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Interdisciplinary concepts for municipal wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Tackling future challenges

Objective

Wastewater treatment and management in Europe has a large potential for growth; however needs to be supported by education of a new generation of interdisciplinarily trained wastewater professionals able to face future challenges and implement wastewater-related directives in practice. TreatRec, with the participationof two academic partners (ICRA-Catalan Institute for Water Research and University of Girona) and two non-academic (ATKINS and AQUAFIN) identifies several pertinent technological gaps and knowledge needs around which we have built a research programme. TreatRec involves equally academia and industry with a clear aim of producing a group of young researchers capable of conducting high quality research, but also able to address industrial and societal needs and implement wastewater-related directives in practice. The five researchers will conduct their scientific projects in an environment that combines industrial excellence in the development, design, construction and management of wastewater treatment systems, with complementary academic excellence in a) hypothesis-driven research involving the improvement/upgrading of state-of-the art technologies and the deepening the understanding of fate and removal of emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment systems and in b) applied research involving the development of decision support systems which allow for the encapsulation of knowledge for further use in decision-making processes. As a general goal, academic and non-academic partners of TreatRec, including WWTP operators, engineers responsible for the design and a water authority which has experience in water policy implementation, a set of recommendations will be generated to provide guidance for decision-makers on upgrading wastewater treatment plants for future challenges such as microcontaminants removal and nutrient recovery from a sustainable perspective.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EID - European Industrial Doctorates

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE RECERCA DE L'AIGUA
Address
Calle Emili Grahit Edifici H20 101
17003 Girona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AQUAFIN NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Dijkstraat 8
2630 Aartselaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ATKINS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Ashley Road Woodcote Grove
KT18 5BW Epsom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH
Germany
Address
Prinzregentenstrasse 52
80538 Munchen
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SEVERN TRENT WATER LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Severn Trent Centre 2 St Johns Street
CV1 2LZ Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Waterschap De Dommel
Netherlands
Address
Bosscheweg 56
5280 DA Boxtel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)