GCRF - Low cost technologies for safe drinking water in developing regions (SAFEWATER)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Ulster
Department Name: Nanotechnology and Adv Materials Inst

Abstract

At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated and thus likely to lead to diarrheal illness: nearly 1,000 children die each day due to water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. Safe drinking-water is required for all usual domestic purposes, including drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene. Diseases related to the consumption of contaminated drinking-water place a major burden on human health. In 2015 663 million people still lacked access to an improved drinking water source, and these are mostly the poor and marginalized. Almost a quarter of those people rely on surface water which is untreated and over 90% live in rural areas. Many people are forced to rely on sources that are microbiologically unsafe, leading to a higher risk of contracting waterborne diseases, including typhoid, hepatitis A and E, polio and cholera.

This proposal aims to develop and assess low cost technologies for safe drinking water which can help address the significant socioeconomic impact of water borne diseases in developing regions. We will establish a centre which will involve a range of different expertise collaborating with universities in Brazil and Colombia and two not-for-profit organisations from Colombia and Mexico. The objectives are to develop low cost technologies to give clean water to the poor people in rural Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and to develop devices which can be used to assess drinking water quality in remote regions without access to high tech laboratories. These water technologies will be tested under real conditions with the cooperation of the rural communities. We shall also assess any health benefits in the communities following the use of the technologies to give safe water.

The main benefit of this research will be a reduced incidence of water borne diseases in developing regions. This will result in less illness and fewer deaths for children. This will also lead to improved quality of life for families. Females are normally responsible for water in the home and user-friendly, safe water systems will result in less pressure on females. Reduced illness means that children are more able to attend school and there will be less absence from employment for adults. If local communities can get involved in the manufacture, deployment and/or maintenance of water treatment systems, then this may lead to economic development in the communities.

Planned Impact

At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated and thus likely to lead to diarrheal illness; nearly 1,000 children die each day due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. The annual global economic burden associated with lack of safe water and sanitation equates to $260. The primary goal of the project is improve health via the provision of safe and affordable household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in a number of low-income communities in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. In collaboration with experienced field based NGO's, we will develop tools & training and support the deployment of optimised HWTS technology empowering local people to take control and manage the production of safe potable water. We will demonstrate a health impact within the local communities who practice HWTS and in doing so improve the education aspirations of children, reduce the workload on women (who traditionally manage water for the household), and through a capacity building process empower the development of social business to generate and sustain long lasting economic impact. WHO report that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation an economic benefit of $4 is returned through reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.

The project is integrally linked with academic institutions and NGO's currently working with local communities to improve access to safe water and measure the health benefits associated with the implementation of HWTS. The NGO's are experienced, well established and supported in part by local government funds. All are well known and trusted within the communities in which they work, and they all currently promote and demonstrate the value of HWTS. During the preparation of the proposal we have built a strong working relationship with each of the South American partners. Dr Fernandez is a Visiting Professor at the University of Medellin (Colombia). The project Advisory Board has been chosen to include an experienced mix of professionals who have conducted field based trials and we will harness this collective experience to ensure that the tools and practices developed and deployed are understood, accepted and trusted by the local communities, increasing the likelihood of long term use of HWTS and the associated long term impact.

Engagement with our experienced stakeholders and local communities from before the start of the project ensures the co-production of knowledge by identification of issues preventing use of the HWTS and development of solutions to these problems. The impact of the project will be measured over an extended period of time through follow up consultations and surveys, which the NGO's readily conduct as part of their ongoing field based projects. In addition, the smart water quality indicators will feed data to the cloud providing a mechanism by which we can remotely monitor both water quality and user compliance permitting a mechanism to provide support and guidance to our project partners working in the field. The project will create a strong legacy through the development of technology and training literature, videos and online content, all of which will remain with our partner NGO's for continued use. Our Centre at Ulster will seek additional funding to grow the trans-disciplinary research both during and after the completion of the project. We will also join the Global Water Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster (a partnership grouping 32 partners aiming to improve the coordination and the humanitarian response in the WASH sector) to share our knowledge, disseminate the outputs of the project and encourage the adoption of appropriate HWTS in other areas of the world and link with existing research in the sector - UNESCO Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme and the EU H2020 WaterSpoutt project.

Publications

10 25 50

 
Description Participation in the SAFEWATER project has allowed the NGO Cantaro Azul to leverage 2.3 M USD funding from the Kellogg Foundation for a water and sanitation project in Mexico.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Approved research project. Alliance of University of Medellín and University of Antioquia. Awarded by Finance Department of University of Medellín
Amount $89,283,337 (COP)
Organisation University of Medellin 
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship Ulster for Anne Mette Nielson
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Interdisciplinary Studentship Award to Dr Dunlop (Engineering), Water-Energy Nexus: Developing Technology to Produce Hydrogen from Wastewater
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description PANIWATER Project , SC5-12-2018: EU-India water co-operation
Amount € 3,600,000 (EUR)
Funding ID GA820718 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2023
 
Description PhD studentship for Kerry Wallace
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2021
 
Description PhD studentship for Teri Bigham
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2021
 
Description REWATERGY Project. MSCA-ITN-2018 - Innovative Training Networks; MSCA-ITN-EID
Amount € 2,170,000 (EUR)
Funding ID GA: 812574 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Description Scholarship to MSc Student Gustavo Santos Nunes
Amount R$ 36,000 (BRL)
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description Scholarship to PhD student: Bárbara Luíza Souza Freitas
Amount R$ 79,200 (BRL)
Funding ID 1740663 
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2021
 
Description Scholarship to PhD student: Fernando César Andreoli
Amount R$ 79,200 (BRL)
Funding ID 1684010 
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2017 
End 02/2021
 
Description Scholarship to PhD student: Ulisses Costa Terin
Amount R$ 79,200 (BRL)
Funding ID 1741174 
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2021
 
Description Scolarship to Undergraduate student: Douglas Pires de Oliveira
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation University of Sao Paulo 
Sector Academic/University
Country Brazil
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2019
 
Description Scolarship to Undergraduate student: Josefina Dib
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Scolarship to Undergraduate student: Rafaela Pereira Sobrinho
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 08/2018 
End 07/2019
 
Description Ulster University (Pump Priming) Building Capacity and Networking Call for development of GCRF overseas partner capacity and capability toolkits and training programmes (DOCC)
Amount £22,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2019
 
Description VCRS PhD studentship for Abdullah (full name provided)
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description W.K Kellogg Foundation Grant to Cantaro Azul (Partner NGO), to develop "Our Water Programme" in rural communities in Mexico for development of model sustainable water and sanitation service based on local community water management.
Amount $2,349,743 (USD)
Organisation W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2021
 
Description Water Programme
Amount $26,430,000 (MXN)
Funding ID A-341 
Organisation Gonzalo Río Arronte Foundation 
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Title Generation of Field trial scoping exercise in Colombia 
Description Description: Scoping exercise in Colombia (WP5) was carried out between 25th February to 7th March 2019 by 2 RAs from Ulster: Santosh Gaihre and Samuel Ginja with Margarita Hincapie and team from University of Medellin (n=6) and Catalina Herrera and team from CTA (n=4). Field survey and behaviour observation consisting of household survey questionnaire, participant information leaflets, consent forms, structured behavioural observations (based on direct observation and a behaviour checklist & use of wearable cameras) was finalised in consultation with CTA/University of Medellin/Cantaro Azul colleagues and were piloted in 22 households in rural Colombia. Ethical approval had been obtained from the Ulster University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) and the Ethics Committee of University of Medellin. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Analysis and a report on the survey results is still ongoing as this was only carried out in Feb - March 2019. 
 
Title Generation of Field trial scoping exercise in Mexico 
Description Scoping exercise (WP5) was carried out by 2 RA's: Samuel Ginja and Santosh Gaihre. of Ulster with Cantaro Azul staff (field team, n=4). This activity reached 20 households and survey consisted of a Field Trial protocol, household survey questionnaire, community consent form, household information leaflet and functional behaviour assessment questionnaire Ethical approval had been obtained from Ulster University Ethics Committee. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Analysis and a report on the survey results is still ongoing as this was only carried out in Aug - Sept 2018. 
 
Description Royal Society Newton Mobility with South Africa 
Organisation University of Stellenbosch
Department Microbiology Department
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Fernandez and Prof Byrne at Ulster hold a Royal Society Newton Mobility grant with Stellenbosch University South Africa. This project is focused on solar photocatalytic disinfection of water. PhD students and staff will undertake research visits to Stellenbosch. Materials have been produced and sent to Stellenbosch and reactors have been designed and constructed.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Wesaal Kahn spent a research visit to Ulster and participated in workshop on 'Solar technologies for water disinfection for developing communities'. A PhD student, Monique Waso from Stellenbosch spent a 12 week research visit at Ulster
Impact reactors have been designed and fabricated for testing in South Africa
Start Year 2017
 
Description Article in the bulletin of the University of Medellin August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article in the bulletin of the University of Medellin edition 2.827 August 2017, concerning the award of the SAFEWATER project from GCRF RCUK and the visit of Prof Byrne and Dr Fernandez from Ulster to Medellin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article on the website of thewaternetwork.com 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact follow up article on the waternetwork.com website following the press release by GCRF RCUK and Ulster in July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://thewaternetwork.com/_/water-and-sanitation-wash/article-FfV/ps6-research-project-to-find-saf...
 
Description Attendance at Exhibition as part of World Water Forum held in Brasilia, Brazil (18th - 23rd March 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The model adapted by Cantaro Azul for provision of water to rural schools in Mexico was demonstrated, through exhibiting in the Expo area of the World Water Forum. This was led by Ms Paloma Mejia, Director of Safe Water in Schools at Cantaro Azul. Children from local schools and members of other water related organisations received information and shared experiences in school focused water programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/
 
Description Attendance by Dr Fermin Reygadas and Ms Margarita Gutierrez from Cantaro Azul at Regional forums of the National Water Program (Mexico) (8th February 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regional Forum for the Water Pact in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Dr Fermin Reygadas and Ms Margarita Gutierrez participated in the forum with contributions for the water governance in Mexico.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.gob.mx/imta/articulos/josefa-gonzalez-blanco-hizo-un-llamado-a-la-ciudadania-para-ejerce...
 
Description Bulletin of the University of Medellin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article in the periodic bulletin of the University of Medellin announcing the launch of the SAFEWATER Research Centre in February 2018 in Edition 2.849 in the 12 February 2018 edition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Community workshop on water - Antioquia, Colombia Feb 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community workshop with endusers in rural community of Antioquia. This involved information session on water and waterborne disease and interactive demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dr Fernandez-Ibanez presented at the international EBC-VII & ISEB-2018 Joint Conference in Creete, Greece (25-28 June 2018). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk entitled "Solar rainwater reactors for water disinfection". Feedback from delegates was positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ebc-vii.tuc.gr/fileadmin/users_data/ebc-vii/_uploads/DETAILED_PROGRAM-v4.pdf
 
Description Dr Fernandez-Ibanez presented at the international NMP3&PAOT4 Conference in Porto, Portugal (10-13 July 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 3rd International Conference on New Photocatalytic Materials for Environment, Energy and Sustainability(NPM-3)
The 4th International Conference on Photocatalytic and Advanced Oxidation Technologies for the Treatment of Water, Air, Soil and Surfaces (PAOT-4)
Dr Fernandez-Ibanez talk entitled "Solar disinfection of harvested rainwater: a solution for rural communities"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://redoxtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NPM-3-Program.pdf
 
Description Dr Mike Brennan presented at Impact30 Seminar Series (Ulster University Capacity Building) 5th December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Ulster University's first seminar in the Impact30 Series: practical pathways to impact using Transdisciplinarity, Logframe and Theory of Change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.safewater-research.com/news/ulster-impact30-series-hears-from-safewater-academic/
 
Description Dr Mike Brennan presented at the BuildPeace18 Conference hosted by Ulster University 29th October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Transdisciplinary (TD) Approaches to a Global Challenge on how Safewater uses a TD approach to address technology / health impact for communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0uquNtLFXQ
 
Description Dr William Snelling, Research Associate talks about his research on the Safewater project and how to provide sustainable and affordable clean water technology (8th May 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Video on Ulster University Biomedical Research Institute website which features a talk by Dr William Snelling. Also placed on Ulster University YouTube Research and Impact Channel (118 views here)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ulster.ac.uk/research/institutes/biomedical-sciences/updates/safe-water-project
 
Description Foyle Science Showcase - SAFEWATER interactive stand 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Foyle Science Showcase was held in Derry/Londonderry on Friday 22 February and the team presented the SAFEWATER interactive stand which included the opportunity to make your own water filter, identify bacteria under microscope and take part in a waterborne disease quiz. The Foyle Science Showcase is part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nisciencefestival.com
 
Description GCRF Global Challenges Cohort Meeting - Monitoring and Evaluation, Kings College, London (14th December 2017). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Tony Byrne and Dr Mike Brennan participated in the GCRF Global Challenges Cohort meeting with other grant holders at an event held in London, 14th December 2017. The event was a mixture of presentations, workshops and plenary sessions with a focus on project monitoring and evaluation. Attendees exchange best practice and explored the most effective ways in which projects could capture evidence for impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GCRF Global Engagement Event - Bogota, Colombia (4-6 October 2017). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan was an invited speaker at the GCRF Global Engagement Event held in Bogota, Colombia from 4-6 October 2017. The event was a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and networking opportunities with a particular focus on interdisciplinary work. The event attracted over 100 attendees from from different countries with a mixture of academics and non-academic organisations - non-governmental organisations; charities; policy makers; and international funders. Dr Brennan's presentation explained the concept of 'Transdisciplinarity' and how this concept was used to inform the design of the SAFEWATER project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-global-engagement-events/
 
Description GCRF Pump-Prime, Inter-Faculty Workshop, Ulster University (20th November 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan was an invited speaker at a GCRF Pump-Prime workshop held in Ulster University on 20 November 2017. The event was a mixture of formal presentations, workshops and networking opportunities with a particular focus on interdisciplinary work. Approximately twenty five attendees from different disciplines and partners from Sub-Saharan Africa participated in the event. Dr Brennan's presentation explored how the 'transdisciplinarity' approach developed for the SAFEWATER project could be adopted for projects addressing a range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GCRF SAFEWATER Twitter Account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Established twitter account for SAFEWATER @GCRF_Safewater
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater
 
Description Health Technologies Futures - SAFEWATER Interactive Stand - 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 120 primary school children attended the Health Tech Futures event in NIBEC Ulster University on 15 Feb 2019 as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival. As part of the interactive event, the SAFEWATER interactive stand was available where the children could build their own filter, identify bacteria under a microscope and take part in a waterborne disease quiz. A specially constructed replica of a Mexican rural kitchen was included with augmented reality so the children could experience what is like to live in such circumstances.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nisciencefestival.com
 
Description International Research Workshop on Solar technologies for water disinfection for developing communities held at Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster on 21 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Organised and Chaired by Dr Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez, Co-I on Safewater project, this event provided an overview of low cost technologies' options for the Safewater project. The main objective is to develop low cost technologies to disinfect drinking water in rural areas and develop devices that can evaluate the quality of drinking water in remote regions with no hi-tech laboratory access.

With the above-mentioned objective, presentations on technology options were made by:Prof J.Anthony Byrne (Safewater P-I), NIBEC, Ulster University; Dr Patrick Dunlop (Safewater Co-I), NIBEC, Ulster University; Prof Lyda Patricia Sabogal-Paz (Safewater Co-I), University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos School of Engineering; Dr Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez (Safewater Co-I), NIBEC, Ulster University;
Dr William J Snelling (Safewater Research Associate), Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University; Dr Helen Lubarsky (Safewater Research Associate), NIBEC, Ulster University and Dr Jeremy Hamilton (Safewater Research Associate), NIBEC, Ulster University,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1011544208602263552
 
Description International Seminar - Safewater: Technology, water and communities, CTA and University of Medellin, Feb 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Around 200 people attended the International Seminar organised by CTA and hosted at the University of Medellin, Medellin, Colombia on thur 21 Feb 2019. The seminar was opened by the Dean of Engineering, U of Medellin, PVC for Research U of Medellin, and the Director of CTA. Several of the SAFEWATER team presented their work, along with other professionals from Colombia including the National Institute for Health, Corantioquia, Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Black and Nare River Basins, Dept of Health Antioquia, and the University of Antioquia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cta.org.co/seminario-internacional-safe-water-tecnologia-agua-comunidad/
 
Description Irish Tech News SAFEWATER article August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Follow up article from Ulster press release picked up by Irish Tech News
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://irishtechnews.ie/6-million-research-project-to-find-safe-water-solutions-for-the-developing-...
 
Description Launch of the SAFEWATER Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The launch event of the SAFEWATER research Centre was held at NIBEC Ulster on 7 February 2018 with project partners from the University of Sao Paulo Brazil, University of Medellin Colombia, CTA Colombia and Fundacion Cantaro Azul Mexico, all present. Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice Chancellor and President of Ulster made the opening remarks, followed by a short introduction to the SAFEWATER project by Prof Byrne. This was a mixed audience of academic researchers, senior management from Ulster, and external guests, including NGOs, businesses, and local government representatives. There were approximately 55 in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ulster.ac.uk/news/2018/february/ulster-university-launches-research-centre-to-address-th...
 
Description Media - Highland Radio Interview (5th February 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Dr Patrick Dunlop, WP6 Leader and Co-I following launch of Safewater
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Media U105 Radio Interview (5th February 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Dr Patrick Dunlop WP6 Leader and Co-I following the launch of the Safewater Project in Feb 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ms Margarita Guitierrez (Director of Cantaro Azul's Incidence and Systematic Change) was a Speaker on a panel at 8th World Water Forum - Brasilia (23rd March 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Held from 18th March 2018 until 23rd March 2018, the World Water Forum is organised by the World Water Council and its mission is "to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth".

The talk by Ms Guitierrez was in the panel at the Citizen Arena, on the topic of Community Water Management. The main goal of the discussion was to highlight the different models for water community management in sustainable regional development, including discussions on the human right to water. Along from Cantaro Azul, other participants on the panel were representatives from FENAPRU (Chile), CENAGRAP (Equador), ESTAMOS (Mozambique) and SISAR CE (Brazil).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/
 
Description News item on University of Sao Paulo website concerning SAFEWATER award August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article on the University of Sao Paulo website announcing the award of the SAFEWATER project from GCRF RCUK in August 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3902:eesc-participa-d...
 
Description News paper and online article following Ulster press release July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact article in Newsletter following the press release by Ulster and GCRF RCUK in July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/business/6m-project-promotes-smart-devices-in-search-for-safe-drin...
 
Description Northern Ireland Science Festival Foyle Science Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An estimated 1300 school children from primary and post primary attended the Foyle Science Showcase as part of the NI Science Festival on 23 Feb 2018. The SAFEWATER team had an interactive stand at the event discussing the challenge of providing safe drinking water to the poor in developing regions, how to use simple technologies to disinfect water, and how to assess if water is safe to drink.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nisciencefestival.com
 
Description Northern Ireland Science Festival Health Technology Futures - SAFEWATER workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival NIBEC, Ulster University, organised the Health Technologies Futures event, in which ca. 190 school children came in from local primary schools to learn about innovations in Health Technologies, and as part of this, we presented the SAFEWATER interactive workshop which informed the children about the challenge of providing safe drinking water in developing regions, how to use low cost technologies to treat water, and how to determine if water is safe to drink. The school children had a engaging and enjoyable experience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nisciencefestival.com/
 
Description Northern Ireland Science Festival Regional Roadshow - SAFEWATER interactive workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NI Science Festival Roadshow took place over 4 days in 4 different locations in Northern Ireland with approximately 1,000 people per day. The SAFEWATER team presented an interactive exhibition relating to the challenge of providing safe drinking water to developing regions, simple technologies for cleaning water, and how to determine if water is safe to drink. The attendees were a mixture of school children and families. The children and adults found the event informative and interesting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nisciencefestival.com/
 
Description Northern Ireland Science Festival Roadshow 2019 - SAFEWATER interactive stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The NI Science Festival Roadshow is an all encompassing family-friendly event celebrating science of you. The roadshow visited four venues over four days on 16,17,18, and 19 February 2019. Each event was attended by around 1000 people, children and adults. Around 12 members of the SAFEWATER team, including PDRAs and PhD students contributed to the interactive SAFEWATER stand which included 'build your own water filter', identification of bacteria under a microscope, and a quiz on waterborne disease.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nisciencefestival.com/
 
Description Participation of Fermin Reygadas and Margarita Gutierrez with rural community water forum examining a sustainable development approach for Water for All initiative in Chiapas, Mexico (5th October 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A dialogue set up by which our partners, Cantaro Azul brought their expertise in rural community water management and water governance in Mexico. The Formal Working panel included a representative of the United Nations Program (UNDP) in Mexico and ratified the importance of maintaining risk reduction actions in Chiapas to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.mx.undp.org/content/mexico/es/home/presscenter/articles/2018/10/foro-nacional-ods--una-ap...
 
Description Plenary talk at Conference "From research to physics education" in Lund, Sweden, by Dr Fernandez-Ibanez, titled "Saving lives with sunlight: Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water - From Bench-top to Roof-top, and back again" (10th April 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk provided an opportunity to highlight early project actions. No impacts have been determined.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fysik.org/konferens/program/
 
Description Post event press release on the University of Sao Paulo website following the International Research Workshop for Safewater held at Ulster University on 21st June 2018 (20th July 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Promotion of Safewater International Research Workshop outlining the visit to Ulster University by Prof Patricia Sabogal Paz, Department of Hydraulics and Sanitation, University of São Paulo at São Carlos School of Engineering, for a plenary speaking slot.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4567&catid=2&Itemid=1...
 
Description Presentation by Dr Samuel Ginja, (Behavioural Analysis RA Ulster) on "Using Behaviour analysis to increase end user uptake of safe drinking water technologies" at the European Association for Behaviour Analysis conference in Wurzburg, Germany. (19th - 22nd Sept 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference session on group contingencies in public health Interventions. Presentation on using Behaviour analysis to increase end user uptake of safe drinking water technologies. These water technologies will be tested under real conditions with the cooperation of the rural communities with an emphasis on analysing the antecedent, behavioural, and consequential reasons for low levels of uptake.The presentation reported on initial functional assessments, task analyses, and group contingencies put in place to assess and address these issues.The presentation was followed by questions and informal conversations subsequent to the meeting, about the methods proposed and possible intervention strategies in particular. The project generated considerable interest amongst attendees. The session was also chaired by Dr Stephen Gallagher a Co-I and member of the Safewater Executive Group. Programme booklet on website (URLbelow).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://eaba2018.fhws.de/program/
 
Description Presentation by JA Byrne at International Conference NMP3 and PAOT4 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Byrne presented a talk entitled "Photocatalytic disinfection of water; materials and mechanisms"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://redoxtech.com/
 
Description Presentation by Mr Stuart McMichael, PhD Student Ulster at at the 2018 Joint UK & Ireland/Spain Semiconductor Photochemistry Meeting in Gran Canaria (11th - 12th September 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Mr McMichael entitled "Photoelectrocatalytic Reactor for the disinfection of water" and aligned to Safewater project,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ukispc.org.uk/event/2018-joint-ukireland-spain-semiconductor-photochemistry-meeting-10-1...
 
Description Presentation by Ms Anukriti Singh PhD student at Ulster, at the 2018 Joint UK & Ireland/Spain Semiconductor Photochemistry Meeting in Gran Canaria (11th - 12th September 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Ms Singh entitled "2D nanomaterials for solar photocatalytic disinfection of water", and aligned to Safewater Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ukispc.org.uk/event/2018-joint-ukireland-spain-semiconductor-photochemistry-meeting-10-11...
 
Description Press release by University of Sao Paulo concerning the SAFEWATER centre launch, 5 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on the website of the University of Sao Paulo concerning the launch of the SAFEWATER research centre which took place on 7 February 2018 at Ulster University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4260&catid=115&Itemid...
 
Description Press release following Mexico Workshop from USP 8th October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Press release explaining how a Group from the Engeneering School of São Carlos (EESC) participates in a international workshop on water quality in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Professor and two researchers presented and participated in activities during the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4730&catid=2&Itemid=1...
 
Description Press release on the website of the University of Medellin in March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release on the website of the University of Medellin concerning the launch of the SAFEWATER research centre which took place at Ulster in February 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.udem.edu.co/index.php/categoria-noticias-recientes/3130-proyecto-safewater
 
Description SAFEWATER Transdisciplinary Workshop - Ulster University (5th February 2018). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan was workshop leader for a SAFEWATER event held in Ulster University on the 5th February 2018. The event introduced the concept of 'transdisciplinarity' to the SAFEWATER project team and was attended by project partners from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico - in addition to all co-investigators from Ulster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SAFEWATER and UN Sustainable Development Goals - Ulster University (7th March 2018). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SAFEWATER Research Associate Janeet London-Sulbaran and Dr Mike Brennan hosted a workshop event for an international audience of postgraduate students on the 7th March 2018. The event examined creative and innovative approaches to complex problem-solving based on the SAFEWATER challenge. Attendees included a cohort of ten postgraduate students from the Confucius Institute - a non-profit educational organisation affiliated to the the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SAFEWATER lunchtime seminar at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health, School of Biomedical Sciences, Coleraine Campus (8th February 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Mr Hector Castelen and Mr Armando Lopez from Cantaro Azul shared Cantaro Azul's experiences of providing clean water to low-income rural communities in Mexico. Dr William Snelling, Dr Santosh Gaihre and Dr Samuel Ginja shared their SAFEWATER project experiences on the lack of clean drinking water, impacts on health and the complex societal challenges posed by implementing SAFEWATER technologies in Mexico and Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1093943211293396993
 
Description SAFEWATER stand at the STEM Outreach Festival, Ulster University, Coleraine campus, organised by AllsySTEMSGo - Ulster University School partnerships (25th February 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Engaged with Year 10 students pre-GSCE selections about STEM subjects and how it can be applied to real life situations using SAFEWATER as a worked example. Children were able to see pathogens found in unsafe water under the microscope and filtration demonstrations were used to illustrate simple ways to purify water. Dr William Snelling (Post-doctoral researcher), Dr Mwansa Jere (PhD researcher) and Kerry Wallace (PhD researcher) participated and presented on the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ulster.ac.uk/flexible-education/schools/events/asg
 
Description SAFEWATER transdisciplinary seminar sharing our SAFEWATER project experience with wider Ulster University staff and students at NIBEC, Jordanstown (13th February 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation by Mr Hector Castelen and Mr Armando Lopez from Cantaro Azul on Water in Mexico and the work of our partner NGO, Cantaro Azul in providing clean water to low-income rural communities in Mexico. There was also a specially constructed replica of a typical kitchen in the Chiapas region of Mexico, with augmented reality so that attendees could experience what it is like to live in such circumstances and those in attendance were encouraged through a quiz to explore and imagine the conditions for providing water supplies to such households.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1096434982019649537
 
Description SAFEWATER web site 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact SAFEWATER website constructed and live in March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.safewater-research.com
 
Description Safewater Training Workshop 1: 'Water Quality and Treatment' , held in San Cristobal de las Casas, 10th to 14th September 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact DAY 1
A transdisciplinary perspective of the water sector in rural México and Chiapas, Dr Fermín Reygadas, CEO, Cantaro Azul
Introduction to the water sector in rural Mexico and Chipas, with specific NGO experiences, Cantaro Azul lead (various)
User engagement context - PESTLE data collection, Ms Janeet Rondón-Sulbarán, Research Associate, Ulster Business School
Learning from past projects and expectations for capacity building through SafeWater collaboration, Cantaro Azul, lead (various)
DAY 2
Field visits split into 3 groups as follows:

1. Water treatment technologies
2. Water technologies, needs, practices and potential for water monitoring
3. Focus on the technical and social user interactions
DAY 3
Water Treatment Technologies- Colombian context and community engagement CTA lead
- Focus on proposed low cost water treatment technologies.
- Slow sand filters (Prof Lyda Patricia Sabogal Paz, University of Sao Paulo)
- SODIS, photocatalysis (Dr Patrick Dunlop, University of Ulster)
- Experience with chlorination and UV (Cantaro Azul lead)
- Disinfection technology - analysis and solution (Dr Helen Lubarsky, Research Associate, Ulster University
- Field based testing (University of Medellin lead)

DAY 4
Quality Assessment (Microbiology)
Analysis of proposed microbiological protocols, shared experiences, Prof Liliana Botero, University of Medellin
Sampling techniques, sampling point selection, parameters analyzed and results obtained, Prof Luis Javier Montoya, University of Medellin
Bacterial (standard E. coli and coliform test methods) including demonstration of membrane filtration, Dr William Snelling, Research Associate, University of Ulster
Virus analysis, Dr William Snelling, Research Associate, University of Ulster
Membrane filtration with and without IMS for protozoa detection in water samples, Ms Natalia de Melo Nasser Fava, University of Sao Paulo
World Health Organisation (WHO) Household Waster Testing Systems, Dr William Snelling, Research Associate, University of Ulster
"New" methods for bacterial detection, Dr Jeremy Hamilton, Research Fellow, University of Ulster
Sensor development at Ulster, Dr Jeremy Hamilton, Research Fellow, University of Ulster
DAY 5 - WRAP UP Initial transdisciplinary findings from problem and objectives analysis (lead by Ms Ane Galdos, Cantaro Azul, Training Needs Analysis session (lDr Patrick Dunlop, Ulster University and Reporting Guidelines for Safewater (Alan Liddle, Project Manager)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Schools visit - Shared Education STEM day (8th May 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two local primary schools were provided with first hand experience of how SAFEWATER is researching novel methods of water quality testing. We had 30 children from Glencraig Integrated Primary School and 60 from Hollywood Primary School attending for a day long workshop, as part of a Shared Education STEM day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.safewater-research.com/news/safewater-engagement-with-local-schools-on-science/
 
Description Second National Meeting of Presidents of Basin Councils (Mexico) - Participation by Dr Fermin Reygadas (lead for Cantaro Azul) (7th December 18) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Fermin Reygadas promoting and participating in forums for the approach of the authorities in water and the basin committees in Mexico.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cuencariobravo.org/noticias/participa-la-dra-blanca-jim%C3%A9nez-en-la-segunda-reuni%C3%...
 
Description Talk by Ms Janeet Rondon-Sulbaran (SAFEWATER Research Associate) to students of the MSc in Business Development and Innovation at Ulster Business School (6th March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on the use of transdisciplinarity, creativity and innovation to contribute to sustainable development, using SAFEWATER as an example in the water sector. This sparked questions and discussion afterwards with Post Grad students made aware of the project and able to reference to it's work in their studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Times Higher Education Supplement - Article on Ulster University's Safewater project: research with global impact (Feb 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article placed on-line on how SAFEWATER transdisciplinary collaboration addresses the challenge of creating safe drinking water for all. The article incorporated in an interview with the PI for the project, Prof John Anthony Byrne. As well as reaching a wide audience, the link from the Times Higher website has helped refer users to the Safewater website through the online article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/hub/ulster-university/p/ulster-universitys-safewater-project-re...
 
Description Transdisciplinary consortium workshop was held at Ulster University (NIBEC) with Skype linkages to all partners. All day event (26 October 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Workshop to bring the project participants together, many of whom had recently commenced in their roles.The workshop helped everybody to get to know better each and other's roles and contributions to the success of the project. I.E It helped open up communications between different specialisms.The Workshop consisted of presentations from: Tony Byrne (PI); James Dooley, Mike Brennan, Helene McNulty, Ruth Price, Stephen Gallagher, Mickey Keenan, Pilar Fernandez, Jim McLaughlin, Patrick Dunlop and Lyda Sabagal Paz (10 Co-I's); Catalina Herrera and Ane Glados (2 NGOs reps); Janeet Rondon-Sulbaran, Santosh Gaihre, Samuel Ginja, Fernandez Guzmán, Raphael Corrêa, Helen Lurbarsky, Bill Snelling, Jeremy Hamilton (8 RAs) and Mwansa Jere, Stuart McMichael, Kerry Wallace, and Anne-Mette Nielson (4 PhDs) and Project Manager (Alan Liddle)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1055810202468007936
 
Description Ulster press release for the launch of the SAFEWATER research centre in February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release from Ulster concerning the launch of the safewater research centre. This coincided with SAFEWATER project kick-off meeting. A number of external people were invited to the launch event include NGOs working in Africa. Other collaborations have been established as a consequence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ulster.ac.uk/news/2018/february/ulster-university-launches-research-centre-to-address-th...
 
Description Ulster press release on SAFEWATER July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This was a press release by Ulster coinciding with the announcement of funding under the GCRF GROW call in July 2017. The purpose was to highlight the funding and project to the general public, and wider audience. A number of inquiries were received following the press release leading to further initial collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ulster.ac.uk/news/2017/july/6-million-research-project-will-pioneer-safe-water-solutions...
 
Description University of Medellin radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact University of Medellin radio interview for the programme 'research for development' held in August 2017 with Dr Fernandez and Prof Byrne of Ulster, when visiting the University of Medellin. The interview was concerning the SAFEWATER project, the role of University of Medellin in the project, and the need for water treatment technologies in rural communities of Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017