15 MULTIDISCIPLINARY ACTORS FROM 8 DIFFERENT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

BIOAZUL (www.bioazul.com) is an engineering SME focused on process engineering, wastewater treatment, water reuse concepts, as well as energy efficiency. It has a wide experience in providing integrated solutions to its clients, designing, constructing and commissioning tailor-made complete treatment and water production systems for urban and industrial applications, designing control modules and control philosophy. BIOAZUL also provides its industrial clients with technical assistance for the optimization, validation and management of their production plants and control systems, as well as for the implementation of energy saving solutions.

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University of Seville (www.us.es), Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Biochemical and molecular biology, the research group AGR-212 "Technology and Application of enzymes" will be directly involved in the project, whose principal researcher is Dr. Juan Parrado Rubio.

The research group of the Faculty of Pharmacy has accumulated extensive previous experience in the fields of enzyme technology, mainly in the technological development of processes revaluation of organic waste by biological technologies.

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The headquarters of the Research Group Tecnología del Medio Ambiente –TMA group (Environmental Technology, TEP-181) is located at the University of Cadiz (UCA) (www.tmagroup.es). The Group is considered as an 'Excellence Group' by the Andalusian Programme for Research, Development and Innovation of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia. The Group, formed by over 40 highly qualified people (Chemists, Biologists, Chemical Engineers, Marine Science Graduates and Environmental Science Graduates), is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of University Professors, Teaching and Research Staff and Administrative and Service Staff which considers University-Business links to be key for progress, innovation and the transfer of technology.

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CENTA (www.centa.es), a non-profit research institution, currently plays a major role in the water sector, performing diverse functions and tasks aimed at promoting better management of water resources with an innovative, sustainable and supportive approach. CENTA puts its focus on innovation as the main driving force for change towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy in Andalusia. To this end, it is essential to join forces between the different administrations and stakeholders involved in the elaboration of the Andalusian Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) and other regional planning instruments (European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), Andalusian Economic Plan 2014-2020, Internationalization Strategy of the Andalusian Economy, Andalusian Plan of Research, Development and Innovation 2020).

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Agroindustrial Kimitec SL (www.kimitec.es) founded in 2007 by a group of professionals with experience in research and marketing activities. Since its creation, KIMITEC strategy is based on three main pillars: R&D and innovation on new efficient products, Internationalization and Highly qualified team members. These three pillars are understood as fundamental to conduct solid and constant growth level, independent to market fluctuations. The company success is based on an innovative strategy; applying pharmacological approach development of R&D based solutions. The pharmacological approach includes highly processes to obtain the bioactive molecules with the expected difference and it leads into competitive advantages over conventional fertilisers production companies which follow traditional agronomic and chemical approaches.

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Adventech (www.adventech.pt), is a Portuguese SME with core business on the design, on-site installation, start-up and maintenance of treatment plants for industrial water and wastewater, including advanced oxidation technologies (e.g., ozonation, catalytic wet oxidation and/or Fenton process) and other treatments (membrane filtration, biological processes, coagulation/flocculation, and adsorption). Most of the plants are custom built to meet the customer requirements, involving a first step of research at laboratory scale where the actual industrial effluents are tested to select the best cost/effective solution and the optimal operating conditions that can be also validated in pilot plants.

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AlgEn (www.algen.si) is a micro SME specialized in development and system integration of algae technology based systems providing consulting and engineering services. Main activities include pilot and prototype scale algal biomass production and algal-bacterial wastewater treatment, particularly biogas digestate. AlgEn was established in 2010 by four partners.

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Univerza v Ljubljani (UL); Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Department: Biotechnical Faculty (BF), Agronomy Dept., Center for Soil and Environmental Sciences, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. The University of Ljubljana is a very large university, with 50.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, taking over 300 different undergraduate and postgraduate study programs. It employs approximately 6,000 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and 3 arts academies. The fundamental mission of the Biotechnical Faculty is to provide university level, advanced professional, and postgraduate education, as well as to carry out scientific research and technical and consulting work concerning the sciences of living nature (biology, microbiology) as well as agriculture, forestry and fisheries (forestry, animal husbandry, agronomy) and the related production technologies (wood technology, food technology, biotechnology).

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SLOROM (www.slorom.ro), is an agricultural SME from Romania, established in 2006. Company is located in Draghiceni, Caracal and has 1800ha of agricultural land, all of which is GPS mapped and equipped with irrigation system. Main products are wheat, barley, rapeseed and sunflower, each cultivated on approx. 250 ha (840 ha for sunflower). Annual production of wheat and barley is approx. 750 t, 1500 t for sunflower and 170 t for rapeseed. Company is suitably equipped to do field tests for fertilizers for cultures such are sunflower, rapeseed, wheat and barley. SLOROM will act as final end-users of the resulting agronutrient products.

ENCO srl (www.enco-consulting.it), is an innovation and research-consulting firm based in Naples, operative since 1987. Originally specialized in business consulting and industrial engineering, it has expanded its range of activities becoming an experienced advisor for both private business and public authorities involved in territorial development and opened two new offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brussels. The company takes part in the realization of national and international R&D projects, within the area of environmental management, agro-food sector and logistics. The company is specialized, among other, in two main fields:

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2B Srl (www.to-be.it), is an environmental SME consultancy specialised in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) offering a range of related services like LCC (Life Cycle Costing), ecodesign, ecolabel, industrial ecology and environmental marketing. Our philosophy consists in developing new sustainability paths through the identification of opportunities to increase efficiency in the use of resources, and of innovative solutions for products and services.

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The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV, www.uecbv.eu), is an association which was founded in Switzerland in 1952, just one year after the 1951 Schuman plan. Its headquarters were settled in Strasbourg as a show of post war unity. UECBV’s general secretariat was opened in Brussels in 1980. The six founding members of the UECBV were the livestock trade federations of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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ISITEC (www.isitec.de), was founded in 1996 in Bremerhaven, Germany with the aim to develop and provide innovative automation systems and technical systems which facilitate and enable various research and industrial activities using different kinds of machines, technical devices and/or sensor technology. Today, ISITEC’s range of products and services includes designing and manufacturing measuring devices for analytical purposes, data collection and visualization systems, PLC controllers, simulation facilities as well as automatic sampling systems, all the while optimizing costs, processes and functions.

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EXERGY (www.exergy.uk.com) is a leading engineering and technology company that inspires innovative solutions across the globe that contribute to its goal of a low carbon and sustainable future in two main areas: Sustainable Processes and Green Building and Cities.

For over 10 years, Exergy has been in the sustainable industry playing a key role in the development of sustainable and energy efficient engineering systems, including more than 25 Projects in the UK and Europe in collaboration with partner organisations and expanding to other countries around the world.

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The European Landowners Organization - ELO asbl (www.elo.org), created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU28 which represents the interests of landowners, land and forest managers, and rural entrepreneurs at the European level. ELO’s statutory commitment is to defend and promote sustainable development, conservation and protection of the environment, renewable energies, and responsible use of natural resources. To further its positions, ELO has developed a communication strategy which includes the development and coordination of action programmes, involvement in tEU and international events, think-tank management, and publication of position papers and studies, etc.

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