Synergising International research Studies into the environmental Fate and Behaviour of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream (INTERWASTE) (H2020-MSCA-RISE/0253).
Coordinator: Prof. Stuart Harrad, University of Birmingham, UK.
CSIC Project leader: Dr. Ethel Eljarrat
Project staff: Dr. Ethel Eljarrat, Dr. Òscar Aznar-Alemany, Andrea Peris, Berta Sala.
Start: January 2017
End: December 2020
The overall vision of INTERWASTE is to develop scientific understanding of issues related to environmental contamination with toxic and/or hazardous organic chemicals (specifically flame retardants (FRs) and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs)) arising from their presence in the waste stream. Our central hypothesis is that the presence of such chemicals in the waste stream represents a substantial environmental hazard. INTERWASTE will test this hypothesis by evaluating the extent of environmental contamination attributable to emissions from selected components of the waste stream, and further will evaluate the efficacy of actions to minimise such environmental contamination. This will be achieved by a co-ordinated programme of collaboration centred around 87 research secondments totalling 224 researcher months between world-leading research groups both within and outside the EU; coupled with 4 annual research workshops to discuss the latest findings. The research programme will exploit the complementary expertise of the consortium members, and in so doing foster synergies. The INTERWASTE consortium is founded on a firm basis of reinforcing existing collaborations, augmented by establishment of new international links. Cross-sectorial interaction and knowledge sharing will be achieved via the participation of beneficiaries and partner organisations from both academic and non-academic sectors. All secondments and workshops will be conducted within a framework designed to maximise the training and career development benefits to participating staff by providing them with opportunities for knowledge and skills acquisition, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on early career researchers.