ITN - ANSWER - Marie Curie - Horizon 2020

Program At A Glance

  Funding Agencies

European Commission, Horizon 2020, MARIE Skłodowska-CURIE ACTIONS

  Program Period 2015-2019
  Action Acronym ANSWER
  Project Number H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015/675530
  Action Name ANtibioticS and mobile resistance elements in WastEwater Reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions
  Project Coordinator Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos



University of Cyprus
Environmental Institute s.r.o
KWR Watercycle Research Institute
The Agriculture Research Organisation of Israel - The Volcani Center
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Adventech - Advanced Environmental Technologies, Lda
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
Technische Universitaet Dresden
Universita Degli Studi di Salerno
Technische Universität Wien
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
Abwasserverband Braunschweig
BioDetection Systems bv
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  Budget 3.708.689,76 €
  Project website



In response to the increasing problem of water shortage, the reuse of treated urban wastewater is considered the most suitable and reliable alternative for sustainable water management and agricultural development. In spite of the benefits associated with this practice, major concerns currently exist, related to the adverse effects regarding chemical and biological contaminants of emerging concern such as antibiotics and mobile antibiotic resistance elements such as antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes. These are now considered as a serious public health problem by various international organizations and the European Commission, because of their spread in the environment, the food chain, drinking water, etc. To tackle these problems, scientists with an interdisciplinary research/training background are urgently needed. This ETN will train a new generation of ESRs to address the risks associated with such contaminants and wastewater reuse. Innovative chemical, microbiological, toxicological and modelling tools, and novel process engineering will form the scientific and training core of their innovative research projects and training. The project will contribute to understanding the fate and transmission of antibiotics and resistance from wastewater to the environment and humans, through soil, ground/surface water and crops. Relevant ELVs will be determined, essential for the development and implementation of regulatory frameworks. This project directly tackles these aspects, by bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, with the private sector, and policy makers and through communication activities towards stakeholders and the wider public.

Announcement for ESRs Recruitment in Greek

Announcement for ESRs Recruitment in English


Project's General Announcement for ESRs Recruitment (English)


Barcelona Summer School:

ANSWER Summer School Announcement

ANSWER Summer School Agenda

ANSWER Summer School Application Form


Final Meeting: