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EU pours funds into QUB water research

A Queen's University Belfast research centre has won a €3.5m (£3.2m) grant from the European Union to fund research into improving water quality and quantity.

Queen’s Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre, known as Questor, was awarded the grant under the Marie Curie Actions training scheme.

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.

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

Described by Professor David Bellamy as a “bright light at the end of a dark tunnel”, Questor is Europe’s only Industry/University Co-operative Research Centre.

The Centre conducts industry-driven research in the areas |of water and wastewater treatment, remediation, waste management, renewable energy and sustainable technologies on |behalf of member companies |for an annual fee. These range from local SMEs to multinational companies.

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

Questor recently celebrated 20 years of contributing to worldwide commercial research. The centre is a key part of Queen’s University’s £10m Institute for a Sustainable World.

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