The Main Objectives

 Digitalisation OF WATER INDUSTRY BY INNOVATIVE GRADUATE WATER EDUCATION THROUGH THE FOLLOWING THREE ACTIONS:
Strengthen the innovation capacity of the water industry
Enhance digital innovations in curricula during education as a basic method for later implementation and application in business like industry, administration, consultancy
Tackle the digital skills mismatch in the water industry
Establish smart specialization for digital water through the upgrade of curricula in partner universities with participation from industry
Improve social engagement of universities educating water specialists
Improve the orientation of academia towards societal and market needs through internationalization of universities, Digital Water Living Lab and Innovation Camps

Key concepts

Work package structures in “Digitalisation of water industry by innovative graduate water education”,
developed by DIGIWATER

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Project partners

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)Norway
Coordinator: prof. Harsha Ratnaweera

Research team members:

Zakhar Maletskyi, Associate Professor, NMBU
Works on strengthening the research area of membrane processes and assist in coordination of international projects, is involved in teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD programs in engineering and technology
Lars Hem, Adjunct Professor, NMBU
Conducts research on biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters, drinking water treatment with regard to humic removal and corrosion control, and corrosion and drinking water quality in distribution systems
Vegard Nilsen, Postdoctoral fellow, NMBU
Interested in all aspects of modelling and computationally oriented problems related to water resources engineering and environmental engineering, is involved in teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses/topics on microbial risk assessment, fluid mechanics and water engineering
Goitom Weldehawaryat, Postdoctoral fellow, NMBU
Works on strengthening the research area of digital tools in the water sector and contribute to the implementation of international projects of the WESH group. Research interests include IoT, Machine learning, and Cybersecurity
Susann Andersen, Project administrator, NMBU
Works with management tools and logistics

University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Germany
Project manager: Prof. Martin Oldenburg

Research team members:

Martin Oldenburg, Professor, TH OWL
Lecturer and researcher with focus on wastewater reuse, simulation of wastewater treatment plants and resource orientated sanitation
Stefan Wolf, Professor, TH OWL
Lecturer and researcher with focus on computer applications in the environmental sciences and in digital learning
Volker Pick, Environmental Engineer, TH OWL
Involved in different teaching activities: land survey, GIS, air pollution control. Involved in different research projects and also in Erasmus Water Harmony
Claudia Steiner, Food Science Engineer, TH OWL
involved in different teaching activities: biotechnology, wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment. Involved in different research projects and also in Erasmus Water Harmony

Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey
Coordinator: prof. Ismail Koyuncu

Research team members:

Mustafa Evren Ersahin, Associate professor, ITU
Co-director of MEMTEK. Works on anaerobic membrane bioreactor, membrane processes, dynamic membranes etc.
Caner Unlu, Assistant professor, ITU
Principle investigator in MEMTEK since 2018. Works on nanotechnology, chemical modifications of membranes, etc.
Reyhan Sengur Tasdemir, Researcher, ITU
Works on nanotechnology, membrane fabrication, biomimetic modifications, water treatment, water channel proteins etc.
Mehmet Emin Pasaoglu, PhD researcher, ITU
Works on energy recovery from membranes, electrospinning membrane fabrication, membrane module development, electrospinning, etc.
Sevde Korkut, PhD researcher, ITU
Works on membrane characterization, flat sheet membrane fabrication, wastewater reuse etc.

SumaquaBelgium
Managing director: Vincent Wolfs, Sumaqua

Research team members:

Victor Ntegeka, Postdoctoral engineer, Sumaqua
Expert in flood modelling, GIS, climate change and Big Data. Worked two years for the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy), focusing on high resolution gridded dataset development, flood risk management at continental scales, large scale hydrological model improvement and global operational flood forecasting prototype development
Pieter Meert, Researcher, Sumaqua
Works on modelling and analyzing of river systems, including hydrology, rivers and floodplains. Specialized in applications concerning model identification and calibration, statistical analyses, sensitivity and uncertainty analyses and optimization problems
Tim Franken, Project manager, Sumaqua
Expert developer of machine learning techniques, data management and visualisation, optimization algorithms and modelling. 9-year work experiance as Advisor at the engineering company International Marine Dredging Consultants, executed a large number of projects in Belgium and abroad (Australia, Austria, Malawi, UK and Colombia).

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU LEUVEN), Belgium
COOrdinator: Patrick Willems 

Research team members:

Hossein Tabari, Postdoctoral researcher, KU LEUVEN
Contributor to the H2020 projects BRIGAID and Climate-fit.city. Expertise on hydrological extremes and climate, and research interests include past and future climate change impacts on hydrological extremes, atmospheric driving forces of decadal natural variability of hydrological extremes and uncertainty quantification in climate change results
Sotirios Moustakas, PhD researcher, KU LEUVEN
Works on the development of a tool for integrated river basin management and optimization
Parissa Hosseinzadehtalaei, PhD researcher, KU LEUVEN< Focuses on Impact of Climate Change on Precipitation Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems in Europe. Research interests include Climate change impact assessment, Statistical and stochastic analyses of hydrological extremes e.g., urban flooding and drought, Uncertainty analysis, and Hydrological modelling and forecasting /td>
Daan Bertels, PhD researcher, KU LEUVEN
Focuses on the development of Decision Support Systems for Water Management. Research interests include the development of novel modelling techniques, statistical time series analyses of drought and flood conditions, optimization and strategic vision development
Anita Vermunicht, Management assistant, KU LEUVEN
Responsible for the planning of the Bachelor and Master educational program of Civil Engineering, and in charge of the full administration of the Hydraulics Section. Experienced in handling the administration of large EU projects, including H2020 projects
Jimmy Van Criekingen, Technician, KU LEUVEN
Responsible for the development, installation and monitoring of both remote test sites and experimental setups in the Hydraulics Lab of KU Leuven. Experienced in applying state-of-the-art measurement equipment and sensors, data transmission and storage

DOSCON, Norway
Project manager: NatalY Sivchenko

Research team members:

Xiaodong Wang, Coordinator, DOSCON
Coordinates DOSCON’s activities in China. Expertise in water and environmental engineering
Abhilash Nair, Project manager, DOSCON
Focuses on enhancing the removal and recovery of nutrients from wastewater through process monitoring, control, and automation. Research area includes the development of a comprehensive online monitoring system (through a network of physical and soft-sensors) and implementation of optimal control strategies targeted towards improving resource recovery and achieving energy-positive operation. Expertise includes designing optimal control strategies, assembling commercial data-acquisition hardware and software development at DOSCON
Aleksander Hykkerud, Consultant, DOSCON
Focuses on modelling water quality parameters in sewer networks. Expertise in water modelling, data management and acquisition, information technology and software development

University of Cyprus (UCY), Cyprus
Director: George A. Papadopoulos

Research team members:

Georgia M. Kapitsaki, Assistant Professor, UCY
Has been involved in European research projects (e.g. PaaSage,CyberSafety) and in the organisation and program committees of many international conferences. Research interests include Open source software reuse, Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Service-Oriented Computing and Context-aware services.
Alexandros Yeratziotis, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCY
Co-founder of a startup that offers accessible communication and educational mobile applications for users who are deaf. Research interests are: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), user experience (UX), accessible computing, user-centered design and usability inspection methods.
Christos Mettouris, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCY
Was involved in a number of projects (CVN-AAL, Asterics-FP7, idSpace-FP7, B3Regions, InnoFun, Prosperity4All-FP7, SCIChallenge-H2020, V-ALERT LLP, VeLoCiTy Erasmus+, World-of-Physics Erasmus+, INFORM and more) and was also involved in the organization of a number of conferences in Cyprus. Research interests include Recommender Systems, Ubiquitous Computing, Model-Driven Development and Context-Aware Computing
Evangelina Vanezi, PhD Researcher, UCY
Works in numerous EU funded projects. Research interests and expertise include Web-based Software Engineering, User Management Systems Development, Privacy in Software Systems, Data Protection in Software Systems, Privacy verification in Software Systems, Formal Methods in Software Engineering Methodologies and Privacy by Design in Software Development.
Helen Kakos , Research administration and support, UCY
Responsible for administration and support in the Department of Computer Science. Also involved in project management activities.

Universitatea “Dunarea de jos” din galati (UGAL), Romania
Project manager: Marian Barbu (UGAL)

Research team members:

George Adrian Ifrim, Associate Professor, UGAL
Research interest includes the modeling and control of biotechnological processes with a focus on of photoautotrophic growth of microalgae and wastewater treatment.
Marian Cracium, Lecturer, UGAL
Participated in EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) project grants for collecting and management of data, at regional and national level, according to the EFSA standards; one of them is building of the first Romanian data repository and transmission of data on chemical contaminants occurrence in food and feed; another is a database on food consumption, based on a national dietary survey, as the first Romanian contribution to the Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database
Dorian Bold, Project administrator, UGAL
Representant of the Research, Development and Innovation Office from “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati. Responsible for the administrative duties related to this project.
Larisa Condrachi, PhD Student, UGAL
Works on the modelling and control of wastewater treatment processes. Expertise on applying modern techniques for process control
Bogdan Roşu, PhD Student, UGAL
Works on the modelling and control of wastewater treatment processes. Expertise on modelling and data processing for environmental processes

SmarTech Automation SRL (SmarTech)Romania
Team leader: Nicu Roman

Research team members:

Laurentiu Luca, Software manager, SmarTech
Expertise on automation and process control (more than 20 years), considering both hardware and software implementation. The main author of the article „Control Strategies of a Wastewater Treatment Plant”, 12th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, including Biosystems, April 23 – 26, 2019, Florianopolis, Brazil.
Zanet Mitrita, Automation engineer, SmarTech
Automation engineer with responsibilities in the design of industrial automation systems, implementation and commissioning of automation projects, with experience in developing projects for wastewater treatment plants
Marinescu George, Automation engineer, SmarTech
Automation engineer with responsibilities in software development for PLCs, operating interfaces and SCADA systems, with experience in project development of wastewater treatment plants

MEMSIS Environmental Technologies R&D A.S. (MEMSIS)Turkey
General manager: Turker Turken

Research team members:

Recep Kaya, Project engineer, MEMSIS
Project engineer at MEMSIS since 2018. Works on Environmental Engineering, membrane bioreactors (MBR), membrane fouling, 3D design of treatment processes and CFD simulations of membrane modules
Serkan Guclu, Research engineer, MEMSIS
Research engineer at MEMSIS since 2018. Works on Environmental Engineering, flat-sheet membrane fabrication, electrospinning membranes, nanocomposite membrane fabrication, process development
Ozgun Yilmaz, Environmental engineer, MEMSIS
Environmental engineer at MEMSIS since 2017. Works on Environmental Engineering, environmental biotechnology, ceramic membranes, hollow fiber membrane fabrication
Gokay Simsir, Environmental engineer, MEMSIS
Environmental engineer at MEMSIS since 2017. Works on Environmental Engineering, water and wastewater treatment, membrane processes, project design

I.A.CO. Environmental & Water Consultants (IACO)Cyprus
Project manager: Ayis Iacovides

Research team members:

Marios Mouskoundis, Geologist, Environmental Hydrologist, IACO
Significant working experience in the preparation of hydrological and hydraulic studies for various developments, as well as in flood risk analysis and prevention schemes. An expert in the use and various applications of Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS), in conjunction with the application of hydrological, hydraulic and hydrogeological modelling (ArcHydro, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, MODFLOW, etc.). A specialist in water resources management and participated as key expert in several related projects such as Horizon 2020 project named Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management (BINGO, 2015-2019)
Elena Nikolaou, Rural & Surveyor Engineer, IACO
Specialist in Water Resources Management, Geographical Information Systems, Geography and Regional Planning and Coastal Zone Management. Has extensive working experience in the preparation of hydrological and hydraulic studies for various developments, as well as in flood risk analysis and prevention schemes. An expert in the use of Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS), in conjunction with the application of hydrological, hydraulic and hydrogeological modelling (ArcHydro, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS). Participated in several related projects such as Horizon 2020 project named Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management (BINGO, 2015-2019)
Athina Papatheoudoulou, Biologist, Water & Environmental Management, IACO
Biologist, Environmental Consultant of more than 12 years of experience in the organization and carrying out of environmental and water management consulting projects – studies. Has extensive experience and expertise in ecohydrological and hydromorphological assessments of surface waters through participating in extensive monitoring campaigns involving sampling of Biological Quality Elements in rivers, and analysing them in the Lab to reach to the classification status of the surface waters

Stadtentwässerungsbetrieb Paderborn (STEB)Germany
Project manager: Alexander Bansemer

Research team members:

Barbara Westermann, Chemical Engineer, STEB
Leader of the laboratory at STEB Paderborn. Extensive experience in water quality management
Daniel Plath, Environmental Engineer, STEB
Senior Design Engineer at STEB Paderborn. Experience in European Project Management
Klaus Arnold, IT Expert, STEB
IT expert for programming and integration of software tools into the project

European Water Association (EWA), Germany
Project coordinator: Bjørn Kaare Jenssen

Research team members:

Johannes Lohaus, Secretary General, EWA
Responsible for the implementation of the strategic goals for the association, the financial stability of EWA and the representation of the association and contact with the medias (PR)
Britt Rosenmeyer Olsen, Associate Director, EWA
Responsible for implementation of strategic goals for the association, development of EWA activities, and communication, conferences and committees
Mona Lorvik, Office Manager, EWA
Responsible for implementation of strategic goals for the association, contact with members and potential new members, finances and general administration of the EWA Secretariat, and will be in charge of the administration of DIGIWATER for EWA

Our Specialists

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Norwegian Institute for Life Sciences
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Project ORGANISATION

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)Norway
Coordinator: Harsha Ratnaweera (NMBU)

Research team members:

Zakhar Maletskyi, Associate Professor, NMBU
Works on strengthening the research area of membrane processes and assist in coordination of international projects, is involved in teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD programs in engineering and technology
Lars Hem, Adjunct Professor, NMBU
Conducts research on biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters, drinking water treatment with regard to humic removal and corrosion control, and corrosion and drinking water quality in distribution systems
Vegard Nilsen, Postdoctoral fellow, NMBU
Interested in all aspects of modelling and computationally oriented problems related to water resources engineering and environmental engineering, is involved in teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses/topics on microbial risk assessment, fluid mechanics and water engineering
Goitom Weldehawaryat, Postdoctoral fellow, NMBU
Works on strengthening the research area of digital tools in the water sector and contribute to the implementation of international projects of the WESH group. Research interests include IoT, Machine learning, and Cybersecurity
Susann Andersen, Project administrator, NMBU
Works with management tools and logistics
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Partner
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1 NMBU (NOR) Norwegian University of Life Sciences Harsha Ratnaweera harsha.ratnaweera@nmbu.no
2 TH OWL (GER) University of Applied Sciences and Arts Martin Oldenburg martin.oldenburg@th-owl.de
3 ITU (TUR) Istanbul Technical University Ismail Koyuncu sheepcu@itu.edu.tr
4 Sumaqua (BEL) Sumaqua Vincent Wolfs vincent.wolfs@sumaqua.be
5 KU LEUVEN (BEL) KU LEUVEN Patrick Willems patrick.willems@kuleuven.be
6 DOSCON (NOR) DOSCON AS Nataly Sivchenko nataly@doscon.no
7 UCY (CYP) University of Cyprus George A. Papadopoulos george@cs.ucy.ac.cy
8 UGAL (ROM) “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati Marian Barbu Marian.Barbu@ugal.ro
9 Smartech (ROM) Smartech Automation Nicu Roman nicu.roman@smartech-a.ro
10 MEMSIS (TUR) “MEMSIS Environmental Technologies R&D A.S. Recep Kaya
11 IACO (CYP) I.A:CO Ltd Ayis Iacovides a.iacovides@iaco.com.cy
12 STEB (GER) Stadtentwässerungsbetrieb Paderborn Alexander Bansemer a.bansemer@paderborn.de
13 EWA The European Water Association Bjørn Kaare Jensen bkj@geus.dk
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Partner
Full partner name
Contact person
E-mail
1 EWA European Water Association Bjørn Kaare Jenssen bkj@geus.dk
2 UCY (CYP) University of Cyprus Alexandros Yeratziotis alexis.yeratziotis@gmail.com
3 Sumaqua (BEL) Sumaqua Vincent Wolfs Vincent.wolfs@sumaqua.be

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