Grant for Belfast water research

A Queen's University Belfast research centre has netted a 3.5m Euro grant from the European Union to fund look into improving water quality and quantity.

Queen’s Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre, known as QUESTOR, was awarded the grant under the ‘People’ Marie Curie Actions theme.

The new four year project, which will involve 16 researchers, will be co-ordinated by Dr Wilson McGarel, director of QUESTOR, and will be known as Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management (ATWARM).

Dr McGarel said: “This project will address the technology gaps that prohibit the EU from achieving an integrated water resource management strategy.

“Performance and sustainability of water and wastewater treatment plants will be enhanced and the project will also lead to improvements in the quality of surface and ground water.”

Queen’s University will head up this project which will involve seven host organisations located in the UK, Ireland and Germany. The project is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), and will involve 14 PhD students and 2 post-doc positions.

Luke Walsh

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