A new partnership between RES’EAU-WaterNET and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) will develop new approaches to water purification in small water systems while fostering related inter- and trans-disciplinary research among social sciences, engineering and natural sciences in Canada and Switzerland.
EAWAG is a research institute within the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH; an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university), which comprises the Federal Institutes of Technology, ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne, as well as three other research institutes. EAWAG boasts 12 research departments that focus on trans-disciplinary for an integrated approach to research on water and water bodies.
A delegation of RES’EAU-WaterNET researchers and Canadian water experts from complementary disciplines recently traveled to the EAWAG facility in Dübendorf. There, they met with EAWAG researchers attended a workshop organized to identify synergies and possible collaborative projects, and toured a local water system to view recent technological upgrades.
“EAWAG is a transformative organization that produces high-impact research,” said Dr. Madjid Mohseni, RES’EAU-WaterNET Scientific Director. “Their collaborative approach across research disciplines also engages industry, municipalities, and communities, much like RES’EAU, and so we see many synergies between each organization.
“A strong connection with EAWAG’s nearly 500 scientists will be instrumental in fulfilling our mission to build strategic links in the triangle among science, the public and private industry in Canada and Switzerland, which is of strategic importance for developing innovative solutions in underserved research areas.”
The partnership is also an important step in advancing Swiss-Canadian scientific partnerships in general – globally speaking, the countries are third and seventh, respectively, in terms of R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP. Dr. Mohseni noted.
The visit to EAWAG was supported by an NSERC Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative award as well as the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.
Pictured (left to right): Madjid Mohseni, RES’EAU Scientific Director, UBC; Charles Haynes, Canada Research Chair in Biotechnology, UBC; Greg Lawrence, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, UBC; Edward McBean, Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security, University of Guelph; Diane Dupont, Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN), Brock University; Wouter Pronk, Senior Scientist, Process Engineering, EAWAG.
Special thanks to the EAWAG team:
Janet Hering, EAWAG Director
Bernhard Truffer, Environmental Social Sciences (Dept. Head)
Mario Schirmer, Water Resources and Drinking Water
Urs von Gunten, Water Resources and Drinking Water
Wouter Pronk, Process Engineering
Johnny Wüest, Surface Waters
Eva Lieberherr, Environmental Social Sciences
Caroline Jennings Saul, Environmental Social Sciences
Frederik Hammes, Environmental Microbiology
Max Maurer, Urban Water Management (Dept. Head)
Kris Villez, Leader, Sensors and Automation
Ivana Logar, Environmental Social Sciences
Sara Marks, Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Joao Leitao, Urban Water Management