Student triggers major research project
Published 11 May 2011
A former University of Brighton student has triggered the launch of a major research collaboration project between the UK and her native Cyprus.
Athina Papatheodoulou was studying for her Master of Science degree in water and environmental management when she realised how new methods to trace pollution sources being developed in the School of Environment and Technology could help clean up waters in her own country.
She suggested the idea to her course leader and now €175,000 in European funding has been awarded for a two-year project called Adaqua.
Dr Huw Taylor, a reader at the school, is leading the University of Brighton's contribution to the project. He said: "The school has a long history of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education to students from Cyprus and we hope that Athina's initiative will help us foster longer-term research and educational collaborations with our Cypriot partners."
Adaqua, involving the University of Brighton, the National Laboratory in Nicosia, the environmental education centre Terra Cypria and the Cypriot Water Development Department, will develop new environmental management tools to support river basin management plans in Cyprus.
The Tselefos Bridge over the River Diarizos near Paphos. During the Adaqua project, the University of Brighton's Environment and Public Health Research Unit will provide expertise in pollution source tracking and river catchment modelling to help protect the fragile ecology of Cypriot rivers.
The university's Dr James Ebdon will train Cypriot researchers in specialist laboratory methods at Brighton and the project will provide opportunities for research fieldwork for School of Environment and Technology students.
For further information on Adaqua contact Dr Huw Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org.
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