Course code CTU16
Course title Environmental Biotechnology
Institution Czech Technical University in Prague
Course address Institute of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Environmental Technology, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague, Czech Republic
City Prague
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words air pollution, biotechnology, drinking water, energy, environmental protection, solid wastes, wastewater treatment
Language English
Professor responsible Dr Pavla Smejkalova
Telephone 420 220 443 157
Fax 420 220 444 305
Participating professors
Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 15, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives The main goal of the course is to:
1. study of fundamentals of biochemical transformations of pollutants
2. present selected biotechnological methods used in environmental
3. analyse the main problems of environmental protection in Czech Republic
and EU
4. discuss economical, energetical and social acpects of environmental
5. summarize basic principles of environmental biotechnology in the air
protection, water and wastewater treatment, water and soil
contamination removal and solid waste treatment

Programme to be followed

Five 3-hour lectures:
1. Life Cycle Assessment - Environmental impacts of products and services

2. Soil and Groundwater Contamination in the Czech Republic
(History, Most Polluted Sites, Development of Technological Tools)
3. Drinking Water Quality in Europe and Czech Republic.

4. Energy Production from Wastewaters and Biowastes

5. Biological Wastewater Treatment as a Part of Environmental Protection
in the Czech Republic

Three 3-hour case studies:
1. Solid Waste Treatment

2. Wastewater Treatment A

3. Wastewater Treatment B

One 3-hour excursion:
Excursion to Prague wastewater treatment plant

Prerequisites Basic knowledge of chemistry and environmental sciences.
Course exam Continuous evaluation through laboratory exercises and an evaluation test at the end of the course.