The ALICE project brings together 13 partners from 6 EU countries (Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) with complementary expertise, including 7 leading academic institutions with groundbreaking expertise in complementary areas, such as sustainable technologies and nanomaterials (UU), environmental and behavioral economics (QUB), water engineering (DCU), climate change and adaptation policies (BC3), water governance (UniMC), antibiotics and mobile resistance in water reuse (UCY), solar process for water reuse (CIEMAT-PSA); 2 water utilities to different geographical areas (Belfast, Northern Ireland; Fano, Italy), whose needs match the research expertise of the academic institutions; 1 regional authority, Region of Murcia, Southeast Spain, with an EU-leading expertise in the area of reuse of reclaimed, where more than 100 Mm3/yr of reclaimed wastewater is reused for agriculture, providing provide access to more than 90 treatment plants and 3 SMEs with expertise complementary to the academic institutions, from the design of tailored sludge treatment solutions (Dionergy), implementation of innovation strategy (REDINN), dissemination, awareness raising, media relations and information campaigns (Militos).
The ALICE project Committee of External Experts (CEE) consists of 5 scientific experts from the academic and non-academic sectors in the relevant fields of study, providing input and supporting the project research and dissemination activities: Prof. Branko Bosnjakovic, Environmental Management - Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka (Croatia); Mr. Richard Edelman, Head of Public Administration - Fundació Centre Tecnològic de Manresa/ CTM (Spain) / Director General - Network for Water in European Regions and Cities/ NETWERC H2O; Dr. Sergio Colombo, Permanent Researcher - Department of Agricultural Economics, Institute of Agrarian and Fishery Research and Training (IFAPA), Junta de Andalusia (Granada, Spain); Dr. Manuel Lago, Senior Fellow - Environmental Economics, Ecologic Institute (Berlin, Germany); Dr. Piotr Szwedo, Research Fellow - Department of International Public Law, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland).
Ulster University (UU) I UNITED KINGDOMUlster University has over 23,500 students over 4 campuses. It employs over 3000 staff and has an annual turnover of more than £200 million.
The Ulster University’s Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) is primarily the University’s energy research centre whose performance in the UK Universities 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) saw 100% of its research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent reflecting the strong portfolio of external research grants levered from prestigious sources and a vibrant PhD programme. Coupled with many world-leading and internationally excellent outputs, the REF results confirm the global reputation of Built Environment research at Ulster, of which CST is a major part.
The Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) is part of the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) based on the Jordanstown campus. NIBEC is a worldclass research complex and represents a consolidation of research groups, associated with advanced materials used in medical devices, electronics, photonics, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, microfluidics, sensors, MEMS, optical and environmental applications. Two key research themes within NIBEC are nanomaterials and clean technologies. Technology transfer is a key objective and a number of successful spin-out companies have emerged from NIBEC in recent years. The EU acknowledged Ulster University with the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo. Under H2020 Ulster University has 12 projects successfully funded, two of which scored 15/15 and three of which ranked number one in Europe in their categories. Half of the projects that have been funded are within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) which includes research and innovation staff exchanges, innovative training networks and a global fellowship.
People involved in ALICE project: Prof. Neil J Hewitt, Dr C Brandoni, Dr Patrick Dunlop, Prof. Tony Byrne, Dr Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez.
Contact person Prof Neil J Hewitt, Director of the Centre of Sustainable Technologies
Dr. Caterina Brandoni, Lecturer in Energy at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies
Full postal address Centre for Sustainable Technologies School of The Built Environment
T. +44 (0) 28 9036 8566
+44(0) 28 903 66988
Partner website https://www.ulster.ac.uk
Northern Ireland Water Ltd I UNITED KINGDOMNorthern Ireland Water is a Government Owned Company (GoCo), set up in April 2007 to be the sole provider of water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland. They supply 560 million litres of clean water a day for almost 1.8 million people as well as treating 320 million litres of wastewater a day. They business is about investing in, improving and delivering water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland which cost around £435m per Year. The annual electricity bill is about £32M. Their staff amount to around 1300 people.
Contact person Karen McDowell, Research, Development and Innovation Programme Manager Full postal address 188 Larne Road
BT42 3HA, Ballymena
Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) I UNITED KINGDOMQueen’s University Belfast (QUB) has been ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings (2013). With more than 23,000 students and 3,700 staff, it is a member of the Russell group – a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities and is a top university in the UK. QUB was involved in 7 IAPPs. QUB has also led training programmes funded by EPSRC, AHRC and Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Scheme. QUB is currently involved in 30 Horizon 2020 projects, including 2 RISE projects.
The EU acknowledged QUB with the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo. The University was conferred with the first Silver Athena SWAN University award in May 2007 and this was retained in 2015.The Gibson Institute, part of the School of Biological Sciences at QUB, comprises economists with expertise in assessing society’s preferences, attitudes, and willingness to pay for public programs and in behaviour change. The Institute for Global Food Security aims to play a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population, and has become globally recognised for its excellence in research.
Contact person Dr. Alberto Longo, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Simone Cerroni, Lecturer
Full postal address 2017, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
T. +44 (0)28 9097 2063;
+44 (0)28 9097 2967
Partner website http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofBiologicalSciences/
Dublin City University (DCU) I IRELANDDublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. DCU is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence with over 16,000 students. DCU regularly features among the top young universities globally as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘Irish University of the year’.
Contact person Dr. Lorna Fitzsimons, Lecturer
Full postal address School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Dionergy Ltd I IRELANDDionergy design and sell modular, mobile clean technology products to reduce energy consumption, costs and the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment in the municipal and agricultural sectors. Dionergy is an industry partner on ALICE. Dionergy welcomes working with the partners on ALICE to ensure that the products developed by the Company meet specified demand, are effectively applied and integrated into plants.
The Company is focussed on developing easily deployed products for retro-fitting into tanks at plants. Aerobic digestion of waste sludge is made very cost effective using the company’s signature product. The solution reduces costs by reducing the volume transported and limiting further processing. Cost effective supplementary aeration in the second relevant application of the solution, for example, in the case of mechanical breakdown at plants or to serve temporary population increases in the urban area.
Contact person Rose Lenihan, CEO
Full postal address HEAC, Limerick Institute of Technology
Moylish Co Limerick
Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) I SPAINBasque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is an Excellence Research Centre based in the Basque Country (Spain), and created in 2008 as jointly promoted by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country, with the goal of contributing to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science. Under the leadership of Professor María José Sanz, BC3 seeks to contribute to solve this great challenge from the Basque Country, summing up efforts with other centres in the world, collaborating towards this ambitious goal. BC3 has four main research lines: Low Carbon, Climate and Natural Environment, Health and Climate, and Climate Policy.
As a result of its international research, BC3 was named in 2013 the Top European Climate Think Tank by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). The Climate Think Tank Ranking assessed 260 of most prominent climate think tanks centres and research groups working on the field of climate change economics and policy. Despite of the substantial increase in competing institutions, in the last 5 years, BC3 has always been included in the top ten ranking. As of 2017 BC3 relies on a multidisciplinary team of 46 researchers and 5 management staff.
Nowadays, BC3 is participating in more than 25 projects funded by external organizations, being around 60% international projects. BC3’s funding model is based on competitive funding, coming generally from public sources (average in the period 2012-2016 91%). The rest of funds sources are, non-competitive public sources (average 3%), competitive private sources (average 0,4%) and non-competitive private sources (average 5,6%) As of funds coming from the European Commission, BC3 has attracted 10 FP7 collaborative projects, 9 collaborative projects H2020, 1 ERC Starting Grant, 1 MSCA Individual Fellowship and 1 MSCA Global Fellowship grant. The success rate of BC3 in FP7 exceeded the 40% and in H2020 is around 20%.
Contact person Dr. Marc B. Neumann, Ikerbasque Research Professor - Ramon y Cajal Fellow
Full postal address Sede Building num. 1, 1st floor
Science Park of the University of the Basque Country
Sarriena s/n PC.48950 Bizkaia
Partner website http://www.bc3research.org
Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) - CIEMAT I SPAINPlataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), a dependency of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), is the largest concentrating solar technology research, development and test centre in Europe. PSA activities are integrated in the CIEMAT organization as a R&D division of the Department of Energy. Solar Treatment of Water research unit (STW) knowledge is in the use of solar energy for promoting photochemical processes in water at ambient temperature for treatment and purification applications. The expertise of STW group in solar processes at pilot and pre-industrial scale is backed up by 20 years of research activity and it has been involved in the FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 EU programs, and it is actually participating in H2020 projects (SODISWATER, AQUACAT, INNOWATECH, PHOTONANOTECH, GREENTECH, RITECA II, SFERA, WATERSPOUTT, all of them related to the removal of persistent hazardous contaminants in wastewater and pathogenic microorganisms in drinking and waste water using solar energy.
The team: The group of Solar Treatment of water is an interdisciplinary team with three senior researchers (Dr. Sixto Malato, Dr. Manuel Ignacio Maldonado and Dra. Isabel Oller), two researchers (Dr. Inmaculada Polo López and Dr. Leónidas Pérez Estrada), 5 PhD students, 2 lab technicians, and one field technical assistant, an itinerary master and PhD students of external institutes. In the field of use of solar radiation for water treatment (detoxification and disinfection), STW group is actually working on Investigation and Development Programs in collaboration with different national and international organisms and universities.
Facilities & Equipment:The multiple solar detoxification and disinfection application facilities consist mainly in photo-reactors based on Compound Parabolic Collectors (CPC) with different optical characteristics: ranging from 15 m2 (300 L) to 0.42 m2 (14 L). In addition, there are several additional pilot plants based on non-solar technologies, such as ozonation, nanofiltration and biological processes in order to facilitate comparison and possible combination tasks, and reliable economic studies. UV disinfection continuous plant and a physic-chemical pre-treatment pilot plant for industrial wastewater applications are also available. A detailed could be found at: http://www.psa.es/webeng/instalaciones/aguas.php. The water technologies laboratory is about 200 m2 containing conventional analytical techniques for water (COD, BOD, toxicity, respirometry, spectrometry, Automatic Solid Phase Extraction (ASPEC), etc). Advanced analytical techniques include HPLC, UPLC, HPIC, TOC, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) equipment, GC/MS and HPLC/MS. It includes also microbiology laboratory and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). A detailed description is available at http://www.psa.es/webeng/instalaciones/labquimica.php
Contact person Dr. Isabel Oller Alberola, Senior Researcher
Dr. Leonidas Perez Estrada, Senior Researcher
Dr. Inmaculada Polo López, Senior Researcher
Full postal address Plataforma Solar de Almería-CIEMAT
Carretera Senes Km 4. Tabernas (Almería)
P.O. Box: 22, Code: 04200
Partner website http://www.psa.es/es/index.php
Region of Murcia I SPAINGeneral Direction of Water (GDW) is part of the Council of Water, Agriculture and Environment of the Region of Murcia (Spain). It is responsible for designing, studying, planning and building projects that develop and improve the network of regional wastewater and WWTP. This network is managed by the entity ESAMUR. GDW also performs projects for reuse of treated water (even water from desalination) in agriculture and other uses, improving irrigation networks, including remote and modernization through energy efficiency of existing networks. GDW is currently working on the completion of a Plan of cleansing and purifying wastewater, which will involve a total investment of about 180 million euros. This will "increase the availability of treated water, reaching 100% of the population in urban areas and promoting R & D + i in sanitation and water treatment and increasing energy efficiency". ESAMUR is the regional entity for sanitation and wastewater treatment in Murcia. It is a public corporation created in 2002 and dependent from the Council of Water, Agriculture and Environment of the Region of Murcia. ESAMUR is responsible for collecting and managing the wastewater treatment tax. This economic resource is used for the operation, maintenance and control of public sanitation and sewage treatment facilities.
The experience of ESAMUR is focused in the following areas: exploitation and operation of WWTP(more than 90 plants), retrofitting and updating facilities and installations; sanitation tax inspection related to industrial discharges to the sewage networks and cooperation with the authorities in controlling industrial discharges; development, experimentation and dissemination of advances in wastewater treatment and reuse of treated water.
Contact person Jesus Pedro Chazarra Zapata, Technical Manager at General Direction of Water
Full postal address
Plaza Juan XXIII
Partner website http://www.carm.es
University of Macerata (UniMC) I ITALYThe University of Macerata (UniMC), located in the Marche Region, is one of the oldest Universities in Italy (founded in 1290), with a staff of about 600 people (academic staff 298, administrative staff 296) and 13.000 students enrolled. It is specialized in the Socio economic sciences and Humanities and has extensive experience in international research projects and cooperation initiatives. The EU acknowledged UniMC with the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo.
Contact person Francesca Spigarelli, Assistant Professor, Department of Law
Full postal address
Piaggia della Torre
Partner website http://www.unimc.it
Rete Europea dell’Innovazione (REDINN S.r.l.) I ITALYRete Europea dell’Innovazione (REDINN S.r.l.) is an European consulting company specialized in Innovation Consulting, Management Innovation and Innovation Strategy for researchers and SMEs. REDINN is passionate about innovation and research and work in partnership with our clients to achieve outstanding sustainable results and implement winning innovation strategies. REDINN provides not only consulting services but also communication, dissemination and outreach activities. The company is also well-known for its networking activities in Europe and beyond.
Contact person Leornardo Piccinetti, Business Development Manager
Full postal address Via Mar di Bering 39B
Partner website http://www.redinn.it/
ASET S.p.A. I ITALYASET S.p.A. is a company that is dedicated to provide local public services for 18 Municipalities, share holders of the company. Services entrusted are as follows: waste management, integrated water service, production and distribution of drinking water, management of all networks and systems, management of sewerage and sewage treatment plants, public lighting service, commercial services related to the sale and distribution of gas, chemical and microbiological laboratory service for internal use and third parties.
ASET supplies integrated water service to three municipalities: Fano, Mondolfo and Monte Porzio, respectively 63,000, 15,000 and 2,500 inhabitants. Fano and Mondolfo are seaside Municipalities, where, in summer, the population significantly increases. ASET has developed, and constantly updates, an Integrated Management System, for Quality, Environment, Health and Safety at Work. The Management System for Quality was carried out in accordance with all the requirements of UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 and is certified by international RINA Services S.p.A. (Certificate n. 26005/12/S).
ASET has structured, documented, implemented and maintains its own Integrated Management System in order to ensure the planning, implementation, monitoring and improvement of the main processes, so that the services provided meet the needs of the "system customers ". Services are carried out by company personnel in compliance with the mandatory standards relating to Health and Safety in the workplace and in environmental matters, also according the requirements of current legislation.
In 2016 ASET had revenues for 37 million Euro (water division: 9,000,000 Euro), employed 220 (50 in the Water Division) with a profit before tax of 6,039,317.00 Euro.
Contact person Ing. Marco Romei, Technical manager/Technical director
Full postal address via E. Mattei, 17
61032, Fano, PU
Partner website http://www.asetservizi.it
University of Cyprus (UCY) I CYPRUSUniversity of Cyprus (UCY), established in 1989, is the leading public - sector University in Cyprus with more than 6,500 enrolled students. Despite its brief history, UCY has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of the Cypriot society, having recently ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016) in the top 200 European Universities (top 400 Higher Education Institutions in the world), and 29th among universities in the BRICS and Emerging Economies. Further, it has been ranked first among the top 10 national beneficiaries of the EC financial contribution granted in H2020, according to the e-CORDA data update of September 2016, with total financial EC contribution reaching €34,96 million. UCY has a significant involvement in the implementation of European grants. In 2016, In 2016 the funding from external sources reached 11 million euro. Forty-one new contracts were signed in 2016 with a total budget for UCY of 6.3 million. UCY won a €15 million project funded through the Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD-2016-2017 programme and during the last three years, it has won 10 ERC projects and 37 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
Nireas-International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC) of the UCY is a research organization established in 2011, with activities devoted to the study and the advancement of scientific research in water-related issues. Nireas-IWRC is the first water research Center in Cyprus and its main activities include among others the presence of microcontaminants in water and wastewater, water quality, advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, salt-water intrusion, water loss to evaporation, urban water distribution networks, water infrastructure integrity, water sustainability, water problems faced by small arid islands, development of smart sensors for water loss detection; just to name a few. The Center is very active in the research area of water and wastewater treatment/management/reuse, life cycle analysis and environmental sustainability both on urban wastewater and agro-industrial wastewater sector and since its launch it has taken up various projects (with budget more than 12 million EUR), at an international and national level, through funding from the European Union’s structural Funds and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, and the European Commission.
Contact person Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Associate Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Cyprus/Director - NIREAS International Water Research Center, School of Engineering
Full postal address Nireas International Water Research Center
School of Engineering
University of Cyprus
Partner website http://www.nireas-iwrc.org/
Militos Consulting S.A. I GREECEMilitos Consulting S.A. is a unique, dynamic and innovative 360° consultancy firm, with a strong European profile, international experience and many distinctions in the provision of integrated and groundbreaking consultancy services in a wide spectrum of fields, including 360° Information and Awareness Measures, Campaigning and Event Management, Culture, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Vocational Education and Training (VET), Skills Empowerment, Employment, etc. Militos holds extensive experience and expertise in mobilising communities, building and activating networks, designing, managing and implementing demanding events and large-scale campaigns. Militos is well known for the smart, inventive, high aesthetic and quality material it produces, including logos, leaflets, banners, website mockups, vortals, videolands, online games, teasers for social media, interactive blogs, being the first choice as Communication and Dissemination Consultant for enterprises and (European) bodies, such as the European Commission Representation in Greece (Exclusive Communication & Campaigning Consultant), European Parliament Information Office in Greece (External Consultant), European Commission Standard Eurobarometer for Greece (National Editor), DG Enterprise and Industry (Intermediary Organisation for ERASMUS Young Entrepreneurs & Coordinator of the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs); Embassies (Embassy of Azerbaijan in Greece for its cultural programme); NGOs ( International Association to Save Tyre, Coeurs pour Tous Hellas, Library for all).
Within the last 6 years, Militos has organised more than 170 multidimensional events and dissemination actions with more than 50.000 participants, having received many distinctions for the quality of its services, the innovative content, the influence, efficiency and impact of its communication activities, including 2 european awards (DG AGRI), ie. the Special Public CAP Award for the widest outreach in Europe (1st place) and the Award for Innovative Communication in the EU CAP (3rd place) for the LLP project farmsup! on the promotion of agro-entrepreneurship. Militos also excelled as National Coordinator in Greece of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), the world’s largest movement for women innovators and job creators, established in 2014 by the United Nations, in partnership with the United States Department of the Interior, empowering 250 million women and launching start-ups in 144 countries worldwide.
With a track record of 56 EU-funded projects and activities, as leader or partner, Militos has sound experience in project management of large-scale and complex projects as well as in depth understanding of European policies. An expert in education and VET, mentoring, business consulting, entrepreneurial education and skills empowerment, the development of transversal skills and train-the-trainer methodologies, interactive e-learning tools and mobile applications, entrepreneurial networks/platforms and immersive games, Militos is currently implementing more than 20 related European projects on skills development while some of its past projects have been officially recognised as best practices: Business Mentors (coordinated by Militos), LadybizIT and Mumpreneurs on women entrepreneurs empowerment and Farm inc. on marketing of agricultural products.
Having formed "the downtown cluster", a powerful entrepreneurial ecosystem of collective wisdom with the Social Enterprise knowl for Education and Lifelong Learning, Militos is actively supporting the implementation of the awarded (Education Business Awards 2016) pioneer “Mellon-Skills Accelerator” project in the region of Attica, Greece for personalized skills empowerment of unemployed and NEETs with the aim to secure their entry and stay in the labour market.
Contact person Christina Frentzou, Head of Corporate and EU projects
Full postal address Acharnon 335
Partner website www.militos.org