Partner No. 4: Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group (WU)
Wageningen University (WU) founded in 1918, has in recent decades evolved into one of the world’s leading education and research centres in plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnological, food and social sciences.. Wageningen University has therefore formulated its mission as follows:
“Wageningen University wishes to develop and disseminate the scientific knowledge needed to a sustainable supply of society’s demand for sufficient, healthy food and a good environment for humans, animals and plants.” Recognising the importance of disseminating knowledge and expertise, WU offers students from around the world a wide range of educational programmes, including a special international Master of Science Programme as well as a post-graduate programme.
Wageningen University and Research Centre
The University has been integrated with the Agricultural Research Department (DLO), the Institutes for Applied Research in Agriculture, the International Agricultural Centre (IAC), the International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement (ILRI) and the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), establishing Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR). Within its sphere of activity (agro-production chains and the green space) Wageningen UR focuses on sustainable agricultural production chains (plant and animal);agrotechnology, nutrition and health; development of natural habitats and conservation of natural resources anduse of the multifunctional ‘green’ and ‘blue’ (aquatic and atmospheric) spaces.
Department of Environmental Sciences
The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) is one of five Departments of Wageningen University. DES covers and co-ordinates the activities of twenty chairs and their accompanying research groups which form the foundation of the scientific education and research activities at university level.
Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group
The research of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group focuses on the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring predominantly in freshwater ecosystems. The main goal is to develop new knowledge and better instruments for restoration and management of aquatic ecosystems. The research is multidisciplinary (environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology) and ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) to the actual ecosystems’ scale (field studies). The multidisciplinary expertise of the team comes together in the development of integrated models for ecosystem and water quality management. The research approach is quantitative with a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art statistical and modelling techniques.
Main tasks attributed:
- WU will be involved in work package 1, 4 and 7. In work package 1 it will engage in the project meetings and discussions. In work package 4 it will provide information to validate the environmental models relevant to contaminants, while WU will be the lead participant of work package 7.
Key Project Personnel: