Trusted partners and collaborators

TrAMS group has strong collaborations in academic, public and private sector worldwide through the implementation of national and international funded research projects, research activities, collaborative trials and environmental monitoring programmes.

NORMAN is a European Network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances and harmonization of screening techniques.
Link: https://www.norman-network.net/
Collaborator name: Dr. Jaroslav Slobodnik and Valeria Dulio

Projects:

  • All NORMAN network’s Cross-Working Group Activities in Non-target Screening (NTS)

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government for environmental protection. The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment and has the power to issue regulations.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/

Collaborator name: Dr. Antony J. Williams, National Center of Computational Toxicology

Projects:

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) of Germany is entrusted with working on a variety of thematic issues under the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. UBA employs experts such as biologists, chemists, economists, lawyers and engineers from all ecology related disciplines – the goal being  to examine environmental issues from all sides and develop viable solutions.
Link: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en

Collaborator name: Marcela Fabianova, Water Programme Analyst at Istanbul Regional Hub, Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Projects:

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU’s groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment, as well as for innovation and competitiveness.

Link: https://echa.europa.eu/home

Collaborator name: Dr. Henna Piha, Team leader regulatory advice & helpdesk

Projects:

  • As Regulatory Advisory Member in LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) of Germany is entrusted with working on a variety of thematic issues under the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. UBA employs experts such as biologists, chemists, economists, lawyers and engineers from all ecology related disciplines – the goal being  to examine environmental issues from all sides and develop viable solutions.

 Link: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en

Collaborator name: Dr. Peter von der Ohe, Dr. Jan Koschorreck and Dr. Wiebke Drost

Projects:

  • LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute

Bruker is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of mass spectrometry systems for the life sciences. Bruker’s instrumentation provide high-value analytical and diagnostic solutions.

Link: https://www.bruker.com/

Collaborator name: Dr. Bob Galvin and Dr. Carsten Baessmann

Projects:

  • Development of a wide-scope GC-APCI-QTOF methodology for the determination of emerging contaminants in environmental and food matrices

Environmental Institute (EI) is an environmental management, research and consulting company, whose current research activities deal primarily with the screening/identification of unknown organic pollutants in environmental samples, data storage and retrospective data treatment of emerging substances. EI is a founding member of the NORMAN Association dealing with emerging substances at the EU-scale in support of DG ENV of the EC.

Link: https://www.ei.sk/

Collaborator name: Dr. Jaroslav Slobodnik, Director of EI and Dr. Peter Oswald, Head of the analytical laboratory

Projects:

  • LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute
  • ANtibioticS and mobile resistance elements in WastEwater Reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions, ANSWER ITN, Grant agreement ID: 675530 (2015-2019) http://www.answer-itn.eu/, Coordination: University of Cyprus
  • Priority pollutants and Chemicals of emerging concern in polar regions (2019-2021)
  • All NORMAN network’s Cross-Working Group Activities in Non-target Screening (NTS)

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

  • EMBLAS II: Analysis of WFD and screening of Black Sea Specific Pollutants (2016-2018) http://emblasproject.org/
  • EMBLAS-Plus: Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea-Special Measures (2019-2020) http://emblasproject.org/
  • Wide-scope target and suspect screening of emerging contaminants and their transformation products in marine biota samples (2019-2020)
  • Research on identification of chemical status of surface water bodies of the Dniester river basin (2019)
  • Research on identification of chemical status of surface and underground water bodies of the Seversky Donets river (2018)
  • Strengthening the Capacities for Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Montenegro, EuropeAid/138151/DH/SER/ME (2018)

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a world-leading aquatic research institute. Key strength is the coupling of advanced analytical techniques, experimental studies and fate modelling at different scales to improve chemical risk assessment and to evaluate future trends in water quality management.

Link: https://www.eawag.ch/en/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Julliane Hollender, Prof. Dr. Kathrin Fenner and Heinz Singer, Department of Environmental Chemistry

Projects:

  • All NORMAN network’s Cross-Working Group Activities in Non-target Screening (NTS)

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The Environmental Cheminformatics group, led by Dr. Emma Schymanski, focuses on the comprehensive identification of known and unknown chemicals in our environment to investigate their effects on health and disease.

Link: https://wwwen.uni.lu/

Collaborator name: Associate Prof. Dr. Emma Schymanski, PI in Environmental Cheminformatics group

Projects:

  • All NORMAN network’s Cross-Working Group Activities in Non-target Screening (NTS)

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), is a transnational body, which works to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters in the Danube River Basin. The work of the ICPDR is based on the Danube River Protection Convention, the major legal instrument for cooperation and trans-boundary water management in the Danube River Basin.

Link: https://www.icpdr.org/main/

Collaborator name: Dr. Igor Liska and Adam Kovacs

Projects:

The UFZ is one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It demonstrates ways in which a sustainable use of our natural resource base is possible for the benefit of both humankind and the environment. MassBank is the first public repository of mass spectra of small chemical compounds for life sciences.

Link: https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=33573 and https://massbank.eu/MassBank/Index

Collaborator name: Dr. Tobias Schulze and Dr. Martin Krauss, Department of Effect-Directed Analysis

Projects:

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

  • Upload of LC-ESI- and GC-APCI- QTOMS spectra in MassBank

Tübingen is among the world’s foremost universities and expressly supports common European values. The University of Tübingen actively supports positive developments in society and peaceful coexistence, sustainable development, and the protection of the environment.

Link: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Heinz – R. Köhler

Projects:

  • Analytics and Modelling within the UBA project “Sauer ist nicht immer lusting- Effekte des pH auf die Toxixitat und Bioakkumulation ionischer Stoffe” (2018-2021), Coordination: University of Tübingen

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) provides the Queensland Government with timely, accurate and up-to-date advice regarding environmental health risks. It operates as a whole-of-university centre to provide the Department of Health and the state’s Hospital and Health Services to a broad range of scientific and academic environmental health experts to ensure government policy and advice reflects the latest scientific findings.

Link: https://qaehs.centre.uq.edu.au/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Kevin Thomas, Director of Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences

Projects:

  • NTS-EXPOSURE, The innovative wastewater-based epidemiology approach with the advances of high resolution mass spectrometry as a complementary biomonitoring tool for assessing the health status of a population, MSCA-IF-2019 (2020-2023)

The University of Antwerp is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. It is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. The research group of Prof. Adrian Covaci focuses on the application of advanced mass spectrometric techniques to the human exposome and metabolomics and human metabolism of xenobiotics in in vitro and in vivo systems

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Adrian Covaci, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Projects:

  • COST Action ES1307, Sewage biomarker analysis for community health assessment (MC) (EU COST, 2014 – 2017), Coordination: Norsk institut for vannforskning (NIVA)

The University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led university that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy.

Link: https://www.ucc.ie/en/

Collaborator name: Dr. Deborah V Chapman, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Projects:

  • Determination of selected pharmaceuticals in influent and effluent wastewater from different wastewater treatment plants of Saudi Arabia (2019-2020)
  • Determination of selected pharmaceuticals in soils samples for the evaluation of leaching potential (2019-2020)

Wadsworth Center is the laboratory core for the New York State Department of Health and is a nationally recognized premier institution that conducts research to protect and improve the health of New Yorkers through laboratory analysis, investigations and research, as well as laboratory certification and educational programs.

Link: https://www.wadsworth.org/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading multidisciplinary research institute in the field of use and protection of water bodies and water quality. NIVA has a well-qualified and experienced team of 250 employees with a head-office and main analytical facility located at the Oslo Science Park.

Link: https://www.niva.no/en

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Bert van Bavel and Dr. Malcolm Reid

Projects:

  • All NORMAN network’s Cross-Working Group Activities in Non-target Screening (NTS)

https://www.normandata.eu/?q=node/252

  • COST Action ES1307, Sewage biomarker analysis for community health assessment (MC) (EU COST, 2014 – 2017) , Coordination: Norsk institut for vannforskning (NIVA)

The University of Cyprus has been established under the University Law 144/1989. The mission of the University of Cyprus is the advancement of science, knowledge, learning and education by teaching and research.

Link: http://www.ucy.ac.cy/en/

Collaborator name: Dr. Agapios Agapiou, Assistant Prof. of Chemistry Department

Projects:

  • Suspect screening of over 3000 tobacco related compounds to saliva samples of e-cigarette vapors.

NIREAS,  the International Water Research Center, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation and the University of Cyprus, specializes in water quality issues.

Link: https://www.nireas-iwrc.org/index.php

Collaborator name: Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Associate Prof. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Director of Nireas

Projects:

  • ANtibioticS and mobile resistance elements in WastEwater Reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions, ANSWER ITN, Grant agreement ID: 675530 (2015-2019) http://www.answer-itn.eu/, Coordination: University of Cyprus
  • COST Action ES1307, Sewage biomarker analysis for community health assessment (MC) (EU COST, 2014 – 2017) , Coordination: Norsk institut for vannforskning (NIVA)

The University of Florence is one of the most important Italian public university with a strong international vocation. It fosters cooperation with academic and research institutions all over the world and welcomes foreign teaching staff, researchers and students to promote cultural and scientific internationalization.

Link: https://www.unifi.it/vp-10279-profile.html

Collaborator name: Dr. Alessandra Cincinelli, Associate professor of Chemistry Department

Projects:

  • LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute

The Fraunhofer IME has been one of the partners of the German Environmental Specimen Bank since the year 2000. On behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency, we process annual samples to form homogenized specimens (cryogenic milling), operate the archive of the environmental specimen bank (cryogenic storage), and perform element and element-species analyses of environmental samples.

Link: https://www.ime.fraunhofer.de/

Collaborator name: Dr. Heinz Rüdel and Dr. Burkhard Knopf, Department Environmental Specimen Bank & Elemental Analysis

Projects:

  • LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute

IDÆA, the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies, is an environmental science institute devoted to the study of the footprint of the chemical changes our species is imposing on the biosphere. Much of the research work at this institute is centred on the cleanliness and availability of the water we drink and the quality of the air we breathe.

Link: https://www.idaea.csic.es/

Collaborator name: Prof. Dr. Damià Barceló and Dr. Sandra Pérez Solsona, Department of Environmental Chemistry

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to developing the scientific basis for novel approaches to wildlife conservation. IZW conducts basic and applied research across different scientific disciplines.

Link: http://www.izw-berlin.de/welcome.html

Collaborator name: Dr. Oliver Krone, Department of Wildlife Diseases

Projects:

  • Wide-scope target and suspect screening of chemicals of emerging concern in livers of white-tailed sea eagle from Germany

Naturalis is the Dutch national research institute for biodiversity. With one of the largest natural history collections in the world, Naturalis labs and it’s biodiversity data, it offers a unique scientific infrastructure: a veritable time machine that enables scientists to map the biological and geological diversity of the past, present and future.

Link: https://www.naturalis.nl/en

Collaborator name: Dr. Paola Movalli and Dr. René Dekker

Projects:

  • LIFE APEX, Systematic use of contaminant data from apex predators and their prey in chemicals management, LIFE17 ENV/SK/000355 (2018-2022) https://lifeapex.eu/, Coordination: Environmental Institute
  • Wide-scope target and suspect screening of chemicals of emerging concern in peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus from The Netherlands (2019-2020)

The Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg (LUBW) or Baden-Württemberg State Institute for the Environment, Survey and Nature Conservation is a central institution of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, whose legal responsibilities lie in the fields of environmental conservation, health and safety and consumer protection and thus they support the state authorities at a technical level in nature conservation and radiation protection.

Link: https://www.lubw.baden-wuerttemberg.de/startseite

Collaborator name: Dr. Matthias Wieczorek

Projects:

  • Investigation of potential bioaccumulation of chemical in the terrestrial food chain: Wide-scope target and suspect screening of emerging contaminants in pine marten, stone marten and polecats.

The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment is an independent department at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, which focuses on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polar organic compounds, toxic metals and their species and natural toxins – cyanotoxins.

Link: https://old.recetox.muni.cz/index-en.php

Collaborator name: Associate Prof. Dr. Branislav Vrana (Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment)

Projects:

The Water Research Institute (WRI) is the only organization in Slovakia conducting comprehensive water management research and other related activities resulting from the needs of water sector in the Slovak Republic. Its main activities are aimed at research and development,  expertises, professional water management consulting services and solutions for water management and ecological problems.

Link: http://www.vuvh.sk/default.aspx?pid=1

Collaborator name: Dr. Peter Tarábek and  Dr. Michal Kirchner

Projects:

University of Ibadan, UI as it is fondly referred to, is the first University in Nigeria. Until 1962 when it became a full-fledged independent University, it was a College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme. UI aims to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs.

Link: http://www.ui.edu.ng/

Collaborator name: Dr. Akinranti Ajibola, Faculty of Science, Chemistry Departement

Projects:

  • Wide-scope target screening of emerging pollutants in sewage sludge from three wastewater treatment plants in Nigeria.

The region of Attica is one of the 13 regions of Greece, consisting of the Prefecture of Attica, based in the capital, Athens, and divided into the next eight regional sections.

Link: http://www.patt.gov.gr/site/

Collaborator name: Dr. Argyro Paraskevopoulou and Fotini Michalopoulou (Ministry of Environment & Climate Change)

Projects:

  • Monitoring of Asopos River Basin waters: Assessment of contamination and investigation of possible sources of pollution (2018-2020)

EYDAP S.A., the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company, is the largest company of its kind in Greece and  serves approximately 4,400,000 customers (2,160,000 water meters) while the length of water pipelines is 14,000 km. The sewerage sector serves 3,500,000 residents with sewers spreading at almost 9,500 km.

Link: https://www.eydap.gr/en/

Collaborator name: Dr. Phani Miskaki, Deputy Director of Planning & Development for Water Sector Projects, and Dr. Triantafullos Kaloudis, Head of Organic Micropollutants Laboratory

Projects:

  • Wide-scope target and suspect screening of emerging contaminants in surface water resources of EYDAP (Marathonas, Mornos, Yliki and Evinos) (2018-2020)
  • Occurence of emerging pollutants in wastewater of STP of Athens – Evaluation of risk to the aquatic environment from reuse of treated wastewater (2010-today)

Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) is the biggest power producer and electricity supply company in Greece with approximately 7.4 million customers. PPC’s current power portfolio consists of conventional thermal and hydroelectric power plants, as well as RES units, accounting for approximately 68% of the total installed capacity in the country.
Link: https://www.dei.gr/en

Collaborator name: Charikleia Tserepa, Head of Environment and Chemistry

Projects:

  • Provision of specialized analytical services and scientific support from University of Athens to PPC SA in order to monitor specific priority pollutants and emerging compounds in wastewater and seawater samples (2012-today).

The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is structured according to the continental European system for training engineers, with an emphasis on solid background. The valuable work of NTUA and its international reputation are due to its well-organised educational and research system, the quality of its staff and students, and the adequacy of its technical infrastructure.

Link: https://www.ntua.gr/en/

Collaborator name: Associate Prof. Dr. Constantinos Noutsopoulos and Prof. Dr. Daniel Mamais (School of Civil Engineering)

Projects:

  • Thalis: Investigation of organic micropollutants’ fate in wastewater treatment and study of their behaviour during wastewater disposal to the aquatic environment, WATERMICROPOL project (2012-2015) https://www.env.aegean.gr/watermicropol, Coordination: University of Aegean

The University of the Aegean (UAegean), situated in 6 picturesque islands in the Aegean Archipelago, offers a unique natural, cultural and human environment for modern studies in the ancient cradle of knowledge. The university today comprises five Schools and 18 Departments offering undergraduate and post-graduate degrees programmes.

Link: http://www1.aegean.gr/aegean2/index.html

Collaborator name: Associate Prof. Dr. Athanasios Stasinakis, Department of Environment and Prof. Themistokles Lekkas, Department of Environmental Science

Projects:

  • Thalis: Investigation of organic micropollutants’ fate in wastewater treatment and study of their behaviour during wastewater disposal to the aquatic environment, WATERMICROPOL project (2012-2015) https://www.env.aegean.gr/watermicropol, Coordination: University of Aegean
  • ARISTEIA: Transformation products of emerging pollutants in the aquatic environment, TREMEPOL project (2012-2015) http://tremepol.chem.uoa.gr/, Coordination: University of Athens
  • Pythagoras I: Investigation of synthetic organic compounds (nonylphenols, triclosan, metabolites) occurrence in wastewater treatment systems and estimation of their toxicity and biodegradation in activated sludge systems (2004-2006), Coordination: University of Aegean

The Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) is the most recent addition to the Life Sciences Research organizations in Greece. It’s main goal is to achieve excellence in the Biomedical Sciences by carrying out cutting-edge basic and translational research and by training young researchers in a state-of-the-art facilities.

Link: http://www.bioacademy.gr/home

Collaborator name: Dr. Dimitris Beis, Reseach Center of Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research

Projects:

  • Application of HILIC/RPLC Quadrupole-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry to assess the metabolism and effects of benzotriazoles and triclosan in zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae (2014-2016)

The mission of the School of Environmental Engineering is to provide advanced education of a high standard in environmental science and engineering and to prepare qualified engineers to measure, monitor, assess, and treat problems caused by human intervention in the environment.

Link: https://www.enveng.tuc.gr/en/home/

Collaborator name: Assistant Prof. Dr Nikolaos Xekoukoulotakis, Environmental Process Design and Analysis

Projects: Identification of photocatalytic transformation products of the antiviral acyclovir.

The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece with critical mass in expertise and infrastructure in the fields of nanotechnology, energy and environment, biosciences, particle and nuclear science, informatics and telecommunications.

Link: http://www.demokritos.gr/

Collaborator name: Dr. Anastasia Hiskia and Dr. George Pistolis, Institute of Physical Chemistry