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StARE. A new project signed between Nireas-IWRC and the Cyprus RPF
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Seven transnational collaborative research projects in the field of water quality have been recommended for funding. Projects respond to the 2013 Water JPI Pilot Call, with a total budget of € 9 million.

This Call for proposals focused on “Emerging water contaminants-anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens”.

StARE is one of the projects selected from funding. The goal of StARE (Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Evolution) is to protect European citizens’ health and the environment via water quality research, aimed at minimizing the impact of discharges from urban wastewater treatment plants (UWTPs) and sustaining safe water cycles. According to WHO, antibiotic resistance is a global human health threat driven by many interconnected factors, where water plays a key role. UWTPs are a major source of antibiotic residues, antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) released into the environment, thus representing crucial control points for efficient technological interventions. ARB&G are well characterized clinically but the occurrence in aquatic environments, relation to regional antibiotic uses or temporal/geographical variations are poorly understood.

The project is led by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and 10 more organisations, including Nireas-IWRC, are part of its consortium. Each organisation is funded by its National Authority.


More information on the project can be found at: