(Open Webinar: July 16, 2020) Turning seawater into freshwater

Date and Time

  • July 16, 2020
  • 1245 Central European Summer Time (CEST) (Click here to check your local timings)


Although our planet has sufficient fresh water to achieve a regular and clean water supply for all, poor economics and infrastructure can skew supply unfavourably. Desalination as a method to provide clean drinking water has become vital – particularly in a context where drought, water scarcity and rapid quality decrease of water bodies have become an undeniable reality.

This webinar is a very first introduction to the field of desalination, which engineering professionals and students may use as a stepping stone in furthering their education in this topic. It discusses the drivers for desalination, the current desalination trends worldwide, the energy consumption and costs.

Webinar outcomes

  • Gain a knowledge base of what desalination entails
  • Understand the main drivers for desalination
  • Have an overview of the current world and regional desalination capacities 

Webinar outline

  • Why do we need desalination?
  • Desalination technologies: Distillation and Reverse osmosis
  • Desalination trends worldwide
  • Set-up of a desalination plant
  • Energy consumption and costs
  • IHE Delft in the field of desalination


About the Speaker

Dr. Sergio Salinas is a desalination and water treatment technology professional and university lecturer, with experience in Latin America, Middle East, and Europe.

Sergio has a PhD in Desalination and Water Treatment from the Technical University of Delft, an MSc in Water Supply Engineering from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, a Master’s in Irrigation and Drainage and a BSc in Civil Engineering from San Simon Major University. He also obtained the University Teaching Qualification in the Netherlands.

He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings in the areas of seawater and brackish water desalination, water treatment, water reuse, and natural organic matter characterization.

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