SEWPROF ITN meets again, this time in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Picture: P. de Voogt

Utrecht2Picture: P. de Voogt

Last April the members of SEWPROF met again, this time in the small village of Nieuwegein, the home base of KWR Watercycle Research Institute in the middle of The Netherlands. On the 9th of April, the half yearly board meeting was held (see pictures). On April 10th and 11th the third training course was held. The meeting started by morning sessions with brief updates from all ESRs and ERs. The rest of the programme focused on mass spectrometric detection techniques on the first day, whereas the second day was dedicated to biological aspects including biosensing, PCR and toxicology of illicit drugs, starring some very interesting guest speakers

The aspect of team building was not forgotten. While enjoying some rather unusual (for The Netherlands) nice weather that allowed walking outdoors, excursions were made to:

Drinking Water Treatment Plant of Waternet   (picture: E. Emke)

Drinking Water Treatment Plant of Waternet (picture: E. Emke)

1) The drinking water treatment plant of Waternet, that uses surface water from the river Rhine. The use of automated biosentinels was demonstrated that continuously monitor the quality of the inlet water using daphnids and algae.2) The main locks of the Amsterdam-Rhine canal and the old centre of the former village of Vreeswijk with its pound locks, where a typical Dutch pannenkoeken lunch was enjoyed.

Marie Mardal, the ESR Representative said: ‘It was interesting, as always, to hear how the work of the other research groups was coming along, and share and discuss obstacles and successes. When we have such different angles on the project, these training courses are crucial to ensure we use everyone’s expertise optimal and support each other in making good, scientific decisions leading to excellent research. The speakers gave some very interesting talks on subjects relevant to the field of sewage profiling, but also background knowledge in other scientific fields, that we could use in our research.’

SEWPROF researchers (picture: E. Emke)

SEWPROF researchers (picture: E. Emke)