Phoenix cost Action

Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of Damaged Environment

Program at a glance

Funding Agency

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Program Period


Action Acronym


Project Code


Action Name

Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of Damaged Environment

Chair of the Action

Dr. Andrea Pietrelli, University of Lumière Lyon

Vice Chair of the Action

Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos, University of the West of England Bristol

Grant Holder Institution

University Lumière Lyon

Member of the Management Committee

Dr. Argyro Tsipa, Nireas International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus

Leader of Working Group 2

Dr. Argyro Tsipa, Nireas International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus

Total Budget

Approximately 500.000 €


Humanity faces unprecedented challenges: global warming, overuse of fossil fuel energy and rapidly growing urbanisation. While the development, validation and cost-efficiency improvement of energy-aware and limited complexity solutions are becoming increasingly time-consuming, microorganisms represent one realistic hope. For millennia microbes have tirelessly been shaping the Earth’s ecosystems and with the right approach, they can help re-introduce environmental equilibrium. PHOENIX aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of Bio-electrochemical systems (BESs); BESs are low environmental impact systems that exploit the biological activity of live organisms for pollutant reduction, recycling of useful elements, synthesis of new products and production of electricity, in the case of microbial fuel cells (MFC). Recent advances in the field of low power electronics enable the exploitation of these sustainable and environmentally-friendly technologies. The activities of PHOENIX will be related to the characterization of BESs technologies and their implementation as bio-remediator, bio-sensors, and bio-reactors connected to sustainable urban planning, educational and socio-economic aspects. The integration of bio-technologies in the urban context is a key priority for appropriate rational urban planning and minimum environmental impact.

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