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The start-up meeting of the intoDBP project, led by ICRA-CERCA, was held

Monday, 06 February 2023

On January 26 and 27, 2023, the intoDBP project officially launched its activities in the city of Madrid. The four-year project will now begin developing, testing, scaling up, validating and comparing innovative tools and strategies to protect catchments and minimize human exposure to disinfection byproducts (DBPs) under current and future climates.

The consortium is led by the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA-CERCA) and is made up of 16 partners, including researchers, small and large companies, communication experts and public services who have joined efforts to generate interdisciplinary solutions, which will result in a renewed perspective on drinking water monitoring .

The first day of the meeting started with the general explanation of the project, presented by Maria José Farré, coordinator of intoDBP and ICRA-CERCA researcher. This was followed by presentations by each partner, on their role and contribution to the project. During the afternoon, the partners had the opportunity to visit the fourth pilot of the project, the drinking water plant of the Canal d’Isabel II, where surface water is treated through different stages.

The second and final day of the kick-off meeting presented the four case studies of intoDBP carried out across Europe, where the project will implement and validate its cross-cutting products. The final part of the morning allowed the partners to start their collaboration and brainstorm, through fruitful discussions between the work teams.

The intoDBP project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement n°101081728. To follow project updates, check out their Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.