Kick-off meeting. Madrid (Spain)

The kick-off meeting of the project was held in Madrid, Spain on April 4th 2019. The meeting took place at the Chemical and Environmental Technology Department of the Rey Juan Carlos University where the coordinator of the project -Javier Marugán- welcomed the beneficiaries of REWATERGY project. Each WP leader presented the activities to be carried out and general planning. During this meeting were discussed the ESRs recruitment status, the project and deliverables management, the presentation of the ESR projects, the dissemination and outreach activities of the project, the organisation of the training events and the financial management of the project.

  • Javier Marugán (URJC)
  • Cristina Adán (URJC)
  • Laura Torrente (Cambridge)
  • Pilar Fernández (Ulster)
  • David Valdesueiro (Delft-IMP)
  • Ken Reynolds (ProPhotonix)
  • Simon Stanley (ProPhotonix)
  • Víctor Monsalvo (Aqualia)
  • Beatriz del castillo (Aqualia)

M7 Meeting. Cambridge (UK)

The second meeting of the project was held in Cambridge, UK on October 29th 2019. The meeting took place at the Divinity School, St John’s College. In this meeting, all the beneficiaries had the opportunity to meet in person all the ESRs after the recruitment process. The first Supervisory Board meeting took place. The general objectives of the meeting were to provide information to the ESRs about the project, objectives and activities and the role of each member in the project, to briefly present the ESR projects and discuss their execution and to discuss the forthcoming Training Events in Ulster and Delft during December 2019 and May 2020, respectively.

M14 meeting: 1st year progress. Delft (Netherlands) (on-line)

The first-year progress meeting was to be held in Delft at the Delft-IMP premises, Holand on May 6th-7th, 2020. Due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be carried out online. However, despite the difficulty of conducting this meeting virtually with more than 20 connected participants from 9 different countries, the meeting was a success. In this meeting, we had an exhaustive evaluation of the progress of the project with the EC Project Officer. All aspects related to project management, recruitment process, deliverables, the scope of milestones, financial aspects and dissemination/communication of results were reviewed and discussed in depth. ESRs also had the opportunity to present their work and speak privately with the PO about their status. Finally, the risk of the current situation was evaluated and the bases for developing a contingency plan against COVID-19 were discussed.

During this meeting, we also had the opportunity to listen and learn from the experience of Dr Irene Michael-Kordatou (senior research scientist) and DR. Iakovos C. Iakovides (PhD candidate) from ANSWER project.

M21 meeting. Cambridge (UK) (on-line)

The 21st month meeting was planned to be held at Cambridge University, one year after the first meeting of the entire consortium. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has not allowed us to attend this meeting on person and the meeting has been held on-line. The fourth General Assembly of REWATERGY was held on December 17th, 2020.

At this meeting, we bid farewell to David Daldesueiro and welcomed Dominik Benz, both from Delft-IMP to the project. Among the most important topics discussed on this day was the change of the host institution of the ESRs that will take place between the months of April and May 2021. The request for visas and resident permits is our main priority at this moment.

M30 meeting. Madrid (Spain) (on-line)

The Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that still exist in some countries to travel through Europe have forced us once again to hold the project meeting virtually. The 30th-month meeting was planned to be held in Spain and to be organised by Aqualia. The General Assembly was held on September 23rd, 2021 to discuss and give an overview of the most important topics that currently affect the proper development of the project, putting particular emphasis on overcoming the research delays that the project has suffered and the consequences on the PhD thesis of the ESRs.

M39 meeting. Ulster (Belfast)

M39 meeting were held in Belfast face-to-face and were organised by Ulter university. This has been the first meeting that has been held in person since the restrictions of the pandemic. On this occasion, the meeting coincided with the Environ 2022 Conference allowing the students to present their research work in a special session on REWATERGY included in the conference.

The General Assembly was hold on June 22nd, 2022. We had the opportunity to hold a hybrid meeting to overview the most important topics that affect the development of the project. One of the topics discussed and voted on was the extension of the project and the particular analysis of each of the ESRs’ progress.

The presentations on the scientific advances of the ESRs were carried out within a special session of the ENVIRON22 congress entitled Water-Eenergy Nexus.

There were also prizes!! Our students Marina Avena Maia and Adriana Rioja Cabanillas were awarded two prizes for the Best Nano-related Presentation and the Best Chemical Sciences presentation, respectively.

M43 meeting. Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

During the 43rd month, we will hold the six-monthly SA/SB meeting and the last training course that will consist of a Final Showcase and International Workshop with guest speakers who will give us talks about their experience on issues related to the project. The event will be held in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) and is organised by AQUALIA. The organisation has planned to do several events such as a visit to a local winery and a social dinner for the participants.

M48 meeting. Cork (Ireland)