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Synergising International Research Studies into the Environmental Fate and Behaviour of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream

Objective

The overall vision of INTERWASTE is to develop scientific understanding of issues related to environmental contamination with toxic organic chemicals (specifically flame retardants (FRs) and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs)) arising from their presence in the waste stream. Specific research objectives include: (a) exchange of knowledge of and best practice in methods for rapid and cost-effective identification of waste items containing restricted FRs; (b) developing scientific understanding of environmental contamination due to processing of waste items containing FRs; and (c) furthering understanding of the sources of PPCPs and FRs in the sewerage system. To facilitate such research on the global level required, INTERWASTE will exchange best practice in the analytical chemistry techniques required to study FRs and PPCPs, and evaluate the measurement capability of INTERWASTE participants via an interlaboratory comparison. INTERWASTE's vision will be achieved via a co-ordinated programme of collaboration and research secondments between world-leading research groups both within and outside the EU; coupled with annual workshops to discuss the latest findings. The research programme will exploit the complementary expertise of the consortium members, and in so doing foster synergies. Cross-sectoral interaction and knowledge sharing will be achieved via the participation of beneficiaries and partner organisations from both academic and non-academic sectors. All secondments and workshops will be conducted within a framework designed to maximise the training and career development benefits to participating staff by providing them with opportunities for knowledge and skills acquisition, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on early career researchers. INTERWASTE's research and training programme is complemented by communication activities that will both disseminate project findings to scientific stakeholders, and engage the general public.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 229 500

Participants (9)

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UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 193 500

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 58 500

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 85 500

Masarykova univerzita

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 4 500

SUEZ VYUZITI ZDROJU AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 4 500

Partners (17)

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Japan

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

Guangzhou Institute of Geochemsitry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

China

CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)

Argentina

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Canada

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Canada

ENVIRONMENT CANADA

Canada

THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY

United States

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL

United States

UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS-UNILAG

Nigeria

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL

South Africa

TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

Canada

HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

China

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY

India

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Australia

UNIVERSIDAD DE CARTAGENA

Colombia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734522

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 008 000

  • EU contribution

    € 832 500

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom