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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.

Coordinator

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

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Region
Este Cataluña Girona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 495 745,92

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona

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Region
Este Cataluña Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 247 872,96
AQUAFIN NV
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 250 560,00
Address
Dijkstraat 8
2630 Aartselaar

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 250 560,00
ATKINS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Ashley Road Woodcote Grove
KT18 5BW Epsom

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Region
South East (England) Surrey, East and West Sussex East Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 273 287,88

Partners (4)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Prinzregentenstrasse 52
80538 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SEVERN TRENT WATER LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Severn Trent Centre 2 St Johns Street
CV1 2LZ Coventry

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

Waterschap De Dommel
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Bosscheweg 56
5280 DA Boxtel

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Region
Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00