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 
Sector Academic/University
Country Colombia
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description Fellowship by CAPES/PNPD-Brazil to USP PDRA Maria Julia Rodrigues da Cunha. "Viability of Giardia spp. in disinfected water samples by ultraviolet radiation using fluorescent dyes and vitro excision tests"
Amount R$ 98,400 (BRL)
Organisation Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2020 
End 01/2022
 
Description GCRF Pump-Priming 'Improving Assessment of Child Growth in LMIC: Design and Evaluation of a Novel Technology using Transdisciplinary Approaches (ImpACTT)'
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 06/2020
 
Description GCRF Pump-Priming: 'Addressing behaviour change in the context of technology-based interventions'
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 06/2020
 
Description GRTA: 'SAFEWATER Devices Translation and Implementation (SAFEWATER Translate)'
Amount £836,675 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T015470/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 03/2021
 
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 International Capacity Building Fund - Characterising the microbial contamination of drinking water supplies in the neglected Zona Altos de Chiapas region of rural Mexico
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Society for Applied Microbiology 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 02/2020
 
Description Kelvin-2
Amount £2,103,957 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T022175/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 11/2023
 
Description Low cost technologies for drinking water in Brazilian rural communities-household slow filters combined with ultraviolet LED disinfection
Amount £225,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ICA/R1/201373 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 12/2023
 
Description MSc Scholarship at USP to Milina de Oliveira
Amount R$ 36,000 (BRL)
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2021
 
Description MSc. student: Isabela Moreira Bessa. Scholarship by CAPES-Brazil "UV LED reactor for drinking water treatment in isolated communities"
Amount R$ 36,000 (BRL)
Organisation Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description Microbiological diagnosis and characterisation of the bacterial microbiota using NGS deep sequencing techniques of surface natural waters for human consumption
Amount $94,137,479 (COP)
Organisation University of Medellin 
Sector Academic/University
Country Colombia
Start 07/2019 
End 07/2021
 
Description Multi-User X-ray Diffraction (XRD) Core Equipment
Amount £99,999 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T024437/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 08/2021
 
Description N.I Department for Economy - GCRF Pump priming "Improving Assessment of Child Growth in LMIC: Design and Evaluation of a Novel Technology using Transdisciplinary Approaches (ImpACTT II)'
Amount £37,500 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 06/2021
 
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 Scholarship at USP to Kamila Jessie Sammarro Silva
Amount R$ 79,200 (BRL)
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2022
 
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 Promotora Social del Mexico (Social Promoter Mexico) - venture philanthropy- and impact investing organization supporting the development of social entrepreneurs' initiatives.
Amount $811,024 (MXN)
Organisation Promotora Social Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Mexico
Start 08/2018 
End 07/2019
 
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 Scientific Initiation Scholarship at USP to Lucas Polizel
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 08/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Scientific Initiation Scholarship at USP to Nicholas Picin Casagrande
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation Universidade de São Paulo 
Sector Academic/University
Country Brazil
Start 09/2019 
End 08/2020
 
Description Scolarship to Undergraduate student: Douglas Pires de Oliveira
Amount R$ 4,800 (BRL)
Organisation Universidade de São 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 USP MSc. student: Murilo Guilherme de Melo Neto Guiga. Scholarship by CNPq -Brazil "Household slow-sand filters to treat rainwater in isolated communities"
Amount R$ 36,000 (BRL)
Organisation National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description USP MSc. student: Paula Alejandra Lara Romero. Scholarship by CAPES-Brazil "Low-cost ozonator for treating drinking water in isolated communities"
Amount R$ 36,000 (BRL)
Organisation Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 02/2020 
End 04/2022
 
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 Ulster University PhD studentship for Mwansa Jere
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ulster University 
Department Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship UU
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2021
 
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 VIPIRS - Virus Identification via Portable InfraRed Spectroscopy
Amount £410,730 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V026488/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 02/2022
 
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 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Mexico
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Title Behaviour Analyses (BA) Red Cap Data Collection Forms for SAFEWATER field trials in Colombia and Mexico (2020 & 2021) 
Description Tailored data collection online forms have been co-designed and developed by SAFEWATER Behaviour Analyses team based at Ulster University to promote greater interaction with households participants in the study and facilitate data management of fieldworkers for more accurate assessment of behaviour in households I. with SAFEWATER water treatment system II. without SAFEWATER water treatment system III. At School IV. in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) child diary. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact - Easier management of data collected in remote locations - Greater adherence in the research and less bias by study participants - More technological and secure method of collecting data 
URL https://redcap.science.ulster.ac.uk/redcap/surveys/?s=KDCNNRFM9H
 
Title Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Red Cap Data Collection Forms for SAFEWATER field trials in Colombia and Mexico 
Description Tailored data collection online forms have been co-designed and developed by SAFEWATER Health Impact team based at Ulster University to promote greater interaction with households participants in the study and facilitate data management of fieldworkers for more accurate assessment of health impact in households I. with SAFEWATER water treatment system II. without SAFEWATER water treatment system III. At School IV. in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) child diary using bristol tool V. undergoing child measurements. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact - Easier management of data collected in remote locations - Greater adherence in the research and less bias by study participants - More technological and secure method of collecting data 
URL https://redcap.science.ulster.ac.uk/redcap/surveys/?s=L9FKYDE798
 
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. 
 
Title Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and data collection tools co-designed for SAFEWATER field trials in Mexico and Colombia 
Description A number of instruments such as survey questionnaires, child growth assessment tools and adapted version of the Bristol Stool Chart for diarrhoea assessment have been finalised in close consultation with the SAFEWATER partners working in-country and have piloted in both Mexico and Colombia for field testing. This activity reached 200 households and aimed at identifying those households in which the implementation of the water treatment system and safe storage (HWTS) solution is feasible, and collect the necessary information to complete the study design and plan the field work to. For the data collection, three main activities were carried out: workshops with the authorities of the four fractions, a tour of the community's water sources, and home visits. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact - The validated data collection tools will be used to collect robust data in SAFEWATER field trials. - SOPs will mitigate risk on data management and promote alignment of study between all involved 
 
Description CONAGUA México - CEO of Cantaro Azul; SAFEWATER leader in Mexico, Dr Fermín Reygadas appointed as an adviser 
Organisation Government of Mexico
Department The National Water Commission
Country Mexico 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Fermin Reygadas, lead in SAFEWATER partner Cantaro Azul has contributed as an adviser to the for the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) in the new government in Mexico. He is working to develop partnerships and collaborations to strengthen the community-based water management in-country, specifically in the region of Chiapas.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Fermín Reygadas is working to develop partnerships and collaborations to strengthen the community-based water management.
Impact Activities resulting from this collaboration will be developed during 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Colombian Government - University of Medellin and Municipality of El Peñol SAFEWATER agreement 
Organisation Government of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The University of Medellin and the Mayor Secretariat of the municipality of El Peñol in Colombia have signed an agreement to collaborate on the delivery of SAFEWATER research activities during its field trials in 2020 in rural communities in the region of Antioquia. The agreement was facilitated by Dr Margarita Hincapie, SAFEWATER Leader at University of Medellin, and her team.
Collaborator Contribution The Mayor Secretariat of the municipality of El Peñol in Colombia will support the University of Medellin in the access to the rural communities in the region of Antioquia, share data when required and available on demographics and geographically mapping not registered households as well as further discuss potential impacts on policies and arrangements delivered by the new government.
Impact - Irregular statements mapping. - Provision of water infrastructure at a domestic level. - Exchange of network contacts to facilitate communication with the community leaders. - Sustainability plan looking at Water, Sanitation and Health best practices and policies.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Environmental Justice Network Ireland (EJNI) - SAFEWATER WP leader at Ulster: Dr Mike Brennan appointed as an adviser 
Organisation Environmental Justice Network Ireland
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr Brennan has contributed as an adviser to the UK-Ireland sustainable development network of academics and NGOs as part of the new collaboration with the Environmental Justice Network Ireland (EJNI), consolidated on November 2019. He is working to develop capacity building for transdisciplinary research partnerships and collaborations to strengthen community-based environmental management.
Collaborator Contribution As SAFEWATER Work package leader on Transdisciplinarity, Dr Brennan has enhanced his practical expertise on transdisciplinary research partnerships through the inputs and interactions with SAFEWATER NGO partners in Mexico (Cantaro Azul) and Colombia (CTA) as well as with the academic partner in Brazil (USP) and via the synthesis project currently being developed as part of SAFEWATER planned deliverables.
Impact It is foreseen that policy submission and activities resulting from this collaboration will take place during 2020. This is a regional multidisciplinary, multi-organisational partnership where, the Environmental Justice Network Ireland (EJNI) is creating a community of practice match interdisciplinary academic researchers, NGOs, regulatory staff, environmental lawyers, representatives from industry and politicians with community activists who have emerged from the last decade on the island of Ireland.
Start Year 2019
 
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 SAIFRN Nepal - SAFEWATER health and nutrition partnership with the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network 
Organisation South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN)
Country Global 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution SAFEWATER health team based at Ulster University, including Prof Helene McNulty and Dr Santosh Gaihre, will develop and evaluate novel technologies to improve child growth measurements which will be shared with and tested by the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) in Nepal. This collaboration has arisen as a direct outcome of SAFEWATER multicultural team and its extended networks and the field trials in Colombia and Mexico, where SAFEWATER partners Fundacion Cantaro Azul, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia (CTA) and University of Medellin will share its experiences working with households and children on the field with SAIFRN.
Collaborator Contribution The South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) will test the alpha prototypes of the Child Growth Measurement (CGM I) developed by SAFEWATER in underdeveloped regions in Nepal and provide feedback to the team on product required enhancements tailored to diverse environmental contexts.
Impact - Training of SAIFRN on child Growth Measurement on challenge environments. - Product enhancement tailored to diverse environmental contexts. - Staff research and training visits. - Knowledge exchange. - Expansion of SAFEWATER reach to regions outside of Latin America
Start Year 2019
 
Description UNAM Mexico - SAFEWATER microbiology partnership with Unidad de Secuenciación Masiva y Bioinformática 
Organisation National Autonomous University of Mexico
Department Unidad Universitaria de Secuenciación Masiva y Bioinformática
Country Mexico 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SAFEWATER microbiology team based at Fundacion Cantaro Azul and Ulster University have developed an international capacity building training for Unidad de Secuenciación Masiva y Bioinformática (UNAM) in Mexico.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Alejandro Sánchez-Flores and Dr Luz de María Breton Deval from Unidad de Secuenciación Masiva y Bioinformática (UNAM) have contributed as valuable advisors for DNA sequencing with the SAFEWATER team at Fundación Cántaro Azul (Hector Castelán) and Ulster University (Dr William Snelling, Dr Nigel Ternan & Prof James Dooley).
Impact - Comprehensive capacity building programme to be developed extending SAFEWATER reach in Mexico and adding new stakeholders to its portfolio. - Planned joint-research activities and applications to funding opportunities - Use of equipment and facilities of Unidad de Secuenciación Masiva y Bioinformática (UNAM) during SAFEWATER field trials in Chiapas region. - Activities resulting from this collaboration will be developed during 2020 & 2021.
Start Year 2019
 
Description WATERSPOUTT 
Organisation WATERSPOUTT
Country Ireland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Fernandez at Ulster is a CoI and WP Leader in the WATERSPOUTT project. She has developed solar reactors for disinfection of harvested rainwater which are being tested in Uganda and South Africa.
Collaborator Contribution Prof McGuigan, coordinator of WATERSPOUTT is Chair of the Advisory Board of SAFEWATER
Impact This is multidisciplinary including science, engineering, and social sciences. WATERSPOUTT aims at providing safe drinking water to communities who rely on unsafe sources. The consortium is carrying out a technological development programme to advance three applications based on Solar Disinfection (SODIS), which can make water safe to drink after it has been collected. In parallel, a social science programme has been structured to make sure that the technologies are adopted by the target communities in rural Africa, with the support of the local authorities and in an economically sustainable way. Solar disinfection reactors are being tested in Uganda and South Africa
Start Year 2017
 
Description WHO International Network on Household Water Treatment and Self Storage 
Organisation International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Members of the SAFEWATER team have joined the WHO HWTS Network to share our knowledge, disseminate the outputs of the project and encourage the adoption of appropriate HWTS in other areas of the world (apart from Mexico and Colombia, where our project is working with NGO partners)
Collaborator Contribution Provides a link to existing research in the sector.
Impact Direct link to over 150 participating organisations in the Network. The partnership, established in 2003 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is multi-disciplinary and includes for example, organisations involved in health promotion, water technology providers, aid agencies and Government agencies.
Start Year 2018
 
Title Device for measuring E.coli in water 
Description Automated device for determining the presence of E.coli in water 
Type Of Technology Detection Devices 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Impact yet to be determined 
 
Title Water treatment system 
Description Household automated water treatment system providing up to 250L of safe potable water per day 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Impacts yet to be determined 
 
Description SAFEWATER Global Networks Workshop: Industry engagement day in Brazil (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 06th September 2019, SAFEWATER organised an Industry Engagement Day in Brazil, where the team was hosted by Sao Paulo Water Management Company (SABESP) to build links and capacity with one of the largest global water providers in terms of population served. SAFEWATER was presented with an overview of the company and the appetite for innovation, by the SABESP Regulatory Affairs and Research, Technological Development and Innovation teams. Opportunities for research and capacity building were shared by the SafeWater team. Opportunities for funding to enable partnership development were presented by the Project Manager for Higher Education and Science at the British Council and by the Science Programmes and International Partnerships Manager at Sao Paulo Funding Agency (FAPESP). Several topics for future collaboration (sensing/treatment technology and capacity building through educational/training partnerships) are being investigated, including an application to the FAPESP/SABEP 2020 funding call. This meeting also permitted that Ulster University (at the institutional level) developed a joint project with the British Council to expand its reach in Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1170179476627570688
 
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 Behaviour Analysis in the SAFEWATER project showcased at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences NI (November 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SAFEWATER team members Dr Samuel Ginja (Ulster), Mrs. Ane Galdos (Cantaro Azul) and Mrs. Catalina Barrientos (CTA) jointly presented on "What does behavioural science have to do with safe water interventions? The role of Behaviour Analysis in the SAFEWATER project". It was presented to in the ESRC festival to a wide international interdisciplinary audience. Alongside the discussion, a blog piece promoting the talk has appeared on Slugger O'Toole ( https://sluggerotoole.com/2020/11/03/what-does-behavioural-science-have-to-do-with-safe-water-interventions/ ). This was an excellent example of collaborative work and equitable partnerships within the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd8dbsBmUv8
 
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 Dominican College Portstewart (DCP) Annual Health Fair: SAFEWATER bringing global health challenges awareness to the youth in Northern Ireland (April 2019) 
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 Ulster University SAFEWATER PDRAs Santosh Gaihre, Samuel Ginja & William Snelling visited DCP in Northern Ireland to raise awareness about global health issues directly connected to untreated water. SAFEWATER brought awareness of STEM subjects, including microbiology and public health to around 700 pupils from 8 to 14 years who could learn more about the benefits of having safe drinking water at home.
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 Educational & training seminars at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in San Cristóbal, Mexico (Aug 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In August 2019, SAFEWATER PDRA Dr William Snelling delivered at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) three seminars covering; 1. The significance of Campylobacter & waterborne protozoa interactions, (2) A master-class in working with MS-2 coliphage for water treatment devices, and (3) The application of MinION Shotgun sequencing for analysing water. The training was attended by 12 specialists who could learn from SAFEWATER microbiology techniques applied to water quality monitoring and share knowledge on what could be replicated or adapted to the social-economic context of Chiapas Region in Mexico. The training was also a great opportunity for partnership development and discussion on future joint-projects with Ecosur, further extending Safewater reach in Mexico.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1167529667131314177
 
Description Executive MBA SAFEWATER Live Case Series (September - December 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SAFEWATER researchers undertook a series of presentations and workshops in collaboration with Ulster University's Executive MBA Programme. Executives examined business model innovation and presented the output of their research to the research team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 - SAFEWATER interactive outreach (February 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact SAFEWATER held an event as part of Northern Ireland Science Festival at Ulster University Jordanstown Campus on 12 of February 2020.
There were two sessions, one in the morning and a second in the afternoon counting on 4 to 5 SAFEWATER team members. There were 80 primary schools (P7) kids and another eight home-schooled aged 4-11 years. During this event, the SAFEWATER team explained to the audience the general principle of water purification with particular focus on the aim of SAFEWATER project - delivering a low-cost technology to selected rural communities in Latin America. The team described the water challenges in Latin America and showed 3D animation of a Mexican kitchen. SAFEWATER team discussed and demonstrated another water treatment low-cost technologies that people use around the world and presented ceramic filtration, chlorination, solar disinfection, coagulation by meringue seeds, et al. There was also a demonstration of microscope slides with bacteria and had a general discussion with children about waterborne diseases.
In practical terms, SAFEWATER taught children how to make their own sand filter from the surrounding material e.g. sand, gravel, pebbles, charcoal. The event was highly successful and received extremely positive feedback from the parents who came with children. Please see below.

" I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your colleagues for the engineering event which we attended as a family on Wednesday afternoon (12 February). It was very well organized with such a variety of types of engineering represented in addition to the very engaging Scientific Sue. The children really enjoyed the time and several of the boys said that they could have talked to the engineers at the stands all day! Thank you to your student volunteers also who were such great ambassadors for your institution - passionate about what they are studying and researching and very comfortable talking about it in a way which was appropriate for non-specialists, including small children! My children were all very surprised that the event had been at no cost to ourselves. Thank you for making it a very enjoyable and inspiring educational outing."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nisciencefestival.com/events.php
 
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 - SAFEWATER interactive stand (February 2019) 
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 Researching Solutions to the Climate-Development challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EPSRC UKRI workshop focused on Researching Solutions to the Climate-Development challenge. This was by invite only workshop for academic researchers in the UK. This included breakout rooms for discussion of future research themes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description SAFEWATER - Exemplar of Transdisciplinary Research Lecture Series (September 2020 - March 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact SAFEWATER researchers are regularly invited to speak on the topic of transdisciplinary research and global challenges as part of Ulster's postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description SAFEWATER 03rd Capacity Building Programme and Global Network Workshops Promo-Video - Brazil (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The University of Sao Paulo produced a promo-video on SAFEWATER 03rd Capacity Building Training Programme and Global Network Workshops held in Brazil from 02nd to 06th September 2020. The video is displayed on USP and Ulster University Research and Impact Youtube Channels. The information shared reached nearly 100 viewers and supported SAFEWATER in providing the Brazilian audience with a variety of ways to consume information on the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9yef80AhGo
 
Description SAFEWATER 2020 Annual Project Meeting in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico (February 2020) 
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 SAFEWATER hosted its 3rd Annual Project Meeting in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico from 17th to 20th of February 2020. The week-long programme was designed to engage all consortium organisations, to include Ulster University(UU), Fundacion Cantaro Azul (CA), Centro de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Antioquia (CTA), University of Medellin (UofM) and University of Sao Paulo (USP). The event also counted on the participation of SAFEWATERExternal Advisory Board Members, based in Sao Paulo Water Management Company (SABESP), The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Lancaster University, Cambridge University, DSA Ireland and UKRI-GCRF. The event promoted discussions around a consolidated transdisciplinary plan for the implementation of SAFEWATER field trials in Colombia and Mexico and the visit to two indigenous rural communities in Chiapas where SAFEWATER pilot water treatment prototypes where installed. The event promoted team building, equitable partnerships, action plans on research methodologies and resources and communication management as well as enhanced knowledge on the real application of the study considering the socialeconomic and demography context of the households participant in the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER Annual Project Meeting Youtube Promo-Video - Colombia (Feb 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Promo-video produced by the University of Medellin covering SAFEWATER engagement activities delivered during its 2019 Annual meeting in Colombia. The video has marketed SAFEWATER activities widely via the youtube channels of UdeM and Ulster University, reaching nearly 150 people, including an international general audience and specialist professionals of all related disciplines of safewater. The video has also served as a tool to easily disseminate SAFEWATER aims via presentations delivered by the project team members in international conferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owg21g2EHdE&feature=youtu.be
 
Description SAFEWATER Annual Project Meeting: University of Medellin Radio Interview in Colombia (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The University of Medellin delivered a radio interview in Colombia covering SAFEWATER engagement activities delivered during its 2019 Annual meeting in Colombia. The interview reached more than 500 people in Medellin and more broadly in Antioquia province in Colombia, increasing the dissemination of SAFEWATER research activities locally and its aimed impact in rural communities. The interview also promoted the University of Medellin's international efforts as a University that is fulling its civic contributions to the region's development having GCRF as a facilitator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER ECR sharing best practices internationally on the challenge of developing a household water treatment (HWT) (June 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SAFEWATER PhD researcher, Arsalan Afkhami, delivered an excellent webinar to over 70 attendees from the UK to New Zealand and everywhere in between. Arsalan presented the challenge of developing a household water treatment (HWT) system that can provide enough clean water (>50 litres per person per day) for different uses to avoid cross-contamination - showcasing to the audience the solution that has been developed by SAFEWATER. This is an excellent example of project dissemination as well as stakeholder engagement, including the International community of chemical engineers (@IChemE) and a networking opportunity for our early-career researcher.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.icheme.org/membership/communities/special-interest-groups/water/events/low-cost-househol...
 
Description SAFEWATER Global Networks Workshop: Key Brazilian Stakeholders at Academic, Government and Third Sector level (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SAFEWATER team hosted an International Workshop at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil sharing knowledge of the SafeWater project and hearing key stakeholders discuss water, hygiene and sanitation challenges in Brazil (50 attendees). Following formal introductions by Faculty and USP, presentations from NGO groups and Government Agencies (EMBRAPA, Iniciativa Verde, CATI) - those currently providing solutions to people in rural Brazil - permitted the SafeWater team to gain an insight into the complexities associated with provision of appropriate WASH solutions across a huge country with wide-ranging political, geographical and socio-economic factors. Short presentations from aligned academic research (USP, UNICAMP, UFSCar Cambridge, NEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition & Health) demonstrated leading research capacity in engineering/science disciplines aligned to water treatment, pathogen detection and nutrition. A networking session was followed by a panel discussion identifying potential opportunities for future collaborations between SafeWater team members and Brazilian organisations. There was particular interest in SAFEWATER remote microbial sensing technology and potential to develop institutional agreements; such as Memoranda of Understanding with USP and academic partners and formal membership of USP's Engineering International Exchange programme. SAFEWATER has also agreed on joint-applications to funding opportunities in Brazil with EMBRAPA and the NGO Iniciativa Verde.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER Institutional video in spanish: University of Medellin research magazine "Apropia" (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact SAFEWATER Institutional video produced by and to University of Medellin research magazine "Apropria". The fast-t--watch 3-minute video increased awareness among the Colombian academic community on SAFEWATER aims and deliverables as well as the technology behind the water treatment systems (prototypes) and the international team involved in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://youtu.be/vQQ6cDAx8jk
 
Description SAFEWATER International Training Workshop on Applied Microbiology - Brazil (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SAFEWATER Microbiology teams based at Ulster University, University of Sao Paulo and University of Medellin and Cantaro Azul (Dr Nigel Ternan and Dr William Snelling (UU), Dr Natalia Fava and Dr Paulo Maciel (USP), Laila Botero and Liliana Boterode (UofM) and Mr Hector Castelan (CA) delivered two days training workshop on Applied Microbiology at the School of Engineering of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (03rd and 04th of September 2019). The agenda was designed to provide an opportunity for both established and early career researchers (ECR's) to present their knowledge and for attendees to gain insight across the many disciplines involved in the delivery of the SAFEWATER project, supporting team members to see the big picture, understand the complexities of different areas involved in safewater, time required for delivery of activities, and promoting better engagement for future cross-disciplinary work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER International Training Workshop on Enterprise, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship - Brazil (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan (SAFEWATER Transdisciplinary Work Package Leader), Catalina Barrientos and Luis Barth (SAFEWATER at CTA Colombia) delivered two days training workshop on Enterprise, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in at the School of Engineering of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (03rd and 04th of September 2019). The agenda was designed to provide an opportunity for both established and early career researchers (ECR's) to present their knowledge and for attendees to gain insight across the many disciplines involved in the delivery of the SAFEWATER project, supporting team members to see the big picture. Additionally, two prestigious organisations; The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and the NGO Iniciativa Verde participated in the training, having the opportunity to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on SDG2 and SDG6, the UK funding schemes and the business sustainable model being developed between CTA and Ulster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER Programme in Brazil promoted on EMBRAPA's online Magazine: AgroNews (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact SAFEWATER programme delivered in September 2019 in Brazil was a highlight on the AgroNews portal, providing information on SAFEWATER Global Networks Workshop in the country which engaged academia, government and third sector organisations acting in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. AgroNews delivers the latest information about the agrochemical industry to readers nationwide, keeping them up-to-date with the latest agrochemical market changes, company & product news, R&D findings, regulation changes, and professional viewpoint. It reaches more than 500 thousand readers per month and is in the top 20 pages providing quality information on the rural sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://agronewsbrasil.com.br/atuacao-em-saneamento-rural-e-destaque-em-forum-internacional-organiza...
 
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 Transdisciplinary Workshop: Planning and Co-designing field trials in Mexico (July 2019) 
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 Prof Helene McNulty, Work Package 5 Leader (Field Trials) and Santosh Gaihre SAFEWATER PDRA in Nutrition and Health at Ulster University organised an insightful workshop in the Coleraine Campus on 4th of July 2019. The Transdisciplinary Workshop brought together collaborators from all SAFEWATER work packages and also counted on the important presence of Jacinta Greene, SAFEWATER Advisory Board Member and Ane Galdos, SAFEWATER team member at Fundacion Cantaro Azul in Mexico, they delivered a talk on `Global Nutrition and Health` and, `the Learnings and Challenges for Safe Drinking Water Provision Assessment: Los Altos Region Context`, respectively. More than 20 participants contributed to the discussions. The workshop was a crucial initiative for the alignment of the activities anticipating the field trials in Latin America, including co-design from a third sector and academic perspective on research methodologies to be used in Mexico and data collection management. It promoted equitable partnerships and learning across organisations of different nature
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER Ulster University PDRA research visit to University of Sao Paulo promoted at ESSC-USP website (October 2019) 
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 SAFEWATER PDRA Dr Helen Lubarsky had an article about her research and training with SAFEWATER team in Brazil published at The School of Engineering at University of Sao Paulo (EESC-USP) in its official website. Dr Lubarsky spent three weeks at USP (September 2019) participating in scientific experiments targeted at investigation of the impact of the quantity of microbial extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) on efficacy of Slow Sand Filters and; Assessment of Intermediate and Continuous water supply filters. The EESC-USP website reaches more than 500 readers per publication including from junior to senior academics across a variety of disciplines, therefore, expanding SAFEWATER reach and increasing awareness of the project's technical activities internationally and the expertise available in the team for potential future collaborations with other USP departments in Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.saocarlos.usp.br/eesc-recebe-visita-de-pesquisadora-britanica-e-amplia-conhecimentos/
 
Description SAFEWATER Upskilling workshops video series - Microbiology, Enterprise and UN SDG for all delivered in Brazil (September 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training was distributed over a week-long with approximately 12 sessions of tailored content, where more than 25 project staff and external stakeholders were trained per session. It covered from applied microbiology, water quality, water treatment to enterprise and the UN sustainable development goals, with increased learning reported as above-average in group-based activities and the ECR group. The training has been recorded and is available on YouTube for the general public and an wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykBDFsFZzm37WWbpX9iHiQ/videos
 
Description SAFEWATER and UKRI exchange of best practices on Funding Assurance (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Mr Gareth MacDonald, Head of Funding Assurance at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) visited Ulster University on 3rd October 2019. Mr MacDonald delivered a presentation on funding assurance, due diligence and evidence of project spend. He spent the afternoon with the SAFEWATER team, hearing about the project aims and achievements to date as well as its organisational structure, operational and strategic management. It was reported great satisfaction with SAFEWATER deliverables and operational structure while SAFEWATER team fulfilled knowledge gaps and saw opportunities for further enhancement of processes and policy alignment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 chaired SUNRISE Symposium on 'Energy Sustainability and Water' 
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 PI of SAFEWATER chaired session on Waste and Water Management as part of the SUNRISE symposium and took part in a workshop on water and energy for communities in India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SAFEWATER data collection in the field - training webinar (May 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SAFEWATER open data software of choice, the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is the web platform chosen by us to build, manage and capture data during SAFEWATER Field Trials. REDcap was chosen over other similar tools based on its data security ground, GPS location tracking system, mobile app to collect data offline, electronic and audio consent function, data quality rules and automated export procedures for seamless data- all essential features for our data collection, particularly in remote rural communities, with and without internet access. SAFEWATER data collection training webinar (REDCap) was successfully delivered on the 7th of May by Dr Santosh Gaihre and Dr Samuel Ginja. Thirteen staff members participated, including 3 senior academics, 9 early and mid-career researchers and a project manager from four of our cohort organisations; Ulster University; University of Medellin; Cantaro Azul, and University of Sao Paulo. The overall feedback from the post-training evaluation was very positive. Most of the participants had no prior knowledge of the software and at the end of the course were able to collect and send data using the REDCap tool, demonstrating practical applicability of knowledge increase. The respondents appreciated the interactive learning environment and said that the session was useful and would highly recommend it to other colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description SAFEWATER educational activities at Kilmoyle Primary School in Northern Ireland (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact SAFEWATER PDRA William Snelling was at the Kilmoyle Primary School Ballybogey in May 2019 raising Water Quality Awareness to 55 students from P1 to P7. This was part of SAFEWATER contribution to educational activities in local communities in Northern Ireland, which included building water filters, handwashing demos and a water quality video display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER engagement activities in Sao Paulo State disseminated at EESC-USP website (September 2019) 
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 SAFEWATER 3rd Capacity Building Programme and Global Network Workshops held in Brazil (02nd to 06th February 2019) was widely disseminated by The School of Engineering at University of Sao Paulo (EESC-USP) in its official website. The EESC-USP website reaches more than 500 readers per publication including from junior to senior academics across a variety of disciplines, therefore, expanding SAFEWATER reach and increasing awareness of the project's activities internationally and also at an institutional level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5469&Itemid=164
 
Description SAFEWATER fieldwork & community engagement workshop in Veredas La linda, Jardin y Curiti in Antioquia - Colombia (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SAFEWATER team at the University of Medellin delivered several workshops during April 2019 to the three communities to be potentially selected to participate in safewater pilot field trial in Colombia. The workshops were aimed at increasing awareness of the general public on the water quality in La Linda, Jardin and Curiti communities and demonstrating via a test of filtration with natural the difference between consuming untreated and treated water, aiming, therefore, to increase engagement and ownership if future selected as a household participant in SAFEWATER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1113843889088155653
 
Description SAFEWATER fieldwork & community engagement workshop in the rural areas of Veredas, Curiti y Liborina in Antioquia - Colombia (October 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 SAFEWATER team at the University of Medellin delivered several workshops during October 2019 to the three communities selected to participate in safewater pilot field trial in Colombia. The workshops were aimed at presenting SAFEWATER water treatment systems (prototypes), its benefits, functionality and characteristics. The University of Medellin also held a question & answer session, aiming, therefore, to increase engagement and ownership among households participant in the study and receive feedback for adaptations to the socio and economic contexts of each area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER innovative transdiciplinary research showcased at Science and Stormont: Royal Society of Chemistry Event (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For its second year consecutively, SAFEWATER was showcased at the Science and Stormont 2019 organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Northern Ireland science and engineering community. Designed to foster close relations with policymakers and key stakeholders, the 2019 year's theme was education and skills, having Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS as a key speaker. SAFEWATER had a stand where information on the project was shared with participants from all across the UK and Ireland raising interest in future potential partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1183796001632641024
 
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 promoted at University of Medellín 2019 `Open-House to high school students day' (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Every year the University of Medellin hosts an 'open-house' event to Colombian high-school students aiming at integrating the new generation with the University activities. In 2019, SAFEWATER was promoted to more than 200 future undergraduate students, with demonstrations and explanations on water treatment systems and water quality methodologies raising great interest among the audience on co-development of technology and the combination of methodologies used in Colombia and internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://youtu.be/s90TdCcSobY
 
Description SAFEWATER promoted in the Brazilian media: 2019 Annual Project Meeting engagement activities in Colombia disseminated at EESC-USP website (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The School of Engineering at University of Sao Paulo (EESC-USP) disseminated in its official website the week-long programme of engagement activities delivered by SAFEWATER during its 2018 Annual Project meeting held in Colombia (18th to 22nd February). The EESC-USP website reaches more than 500 readers per publication including from junior to senior academics across a variety of disciplines, therefore, expanding SAFEWATER reach and increasing awareness of the project internationally and at an institutional level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.eesc.usp.br/portaleesc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5069&Itemid=164
 
Description SAFEWATER public debate at One World Festival - CADA Northern Ireland (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Coalition of Aid Development Agencies (CADA NI), organised a two weeks long festival named One World where, on 24th of October 2019, SAFEWATER held an open debate on `Water as a Human Right in the Global South` in the Conor Lecture Theatre at Ulster University, Belfast Campus. The event counted on the participation the of speakers from Ulster Transitional Justice Institute as well as Ulster engineerings and microbiologists (Dr Howard Ayo, Prof Tony Byrne, Dr Pilar Fernandez and Prof James Dooley). The session reached approximately 30 people, including many early career researchers involved in SAFEWATER. Enlightening discussions arose from a law, business and human rights perspective as well as from an infrastructure and health one and supported all participants in seeing the big picture into the challenge of providing safe water worldwide. The event was published widely on social media, including CADA and the One World twitters accounts and websites.
https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1187462273213849600
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://oneworldfestivalni.com/events/safe-water-for-all/
 
Description SAFEWATER represented at Stellenbosch University International Workshop on Water in South Africa (July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Pilar Fernandez (SAFEWATER WP leader) and Prof Tony Byrne (SAFEWATER PI) presented at the international workshop on water held in Stellenbosch University, South Africa on 18 July 2019. This workshop involved a number of projects including GCRF SAFEWATER, H2020 WATERSPOUTT, and a Royal Society Newton Mobility (Ulster and Stellenbosch). Professor Wesaal Khan (Stellenbosch) Chaired the meeting, and other presenters included Gill Black from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation in South Africa and Prof Honor Fagan from the Maynooth University Social Science Institute. Prof Fagan gave an interesting talk on the challenges of a transdisciplinary approach in the WATERSPOUTT project which has direct relevance to the SAFEWATER project. SAFEWATER representatives participation supported expanding the reach of the project across additional global networks both in terms of geographic location and supplementary water research projects, where best practices where shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER represented at University of North Carolina Water and Health Conference: Rural Water Service Provision experience in Mexico (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mrs Ane Galdos, SAFEWATER team member at Fundacion Cantaro Azul was invited as a guest speaker by The Water Institute at the University of Carolina (UNC) to present Cantaro Azul's experience in providing treated water in Mexico and talk about SAFEWATER research in rural communities in the region of Chiapas. The 2019 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by the Water Institute at UNC explored drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. It was an extremely valuable opportunity to network with organisations at government, academic and third sector level based in the Americas working on improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://waterinstitute.unc.edu/conferences/waterandhealth2019/
 
Description SAFEWATER represented at the 4th Industrial Revolution Challenge (4IRC) annual series (June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Tony Byrne (SAFEWATER PI) was invited by the Catalyst Fintech Hub to compose a group of speakers to discuss "Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Transform Water Security?". They explored how new technologies, data and research are impacting water security in an uncertain future of climate change, agriculture growth and political uncertainty. The event took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland in June 2019 and counted on a selected group of 20 attendees with high influence in the country water and technology network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://wearecatalyst.org/2019/07/02/safe-drinking-water-its-a-basic-human-right/
 
Description SAFEWATER represented at the Waste Water & Water Reuse panel of the ESAI conference (October 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Pilar Fernandez Ibañez, Water Treatment Systems lead was invited as a key speaker for the Waste Water & Water Reuse panel of the ESAI 2020 conference. Prof Tony Byrne, SAFEWATER Principal Investigator has also presented showcasing SAFEWATER and the providing safe drinking water to rural communities in Colombia and Mexico. The session counted on more than 50 people from different seniority levels and across geographies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.esaiweb.org/admin/php_scripts/classes/DownloadManager/download.php?fileId=107
 
Description SAFEWATER represented in the Global Development Workshop on Clean affordable Energy and Water in Pakistan (March 2020) 
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 On the 11th and 12th of March, SAFEWATER was represented by Prof Tony Byrne (Principal Investigator) at the Global Development Workshops 2020 on clean affordable energy and water. The event counted on the participation of 50 international delegates who were brought together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of providing clean affordable energy and water for all. The event promoted shared best practices, networking and knowledge increase which will be applied and expanded to the benefit of SAFEWATER team members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1237695527707447296
 
Description SAFEWATER sharing knowledge on Global Challenges, Social Enterprise and the UN SDGs with Ulster University Executive MBA students (November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan, SAFEWATER WP leader on Transdisciplinarity (TD) and Mrs Janeet Rondo´n-Sulbara´n, SAFEWATER Research Associate (TD) delivered a series of presentations to Ulster University Executive Master of Business Administrations students on the 06th, 13th and 20th of November 2019. They shared their knowledge and practical expertise working on Global Challenges, Social Enterprise and the United Nations Social Development Goals via the SAFEWATER project. The talks reached more than 25 students per day which are from a variety of backgrounds and employed at organisations of different natures in Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SAFEWATER sharing knowledge on Transdisciplinarity, Global Challenges, Social Enterprise and the UN SDGs with Ulster University Department of Management, Leadertship & Marketing (November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mike Brennan, SAFEWATER WP leader on Transdisciplinarity (TD) and Mrs Janeet Rondo´n-Sulbara´n, SAFEWATER Research Associate (TD) delivered a series of presentations to Ulster University Department of Management, Leadership & Marketing on the 07th, 14th and 21st of November 2019. They shared their knowledge and practical expertise working on Transdisciplinarity, Global Challenges, Social Enterprise and the United Nations Social Development Goals via the SAFEWATER project. The talks reached more than 80 participants per day which are from a variety of backgrounds and employed at Ulster and also at organisations of different natures in Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 team at Cantaro Azul debating "Initiatives and proposals exchange to enrich the legal framework of water" in Mexico (July 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Safewater has demonstrated a strategic approach to events and conferences attendance including, the participation of Cantaro Azul team (Mexico) in several policy change debates and webinars including Mexican Ministries and relevant Water Research Journalists, Invited Key Speaker: Dr Fermin Reygadas - SAFEWATER lead at Fundacion Cantaro Azul at "Initiatives and proposals exchange to enrich the legal framework of water" (July 2020 ) and "The Water War" (September 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eh934gsWsAAXBGW?format=jpg&name=medium
 
Description SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin engaged community members and local government to present the project Water Treatment Systems (El carmelo- El Peñol) 
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 SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin organised a community engagement workshop in January 2020 which counted on the presence of 15 people including the new mayor of El Peñol - participant community in Colombia where SAFEWATER is conducting field trials. The workshop was designed to provide detailed information for households on the functionality and value of having potable water available after the installation of SAFEWATER MARK III Water treatment porotypes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin engaged community members to present the project Water Treatment Systems (Curíti) 
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 SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin organised a community engagement workshop in March 2020 which counted on the Curiti community members in Colombia, where SAFEWATER is conducting field trials. The workshop was designed to provide detailed information for households on the functionality of the systems and the value of having potable water easily available after the installation of SAFEWATER MARK III Water treatment Prototypes. The activity also consisted of forming two bases (Filtration and disinfection) alongside recreational material that will allow people to build capacity on maintenance of water treatment systems and have autonomy to fix minor issues, if occurred, increasing ownership of water management within the community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin supporting to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SAFEWATER team at University of Medellin attended in January 2020 a meeting that aimed to plan how to institutionally strengthen of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector in Colombia following by the Participation in the National Network for Institutional Strengthening of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector event in the same month. The event counted on more than 50 people and reached from professional practitioners, academia and the third sector to policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description SAFEWATER team contributing to shaping the future of the Global Grands Challenge - Engineering GC Retreat (March 2020) 
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 Ulster has been contributing to shaping the future of the Global Grands Challenge. Prof Dooley & Dr Brennan (WP2 Transdisciplinary and WP3/4 Water Treatment and Quality) participated in the Engineering Global Challenges Retreat 2020 alongside 50 academics & NGOs from a wide range of international projects on UNSDG, GCRF and the Water Challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1240253258087743489/photo/1
 
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 PhD Collaborator based in USP Brazil competed to win the 2020 Water Engineering Award Medal (IWA) (May 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Safewater PhD collaborator, Kamila Jessie, based at USP, competed to win the 2020 Water Engineering Award Medal and for a place at the IWater National Conference ( https://twitter.com/JoBurgessH2O/status/1248572773561180160?s=19 ) The competition engaged Postgraduate students in the water sector and provided them with an platform to showcase its research internationally. It generated high engagement on SAFEWATER twitter account and brought attention to GCRF showcasing international development research support to ECRs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/kamilessie/status/1266070224190742530
 
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 Technology, Water and Community International Seminar - SAFEWATER Global Networks: from policy makers to third sector in Colombia (Feb 2019) 
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 Around 200 people attended the International Seminar organised by CTA and hosted at the University of Medellin, Medellin, Colombia on thur 21 Feb 2019. Several of the SAFEWATER team presented their work, along with other professionals from Colombia including the Colombian National Institute for Health, Corantioquia, Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Black and Nare River Basins, Dept of Health Antioquia, and the University of Antioquia. Audience: Dean of Engineering (UdeM), who opened the seminar, the PVC for Research (UdeM), CEO of CTA, PI of the SAFEWATER project (UU), Chair and member of the SAFEWATER external Advisory Board, university professors, academics, researchers, students, local and regional health authorities, government officials, NGOs and general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Irish Times: Article on SAFEWATER project: providing clean water in underdeveloped areas (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Irish Times ran an article on how SAFEWATER transdisciplinary collaboration addresses the challenge of creating safe drinking water for all with a focus on the water treatment systems and water quality monitoring technologies being produced by the project. The article incorporated an interview with the PI for the project, Prof John Anthony Byrne. The Irish times reaches more than 200,000 readers per week, mainly based in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. As well as reaching a wide audience, the article has been a great reference of dissemination activities used by SAFEWATER as part of the project outputs in awards and prizes in which the project has been shortlisted as a finalist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/sponsored/ulster-university-in-project-to-provide-clean-water-in-underdev...
 
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 Transdisciplinary within SAFEWATER - Northern Ireland Science Festival debate on the challenges of providing safe water to marginalized communities and the benefits that might bring (February 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nearly 50 people participated in the debate promoted by SAFEWATER on the challenges of providing safe water to marginalized communities and the benefits that might bring. The panel was composed by represents of a variety of disciplines within the SAFEWATER project including Prof Byrne, Dr P. Fernandez from Engineering and Chemistry, Prof Rory O'Connell from Law, Prof Dooley from Microbiology, Dr Brennan from Business (Ulster University) and Mrs Ane Galdos from Public Health (Fundacion Cantaro Azul - Mexico).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020,2021
URL https://nisciencefestival.com/e21374-water-for-the-world
 
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 Mini-Documentary on the positive impact of SAFEWATER Pilot Water Treatment Systems in the life of rural families in Colombia (December 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact SAFEWATER team at the University of Medellin produced a mini-documentary with participant household's feedback on the working pilot water treatment systems (prototypes) installed at Curiti community in Colombia. The video captured the families pleasant surprise and immediate benefits in having accessible treated water at home, including the convenience, time-safer and health benefits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu2tIFDiUKU
 
Description University of Medellin presented SAFEWATER at the 01st National Exchange of Knowledge on Water (TANDAS) (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised by Water Aid Colombia from 15th to 16th May 2019, in Bogota, Colombia, the 1st National Exchange of Knowledge on Water (TANDAS) invited Prof Margarita Hincapie, SAFEWATER leader at University of Medellin, as a key speaker. The conference topic was water treatment at the household level and safe storage. Prof Margarita promoted SAFEWATER, shared and learnt best practices on the water challenge and disseminated the project achievements to date to a selected audience of more than 100 participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GCRF_Safewater/status/1128705955200368641
 
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
 
Description `Girls on Course' at Ulster University Coleraine: SAFEWATER bringing global health challenges awareness to the female pupils in Northern Ireland (April 2019) 
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 SAFEWATER PhD Mwansa Jere and PDRAs Santosh Gaihre, Samuel Ginja & William Snelling raised awareness about global health issues directly connected to untreated water to 60 female students at the `Girls on Course` event held at Ulster University in Coleraine - NI. SAFEWATER discussed STEM subjects, including microbiology and public health with the female pupils who could learn more about the benefits of having safe drinking water at home and the gender and social-economic burdens associated with the water challenge in developing countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019