The AQUAVALENS or ‘healthy water' consortium, coordinated by Professor Paul Hunter, is a 9million Euro project protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation. It brings together 39 partners from small and medium size businesses, universities and research institutes, connecting a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, public health practitioners and policy makers from 13 countries across Europe.
AQUAVALENS is centred on the concept of developing suitable platforms that harness the advances in new molecular techniques to permit the routine detection of waterborne pathogens and improve the provision of hygienically safe water for drinking and food production that is appropriate for large and small systems throughout Europe. Whilst in recent years there has been considerable developments, especially in molecular technology, very few systems are available that meet the needs of water providers. Consequently, and unless it proves essential, rather than necessarily develop new technologies, the key focus will be to adopt and, where appropriate, adapt existing technologies to develop these detection systems.
Link to the website and associated publications here.
Professor Paul Hunter, Consortium Coordinator
The AQUAVALENS consortium brings together 39 partners from small and medium size businesses, universities and research institutes, connecting a multidisciplinary team from 13 countries across Europe. For full list of partners - see website here.