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Prof. Dr. Andreas Schäffer
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.02.2019 to 31.01.2023
EU contribution:
3.422.141,64 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 812880.  


Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies. Harnessing resources effectively through innovation


Future challenges, including climate change and the resulting unpredictability of precipitation patterns and temporal or permanent water scarcity, generate a high diversity of demands on water treatment technologies obliging them to be able to cater towards a variety of source and target water qualities across multiple scales, depending on application. It is evident that this will generate a market pull towards the development of new water treatment technologies, employing new materials or improving the integration of existing technologies. However, the integration of research and innovation within the water sector needs to be supported by education of a new generation of interdisciplinary trained wastewater professionals able to face future challenges and implement wastewater-related directives in practice. The primary objective of NOWELTIES is to organize a platform (European Joint Doctorate) that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow`s water treatment experts.


  • Fundació Institut Català de Recerca de l’Aigua, Spain (Coordinator)
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet kemijskog inženjerstva i tehnologije, Croatia
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet strojarstva i brodogradnje, Croatia
  • Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institut za fiziku, Serbia
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy