• Summer School 2017
  • Meetings
  • Training Schools
  • STSMs (Short Term Scientific Missions)
  • NEREUS COST Action ES1403

    Summer School

    on

    Advanced Treatment Technologies and Contaminants of Emerging Concern

    and

    2nd Summer School on

    Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes

    of the European PhD School on AOPs

     

    10-14 July 2017

    Porto, Portugal

     

    The Nereus Summer School was held on July 10-14, 2017 in Porto. The talks can be downloaded below.

     

    Monday July 10, 2017 (School introduction and “Floor to PhD students”)

     

     

    Tuesday July 11, 2017 (Complementary skills and fundamentals of AOPs)

     

    Wednesday July 12, 2017 (CECs and antibiotic resistance control in water/wastewater)

     

    Thursday July 13, 2017 (Workshop on Advanced Treatment)

     

    Friday July 14, 2017 (Technical-Social Event, Sponsored by Adventech)

     

    Photos via Dropbox

    Day 1Day 2, Day 3Day 4Day 5

    • Presentations, Agendas, Minutes and photos from the meeting can be found in the Members-Only area

     

    Vienna, Austria

    The next Management Committee and Working Groups meeting will take place in Vienna, Austria on 14-15 September 2017. The meeting will be hosted by the Technische Universität Wien and Dr. Norbert Kreuzinger. 

     

    Porto, Portugal

    From the 10th until the 14th of July the NEREUS COST Action Summer School will take place in Porto. For more information read the Traing School Tab.

     

    Limassol, Cyprus

    On the 24th and 25th of April a small meeting was held in Limassol, Cyprus.  The meeting was organised for the members of the Blue Circle Society and was hosted by the Cyprus University of Technology and Dr. Marlen Vasquez.

     

    Patras, Greece

    The Management Committee and Working Groups meeting took place in Patras, Greece on 22-23 March 2017. The meeting was hosted by the Hellenic Open University and Prof. Ioannis Kalavrouziotis. It is noted that the 22nd of March is celebrated as the World Water Day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bosnia and Herzegovina 

    The WGs meeting took place in Sarajevo:

    Meeting dates: 19th September (09.00) until 20th September 2016 (17.00)

    Location: Hotel Courtyard by Marriott

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Malta meeting

    The 4th MC and WG meeting took place in Malta:

    Meeting dates: Working Group meeting: 16th March (09.00) until 17th March (15.30) 

    Management Committee meeting: 17th March 16.00-17.30 

    Location: Institute of Water Technology, Water Services Corporation,   Qormi Road, Luqa LQA 9043, Malta.

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    Rome Meeting

    On the 3rd and 4th of December a small meeting was held in Rome, Italy. The meeting took advantage of the already scheduled meeting of the Norman network and enabled the discussion with the members of Norman Association that gathered in Rome during the same dates. 

    The meeting had a dual purpose.

    1. To discuss, design and agree on a harmonised method for antibiotic resistance detection and quantification (day 1)
    1. To discuss and decide on the best way that the COST Action is able to contribute to the on-going activities and discussions, on the Water Reuse policy instrument that is under preparation at the European Commission level, and propose exact steps on how the Action can make a significant contribution. This important discussion will take place in conjunction with the Norman Association members on day 2.

     

    Luxembourg meeting

    On the 29th and 30th of October the 3rd Management Committee and Working Groups meetings of the NEREUS COST Action ES1403 took place in Luxembourg. The meeting was hosted by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and 72 members of the COST Action participated.

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    Barcelona meeting

    On 7th and 8th of May 2015, the 2nd Management Committee and the 1st Working Groups meetings of the NEREUS COST Action ES1403 took place in Barcelona. The Autonomous University of Barcelona hosted the event in which 84 members of the COST Action participated.

    Stimulating discussions took place on the current challenges related to:

    • Microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater and in downstream environments
    • Uptake and translocation of organic microcontaminants and ARB&ARG in crops
    • Effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse schemes
    • Technologies efficient/economically viable to meet the current wastewater reuse challenges
    • Risk assessment and policy development

    The early career investigators of the Action have established their society entitled “Blue Circle Society” which currently has 106 members. 

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    12 May 2017

    16 Applicants have been approved to receive the support Grant for their participation at the Summer School

     

    Click HERE to download the full information, programme

    a. Template for Short Abstract

    b. Accommodation information

    c. Information about Porto and the venue

    d. Summer School Announcement (Updated 9 June 2017)

    e. Registration form

     

    21 April 2017

    Nereus COST ES1403, Summer School

    THE CALL IS NOW OPEN

    The Action’s Summer School will take place from 10 to 14 July 2017 in Porto, Portugal.

    Title: “Advanced Treatment Technologies and Contaminants of Emerging Concern”

    The Summer School program includes:

    • A section specifically devoted to PhD students where they will have the chance to introduce themselves and their work, through a short oral presentation and/or a poster communication, as well as to meet experts in the scientific field of advanced wastewater treatment
    • A special session on “Contaminants of emerging concern and antibiotic resistance control in water by Advanced Oxidation Processes”
    • Lectures on complementary skills
    • A workshop on advanced treatments delivered Nereus members and international experts
    • A technical-social visit on 14th July, sponsored by the Portuguese Company “Adventech”.

    The Summer School is co-organised by NEREUS COST Action ES1403 and the “European PhD School on Advanced Oxidation Processes” with the support of Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.

    • Location:Auditorium of the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, Rua de D. Manuel II - Jardins do Palácio de Cristal 4050-239 Porto, Portugal
    • Dates:10-14 July 2017

    Submission Deadline: 5 May 2017

     

    Click HERE to download the full information, application and programme

    a. Summer School Announcement

    b. Template for Short Abstract

    c. Accommodation information

    d. Information about Porto and the venue

    e. Summer School Announcement 

    f. Registration form

     

     

    Previous events

    Selection for the NEREUS “Cristina Becerra-Castro” Training School on “Methods for detecting and quantifying antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in the environment”.

    The evaluation of the applications and the selection of the participants for the Training School that will be held in Barcelona from 13-15 June 2016 has been completed. For the training school 46 applications were received out of which 45 were eligible. 

    The Action Chair and Vice-Chair, the WG1 Leaders and the Training School Committee made a selection based on a number of agreed criteria. 25 trainees will receive a grant and 5 more applicants will have the opportunity to attend the Training School by covering their own expenses.

    Statistics concerning the applicants:

    -       18 Male and 27 Female

    -       3 Master candidates, 3 Master holders, 23 PhD candidates and 16 PhD holders

    -       22 Countries

     

    Statistics concerning the selected applicants:

    -       13 Male and 17 Female

    -       19 PhD candidates and 11 PhD holders

    -       20 Countries including Romania which is a country that has not signed the NEREUS MoU, Georgia and Tunisia.

     

     

    The first Training Event will take place on 13-15 June 2016 and will be hosted in Barcelona!

    Title: “Methods for detecting and quantifying antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in the environment” 

    The participants will be introduced to the “tools of the trade” and discuss how these methods are applied in assessing the abundance and distribution of ARB&ARG in wastewater treatment facilities and downstream environments. During the course, the participants will get familiar with computer-based tools (bioinformatics), which are used to gather, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information for understanding antibiotic resistance.

    All applications should be submitted no later than 20 April 2016.

    Click HERE to download the full information, application and programme

    a. Training School Overview

    b. Training School Trainers

    c. Training School Application information

    d. Training School Programme

     

    30 June 2017

    Aprroved STSMs for the Call of 2017

    The STSM applicants that have been approved in the framework of the 2017 STSMs Call are:

    Ms. Tjaša Gornik

    • From Slovenia to Sweden
    • Hosted by: Dr. Börje Sellergren, Malmö University
    • STSM Title: Application of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) in wastewater treatment and reuse

    Mr. Chmingui Walid

    • From Tunisia to Cyprus
    • Hosted by: Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Nireas-IWRC, University of Cyprus
    • STSM Title: Identification and quantification of pharmaceutical compounds in environmental matrices under real field conditions of wastewater reuse in agriculture

    Ms. Milena Milaković

    • From Croatia to Germany
    • Hosted by: Dr. Michael Schloter, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen
    • STSM Title: Characterization of mobilome that is involved in antibiotic resistance dissemination in aquatic environment

    Ms. Heidemarie Schaar

    • From Austria to the Netherlands
    • Hosted by: Dr. Bram Brouwer, BioDetection Systems b.v
    • STSM Title: Toxicological evaluation of ozonation and subsequent activated carbon filtration for advanced wastewater treatment as a basis for water reuse with standardised bioassays

     

    16 May 2017

    Open Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

    We are pleased to inform you that you are now able to submit proposals for Short Time Scientific Missions (STSMs) to take place between June 2017 and December 2017.
    STSMs to be approved: 5
    The deadline for this call is 28 May 2017.
    All proposals will be reviewed by our STSM committee and the results will be announced by 2 June 2017.

    Please note that all proposals must be in line and relevant with the MoU and the Action Working Group Activities.
    The titles of the WGs are given below.
    Working Group titles:
    • WG1: Microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater and in downstream environments
    • WG2: Uptake and translocation of organic microcontaminants and ARB&ARG in crops
    • WG3: Effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse schemes
    • WG4: Technologies efficient/economically viable to meet the current wastewater reuse challenges
    • WG5: Risk assessment and policy development

    Eligible STSM applicants can submit their STSM applications online at: www.cost.eu/STSM.

    After the online submission you also need to send to the Action Chair Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos (dfatta@ucy.ac.cy) the following:
    1. The STSM application by email attachment
    2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae with list of publications
    3. Motivation Letter and objectives (which have to be justified in view of the objectives of the Nereus COST Action as described in the MoU)( https://e-services.cost.eu/files/domain_files/ESSEM/Action_ES1403/mou/ES1403-e.pdf)
    4. Analytical work plan
    5. Support letter from the sending institution
    6. Support letter from the hosting institution

    • For more information regarding the selection and reimbursement criteria please read pages 28 & 29 of the “COST H2020 Vademecum” on http://www.cost.eu/download/COSTVademecum
    • For more info contact the Grant Holder Manager & Administrator Mr. Toumazis Toumazi (toumazis@ucy.ac.cy) or the COST Action Chair Despo Fatta-Kassinos at dfatta@ucy.ac.cy.

     

    5 December 2016

    Aprroved STSMs for the Third Call of 2016

    The STSM applicants that have been approved in the framework of the 2016 STSMs 3rd Call are:

    Mr. Roberto Marano

    • From Israel to Finland
    • Hosted by: Dr. Marko Virta, University of Helsinki, Finland
    • STSM Title: Integron-associated ARG in wastewater

    Ms. Jessica Subirats Medina

    • From Spain to Italy
    • Hosted by: Dr. Gianluca Corno, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
    • STSM Title: Effects of WWTP effluents and antibiotics on the composition of natural bacterial communities and their associated resistome

    Dr Marjeta Cesen

    • From Slovenia to Czech Republic
    • Hosted by: Dr. Branislav Vrana, Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, Czech Republic
    • STSM Title: Optimisation of a novel passive sampler based on diffusion in hydrogel for the determination of time averaged concentrations of selected compounds of emerging concern in wastewater

     

    10 November 2016

    Open Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

    We are pleased to inform you that you are now able to submit proposals for Short Time Scientific Missions (STSMs) between December 2016 - April 2017.


    STSMs to be approved: 3

    The deadline for this call is 25 November 2016. All proposals will be reviewed by our STSM committee and the results will be announced by 30 November 2016. Please note that all proposals must be in line and relevant with the MoU and the Action Working Group Activities. The titles of the WGs are given below. 

    Working Group titles:

    · WG1: Microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater and in downstream environments

    · WG2: Uptake and translocation of organic microcontaminants and ARB&ARG in crops

    · WG3: Effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse schemes

    · WG4: Technologies efficient/economically viable to meet the current wastewater reuse challenges

    · WG5: Risk assessment and policy development

    Eligible STSM applicants can submit their STSM applications online at: www.cost.eu/STSM.

    After the online submission you also need to send to the Action Chair Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos (dfatta@ucy.ac.cy) the following:

    1. The STSM application by email attachment

    2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae with list of publications

    3. Motivation Letter and objectives (which have to be justified in view of the objectives of the Nereus COST Action as described in the MoU)(http://w3.cost.eu/fileadmin/domain_files/ESSEM/Action_ES1403/mou/ES1403-e.pdf)

    4. Analytical work plan

    5. Support letter from the sending institution

    6. Support letter from the hosting institution

    For those of you who are not familiar what an STSM is here is some brief information:

    Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between Researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.

    · STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.

    · The selection of STSM applicants is based on the scientific scope of the application and how it can support the Action (in full compliance with the MoU) in achieving its scientific objectives. There should be a special consideration with respect to supporting COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators (ECI) and broadening geographical inclusiveness.

    · It is of great importance that the proposed STSM is in line with the Memorandum of Understanding of the Action. Also, no deviations from the proposal submitted and approved are allowed. Awardees need to make sure that they implement the work approved without changes.

    For more information regarding the selection and reimbursement criteria please read pages 28 & 29 of the “COST H2020 Vademecum” on http://www.cost.eu/download/COSTVademecum

     

    All STSMs have to be completed and all grantees must submit their reports by the end of April 2017.

    For more info contact the Grant Holder Manager & Administrator Mr. Toumazis Toumazi (toumazis@ucy.ac.cy) or the COST Action Chair Despo Fatta-Kassinos at dfatta@ucy.ac.cy

     

    02 June 2016

    Aprroved STSMs for the Second Call of 2016

    The STSM applicants that have been approved in the framework of the 2016 STSMs 2nd Call are:

    Dr. Anna Wegrzyn

    • From Poland to Germany
    • Hosted by: Dr. Peter Schröder, Department Environmental Genomics (EGEN), Helmholtz Zentrum München German Research Center for Environmental Health
    • Duration: 45 days
    • STSM Title: Distribution of sulfonamide resistance genes in bacterial endophytes isolated from Miscanthus sp.

     

    Ms Ana Belen Martinez-Piernas

    • From Spain to Italy
    • Hosted by: Dr. Giuseppe Mascolo, CNR Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque
    • Duration: 92 days
    • STSM Title: Behaviour of Carbamazepine and its transformation products in soil and lettuce grown under controlled conditions

     

    Dr. Saulo Della Giustina

    • From Spain to Cyprus
    • Hosted by: Dr. Despo Fatta-Kasinos, NIREAS-International Water Research Center, School of Engineering,  University of Cyprus
    • Duration: 36 days
    • STSM Title: Chlorination of Wastewaters- Effects on ARG&B and Antibiotics

     

    Mr. Carmine Fiorentino

    • From Italy to Denmark
    • Hosted by: Dr. Stefan Trapp , Technical University of Denmark
    • Duration: 28 days
    • STSM Title: Fate and elimination of organic chemicals during wastewater treatment : modelling implementation and
      simulation

     

    01 June 2016

    The STSM approvals and additional comments have been sent to the 6 applicants. 

     

    11 May 2016

    The deadline for the STSM call has been extended to 22 May 2016.

     

    26 April 2016

    We are pleased to inform you that you are now able to submit proposals for the THIRD CALL of Short Time Scientific Missions (STSMs) between June-December 2016.

    STSMs to be approved: 5

    The deadline for this call is 15 May 2016. All proposals will be reviewed by our STSM committee and the results will be announced by 25 May 2016. Please note that all proposals must be in line and relevant with the MoU and the Action Working Group Activities. Their titles are given below.

    Working Group titles
    WG1: Microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater and in downstream environments
    WG2: Uptake and translocation of organic microcontaminants and ARB&ARG in crops
    WG3: Effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse schemes
    WG4: Technologies efficient/economically viable to meet the current wastewater reuse challenges
    WG5: Risk assessment and policy development

    Eligible STSM applicants can submit their STSM applications online at: www.cost.eu/STSM.

    After the online submission you also need to send to the Action Chair Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos (dfatta@ucy.ac.cy) the following:
    1. The STSM application by email attachment
    2. An up to date curriculum vitae with list of publications
    3. Motivation Letter and objectives (which have to be justified in view of the objectives of the Nereus COST Action as described in the MoU)(http://w3.cost.eu/fileadmin/domain_files/ESSEM/Action_ES1403/mou/ES1403-e.pdf)
    4. Analytical work plan
    5. Support letter from the sending institution
    6. Support letter from the hosting institution

    For those of you who are not familiar with what an STSM is, here is some brief information:
    • Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between Researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.
    • STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.
    • The selection of STSM applicants is based on the scientific scope of the application and how it can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives. There should be a special consideration with respect to supporting COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators (ECI) and broadening geographical inclusiveness. (Action Objectives: http://www.nereus-cost.eu/about/objectives/)

    For more information regarding the selection and reimbursement criteria please read pages 28 & 29 of the “COST H2020 Vademecum” on http://www.cost.eu/download/COSTVademecum


    12 February 2016

    Aprroved STSMS after the First Call of 2016

    An STSM applicants have been approved in the framework of the 2016 STSMs Call.

    This is:

    1. Dr. Felipe Lira from the Spanish National Centre of Biotechnology, Madrid will visit the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto

     

     

     

    Aprroved STSMS after the First Call of 2015

    Seven STSM applicants have been approved in the framework of the 2015 STSMs Call.

    These are:

    1. Dr. Massimiliano Marvasi from Middlesex University, UK will visit the University of Florence in Italy
    2. Ms. Popi Karaolia from Nireas-IWRC of the University of Cyprus will visit the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany
    3. Ms. Ivone Vaz-Moreira from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal will visit the Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia in Spain
    4. Dr. Francisco Pedrero Salcedo from CABAS-CSIC, Spain will visit the Technical University of Denmark
    5. Mr. Rui Ribeiro from the University of Porto, Portugal will visit the University of Patras in Greece
    6. Ms. Therese Kettner from Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany will visit the MEG ISE-CNR in Italy
    7. Dr. Sinead Murphy from Maynooth University, Ireland will visit the Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia in Spain

    The next STSMs Call is expected to be launched in January 2016.

    For those of you who wish to apply for an STSM please click on the link below and fill-in the online application. https://e-services.cost.eu/w3/index.php?id=91