Linköping University (LiU) is a multi-faculty university where research and education are equally important. Since the start in the late 60’s, Linköping University has been an innovator, creating new study programmes and new ways to tackle research problems. LiU has 3900 employees and an income of approx. 360 million EUR; more than half of the research is externally funded. LiU has always had strong dialogue with the surrounding business sphere and the community at large, both in terms of research and education.
At the department IFM Biology, Karin S. Tonderski, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., has many years of experience with low-cost systems for wastewater treatment, particularly treatment wetlands. International examples are two projects on „Effective management of agro-industrial wastewater in the Lake Victoria Region”, and one on „Viability of constructed wetlands in periurban areas in Vietnam”. She has recently worked with the problem of quantifying the contribution from rural wastewater to stream P transport using oxygen isotopes in phosphate and hydrochemical modeling in cooperation with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Her work includes more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals in topics related low-cost sanitation, treatment wetlands, and control of point and non-point sources of water pollution. She has also done a number of different activities in public education in this field, and has served as advisor to e.g. the Swedish Agricultural Board and the Swedish EPA regarding use of treatment wetlands.