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WaterJPI Water Harmony – Water Harmony
Water Harmony
Closing the Water Cycle Gap with Harmonised Actions for Sustainable Management of Water Resources.
A project funded through The Joint Programming Initiative Water challenges for a changing world.
Water JPI 2019-2021

The Main Objective

Closing the water cycle gap by harmonising global good practices of sound and smart water management concepts that address emerging challenges and mobilise stakeholders, through the following four actions:
Approaches to modern water management
Demonstration of sound and adaptive approaches to modern water management concepts that use BigData and technological advancements addressing challenges concerning global environmental and societal changes.
Innovative technologies
Validation of innovative technologies that enable safer, secure and economically more feasible use and reuse of water, alongside addressing challenges with emerging pollutants.
Increase public engagement
Increase public engagement to sustainably address the water challenges that connect sciences and society by using modern, harmonised and shared approaches.
Facilitate policy decisions
Facilitate policy decisions favouring actions that rapidly close the demand-supply gap in the water sector by providing scientific backgrounds, visualisation tools and social mobilisation of policy makers.

Key concepts

Work package structures in “Closing the Water Cycle Gap with Harmonised Actions for Sustainable Management of Water Resources”, developed by Water Harmony
Demo Projects and Technological Showcases
Project Partner Universities
Global Water Experts
PROJECT partners
Water JPI (The Joint Programming Initiative Water challenges for a changing world) tackles the ambitious challenge of achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad

Norwegian University of Life Sciences — NMBUNorway
Coordinator: Harsha Ratnaweera, NMBU


Research team members:

John Morken, Associate Professor, NMBU
25 years of research on anaerobic treatment, biogas production and purification; Life Cycle Assessment in waste management. Project leader of 6 industrial projects, involved in 29 industry-oriented projects.
Zakhar Maletskyi, Postdoctoral fellow, NMBU
Conducting research on membrane technology for water and wastewater treatment and reuse of water and resources from wastewater. Project manager and principal investigator in 2 Living Lab and 1 R&D projects.
Vegard Nilsen, Assistant Professor, NMBU
Researcher on quantitative microbial risk assessment; water transportation and management; flood management and climate change resilience. Board member Norwegian Water Society.

ACSA, Obras e Infraestructuras, S.A.U, Spain
Beatriz Corzo Garcia, ACSA


Research team members:

Meitxell Gracia Longares, Project manager RDi, ACSA
Research area within waste management. Work experience in 4 different countries in Environmental related departments. Founding partner and CEO of “Barcelona Design Platform”.
Collaborator in the publication of the book “Hamburg: Parks und Plätze einer lebenswerten Stadt”
Nigel Bax, Innovation Coordinator, ACSA
Works on applications of additive manufacturing to improve processes, data driven solutions for efficient leak detection, ROV solutions for high pressure

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Vitaly Gitis, BGU

Vitaly Gitis, Senior lecturer, BGU
Israeli engineering educator. Achievements include patents pending for Nanoscale probes for the evaluation of the integrity of ultrafiltration membranes. Named Best Instructor in Environmental Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1998-1999; scholar Graduate scholar, Ian Karten Foundation, 1996-1999.
Conducts research on membrane filtration, advanced wastewater treatment, heterogeneous catalysis (CV is enclosed). Author of 70 papers, 3 patents and 1 textbook. Consultant to Mekorot Israeli national water carrier Ltd. Head, Water Energy Nexus research group at Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Ghada El Serafy, Deltares


Research team members:

Giorgio Santinelli Advisor/Researcher, Deltares
Worked on management and analysis of Coastal Morphology data in various European countries. Analysed in-situ observations and satellite images from coastal waters worldwide.
Sandra Gaytan, Aguilar, Researcher/Advisor, Deltares
Experience in model validation, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis for water quality. Working on application of observational sensor data in water quality information strategies, and on the integration of data into numerical models for operational information services.
Alex Ziemba, Junior researcher, Deltares
Actively involved in an ongoing H2020 research program in the context of pre-processing and utilization of Earth Observation data in ecological models for the assessment of ecosystem services within protected areas.

Swedish Environmental Research Institute — IVLSweden
Ewa Lind, IVL


Research team members:

Ewa Lind, Project developer and Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Has more than 10 years of work and research in geology, geochemistry and hydrogeology in Sweden, Faroe Islands and Norway. Specialized in climate change effects on soil stability, geohydrology, surface waters and transport of pollutes in soil and water. Works in field with practical application of soil probing and management of ground water.
Anders Björk, Project manager and Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Coordinator for the Swedish strategic research agenda for process intensification. Expert in acoustic measurement technology and multivariate analysis in number of projects, including major work in FP7, and EU-RFCS and several national projects.
Ida Westerberg, Project manager and Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Has more than 10 years of work with applied and academic research i hydrology in Sweden for authorities and companies internationally i Great Britain, Switzerland, Central America and Africa. Specializing i analyses of data and model uncertainties, works in fields wit Hydrological measurements.

MARCOR, Poland
Jan Marjanovski, MARCOR

Jan Marjanovski, President, MARCOR
Owner and president of MARCOR company (Poland). Works with physiochemical methods of water treatment and metal corrosion prevention in water (CV is enclosed)
During 45 years of practice designed about 250 iron and manganese removal plants, 200 water treatment plants for heating boilers, 16 wastewater recovery installations in the dairy industry.

Michigan State University – MSU, USA
Volodymyr V. Tarabara, MSU

Volodymyr V. Tarabara, Professor, MSU
Conducts research on colloidal and interfacial processes in aqueous media; synthetic membranes and membrane separation processes (CV is enclosed).
Obtained over $12 million in competitive funding (of which > $2 mln corresponds to personal effort). H-index of 22 and >2100 citations. Published 69 research articles, reviews and book chapters.
PI/co-PI on two U.S. NSF Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) projects with the total funding of > 7 mln. Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
Holds several international awards: Fulbright U.S. Scholar award (2014), Paul L. Busch award (2011), John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies & Programs award (2010).

National University of Singapore – NUS, Singapore
How Yong Ng, NUS

How Yong Ng, Professor, NUS
Leads research on membrane processes and electrocoagulation for water reuse and desalination (CV is enclosed). Obtained over SGD22 million in competitive funding since 2004. H-index of 38 and 4112 citations by Google Scholar. Published over 110 papers in top journals.
Collaborates with Sembcorp Industries Ltd. working on electrocoagulation combined with membrane processes for brine treatment and zero liquid discharge.
Has a strong leadership record: Director-Designate, NUS Environmental Research Institute; Director, Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory; Deputy Head (Administration), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore.

Qingdao University of Technology — QUTChina
Xuejun Bi, QUT


Research team members:

Lihua Cheng, Director of International cooperation base for urban water environment pollution control in Qingdao
Works on combination of high-efficiency pre-treatment and aerobic process for papermaking wastewater secondary treatment, pollution prevention and control, and ecological restoration of artificial water system in Qingdao High-tech Zone.
Project coordinator of Sino-German science and technological corporation project, and ERASMUS+ programme “Harmonising water related graduate education”. Principle investigator of National Key Research and Development Program of China; 40 publications.
Zhixuan Yin, Assistant of the Dean of School of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, QUT
Researcher with focus on nutrients removal and resource recovery from wastewater, wastewater Reuse.
Principle investigator of National Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment, and National Key Research and Development Program of China; 130 publications. Project coordinator of International Science & Technology Cooperation Program of China.
Xiaodong Wang, Researcher, QUT
Developed new approach for surveillance and control of wastewater treatment systems based on data mining and process modelling techniques, which can be used to solve the restrictions for achieving advanced control in wastewater treatment processes. Project engineer at DOSCON AS (A Norwegian company for water treatment process control), and manager of projects in China.

Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi – TUIASIRomania
Igor Cretescu, TUIASI


Research team members:

Gabriela Soreanu, Lecturer at Environmental Engineering and Management Department, TUIASI
Majors in environmental engineering and monitoring, wastewater and air treatment, energetic valorisation of biomass, modelling and optimisation of chemical and environmental processes. Chair of organising conference committee, CSA2015 Joint International Conference, Iasi, Romania. Editorial board member of Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering (Springer journal). Academic responsible for Erasmus agreements (Université de Sherbrooke, University of Leon).
Maria Harja, Associate Professor at Chemical Engineering Department, TUIASI
Works on chemical engineering with applications in environmental protection, including water treatment and industrial waste valorisation.
Involved in several research projects as team member. Academic responsible for Erasmus agreements (Ecole Nationale, Superieure de Chimie de Rennes, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Complutense University of Madrid)

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn – UWMPoland
Lech Smoczyński, UWM


Research team members:

Katarzyna Glinska-Lewczuk, Prof., Head of Department of Water Resources, Climatology and Environmental Management, UWM
Researcher in Hydrology/Hydrochemistry of freshwater ecosystems., Stream and wetland restoration. Coordinator in OPTIFERT project (7 FP EU: 286772). PI of 3 national grants. Main contractor in 8 grants. Co-developed “Optifert sensor”, a sensor for measuring nitrate content in soil. Member/Vice-Chairman in 6 committees/board/teams in Poland, and supervisor of 2 programmes through the Royal Inspectorate of Environmental Protection in Olsztyn.
Boguslaw Pierozynski, Associate Professor, UWM
Works with Applied electrochemistry/renewable energy sources. Electrochemical purification of wastewater and drinking water.
Slawomir Kalinowski, Associate Professor, UWM in Olsztyn
Works with construction of automatic analytical systems, construction of equipment for electrocoagulation of wastewater, development of flow analytical and detection methods, electrochemistry of membranes.

University of Technology Sydney – UTSAustralia
Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran, UTS

Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran, Distinguished Professor (UTS)
Focuses on alternative water supplies, membrane and separation technologies, water and waste water treatment processes, environmental technologies (CV is enclosed). Obtained over $6 million in competitive funding since 2008. H-index of 42 and 7400 citations. Published over 350 research articles, reviews and book chapters.
Vigneswaran was involved in 4 FP6 and FP7 projects. He is a member of several consortiums: Australian National Centre of Excellence for Desalination, Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE).
Holds several international awards, including Google Impact Challenge Technology Against Poverty Prize (2017), IWA Global Project Innovation Award in the Applied Research Category (2012).
2018 Joint Call
Closing the Water Cycle Gap – Sustainable Management of Water Resources

Contact Us

We highly encourage further cross-boundary participation and collaboration, and invite you to get in touch without hesitation – your curiosity and interest is appreciated irrespective of whether you are a student, researcher, executive or a leader in academia, government and an organisation. For more info, please contact any of our coordinators representing a partner or a topic, or the project secretariat.

Project Secretariat

Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera
Project Coordinator
Bildet viser Zakhar Maletskyi Postdoktor Fakultet for realfag og teknologi , NMBU
Dr. Zakhar Maletskyi
Scientific Secretary
Elisabeth Hoff
Administrative Secretary
Full partner name
Contact person
1 NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences Harsha Ratnaweera
2 UTS University of Technology Sydney Saravanamuth Vigneswaran
3 QUT Qingdao University of Technology Xuejun Bi
4 ACSA ACSA Obras E Infraestructuras SAU Beatriz Corzo Garcia
5 MSU Michigan State University Volodymyr Tarabara
6 BGU Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Vitaly Gitis
7 DELTARES Stichting Deltares Ghada El Serafy
8 UWM University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn Lech Smoczynski
9 MARCOR Marcor Jan Marjanowski
10 TUIASI “Georghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi Igor Cretescu
11 NUS National University of Singapore Howyong Ng
12 IVL IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ewa Lind


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    Phone: +47 6723 1619

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