The symposium on “Environmental Engineering” will be held in the scope of the 4th Doctoral Congress in Engineering (DCE21) which will be hosted at FEUP, Porto, Portugal on the 28th and 29th of June 2021 (online).

This Symposium is organized by PhD students of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering (PDEA) at FEUP, with the support of the research centers LEPABE, LSRE-LCM and CERENA.

The Symposium Committee is pleased to invite everyone who wants to extend and share their knowledge and their practice in the Environmental area to submit their work, including PhD, MSc students, researchers and others.

You are also invited to attend, even if you are not submitting (as attendee).


Topics for submission will focus on:

  • Clean Water: Emerging Pollutants, Monitoring and Treatment;
  • Air Quality: Emissions, Assessment and Health Safety;
  • Waste Management and Circular Economy;
  • Energy, Sustainability and Innovation: Products, Technologies and Climate Change Mitigation.



||  Deadline extension: 23rd April ||

Format: for oral or poster

Please check the ‘Instructions for authors’ page.


Registration (payment)

Registration is mandatory for all participants.

At least one author of each accepted and revised abstract must be registered in the event, with a paid fee, for the abstracts’ reference to appear in the Booklet, in the Book of Abstracts and in the Proceedings.

The doctoral program in Environmental Engineering will support the registration costs of any student from the Doctoral Program (PDEA, FEUP). 

IPS-AOP affiliated students are entitled to a special discount of 5€ on their registration fee (paying respectively: 15€ until May 31st; 25€ until June 15th; and 45€ until June 28th).

A limited number of free registrations will be offered to other students and researchers, depending on the number of attendees. For any questions, please contact



Keynote speakers: 

Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos has coordinated several EU and national projects related to water and wastewater management and serves on numerous scientific evaluation panels throughout the world. Her expertise includes water and wastewater treatment and reuse, development of analytical methods for emerging contaminants detection and its toxicity assessment, as well as degradation and removal of recalcitrant compounds and antibiotic resistance in the environment. She has published over 160 scientific papers (h-index 61, citations 19458, Google Scholar – March 2021) and is a highly cited researcher for 3 consecutive years so far (2018-2020). She has edited various books on wastewater, while she serves on the Advisory Boards of various European and International projects and Water Research Centers (e.g., ICRA and CRETUS in Spain, ACEWATER in Africa).
Dr. Xavier Querol’s expertise focus mainly on atmospheric pollution, waste valorisation and applied geochemistry. He is a member of LRTAP-UNECE Scientific Bureau, and assessed temporally to WHO, EC and national committees and working groups advising on air quality and climate policies. Dr. Xavier has supervised 28 PhD Thesis, published over 650 scientific papers in SCI journals (about 75% in Q1, h-index 93, citations 34468 – May 2021), and has been included in the list of the 1% most cited researcher for several years since 2014. In addition, he is a member of the editorial committee of 8 SCI journals and Associate Editor of ACP and Environment International. Throughout his career he won several awards, among which the 2013 Award “Rey Jaime I” for the Protection of the Environment and the 2020 National Research Award on Natural Resources.
Dr. Nuno Lacasta has worked on environment and sustainable development for about 20 years in Europe and in the United States. He has been in public service since 2003, serving as Bureau member of the European Environment Agency, and as OECD Environmental Policy Committee’s Chair. He was Director for International Affairs at the Portuguese Environment ministry (2004-2007) and Portugal’s Climate Policy Director and Portuguese Carbon Fund Executive Manager (2006-2012). Mr. Lacasta has lectured widely in Europe and the US, namely as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at FCT NOVA School of Science and Technology (2004-2012, Portugal) and Visiting Lecturer of European and Environmental Law and European Climate Change Law at the American University’s Washington College of Law (2007-2011). He has also for several years provided consulting services to the UN, the OECD, the European Commission, NGOs, corporations and foundations.




Format: for oral or poster.

Oral presentations will be of 12 minutes including discussion (10 min presentation + 2 min discussion). You should prepare a PowerPoint presentation to support your communication. Please guarantee that you organize your slides in such way that there is always an available space for your camera, ideally on the right upper corner.

More information about the Poster Session, which is set to 28th June 15h-16h GMT+1, can be checked here:

At least one of the authors is required to attend the symposium to present the abstract in an oral/poster communication.

+ info in the ‘Presentations‘ menu.



All accepted and revised abstracts, with at least one author registered in the Congress with a paid fee, will be mentioned in the event’s program/Booklet and published in the Symposium Book of Abstracts (with ISBN and DOI). || download the Book of Abstracts here||

Authors of accepted and revised abstracts will be encouraged to submit their manuscripts (full paper with revisions completed) to the Symposium Proceedings in a special issue of the U. Porto Journal of Engineering (



Authors of accepted and revised abstracts, presented at the Congress, will be eligible for best oral and poster presentations.

Please check the ‘Awards’ page.


Symposium Committees

Symposium Chair

  • Arminda Alves, FEUP

Symposium Organizing Committee

  • Arminda Alves, Director of the PDEA-FEUP
  • Adrian Silva, Vice-Director of PDEA-FEUP
  • Ana Gonçalves, PhD student
  • Filipe Moisés, PhD student
  • Joana Pesqueira, PhD student
  • Juliana Sá, PhD student
  • Miguel Costa, PhD student
  • Sara Pardilhó, PhD student

Symposium Scientific Committee

  • Adrián Silva | LSRE-LCM, FEUP
  • Arminda Alves | LEPABE, FEUP
  • Cristina Vila | CERENA, FEUP
  • Francisco Taveira Pinto | IHRH, FEUP
  • Javier Castro Jiménez | IFREMER (France)
  • Joana Maia Dias | LEPABE, FEUP
  • Luigi Rizzo | UNISA (Italy) 
  • Maria de Lurdes Dinis | CERENA, FEUP
  • Nuno Ratola| LEPABE, FEUP
  • Rita Lado | LSRE-LCM, FEUP
  • Sofia Sousa| LEPABE, FEUP
  • Vítor Vilar | LSRE-LCM, FEUP