CEAB is a research institute belonging to the Higher Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC), an institution depending upon the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

CEAB started its activity in October 1985 and it currently focuses its research on the fields of ecology and organism biology, both in sea and continental waters ecosystems.

CEAB aims at being a worldwide reputed centre and a national reference concerning marine biology, limnology and ecology. Its purpose is the development of a creative and technically up-to-date research with solid conceptual foundations, thus contributing to the growth of knowledge and its applications in order to face the challenges posed by the development of a sustainable society.


ICRA is an international institute that seeks to provide a complete and efficient response to the challenges related to the integral water cycle.

ICRA is a research institute inaugurated in 2009 by the Government of Catalonia in the framework of the Catalan Research Centres Programme (CERCA). ICRA seeks to provide a complete and efficient response to the problems and challenges related to integral water cycle and is structured as a multidisciplinary water research centre around 3 main research areas: I) Resources and Ecosystems, II) Water Quality, and III) Technologies and Evaluation. ICRA’s research team includes 10 research professors, 11 research scientists, and 50-60 post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and around 15 technical and administrative staff. In December 2015 ICRA received the “HR Excellence in Research” award.


Aarhus University is a high ranking university founded in 1928.

It has 40,000 students; about 1,800 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality – and close to 900 postdoctoral scholars together with 11,500 employees. AU has five faculties which cover the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research, strategic research and research based advice to the authorities. The Department of Bioscience, comprises >15 research groups and about 500 staff members and carries out basic research and strategic research as well as research-based consultancy services on all aspects of aquatic sciences.


Dundalk Institute of Technology is the main higher education institute in the NE of Ireland with 5000 undergraduate students enrolled in any year.

The Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies (CFES) is part of the School of Health and Science. The CFES engages in inter- and multi-disciplinary research that investigates environmental issues and evaluates effective solutions and currently has 30 members. CFES is currently involved in a number of largescale projects that are addressing complex cross-disciplinary issues that have a regional, national, and international focus that fall under three themes. 

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences.

We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

We offer:
• Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
• Excellent technical facilities
• Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
• Excellent links to national and international research networks
• Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE) and Helmholtz International Research School TRACER


IIASA is an independent, international research institute with national member organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Through its research programs and initiatives, IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into issues that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. The Water Security (BNR-WAT) Research Group is one of four groups within the Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program at IIASA. The Water Security Research Group works across various water-related sectors and management scales by incorporating water science into integrated assessment and planning studies. The group has about 30 scientific staff and (co-)hosts 5-10 visiting PhD students each year through the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).

Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) was founded in 1965 and is considered as one of the leading future universities in Europe, having 43,000 students and 5,700 scientific, technical and administrative staff members.

Nearly all branches of study are offered. With two Excellence Clusters, the RUB is a highly renowned and internationally visible research institution. The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering implements 20 professorships covering a broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering. The main research focus of the institute Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Management is on integrated large-scale/global-scale modelling of water resources quantity and quality and how to include small-scale processes and the analysis and evaluation of global change impacts by applying qualitative scenario development methodologies together with quantitative modelling and indicator development.


The University of Stirling (UoS) is a university established in Scotland by charter in 1967. UoS is an international university with a pioneering spirit and a global reputation for high quality teaching and research. 

It is ranked fifth in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The University has over 14,000 students and 1,500 staff on campus, with over 120 nationalities represented; 20% of our students are from overseas. The University is organised into five faculties for the purposes of teaching and research: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Health Sciences and Sport and the Stirling Management School. Research across the University is grouped into three overarching themes: Global Security and Resilience, Cultures, Communities and Society; and Living Well and is pursued through multi-disciplinary, collaborative, participatory and comparative working practices including co-production with communities, organisations and individuals to enhance impact and the relevance of research to academic and non-academic audiences, practitioners and policymakers. Excellence in researcher development is a key aspect of the University’s research strategy. Researchers are supported through a programme of professional development events guided by the requirements of the Researchers’ Concordat. The university is organised into five faculties for teaching and research. The Division of Biological and Environment Sciences (BES) resides within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and hosts the Earth Observation Research Group which is widely recognised as world leading in the use of airborne and satellite data for the assessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university with almost two centuries of history and an ideal partner for prestigious international research and education with a European and global perspective.

Ranked #189 in the world, VUB offers high quality English-taught Bachelor, Master, PhD and certificate programs. All fields of study are represented, meaning that students can gain a view extending above and beyond their own discipline. Courses are taught by eminent academics and business professionals, operating an opendoor policy for students. With more than 150 internationally recognised research teams, VUB prepares students in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research. Thanks to the creation of more than 25 spin-offs in various domains, VUB plays a prominent role in attracting and instigating new economic activity on and around its campuses. VUB counts over 16,000 students, 21% of which are international, representing about 130 different nationalities.


The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”.

Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.


Established in 1845, University College Cork, (UCC) is one of the premier research institutions in Ireland.

As Ireland’s first five-star university (with internationally-recognised expertise in science, food, engineering, medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities), UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience, second to none in Ireland. Supporting approx. 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University provides the full range of academic disciplines and plays a crucial role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based society. As of November 2019, UCC researchers have secured 162 Horizon 2020 awards (53 as coordinator and 110 as partner). The total financial drawdown amounts to €84.2 million