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2016 ISMET Awards - Call open until July 8th, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 16:34

The ISMET Board is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Discovery Award for Best Scientific Paper and Innovation Award for Best Technological Advancement since January 1st, 2015. Winners of the awards will be announced at the three regional conference, AP-ISMET in Busan (August 31-September 1), EU-ISMET in Rome (September 28-30), and NA-ISMET in Palo Alto (October 5-7).  The awards will be given at the conferences which the winners will elect to attend. Theses awards are open to postgraduate student, postdocs and industry affiliates who are current members of ISMET, by nomination for research and innovation achieved between January 1st, 2015 and the nomination deadline, July 8th 2016. These awards will acknowledge the best breakthrough discovery and the highest impact technological advancement. Please see the website for the Awards guidelines for eligibility, nomination restrictions and submission of nomination instructions. Please note – ISMET members can only submit one nomination for each award. 

Call Closes: 8th of July, 2016

Submission of nominations:

Making Clean Water with a Spark of Electricity | Korneel Rabaey | TEDxBrussels

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 13:19

Electrify the world! You may spontaneously think about electric cars, however electricity can do so much more. We can use it to feed bacteria that convert carbon dioxide from a chimney to valuable products. We can replace nasty chemicals used to combat sewer corrosion in your own neighborhood, recover chemicals considered lost in wastewater and create safe water in Indian slums. As electricity increasingly finds sustainable sources, we should take this as an opportunity to create a greener chemical and water sector. 

Newsletter issue 10

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 20:50

The latest ISMET newsletter is here! Download it now!

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ISMET 2015 presentations online!

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 12:20

The complete list of abstracts and videos for the ISMET 2015 conference is now available to registered members.

Caravel 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 12:47

In the context of WATER.WAR and in collaboration with the scientists of LabMET, Faculty of Bio-Engineering at the University of Ghent, Ivan Henriques developed a floating mobile robotic structure which harvests and stores it’s energy from Microbial Fuel Cells. Microbial Fuel Cells, or MFC’s, are devices that use bacteria in waste water as the catalyst to oxidise organic matter and generate electricity. The energy harvested from the MFC’s is applied to move the robotic structure and at the same time to clean the polluted environment with the help of water-purifying plants integrated in the structure. The development of this prototype is part of the evolution of bio-machines previously built by artist Ivan Henriques, which are hybrid forms between living organisms and machines creating an evolutionary vector between machines and nature.

Commissioned by Gluon, Budafabriek, Mondriaan Fonds and Stimulerings Fonds. Developed in collaboration with: UGhent-LabMET – Prof. Dr. Ir. Korneel Rabaey, Way Cern Khor, Xu Zhang, Dr. Ramon Ganigué & Dr. Jan B. A. Arends, UGhent-R2T, Prof. Leydervan Xavier (Mechanical Engineering Lab CEFET-RJ) and soft/hardware developer Andjela Tomic.


Monday, April 4, 2016 - 08:42

SUPER-W is a "European Joint Doctorate" programme for highly motivated young scientists, combining state-of-the-art research with a comprehensive joint training programme on Resource, Product and Energy Recovery from Wastewater with a strong collaboration between academic and private partners.

It provides 15 PHD scholarships of 3 years each at one of the partner universities: Ghent University (Belgium), TU Delft (the Netherlands), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), University of chemistry and technology Prague (Czech Republic), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (Spain).

The researchers subscribe as well to a doctoral training programme which provides local expert training at the academic and non-academic partner organisations, a network-wide secondment scheme, internships and an intense series of network-wide training sessions, workshops and seminars.

Detailed information including application form:

Application deadline: 15 May 2016

Central secretariat:

Third Asia-Pacific Meeting (AP-ISMET 2016)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 08:41

Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to announce the “AP-ISMET2016“ meeting, the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, which will be held at BEXCO, Busan, South Korea on August 31–September 2, 2016.

The AP-ISMET2016 will highlight the progress in research about microbial fuel cells and other bioelectrochemical systems to serve as an open forum for researchers and students. We anticipate showcases of research on fundamental mechanisms and applications. This conference will be co-organized with Busan Global Water Forum (in parallel) to provide an application area in water and wastewater treatment fields.

The natural environment of Busan is an excellent landscape in harmony with mountains, rivers, and sea. Busan is a popular resort area in the summer season, and it is also becoming renowned as an international convention destination.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of AP-ISMET2016, we are looking forward to seeing you at this regional ISMET meeting in Busan, South Korea.

Taeho Lee, Chairman of Organizing Committee for the AP-ISMET2016 meeting.

Event date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

NA-ISMET: Meeting in Stanford, CA

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 08:41

Dear microbial electrochemistry aficionados,

We are delighted to announce the next NA-ISMET meeting to be held at Stanford University from Oct 5-7, 2016, starting on Wednesday and ending of Friday afternoon. This meeting will present the latest breakthroughs in basic and applied microbial electrochemistry research, and seeks to be a platform for their integration. We aspire to have a conference were all participants will have an opportunity to talk. We plan that a 30 min key note talk in the morning and in the afternoon will be followed by 20 min intermediate level talks, followed by 10-15 min student/postdoc talks.

And after all, Stanford is located in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, so conference participants will have the option to remain in San Francisco for the weekend after the conference if they chose so.

We see you all in October at Stanford!

Alfred Spormann, Craig Criddle, Caroline Ajo-Franklin

(Local Organizing Committee)


Event date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to Friday, October 7, 2016

Third European ISMET meeting (EU-ISMET 2016)

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 14:47

Dear Colleague,

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to the forthcoming “EU-ISMET 2016” (, the 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, which will take place in Rome (Italy) on 26-28 September 2016.  Following the tradition of previous successful EU-ISMET events (Gent 2012 and Alcalà, 2014), this 3-day meeting will bring together the scientific community to present and discuss the latest advances in research and industrial application of microbial electrochemical technologies. 

Through the advise of a stellar International Scientific Committee, featuring among the others the three past and present ISMET Presidents (i.e., Prof. Bruce Logan, Prof. Korneel Rabaey, and Prof. Lars Angenent), EU-ISMET 2016 will discuss key topics such as electrosynthesis of valuable products, electron transfer mechanisms, electrobioremediation, as well as aspects of process development, microbiology, material science and many more. 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of EU-SIMET 2016 we look forward to seeing you in the wonderful setting of the “Eternal City”!

Event date: Monday, September 26, 2016 to Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ISMET 5 – A big success!

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 15:24

Thanks to all who made our 5th international ISMET conference, Oct. 1-4, 2015 in Tempe, AZ a big success! Excellent presentations, fruitful discussions, developing new ideas, meeting friends… Video tapes of all presentations will be available soon – so stay tuned!


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