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Project Structure


WP 1 Project management and Quality Assurance, University of East Anglia, UK

Lead / PI: Professor Paul Hunter, Project Manager: Mike van der Es


Cluster 1 – Lead: Dr Manfred Höfle (HZI, Germany)

Platform targets: Generating new knowledge on the molecular genetics of viral, bacterial and parasitic

waterborne pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter and Norovirus.

WP 2 Applied Virology - Molecular detection, quantification and typing of infectious waterborne viruses

WP 3 Applied Bacteriology - Assessment of load and virulence of waterborne bacterial pathogens

WP 4 Applied parasitology – Detection, virulence assessment and sub-typing of major waterborne protozoa

WP 5 Microbial Source Tracking - Combining cultivation-dependent and molecular techniques

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Cluster 2 – Lead: Professor Marc Desmulliez, Heriot Watt University, Scotland

Platform development: Developing new technologies that integrate sample preparation and

detection into a single platform.

WP 6 Sample Preparation – Robust and rapid sample preparation technologies

WP 7 Detection – Assessment and development of a portfolio of pathogen detection methods

WP 8 Integration –integrated and automated platforms for effective pathogen detection

WP 9 Standardisation and validation

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Cluster 3 – Lead: Robert Pitchers, Water Research Centre, UK

Field studies: Carrying out research in drinking water and food production systems to increase our

understanding of the risk to public health and the value of such technologies in the field.

WP 10 Large systems – Pathogen detection in large scale water supplies across Europe.

WP 11 Small Systems – Pathogen detection in small water supplies across Europe

WP 12 Food production - Water used in food processing and bottled waters

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Cluster 4 – Lead: Professor Maria José Figueras

Improving Public Health through safer water: Testing how these technologies can be used to protect

human health and determining their sustainability and potential economic impact.

WP 13 Water safety and water safety plans

WP 14 Climate change and emerging infectious diseases

WP 15 Wider impact - Carbon footprint and economic evaluation for the EU public health and water industry

WP 16 Dissemination and exploitation

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