AquaticPollutantsTransNet awarded funding in the the Aquatic Pollutants Transfer Project

The project AquaticPollutantsTransNet has been selected by an independent scientific panel to be funded by participating agencies. It is a consortium of four partners (two French, one German and one Swedish). The project should start in spring of 2021 for a duration of approximatively four years.

The Aquatic Pollutants Transfer Project is a call launched in support of the three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to strengthen the European research area in the field of clean and healthy aquatic ecosystems by facilitating networking between researchers, knowledge hubs and the dissemination of scientific data into the public and administrative sectors.

The call Aquatic Pollutants Transfer Project opened in February 2020 with a budget of 1M€ gathered by 3 funding agencies involved: Sweden (SRC), Germany (BMBF) and France (ANR) and dedicated to fund proposals issued from the existing call Aquatic Pollutants.

For more information, visit the Transfer Project webpage.


AquaticPollutantsTransNet – a transfer project to support funded research in scientific communication, the uptake of research results and to increase their impact

AquaticPollutantsTransNet.JPGProtecting all our water resources from pollutant inputs and the spread of pathogens is essential for a healthy environment, ecosystems, and our life! “Strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of clean and healthy aquatic ecosystems and to leverage untapped potential in the collaboration between the freshwater, marine and health research areas.” – That is the goal within the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants where the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance  (AMR) are working closely together.

To support the achievement of this goal is in the focus of the upcoming transfer project AquaticPollutantsTransNet. The Transfer Project is part of the AquaticPollutants projects’ family and accompany its research and innovation projects. The envisaged project start is May 2021 and the AquaticPollutantsTransNet team consists of partners from France (BRGM - French Geological Survey, ACTeon environment), Germany (DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, ISOE – Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (subcontractor)) and Sweden (IVL - IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute). DECHEMA acts as co-ordinator of this four-year project.

AquaticPollutantsTransNet aims to:

  • improve stakeholders’ & citizens’ perception through active involvement in the reduction of aquatic pollutants in the water cycle,
  • ring aquatic pollutants to the public’s attention and improve social impact awareness and understanding of the advantages in their reduction,
  • realise the above by using innovative tools and by implementing engagement activities around the AquaticPollutants projects to foster societal embedding.

To support knowledge transfer, scientific networking, and public engagement on aquatic pollutants,the key objectives are:

  • identification of key stakeholders and their knowledge gaps,
  • development of innovative approaches for enhanced knowledge transfer and exchange,
  • create synergies amongst the AquaticPollutants projects and strengthen stakeholder collaboration,
  • foster the knowledge transfer from the research projects to stakeholders and its uptake,
  • implementation of multiple dissemination and exploitation routes with thematic (non-scientific) groups, political fora, scientific networks and citizens.

The transfer project consists of two interacting phases:

  • Phase one aims (a) to identify key stakeholders and knowledge demands relevant to aquatic pollutants (CEC, AMR and pathogens) and (b) to develop innovative methods/strategies/tools to improve the transfer of scientific knowledge on aquatic pollutants to policy makers, the public, the health, agricultural and industrial sectors.
  • The aim of phase two is (a) to create added value by cooperation among the AquaticPollutants projects, (b) to strengthen collaboration with stakeholders and (c) implement innovative methods and channels for strategic transfer exploitation and uptake of results by communication to reach the relevant identified stakeholder groups.

Thus, AquaticPollutantsTransNet will follow a tailored dissemination, exploitation and knowledge transfer strategy with multiple dissemination and exploitation routes integrating standardisation, thematic expert groups, political fora, scientific networks and the public.

Once the project has started, we will keep you updated on our website and communication channels. The entire AquaticPollutantsTransNet team looks forward to cooperate and interact with you as funded projects, stakeholders, interested parties or individuals!

Contact: Thomas Track, Head of Water Management, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt/Main, Germany


The AquaticPolllutantsTransNet partners will receive funding for this project from their national funding organisations ANR, BMBF and SRC within the AquaticPollutants 2020 Joint Transnational Call within the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants of the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).