LIFE IMPETUS @ 3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference
The 3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference took place on 13th-16th May, Berlin. This scientific meeting was organized by Elsevier in cooperation with the University of Lüneburg and ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre.
This conference provided not only a forum for chemistry related topics, such as synthesis and technical aspects of chemistry and its products, but also the broader context needed to enable long term viable and globally applicable contributions of chemistry to the SDGs.
LNEC research group participated with a poster entitled “Developing sustainable activated carbons for improved pharmaceutical compounds removal from urban wastewaters in the framework of LIFE IMPETUS project”.
Our colleagues Ana Paula Carvalho and Ana Sofia Mestre, from FCUL (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa) presented the poster and they received a very positive feedback from other attendees of this conference!
LIFE Impetus project welcomes students’ visits
LIFE Impetus project invites students, from young children to university students, to visit the Urban Water Unit (NES) of the Hydraulics and Environment Department (DHA) and to learn about the LIFE Impetus project, the problem and the solutions targeted.
These visits start with a brief description of NES and UQTA (the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory) research activity, particularly on the water quality analyses (e.g. pharmaceutical compounds) and water treatment technologies. Participants visit the lab facilities, see 1-2 demonstrations of water analysis or treatment experiment, and are introduced to the ongoing R&D projects. LIFE Impetus is always on the spot light and catch the visitors’ curiosity and interest.
|Colégio Valsassina visit,
12th grade Students,
|Visit of students of Environmental Engineering graduation of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), School of Agriculture, 02.11.2017|
LIFE Impetus @ 8th World Water Forum
LIFE Impetus project integrated the Portuguese Water Hub of the 8th World Water Forum (fma2018.pt/pt/home).
LIFE Impetus @ Encontro Desafios da Água
On the 1st and 2nd of March 2018, Águas do Algarve organized the meeting Desafios da Água (www.desafiosdaagua.com) which brought together more than 30 experts to discuss current issues of unquestionable importance to the water sector and to the environmental education. About 500 participants attended the event, from water utilities, municipalities, universities, technology centers and companies, utilities. Desafios da Água presented seven thematic sessions with invited speakers, including Maria João Rosa (Life Impetus project coordinator) and António Martins (AdA team leader in the LIFE Impetus project), which talked about LIFE IMPETUS in their presentations on water reuse and AdA innovation projects, respectively. The younger ones were entitled to a space that was dedicated to them at the meeting Desafios da Água, with a set of initiatives aimed especially at students from 1st cycle to high school This event accommodated technology demonstrations and presentations of research, development and innovation projects, such as the LIFE Impetus project.
O Caminho da Inovação – Expo & Networking
A Fábrica de Água de Alcântara abriu portas à comunidade científica e empresarial com um evento dedicado à inovação no setor da água.
A estratégia para antecipar os principais desafios do futuro, com destaque para a economia circular, gestão da energia, poluentes emergentes, digitalização da económica, alterações climáticas, entre outros, esteve no centro do “Caminho da Inovação”, nome escolhido para o evento que reuniu cerca de 300 participantes, entre colaboradores, universidades, centros tecnológicos, empresas, entidades gestoras e municípios.
A par de um conjunto de sessões temáticas com convidados de referência do setor, com destaque para o Secretário de Estado do Ambiente, Carlos Martins, e o Presidente da European Water Association, José Saldanha Matos, os vários espaços da Fábrica de Alcântara acolheram uma demonstração de tecnologias e projetos de investigação e desenvolvimento, tais como o projeto LIFE IMPETUS, e que colocam a Águas do Tejo Atlântico na linha da frente da inovação.
“The Alcântara water factory opened the doors to the scientific and business community with an event dedicated to innovation in the water sector. The strategy to anticipate the future main challenges, with emphasis on the circular economy, energy management, emerging pollutants, water digitalization, climate change, among others, was at the heart of the “Innovation Path”. Attended the event about 300 participants, among them employees, universities, technology centers, companies, utilities and municipalities. A series of thematic sessions occurs with invited speakers of the sector, including the Environment Secretary of State, Carlos Martins, and the President of the European Water Association, José Saldanha Matos. Also, in this event, Alcântara water factory accommodated technologies demonstrations and presentations of research, development and innovation projects, such as LIFE IMPETUS, that place Águas do Tejo Atlântico at the forefront of innovation.”
LIFE Impetus at the 2017 EIP Water Conference, Porto
The LIFE Impetus project participated on the side event entitled “The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment”, organized by EASME. The event took place on 26 September. This event aimed to showcase and disseminate a selection of the latest and most replicable solutions developed by LIFE in the field of wastewater treatment. Additionally, the side event included presentations on the LIFE program’s topics in the water sector for the following years as well as a slot on LIFE funding opportunities and future call for projects.
LIFE Impetus @ European Researchers’ Night 2017
In September 29th 2017, in the European Researchers’ Night (Lisbon), Ana Paula Carvalho and Ana Sofia Mestre, from the Faculty of Sciences team, presented LIFE Impetus with a special focus on the preparation and use of activated carbon materials for water decontamination purpose
s – “Activated carbons. Materials for a better environment and pure water”. Along the night the stand and the experimental activity received 100+ visitors from general public, including 50+ pupils and students.
LIFE Impetus @ LNEC EM Open Day
In June 6th 2017, in LNEC-EM open day, the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory (UQTA) – operational unit of LNEC-EM, received 21 visitors from LNEC, universities, research centres, engineering and municipal companies. The visit focused on the UQTA’s activity and research, particularly on the laboratorial analyses (e.g. natural organic matter, cyanotoxins and pharmaceutical compounds) and treatment technologies. Participants visited the laboratory facilities and received information about LIFE Impetus.
1st Collaborative Workshop of the LIFE Impetus project
A 12 de julho de 2017 realizou-se no Centro de Congressos do LNEC a 1.ª Oficina de Trabalho Colaborativo do projeto europeu LIFE Impetus – Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants. Esta oficina reuniu o painel de stakeholders, constituído por elementos representativos do setor da água e de outras áreas (designadamente, saúde, ensino, produção estatística, produção de amêijoas e imprensa) e o focal point para o programa LIFE, e o consórcio do projeto (LNEC, Águas do Algarve, Águas do Tejo Atlântico, EHS, EPAL, Faculdade de Ciências e Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa e Universidade do Algarve). Esta primeira oficina, que contou com 35 participantes, teve como objetivo explorar o problema (ou seja, presença de fármacos nas águas residuais urbanas), promover o debate e a coprodução de um Quadro de Referência Partilhado de dimensões de impacte a considerar durante o projeto. Foi um dia animado com vários exercícios em grupo e seguir-lhe-á uma segunda oficina, a realizar em 2018, para explorar a solução, os resultados e a análise custo-benefício do projeto.
“On July 12 2017, the first Collaborative Workshop of the European project LIFE IMPETUS – Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants was held at the LNEC Congress Center. This workshop brought together stakeholders from the water sector and other areas (e.g., health, education, statistical production, clams production and press) and the focal point for the LIFE program, and the project consortium (LNEC, Águas do Algarve, Águas do Tejo Atlântico, EHS, EPAL, Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon and University of Algarve). This first workshop, which had 35 participants, aimed to explore the problem (i.e., the presence of drugs in urban wastewaters), to promote the debate and the co-production of a Shared Reference Framework of impact dimensions to consider during the project. It was a lively day with several group exercises and it will be followed by a second workshop, to be held in 2018, to explore the solution, the results and the cost-benefit analysis of the LIFE IMPETUS project.“
LIFE IMPETUS has been published on European Commission’s Facebook
LIFE IMPETUS has been published on European Commission’s LinkedIn
The LIFE IMPETUS project was highlighted in the second edition of “Open day of LNEC Operational Units” held in 6th June 2017.
LIFE IMPETUS @ CQB-day 2017
The Centro de Química e Bioquímica (CQB) day 2017 took place on 31st May 2017 in FCUL, Lisbon, organized by Ana Paula Carvalho, action B3 leader and FCUL team on LIFE IMPETUS.
This event included two invited lectures, one of them presented by Maria João Rosa about “The role of activated carbon technologies for controlling emerging contaminants in water and wastewater treatment”, with a special highlight to the LIFE IMPETUS project, and to LNEC-FCUL partnership.
LIFE IMPETUS @ celebration of 25 years of LIFE programme
The Portuguese celebration of 25 years of LIFE programme took place on 22th May 2017 in the LNEC auditorium, Lisbon. This event was organized by the Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente in cooperation with LNEC.
This event included five sessions during the morning period, namely: opening, the 25 years long contribution of the LIFE programme to the environment; 2017 LIFE call: new aspects and main opportunities; the LIFE in Portugal: the last 25 years and the future of the next 25, closing. The afternoon period included a Match Making session between cofinancers and applicants.
Maria João Rosa (LNEC research group) participated in the round table on “the LIFE in Portugal: the last 25 years and the future of the next 25”. The LIFE IMPETUS project was presented with in a poster, together with other LIFE projects with LNEC’s contribution: LIFE HYMEMB and LIFE AWARE.
LIFE IMPETUS in “Indústria e Ambiente”
LIFE IMPETUS project is referred in the March/April 2017 issue of Indústria e Ambiente (http://www.industriaeambiente.pt/noticias/revista-n103-marco-abril-2017/) magazine, in the article “O papel da regulamentação na inovação no domínio da reutilização de água” (The role of regulamentation to innovation in the water reuse domain).
LIFE IMPETUS @ EWA Spring Conference 2017
The EWA Spring Conference 2017 on Sanitation Approaches and Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals took place on 10th-11th May, Lisbon. This scientific meeting was organized by the European Water Association (EWA) and APESB (Portuguese Association for Sanitary and Environmental Engineering) in cooperation with CERIS-IST-UL (Centre for Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon).
The topics addressed at the event were on-site sanitation and new sanitation approaches, conventional and non-conventional sewer systems, nature based treatment solutions, excreta and treated wastewater reuse and resources recovery, energy efficiency and management in wastewater treatment, and sludge and bio-solids management.
LNEC research group participated with an oral communication entitled “Framework for energy management in small size, decentralized wastewater treatment plants” and a poster with the presentation of the LIFE IMPETUS project.
LNEC team in LIFE IMPETUS is proud to be part of the LIS-Water
The international reputation of the Portuguese water sector continues to grow. The LNEC application to the European Union H2020 Teaming program for creating an excellence center for water in Portugal, the Lisbon International Centre for Water (LIS-Water), was awarded funding for the 1st stage – result disclosed in March 22nd, the World Water Day.
LIS-Water will be constituted by public and private entities, promoted by LNEC in partnership with several (currently around 40) International and Portuguese institutions, including Crandfield University and Sorbonne, the EU partners in the teaming project.
LIS-Water aims at atracting world experts, national and foreign, and will focus on the development and dissemination of knowledge on public policy, regulation and management of water resources and urban water services (water, wastewater and stormwater services), based on five pillars: research and innovation – the master pillar; education, training and capacity building, to support the utilites, administration and regulators; business support, incubation and acceleration of start-ups, to support the industry; think tank and strategic advice , to support the policy makers; social engagement, to support the society at large.
The LNEC team in LIFE IMPETUS is proud to be part of this new center of excellence, led by Jaime Melo Baptista (member of LIFE IMPETUS Advisory Council), Helena Alegre, Rafaela Matos and Maria João Rosa. The LIFE IMPETUS outcomes will help build the ground for many of its pillars.
LIFE IMPETUS participated in the networking event “Current and future trends in the monitoring and control of emerging pollution in the water cycle”, held in Santiago de Compostel, Spain, gathering representatives of different projects in the field of monitoring, control and treatment of emerging pollutants in the integrated water cycle.
During the event, besides LIFE IMPETUS, several projects were presented and discussed, namely the CFIS-Ecopharma project, LIFE EMPORE, WaterNanoEnv, Sea-on-a-chip, BRAAVOO and SeMPAC.
The objective of the event was to know different projects encompassed in this subject addressed from different perspectives: real-time monitoring, passive samplers, nanotechnology, treatment systems and control tools. The event favored networking among the projects involved in order to establish future work needs on the issue of emerging pollutants, in anticipation of possible changes in legislation at the community level.
To conclude the day, a round table was held on the present and future of the issue of emerging pollutants in the water cycle with representatives of companies, research centers and technology centers: National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) , Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia, Iberian International Nanotechnology Laboratory, Levante Technological Laboratories, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and Cetaqua Galicia.
LIFE IMPETUS was present at the 17th ENASB – Environmental and Sanitary Engineering Meeting, held last 14-16 September in Guimarães. On top of being presented in two oral communications, LNEC had a LIFE dedicated stand for disseminating LIFE Hymemb, LIFE aWARE and LIFE IMPETUS.
The ENaSB – National Meeting on Environmental and Sanitary Engineering is a reference biennial event for the water sector in Portugal, and the 2016 edition involved 350 participants and many top-level decision-makers (incl. 2 ministers (environment and economy), 1 state-secretary (environment)). Seven LIFE IMPETUS members from LNEC (4), AdA (1), EPAL (1), FFUL (1) and UALG (1) attended this event and supported/promoted the project dissemination.
LIFE Impetus project is highlighted in May issue of AdA’s Newsletter.
“Projeto de I&D sobre monitorização e controlo de compostos farmacêuticos em ETAR urbanas
A ÁGUAS DO ALGARVE, S.A. (AdA) congratula-se com a aprovação de mais um projeto de Investigação e Desenvolvimento (I&D), no âmbito do Programa LIFE 2014-2017, subprograma Environment.”
“Águas do Algarve testa soluções para remover fármacos das águas residuais
A empresa Águas do Algarve vai participar num novo projeto, coordenado pelo Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), que visa testar soluções para a remoção de compostos farmacêuticos a partir de águas residuais em sistemas de tratamento.”
“Águas do Algarve | Projeto de I&D sobre monitorização e controlo de compostos farmacêuticos em ETAR urbanas, utiliza Alfarroba, cortiça e extratos de acácia”
“A Águas do Algarve vai colaborar no projeto de Investigação e Desenvolvimento (I&D) sobre monitorização e controlo de compostos farmacêuticos em ETAR urbanas, promovido pelo Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), no âmbito do Programa LIFE 2014-2017.”
The kick off meeting of LIFE Impetus took place …
6 projects coordinated by Portuguese entities were approved, 4 in “LIFE Environment” theme, with a total budget of 4.8 million euros, and 2 in “LIFE Nature and Biodiversity” theme, with a total budget of 9.1 million euros.
Brussells supports six LIFE Environment projects in Portugal with 14 million euros.