Partnership

The noPILLS project is funded by the EU via the structural development funds Interreg IV B Northwesteurope.

The involved institutions come from 5 countries:
Both partners Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband are non-profit water boards under public law in Northrhine Westphalia (Germany), responsible for the river catchments of Emscher and Lippe (tributaries of the river Rhine). Having strong local networks and rather different waste water treatment plants (wwtp) both very practical partners are excellently qualified to test and improve the strategies and technical solutions developed in noPILLS.

The Dutch National Institute for Public health and the Environment (RIVM) is the Netherlands’ main public sector knowledge institute in the field of public health, nutrition, safety and environmental management. Risk assessment and risk management are key concepts underpinning RIVM’s activities, with a focus on human health, safety and the quality of ecosystems. A further key concept is the integration of knowledge. RIVM applies this knowledge, and places it at the disposal of policy-makers, researchers, regulatory authorities and the general public.

The environment research institute Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology has long-standing experiences in water related research projects and is connected to various partners in the test region Esch-sur-Alzette, supporting the CRP to elaborate practical and scientific solutions.

The Scottish partner Glasgow Caledonian University combines the research on technical solutions for the reduction of pharmaceutical residues in waste water with social and communication faculties of the University to integrate approaches for awareness raising and communication into the project.

The French Université de Limoges has a special expertise regarding the research on antibiotic resistant bacteria. The partner involved two project locations into the partnership: research at the hospital and sewer systems of Limoges and the second location is at the French-Swisse border in Bonneville with a divided waste water treatment for hospital and domestic waste water, both on one wwtp property.

All noPILLS partners carry out their activities within a network of regional partners like supporting hospitals, treatment facilities, ministries/authorities, water suppliers, stakeholders, etc. The expertise of further countries or disciplines is organized via an `advisory board´.

The partner networks are shown in detail in the section activities under each pilot project.