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ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants at half-time

The three European Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans, and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) set up the ERA-Net Cofund AquaticPollutants to carry out the necessary research and innovation to address this challenge. A Special Newsletter Edition was published on 30 June 2023 to compile important information about the Cofund and its presented project results during the Midterm Meeting in June 2023. Below you can find respective videos, articles and links.

ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants at half-time

  • 30 June 2023

ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants Midterm Meeting in Madrid

After 18 months, the halfway point for the research & innovation projects, the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants met in person for the first time in Madrid for the AquaticPollutants Midterm Meeting! Representatives from all 18 projects, members of the transfer project, AquaticPollutantsTransNet, and representatives from the funding organisations were all there! Check out the upcoming press release at the AquaticPollutants website to learn more and scroll through this webpage for impressions from the midterm meeting.

Voices from the Research Projects Coordinators of the ERA-Net Cofund AquaticPollutants

Click on the following video link to learn more about how funded projects contribute to a healthy aquatic environment.

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Overview of communication and dissemination activities

What do the communication plans of each of the 18 AquaticPollutants projects look like? In order to download the "Overview of communication and dissemination activities" table below, please click on the image below.

One objective of the Transfer Project is to strategically support the projects and help utilize commonalities among their communication plans to enhance collaboration and knowledge transfer to external stakeholders. Check the AquaticPollutants website and the individual project websites for updates and upcoming activities.

Partner Countries in the Cofund

The following map shows the partner countries involved in the ERA-NET Cofund.​



 Country of Research Projects Coordinators ​


Each of the funded project addresses one of the following three themes of the Joint Transnational Call:​


Theme 1 – Measuring​

Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems ​

Theme 2 – Evaluating ​

Risk Assessment and Management of contaminants of emerging concern, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems to human health and environment ​

Theme 3 – Taking Actions​

Strategies to reduce contaminants of emerging concern, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems​.


The following table shows an overview of the 18 funded research projects of the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants and respective themes:


Theme 1 - Measuring​

Theme 2 - EvaluatingTheme 3 - Taking Actions​
FOREWARN GreenWaterTech


The Transfer Project AquaticPollutants TransNet aims to maximise the transfer of knowledge and impact of the research results and has been funded through the 2020 Transfer Project Call.

Supporting Early Career Scientists: AquaticPollutants PhD Forum

At the Midterm Meeting, the young researchers and PhD students also had a chance to talk about the work they’ve done over the past 18 months. These researchers, or “early career scientists” as we like to call them, were invited to present a scientific poster during the 1-hour long poster session on Wednesday, May 31st. Via a QR code, participants could vote for the best poster over the span of the two days. At the very end of the meeting, Naomi Massaccesi from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) was awarded the best poster prize for her work done within the ARENA project.

The poster session was organized by the AquaticPollutants PhD Forum, led by the Israeli Ministry of Health as part of the ERA-NET Cofund. When ask about the importance of the PhD Forum, Ms. Orly Spivak from the Ministry said “It is a top priority to support and advance the young scientists of today, to become the senior scientists of the future, to advance science and innovation”. See what else she had to say during our interview with her in Madrid:

How is the AquaticPollutants PhD Forum structured? What does it offer young researchers?  

The PhD forum is a platform to support scientists at their early stages of their careers. By creating a special network for them, which brings together activities for them, such as a LinkedIn page, webinars, contests, we aim to give added value for them to encourage them to stay on the right track for them. 

How do you choose and identify topics and speakers for the webinars?  

It is not very easy to find speakers for the webinars, however, usually I would contact well-known experts of the aquatic research field and ask them to contribute to our forum. Some of the lecturers contacted us themselves and offered to give a lecture, following an invitation we published to our research community through emailing lists. 

How does the PhD Forum support the AquaticPollutants Cofund and its objectives?  

It is one of the tasks under the additional activities of the ERA-NET Cofund, which received a designated budget for its activities. 

If you’re interested in getting involved, visit their LinkedIn page: aquatic-pollutants-phd-forum/ 

Naomi Massaccesi

Orly Spivak

The 18 research projects in a nutshell: Who is Who

Use the cursor to flip the cards and learn more about the 18 funded research projects.

Environmental Spread and Persistence of Antibiotic Resistances in aquatic Systems Exposed to oyster Aquaculture

Project Coordinator: Dr. K. Mathias Wegner,
Alfred Wegener Institute – Helmholtz centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

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Marine Plasmids Driving the Spread of Antibiotic Resistances

Project Coordinator: Prof. Fernando de la Cruz,
University of Cantabria – Institute for Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Spain

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Antibiotic Resistance and Pathogenic Signature in Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture Systems

Project Coordinator: Prof. Fernando de la Cruz,
University of Cantabria – Institute for Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Spain

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Dispersal of antibiotic resistance and antibiotics in water ecosystems and influence on livestock and aquatic wildlife

Project Coordinator: Karin Persson Walker & Oskar Nilsson
National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Department of Animal Health and Antimicrobial Strategies, Sweden

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Surveillance of Emerging Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistances in Aquatic Ecosystems

Project Coordinator: Dr. Andreas Tiehm,
DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser (TZW), Germany

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Probing Antibiotic Residues and Resistance transfer in Aquatic Environments

Project Coordinator: Dr. Åsa Sjöling,
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

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Development a smart forewarning system to assess the occurrence, fate and behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern and pathogens, in waters

Project Coordinator: Dr. Esteban Abad & Marinella Farré,
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

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Artificial Intelligence-powered Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms

Project Coordinator: Dr. Ahmed Nasr,
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Ireland

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Consequences of antimicrobials and antiparasitics administration in fish farming for aquatic ecosystems

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter,
Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH); Research Unit Comparative Microbiome Analysis, Germany

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Presence, behavior and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals in marine ecosystems

Project Coordinator: Prof. Francesco Regoli,
Polytechnic University of Marche, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DiSVA), Italy

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Antibacterial biocides in the water cycle – an integrated approach to assess and manage risks for antibiotic resistance development

Project Coordinator: Prof. Joakim Larsson,
Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) at University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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Green Ultrafiltration Water Cleaning Technologies

Project Coordinator: Prof. Lars Österlund,
Uppsala University, Sweden

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CECs and AMR bacteria pre-concentration by ultra-nano filtration and Abatement by ThermoCatalytic Nanopowders implementing circular economy solution

Project Coordinator: Giuliana Magnacca,
Torino University, Italy

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Nanoenabled strategies to reduce the presence of contaminants of emergent concern in aquatic environments

Project Coordinator: Prof. Tzanko Tzanov,
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

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Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in WWTP effluent for Irrigation of Crops

Project Coordinator: Dr. Lothar Schäfer,
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany

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Potential of decentralized wastewater treatment for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, organic micropollutants, pathogens and viruses

Project Coordinator: Prof. Francisco Omil,
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Nature-Based Solutions to Reduce Antibiotics, Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance in Aquatic Ecosystems

Project Coordinator: Dr. Víctor Matamoros,
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDAEA) – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

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Reduction and assessment of antimicrobial resistance and emerging pollutants in natural-based water treatment systems

Project Coordinator: Dr. Tiina Leiviskä,
University of Oulu, Finland

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