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2nd MEDUWA – Stakeholder & Partner Meeting 15 January in Nordhorn, Germany

On Tuesday, January 15th, the MEDUWA-Vecht(e) project connects for the second time stakeholders with project partners during the yearly Stakeholder and Partner Meeting. The stakeholders represent local, regional and national government agencies, companies and NGOs concerned with human and environmental health in both countries. The meeting will take place on the shore of the Vechte Lake in Nordhorn.

The MEDUWA Stakeholder-Partner Meeting is a platform for knowledge exchange. Since the first stakeholder and partner meeting in March 2018, stakeholders have provided invaluable contributions in the form of advice, data and contacts for the project, as well as identifying marketing possibilities. This year’s meeting will continue to rely on this approach allowing future users of the innovations to contribute to the development of the innovations. What Dutch and German practitioners can learn from each other is another focal point in this transboundary project. Read more in the press release (in German).

New article by MEDUWA partner Radboud University 

Read Radboud University’s latest published contribution to the MEDUWA project. Anyone can read or download the full article for free until 16 February 2019: Duarte, D.J., Oldenkamp, R., Ragas, A.M.J., 2019, Modelling environmental antibiotic-resistance gene abundance: A meta-analysis, Science for the Total Environment.

9th Westfälische Health Management Forum, 29 November 2018 in Münster, Germany

This forum will focus on “Prevention Management in the Health Network” and addresses hospital hygiene and antibiotic resistance and the measures can be taken in the health and social network to significantly reduce the risk of damage caused by multi-resistant bacteria. The event – which will be held in the German language – is organized by the FOM University of Applied Sciences Münster in cooperation with the Center for Hospital Management (CKM) and health-i-care (Innovations for Safer Healthcare) and takes place on November 29, 2018 at 16:30 at the FOM University Center Münster, Martin-Luther-King-Weg 30-30a.

Registration: studienberatung@fom.de und 0800 1 959595.

Flyer (in German as PDF): FOM_MS_9. Health Management Forum Flyer_final

MEDUWA participates in Dutch Netherlands Vechtstromen Symposium, 27 September, 2018

MEDUWA partners were among the 250 participants attending the biennial Vechtstromen Symposium on September 27, 2018 in Hardenberg, Netherlands. Choosing as its theme, ‘the Vechte is Changing’, the event attracted a variety of stakeholders from both Netherlands and Germany who are concerned with the future of the Vechte and Dinkel rivers under changing climatic conditions. The symposium is an initiative of the Vechte Steering Group and the European project, Living Vecht-Dinkel. German and Dutch project partners are working together to link water safety, economic developments and recreation in an innovative way. Read more…

Dutch and German stakeholders and project partners developing innovations for reducing pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria in the environment meet

Osnabrück 08.03.2018

(PDF version of press release)

The complex and increasingly debated issue of contamination in the environment by pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria is the subject of a transboundary innovation project in the Vechte River watershed in Germany and the Netherlands. The MEDUWA-Vecht(e) project (MEDicine Unwanted in WAter) is a consortium of 27 Dutch and German companies, universities, hospitals, and governmental and non-governmental organizations developing a set of complementary techniques and methods to address this issue.

The contamination of soil and water by medicine and multi-resistant bacteria is a universal problem that has many different sources and society is exposed to this contamination in many different ways. Therefore, solutions directed at the entire lifecycle of these substances are needed.

MEDUWA Stakeholders and Partners Meeting, 06 March 2018

On Tuesday this week, the MEDUWA Vecht(e) project brought, for the first time, Dutch and German stakeholders from local and regional government agencies and NGOs concerned with human and environmental health together with project partners. The meeting that took place in Osnabrück was hosted by the lead organization of this innovation project, Osnabrück University.

The meeting was opened by Bianca Müllmann, MEDUWA project manager, and Dorothea Altenhofen of the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation. In her capacity as Operations Manager of the NLWKN office in Meppen concerned with cross-boundary environmental issues, Ms. Altenhofen stressed the important role that she and the other stakeholders have in providing advice, data, and contacts for the project as well as identifying marketing possibilities.

The three-year project, financed by EU INTERREG Deutschland-Nederland Programme, is developing innovative approaches to reducing emissions of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria. At the same time, these innovations, once on the market, will support the regional economy. The solutions under development focus on the full lifecycle of pharmaceuticals from source to sink. Examples of the innovations include monitoring systems for water and animals, filtration and oxidation technologies, antibiotics replacements from plant sources, medicines derived from plant and animal enzymes, and an online tool for visualising changes in the watershed.

The visualisation tool, known as the Watershed Information System (WIS), will, for example, be openly accessible and allows users to identify hotspots in the river with the support of the Geo-referenced Regional Environmental Assessment Tool for European Rivers (GREAT-ER) model. Users can also compare the spread of substances resulting from various measures under different hydrological or climatic conditions. Another tool within the WIS, the grey water footprint, will make it possible for users to calculate and compare the contamination of water stemming from major sources such as hospitals, homes, farms and individual farm products like meat and dairy.

The project, which ends in 2020, operates as a type of incubator for the companies and organisations developing these products and approaches. It thus provides them with a head start in developing and launching their products on the market. With the support of the EU and the research institutes involved, it is possible to make some ground-breaking progress in tackling this complex challenge. The project also serves to demonstrate that the reduction of contamination is only possible through close collaboration among different sectors of society.

For more information contact:
Ms. Bianca Müllmann
Institute of Environmental Systems Research
Osnabrück  University
Tel. +49 541 969 3278

Email: bmuellmann[at]uos.de