (since February 2006) as Project Manager. She has extensive experience in proposals writing, negotiation and coordination of R&D&I and International Cooperation projects within different European Programmes (HORIZON, H2020, FP7, FP6, IEE, Eco-Innovation, etc.), being these projects mainly related to water management, treatment and reuse, waste management, circular economy, resource sustainability, sustainable sanitation and other environmental issues. Thus, she has worked on many proposals and more than 17 funded projects, being the Coordinator and/or the Administrative Coordinator of 10 projects in the framework of a variety of EU programmes. Some examples are the H2020 project Water2REturn, devoted to recover and recycle nutrients, turning wastewater into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture, of which she is the current General Coordinator and the H2020 project PAVITR, aiming to explore the potential and validation of sustainable natural and advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, monitoring and safe water reuse in India, the FP7 project NaWaTech, dealing with natural water systems and treatment technologies to cope with water shortages in urbanised areas in India, and the FP7 project ISSOWAMA, a network devoted to the integrated sustainable solid waste management in Asia, of which she is / has been the Administrative Coordinator, among others.

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Twitter – @PilarZapataAran
Facebook – iucnbrussels
LinkedIn – pilar-zapata-aranda/


Monday, March 21, 2022 - 10:00 - 13:00 CET

10:00 Introduction to Water2REturn project – Pilar Zapata, Bioazul S.L.

10:15 Nutrients recovery and agronomic products manufacturing – David Haigh, Kimitec Biogroup S.L.

10:45 Environmental assessments – Gulgun Acar, 2B Srl.

11:15 Impact of an initiative like Water2REturn for the agricultural sector – Daniel Monteleone, ELO

11:45 Other nutrients recovery initiatives: FERTIMANURE project - Laia Llenas Argelaguet

12:15 To be announced this weekend on Twitter

12:45 Q&A and conclusion

13:00 Finish

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