On 18 of June representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia in cooperation with RTU Water research laboratory members organized iWatermap stakeholders meeting.
The meeting was moderated by Dāvids Štēbelis and stakeholders was introduced with iWatermap project, e.g., project vision, and results. The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the development of Critical Mass Development, Human Capital and Internationalization Roadmap for the water sector in Latvia.
In the meeting was invited representatives from Triple helix, e.g., Latvia water and wastewater works association, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, University of Latvia (several research institutes), Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”.
Since the end of February, within the framework of the NOAH project, RTU scientists Jānis Rubulis, Maris Kaļinka, Marta Zemīte, Gints Dakša and Valts Urbanovičs have several meetings in partner organizations – Jūrmala Water Ltd and Liepaja “Komunālajā pārvaldē”.
During the meetings were discussed about the NOAH pilot areas and there located stormwater infrastructure. On the meeting agendas were the issues related to data collection from pilot areas.
One of the pilot areas in Jurmala is the catchment area of Miera Street in Dzintari, but also pilot areas in Kauguri and Pumpuri are planned. In Liepaja, the pilot area was selected in the catchment area of Tebras Street.
On 9 and 10 April, a meeting of iWatermap project partners took place in the Heraklion (Region of Crete, Greece).
Dāvids Štēbelis from Water Research Laboratory presented a summary of activities carried out in recent months. This included conclusions about the actors (prospects and leads) in the water industry that fit into the Triple Helix model developed by Henry Etzkowitz researcher from Stanford University.
The Triple Helix model describes the interaction between Academia, Industry, and Government to promote economic and social development.
David sketched out the key challenges for Academia-Industry; Academia -Government and Industry -Government relations.
The meeting was also attended by Jānis Rubulis senior researcher from the Water Research Laboratory; Marika Laudere and Ronalds Štrauhs representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as Gints Pērkons, Executive Director of the Latvian water and wastewater works association, and Marita Stradere, Deputy Director of education and research at Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine.
On 20-21.03., the partners of the NOAH project met at the progress meeting at SAMK (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences) in Pori, Finland. The wholel project aims to protect the Baltic sea and reduce climat change, which are currently a global problem. It was a great oportunity to our colleagues to take a part in workshops, visit Pori pilots and meet face-to-face all partners from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Finland. Some of workshop topics were “Build-up of Extreme Weather Layer”, “Water quality sampling and analysis” and “Real time control”.
Next NOAH progress meeting will start on 09/2019.
On January 31, RTU iWatermap (https://www.interregeurope.eu/iwatermap/) experts Jānis Rubulis and Dāvids Štēbelis where involved in Cleantech Latvia General Meeting of Members. David presented some of the most important observations from the company interviews conducted in the iWatermap project and presented publicly available funding for collaboration with universities in the near future.
RTU experts together with RTU Design Factory (http://rtudf.rtu.lv/) Project Manager Liene Briede did presentations about iWatermap project concept, financial opportunities for Industry – Academia cooperation.
After the main event participants look around premises of RTU Design Factory and were introduced with technical opportunities and prototypes build for water industry.
From 02.12.2018. to 08.12.2018. 2nd B-LIQ Project partner meeting took place in IIT Delhi. The event was hosted by Prof. Atul Narang and Prof. Gopal P. Agarwal from Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. During the meeting, all partners (Linda Mezule and Ieva Berzina from RTU; Timo Kikas and Vahur Rooni from EULS) discussed about the latest scientific achievements, visited IIT Delhi laboratories and agreed on future plans within B-LIQ project.
From 20 to 22 of November 2018 scientists form Water Research Laboratory Kristina Tihomirova, Sandis Dejus and Tālis Juhna participated in the project BEST partner meeting that was held in Toila, Estonia.
Sandis Dejus presented the progress of WP2 regarding the assessment of the current situation in the field of industrial wastewater management which is led by the RTU.
During the second day, our team members had a great opportunity to participate in a workshop on hazardous substances, and also to visit industrial wastewater treatment plants at factories in the nearest municipalities where wastewater with high loads of hazardous substances is treated.
Next project meeting will be held in Riga!
More information about the project: BEST – Better Efficiency for Industrial Sewage Treatment