University of Cyprus secures highly competitive ERC Synergy Grant for research project “Water-Futures”

How the world will achieve the provisioning of high-quality water services in the future while facing severe climate, economic and population pressures, under considerable uncertainty, is a key question, which the principal investigators of the project “Water-Futures” are asking.

The University of Cyprus has announced that the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant “Water-Futures” has received funding, which is the first such grant for an academic institution based in Cyprus, with a value of 10 million euros.

Among more than 440 proposals submitted to the European Research Council for a Synergy Grant, and after a highly competitive year-long evaluation procedure, 34 research projects were selected to address some of the world’s most formidable research problems spanning multiple scientific disciplines.

The awarded project, entitled “Smart Water Futures: Designing the Next Generation of Urban Drinking Water Systems,” is a partnership between four internationally recognized researchers Press & Public Relations Office, Promotion and Development Sector and their teams: Professor Marios Polycarpou, from the University of Cyprus, who is also the Corresponding Principal Investigator; Professor Barbara Hammer from the Bielefeld University in Germany; Professor Phoebe Koundouri from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece; and Professor Dragan Savic from the KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands.

The United Nations predicts that an estimated 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. This growth causes significant burden on urban drinking water systems and services.

The Water-Futures project aims to develop a theoretical basis for designing smart water systems, which can provide a framework for the allocation and development decisions on drinking water infrastructure systems, so that they are socially equitable, economically efficient and environmentally resilient, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030. These next-generation water systems will utilize new technologies to integrate real-time monitoring and control with long-term robustness and flexibility.

Source: Cyprus News Agency