SPRING KO Meeting
The online Kick-off Meeting for the SPRING project took place on 18 January 2021.
Professor Bjorn Solvang, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, UiT, Narvik Campus welcomed all participants and made a presentation about UiT and its unique location in Arctic Norway. This was followed by a welcome address by the Indian Coordination Lead, Professor Sanjukta Patra of IIT Guwahati.
All 14 partner organisations were present for the official launch event and each made a brief presentation about their organisations and interests. In addition, Work Package Leaders presented the progress to-date within each WP and outlined their plans and aspirations for project outcomes.
The image below shows some of those present at this event for SPRING.
International Water Day: Valuing Water webinar by SPRING & SVSU
SPRING project partner, Palavi Trust, an NGO based in Pune, in collaboration with Shri Vishmakarma Skill University (SVSU), Haryana Team, celebrated International Water Day on 22nd March 2021 by co-hosting a themed webinar entitled “Valuing Water”. Colonel (Dr) SS Malik, Director & Chief Coordinator of Palavi Trust organised and coordinated the event. Dr Pooja Solanki, SVSU and Ms Parnika Bhambi, student representative of SVSU, conducted the session.
The event was attended by the project partners and an external audience interested in water issues. The Webinar had a focus on state-of-the-art research in the critical area of water treatment and management.
The Vice Chancellor of SVSU, Sh. Raj Nehru was the plenary speaker, who shared his thoughts about the deteriorating quality and availability of clean water. Dr Kuldeep Bauddh, University of Jharkhand was an invited speaker who presented phyto-restoration (natural cleaning of water by plants) methods to clean polluted water. Dr Sanya Ansari, DY Patil Engg College, Pune, presented an overview and the role of ‘SPRING – A collaborative Indo-EU Water Research Project’ in the field of water treatment. Dr Renu Sarath, of Elixir, Vijaywada, an SME, spoke about the research on bio-oxidation methods for treating contaminated water resources undertaken in SPRING.
Dr Antti Herlevi, representing the Finnish Water Forum, summed up the webinar by addressing the need to create water sector forums in other countries, similar to the model used in Finland, and the awareness benefits such organisations bring to the industry.