23/04/2021

ICRA's biennial Scientific Advisory Board meeting takes place

The Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) organised the biennial meeting of its Scientific Advisory Board on 21 and 22 April, following last year's cancellation due to the pandemic. The Council is made up of 14 international scientists of recognised prestige and competence, especially in the field of water and all related sciences.

Damià Barceló, director of the ICRA, and Bernd Bilitewski, president of the Council, welcomed the attendees, including Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Fang Wang, Krishna Pagilla and Yolanda Picó, who were new members of the Council for the first time.

During the conference, a review was made of the milestones achieved by the ICRA to date in the different areas of research and some of the unique projects currently being carried out were presented, such as the coordination of the temporary surveillance programme for SARS CoV-2 in wastewater in Catalonia, which has helped the Catalan authorities to monitor the virus, the Electron4water project and the Water Reuse project.

The attendees celebrated the increase in the number of SCI and PhD articles published during the last 2020 compared to previous years, and made a very satisfactory balance of the funding obtained this year and that planned until 2025. During the meeting, the ICRA's Strategic Plan for the coming years, between 2021 and 2030, was also presented, during which several research, economic and administrative strategies will be carried out with the aim of continuing to grow the ICRA.

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