Cooperations and Collaborations

Partner Projects


Marie Curie Initial Training Network

EDA-EMERGE is a 4 year Marie Curie Initial Training Network focused on producing young scientists with the interdisciplinary skills required to meet the major challenges in the monitoring, assessment and management of toxic pollution in EU river basins.


Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity

Globaqua -Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity- determines the relevance of the scarcity of water and its interaction with other disturbing elements on the functioning of ecosystems. The shortage is structural in nature, especially important in semiarid regions such as the Mediterranean basin. Also in other European regions, such as East Germany, western Poland and England, demand exceeds water availability and water scarcity has become a major management problem. The project will determine the importance of stress factors such as organic and inorganic pollution, geomorphological changes, changes in land use, water extraction, and the presence of invasive species and pathogens on the operation on aquatic ecosystems .


Joint Danube Survey 3

The Joint Danube Survey 3 -JDS3-, is the world’s biggest river research expedition of its kind in 2013, the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. JDS3 catalyzes international cooperation from all 14 of the main Danube Basin countries and the European Commission. The JDS is carried out every six years – JDS1 was in 2001 and JDS2 in 2007. JDS3 has been organized by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River.


Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water resources

MARS -Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water resources under mutltiple stress- is a research project supporting European policies, such as the Water Framework Directive, and the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources.


Assessing and predicting effects on water quantity and quality in Iberian rivers caused by global change

SCARCE is a multipurpose project that aims to describe and predict the relevance of global change impacts on water availability, water quality and ecosystem services in Mediterranean river basins of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as their impacts on the human society and economy.


Cutting-Edge Approaches for Pollution Assessment in Cities

CAPACITIE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The Network includes 12 PhD projects. Each of the projects is related to addressing a variety of issues linked to pollution monitoring in cities. The PhD projects span several disciplines related to the monitoring of pollutants and the development of new technologies for pollution monitoring.



The NORMAN -network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances

The NORMAN -network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances- enhances the exchange of information on emerging environmental substances, and encourages the validation and harmonisation of common measurement methods and monitoring tools to better meet the requirements of risk assessors and risk managers. It specifically seeks both to promote and to benefit from the synergies between research teams from different countries in the field of emerging substances.


European Environment Information and Observation Network

The European environment information and observation network (Eionet) aims to provide timely and quality-assured data, information and expertise for assessing the state of the environment in Europe and the pressures acting upon it. This enables policy-makers to decide on appropriate measures for protecting the environment at national and European level and to monitor the effectiveness of policies and measures implemented.

Other selected websites


European Inventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances

EINECS is the European Inventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances. The online EINECS Information System enables you to find general information concerning a substance like CAS number (unique numerical identifiers assigned by the Chemical Abstracts Service to every chemical substance described in the open scientific literature), EINECS number, Substance Name and Chemical Formula.


Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. It streamlines and improves the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union


Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry -SETAC- is a not-for-profit, global professional organization comprised of some 6,000 individual members and institutions from academia, business and government. Since 1979, the Society has provided a forum where scientists, managers and other professionals exchange information and ideas on the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education.


EU Water Framework Directive

On 23 October 2000, the “Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the Community action in the field of water policy” or, in short, the EU Water Framework Directive -WFD- was finally adopted. The WFD provides the legal framework by the European Commission to obtain a ‘good ecological quality’ in all surface and ground waters of the European Union.

Much progress has been made in water protection in Europe and in individual Member States. However, Europe’s waters are still in need of increased efforts to get them clean or to keep them clean. After 30 years of European water legislation, this demand is expressed, not only by the scientific community and other experts, but to an ever increasing extent by citizens and environmental organisations.


Water Information System for Europe - Research and Technological Development

The Water Information System for Europe – Research and Technological Development -WISE-RTD- is a web-portal that forwards to websites that contain information relevant for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive -WFD-. The web-sites contain a wide range of knowledge such as guidance documents, synthesis reports, experiences of implementation projects, supporting software, etc. at local, regional and river basin scales. WISE-RTD specifically shows relevant key results of national and European research projects and covers several policy issues.


New chemicals, drugs added to EU water pollution watch list


Efficient water management in process industry - Coordinating European strategies


Fate and effects of cytostatic pharmaceuticals in the environment and identification of biomarkers for an improved risk assessment on environmental exposure

CytoThreat addresses the need to assess the risks of pharmaceuticals released in the environment, focusing on cytostatic drugs because they are highly hazardous compounds due to their genotoxic properties which may cause unexpected long term effects. Their release in the environment may lead to systemic ecological effects and increased cancer incidence, reduced fertility and malformations in the offspring in humans.


Joint Programming Initiative “Water challenges for a changing world”

Water JPI aims to tackle the ambitious challenge of “Achieving Sustainable Water Systems for a Sustainable Economy in Europe and Abroad”. Water JPI deals with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is indeed a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge.


Ecological and human health risk assessments of antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs found in the environment

Pharmas: Ecological and human health risk assessments of antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs found in the environment.

A consortium of world-class scientists from both academia and industry has been assembled to assess the risks to wild animals and humans posed by environmental exposure to pharmaceuticals. Their expertise will be supplemented by an advisory group consisting of representatives of stakeholders. This project will concentrate on two classes of human pharmaceuticals, namely antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs, because there are good reasons for thinking that these could be of particular concern.


An environmental Standards Information Portal for Europe

The environmental Standards Information Portal for Europe -SIPE- offers access to information on Research and Technological Development projects (and their results), as well as documentation on Standards and European Directives related to the environmental compartments air, water, soil and waste. The platform easy transfer of information is facilitated by an input module and a comprehensive document repository.


The project "noPILLS" works on approaches to reduce the pharmaceutical load in waters

noPILLS is a European cooperation project in several countries. The aim
is to reduce the pollution in waters from pharmaceutical residues. This
can partly be achieved by technical measures, but primarily by reducing
the input of medical components in waste water, by changing consumers’
behavior, by sustainable disposal of unused medicine and possibly
accompanied by technological innovations.


Transnational Action Program on Emerging Substances

TAPES develops a new platform to share knowledge, to exploit and develop new knowledge and experience for water authorities, water companies, managers of waste-water treatment plants, national and local government, and interested public. TAPES includes technological pilots, demonstration projects and the development of a decision support system for investments in the water cycle.