Project partners

Agricultural University of Athens

Partner 01 - AUA

Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

Department of Natural Resources Development & Agricultural Engineering

Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece


The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) is the third oldest University of Greece. The AUA has more than 200 teaching and research staff, approximately 5000 students plus all the necessary administrative and technical personnel. The Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering has three sectors and it is dealing with the management and development of natural resources and the technological applications in agriculture. The participating in the proposal Sectors of: Water Resources Management (Lab. of Agricultural Hydraulics) has a long tradition of an over 50 years experience in successful research and international cooperation in Europe, U.S.A. and around the world. Its research activities include: water resources management, soil physics, surface and groundwater hydrology, water treatment and reuse, erosion, desertification, flood and drought management, water quality protection especially in islands and coastal aquifers, desalination, etc.

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek

Partner 02 - ALTERRA

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Alterra,

Droevendaalsesteeg 4 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands


Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO) is a legal entity which is part of Wageningen UR (University and Research centre). The research institute Alterra is part of Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek. Alterra is the main Dutch centre of expertise on rural and natural areas and engages in strategic and applied research to support policymaking and management at local, national and international level. The Water and Soil Science Centres are involved in both research and education in water, soil and land use. Research is conducted from local to global scale and contributes to sustainable use of water and soil resources and sustainable design and management of the environment. Alterra is partner in a.o. the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the World Water Council (WWC), the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Climate Change and Biosphere (CCB).

Within FP5-7 of the EU, Alterra has been involved, either as coordinator or partner institution, in more than 100 projects, of which more than 20 were devoted to water quantity and water quality aspects. Among other continents, Latin America is a priority region for Alterra. Current water related EU-funded projects are amongst others WATER REUSE, WAHARA, DESIRE, CARIWATNET, FLOODSITE, AQUATERRA, AQUASTRESS, HYDRATE, ASEMWATERNET and CABRI-VOLGA.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Partner 03 - CSIC


Calle Serrano 117, Madrid, 28006, Spain

The autonomous organism CSIC (Superior Council for Scientific Research) is the largest multi-disciplinary Public Research Institution of Spain. The CSIC budget in 2006 was 676 M€, 7.1% of which was obtained from the Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission. This makes CSIC the fourth largest FP participant Europe wide. The CSIC group was formally established in 1995 at the Estación Experimental de Aula Dei, and is composed by six researchers working in the fields of irrigation engineering, crop water requirements and agronomy. This group participates in the 30-year research tradition of the Soils and Irrigation Unit of the CITA (Agri-food Research and Technology Center of the Government of Aragón). Both institutions are located in Zaragoza, Spain, and together compose the Research group for Irrigation, Agronomy and the Environment, recipient of the Excellence classification of the regional government. This extended group is composed of over 40 persons, and includes multidisciplinary capacities in irrigation systems, analysis of quantitative and qualitative issues of return flows, crop water requirements, GIS and remote sensing analysis, irrigation district management, soil salinity, numerical modelling of hydrodynamic systems and non-agricultural water use.


Universidade do Porto

Partner 04 – UPORTO

Universidade do Porto

Faculty of Engineering

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Porto, 4200-465, PORTUGAL

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (UP) is the largest Faculty of the UP, serving a community of approximately 7.000 students by means of 9 Departments, one of them the Department of Civil Engineering that incorporates the Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment Division (“Hydraulics Division”). FEUP also includes almost 30 Research Centres and Interface Institutes, namely the Hydraulics and Water Resources Institute that integrates members of the Hydraulics Division. The key researchers have been participating in several international, European and national projects and studies embracing many areas related with (fluvial and marine) hydraulics, water resources and environment.

National Technical University of Athens

Partner 05 - NTUA

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

School of Chemical Engineering

Iroon Polytehneiou 9, Athens, 15780 Greece

The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is one of the oldest and the most prestigious Academic Institutes in Greece, with a long experience in education, training and technological research/development. The NTUA Environmental and Energy Management Research Unit (EEMRU, is in charge of the work to be undertaken within the proposed project.  The EEMRU is an educational and research unit of the School of Chemical Engineering, and has successfully coordinated or participated in a considerable number of projects, at both the National and European level. The Unit has extensive expertise in the areas of (i) Water resources management, with particular emphasis on Water Scarcity Mitigation Options and drought management for arid and semi-arid environments at different local contexts through the application of demand management, water reuse and recycling, institutional and economic instruments, and desalination; (ii)Water systems modelling and development of GIS-based Decision Support Systems and web-based multi-criteria analysis tools; and (iii) Climate change adaptation focusing on water security challenges.

University of Sao Paulo

Partner 06 – USP

University of Sao Paulo

Av Prof. Almeida Prado Travessa 2, 271

05508-900, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Since 1893, Poli/USP has trained generations of engineers in various specialties in its 17 undergraduate degrees. Poli/USP is the largest engineering graduate center of Brazil and excels in conducting scientific and technological research. The Engineering School has had an important contribution to the country's sustainable development not only with the professionals that graduate here but also with the development of many projects under the responsibility of professors and graduate students, which also includes the necessary social, economic and environmental aspects. Aligning the University potential contribution with the country´s needs has always been the focus of the development of technological tools. The Laboratory for Decision Support Systems in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (Labsid) aims to support programs for undergraduate and graduate training and research on systems analysis of water resources, environmental systems and watershed management.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Partner 07 - PUC

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Avenida Libertador Bernardo O' Higgins 340

Santiago, 8331150, Chile

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile founded on 1888 has 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 2,000 professors. The university's leadership in research and graduate programs has had considerable influence on the country's cultural and scientific development. The School of Engineering is one of the leading schools within the University whose main objectives are to prepare students for their professional careers, and to improve the knowledge in the engineering profession and the quality of engineering practice. Its teaching programs are granted Substantial Equivalence by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) of the US.

The Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering belongs to the School of Civil Engineering. The department trains civil engineers and graduate students (MS and PhD level) to deal with problems related to understanding, planning, design and operation of hydraulic and environmental systems. The Department integrates in its teaching and research activities three main areas: hydrology and water resources, hydraulic and fluid mechanics, and environmental engineering.

T.C. Geomatic Ltd

Partner 08- Geomatic

T.C. Geomatic Ltd,

N. Georgiou 6, Block C Offices, 1095, Nicosia, Cyprus


T.C. Geomatic Ltd has an extensive experience in the design and development of WEB-GIS and Desktop GIS software applications and modules. T.C. Geomatic Ltd is known for the creation, standardization and technical support of particularly significant geographical information management centers , for  the development, operation and technical support of geographical information systems in client-server environment and Web (WEB-GIS), based on Oracle, Oracle Spatial, and ArcGIS / ArcSDE of ESRI like the management of the Land Parcel Identification System and Olive and Viticulture Register. T.C. Geomatic Ltd is also known for the development of WEB-GIS software and Geoportal based on the ArcGIS Server / ArcSDE 9.3.1, in PostgresQL of ESRI and the creation of the digital database of geographic data in accordance with the standards of Inspire, Inspire metadata and the Inspire Geoportal for the Special Secretariat for Water of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. T.C. Geomatic Ltd specializes in the development of Internet and client-server applications of  Social Geographic Information Systems, in ArcGIS Server / ArcSDE 9.3 environment on SQL Server. T.C. Geomatic Ltd developed a very innovative system in garbage management through a WEB-GIS application based on ArcGIS Server / ArcSDE 9.3.1 in PostgresQL of ESRI.

Norwegian Institute for Agricultural & Environmental Research

Partner 09 - BIOFORSK

Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Fr. A. Dahlsvei 20, Aas, 1432, Norway


Bioforsk – the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research – is a national R&D institute under the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The main areas of competence are linked to food quality and safety, agriculture and rural development, environmental and water protection and natural resources management. Bioforsk has a staff of about 500. The centre (Soil and Environment) that will be involved in this project has been involved in a number of EU projects and coordinated the following: EuroPeat, Mantra-East, PRIMOSE and STRIVER and are in the coordination role in two ongoing FP7-projects GENESIS and SoilCam and participating in REFRESH and AWARE.

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Partner 10 - FHNW


Schulthess-Allee 1, 5201 Brugg, Switzerland


The School of Life Sciences (HLS) of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) is located in the centre of the tri-national Basel area (Switzerland – France – Germany). The four institutes of the HLS are Pharma Technology, Medical and Analytical Technologies, Chemistry and Bioanalytics and Ecopreneurship (IEC). Circa 80 scientists at HLS work currently on about 120 projects. The research and development activities of HLS encompasses a wide range of projects ranging from the development of new products and devices as well as the optimisation of production processes in terms of material and energy saving up to life cycle and risk assessment of some of these products. The core activities of the Institute for Ecopreneurship (IEC) at the FHNW include Environmental Technologies, Environmental Biotechnology and Sustainable Resources Management. It possesses lab facilities such as pilot-scale lab, trace analysis lab and radioisotope lab, which are all equipped with cutting-edge devices. IEC holds close contacts to relevant water authorities, end-users in the region such as municipal water and wastewater utilities which allows for on-site pilot-testing.


Tecnologia de Calidad, S.A. de C.V.

Partner 11 – TDC

Tecnología de Calidad, S.A. de C.V.

Research, Development and Consulting Areas.

Guadalquivir 115 Ote, San Pedro Garza Garcia, 66220, Mexico


First Mexican consulting firm established to research and implement Company Wide Quality and Productivity Management, since 1985. Contributing with R&D, innovation and global competitiveness to vanguardists Mexican & Latin-American entities, sectors as: 1) Service and Commerce: Banking & Financial, Logistics, Corporate, Universities, Water & Drainage, Electricity, Health, ICT, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities; 2) Industry: Ceramics, Chemical, Electronic, Food, Glass, Manufacture, Metallurgic, Metal Mechanic, Mining, Packing, Petroleum, Plastic, Printing, Leather, & Steel and; 3) Government: National, States, Ministries & Official Organizations. Includes research in innovation and competitiveness best practices in Japan for 15 (fifteen) specific programs, involving more than 70 (Seventy) organizations related to industry, services, commerce and government. Has been included other Asian companies with pioneering practices in: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shangai, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand. In the sector of water resources management and competitiveness systems has been involved since 1985 in Mexico, including international cooperation mainly in Latin America.

National University of Córdoba

Partner 12 - UC

National University of Córdoba

Vélez Sásfield 1611, 5000 Cordoba , Argentina


The National University of Cordoba –UNC- is the oldest in the country and one of the first on the American continent. Currently, it is an important center of reference not only in the cultural/scientific sphere, but also in the political and social ones. The university of today, completely immersed in the life of our city Cordoba, "la Docta" (the leaned one), inherits a long tradition of struggles and rights and at the same time reflects upon the recent transformations and progress. More than 110,000 students, from this and other Argentine cities and provinces and abroad, study in its classrooms and laboratories, taking advantage of a public education with academic excellence and social commitment. Today, like yesterday, this centenary House also has people who dream, invent and construct, with enormous talent and valuable results, a university project for all.

Sistemas Especializados Para Agua

Partner 13 – SEA


Libramiento Oriente No. 14299-5 ,Tijuana, 22480, México


Sistemas Especializados Para Agua SA de CV (SEA) is a consulting firm dedicated to developing engineering, process design, construction, manufacturing and service of industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment systems. It was established in 1995 with the objective to provide high quality water/wastewater treatment systems and service in Mexico and Latin America. SEA has the capacity to handle and manage projects ranging from conceptual design, installation, start up and service of plants and sludge treatment and disposal. Through the years, SEA has been awarded with various contracts and successfully executed a number of purification and treatment projects. SEA is comprised of highly qualified personnel in the areas of reverse osmosis (desalination and drinking water), ultra, micro and nano filtration as well as for extended aeration, membrane bioreactors and/or electrolysis, among other water/wastewater treatment processes.