AQUACYCLE
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Towards Sustainable Treatment and Reuse of Wastewater in the Mediterranean Region

About the project

Reclaimed municipal wastewater is considered as a valuable non-conventional water resource (NCWR). Unfortunately, a substantial number of wastewater treatment plants installed in the Mediterranean region have proven unsuccessful copies of western-based treatment system concepts. Besides their high operational and maintenance costs, these systems are often unsuited to address the local challenges of wastewater treatment. As a result, treated municipal water is commonly underexploited throughout the region. To address these challenges, AQUACYCLE is set to bring an eco-innovative wastewater treatment technology that will consist of anaerobic digestion, constructed wetlands and solar treatment for the cost-effective treatment of urban wastewater with minimal costs of operation and maximum environmental benefits. 

Key information

AQUACYCLE
Towards Sustainable Treatment and Reuse of Wastewater in the Mediterranean Region
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.1 Water efficiency
Greece, Spain, Malta, Lebanon, Tunisia

Financial data

2.8 million
Total budget
2.5 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

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7
Partners
5
Countries
15
Technical outputs

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What will be improved?

The AQUACYCLE project will change the paradigm of viewing wastewater as an unsafe effluent, to that of an abundant all-year-round resource that has multiple uses. AQUACYCLE addresses this through a system which has a low cost of operation and maintenance as it uses solar panels for energy, produces biogas and fertiliser, and the constructed wetlands will allow biodiversity to thrive and be a tourist attraction. As the novel technology will permit the recovery of valuable substances from the treated effluent, i.e. fertilizer and biogas, AQUACYCLE is set to showcase a prime example in relation to the transition to the circular economy.

Who will benefit?

  • Farmers’ and irrigation associations, tree nurseries, agricultural extensions services, water utilities, municipal authorities and representatives from civil society
  • Ministries responsible for planning, environment, water, agriculture and energy, national research centres, universities and private consultancy firms
  • Regional and international water associations leveraged to bring the derived benefits to the attention of policy-makers and scientists around the Mediterranean region and beyond
     

Expected achievements

  • 1 Participatory GIS (PGIS) to collect inputs from stakeholders on the reuse potential of treated effluent 
  • 3 demonstration units for municipal wastewater treatment and reuse with a capacity of 5 m3/day - combining anaerobic digestion, constructed wetland and solar treatment - established in Charguia (Tunisia), Al-Fayhaa (Lebanon) and Blanca (Spain) municipalities 
  • 3 local action and investment plans established in Tunisia, Lebanon and Spain targeting a combined reuse potential of 900,000 m³ of treated effluent
  • 3 contractual agreements for the continued operation of the pilot units beyond the project duration
  • 10 showcase and knowledge transfer measures of the new wastewater treatment technology developed 
  • 180 trained persons in the use of the eco-innovative system of wastewater treatment for non-conventional water supply and reuse
  • 1 Mediterranean Wastewater Reuse Community gathering representatives from public authorities, research/educational institutions, international organizations, NGOs and private entities
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AQUACYCLE invites quotations for a 3D model of its eco-innovative wastewater treatment system

The aim of this tender is to showcase the components and functioning of the novel treatment technology to the general public

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AQUACYCLE participation in NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training

Ms Marien Douggui, Master student in the CERTE team obtains two training certificates

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AQUACYCLE advocates use of treated domestic wastewater as a solution to Lebanon’s water requirements

The Lebanese University renews its call for a new vision in Lebanon’s water and sanitation sector at NAWAMED National Stakeholders Meeting

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AQUACYCLE launches platform for e-training … and more!

The platform guides on the design and operation of an eco-innovative wastewater treatment system … and connects people from around the world!

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AQUACYCLE explains about use of Participatory GIS in Space for Climate Webinar

Organized by Eurisy and dotSpace, the webinars are aimed at turning climate challenges into opportunities to develop satellite derived products and services

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AQUACYCLE employs GIS-based multi criteria analysis for optimal siting of an eco-innovative wastewater treatment system in Tunisia

The aim of this study is to assist decision-makers in developing strategies for the safe reuse of treated…

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AQUACYCLE joins training workshop on Pan-African Water and Sanitation Sector Monitoring and Reporting System (WASSMO)

Dr. Hamadi Kallali, Researcher in the CERTE team of AQUACYCLE successfully participated in the event. Find out more about the WASSMO initiat…

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AQUACYCLE: Do not miss out on your copy of our fourth e-Newsletter!

In this edition we celebrate the launch of the AQUACYCLE e-Training Platform and invite you to join us in September for the CEST2021 Conference!

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Tunisia

The Tunis International Center for Environmental Technologies (CITET) announces the vacancy of an assistant financial manager to join their team in AQUACYCLE

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for the acquisition of equipment, laboratory consumables and chemical reagents in Tunisia

The aim of the tender is to follow up on the analysis of treated effluent from the planned pilot eco-innovative wastewater treatment system …

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AQUACYCLE witnesses launch of construction works in Blanca, Spain

Two constructed wetlands and a raceway pond reactor will be added to the existing anaerobic digester at the Blanca wastewater treatment facility.

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AQUACYCLE successfully presented to influential scholars and top scientists from all over the world

The presentation was made by Ms Safa Chaabane on behalf of the Tunis International Center of Environmental Technologies (CITET)

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AQUACYCLE welcomes mid-term review of progress by Advisory Board

Dr. Joelle Duplay shares her appraisal on the occasion of the mid-term review-of-progress meeting

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AQUACYCLE announces clustering event on the theme Sustainable Management of Water in the Mediterranean

The event brings together five ENI CBC Med funded projects related to the water efficiency thematic priority.

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AQUACYCLE awards tender for Raceway Pond Reactor in Spain

The Raceway Pond Reactor will add the third component of the project’s eco-innovative wastewater treatment technology

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AQUACYCLE joins Youth Leadership Programme promoted by UNDP Lebanon!

The AQUACYCLE partnership extends its congratulations to Omar Nachar from the Lebanese University.

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AQUACYLE launches opinion article on WebGIS as a decision support tool

The aim of the WebGIS is to guide on optimum action plans for the reuse of treated wastewater.

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AQUACYCLE awards tender for constructed wetlands in Spain

The constructed wetlands will be built at the Blanca Waste Water Treatment Plant

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AQUACYCLE conducts reconnaissance survey of planned demonstration site in Lebanon

The survey aimed at the drawing up of detailed design plans for the construction of an eco-innovative wastewater treatment system.

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AQUACYCLE extends deadline of tender submissions for eco-innovative wastewater treatment system in Tunisia

The tender aims at the implementation of a pilot demonstration unit at the site of the existing Bent Saidane Wastewater Treatment Plant

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AQUACYCLE’s public participatory mapping gets spotlight from Eurisy

As a non-profit association, Eurisy networks between space and society.

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for Raceway Pond Reactor in Spain

The aim of this tender is to construct the third component of the project’s innovative wastewater treatment technology

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for computer and similar equipment in Tunisia

The aim of the tender is to be fully equipped for the upcoming participatory GIS workshops

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AQUACYCLE launches video clip to mark Word Water Day on 22 March 2021

The clip is based on Part 10 of AQUACYCLE - My Autobiography.

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AQUACYCLE goes in poetry mode to mark World Water Day

AQUACYCLE invites a helping hand from sister ENI CBC Med Projects: MEDISS, MENAWARA, PROSIM and NAWAMED, to bring lasting solutions to the water issues in the Mediterrnean.

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for eco-innovative wastewater treatment system in Tunisia

The tender aims at the implementation of a pilot demonstration unit at the site of the existing Bent Saidane Wastewater Treatment Plant,

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AQUACYCLE celebrates World Water Day in Tunisia

Organized by the partner CERTE, the program will take place between the 22 and 26 March 2021.

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AQUACYCLE on a rollercoaster during the month of February 2021

The latest chapter in my autobiography brings an update on an impressive number of activities that were realized in just a single month

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AQUACYCLE in news for Murcia region in Spain

Ten local newspapers and a radio channel provided up-to-date information on AQUACYCLE advanced wastewater treatment.

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AQUACYCLE brings synergy to Horizon 2020 SolarTwins Project

Successful participation of Spanish team CIEMAT-PSA in a series of live webinars focusing on strengthening Turkey’s Research and Innovation capacities

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for laboratory consumables and glassware in Tunisia

The aim of the tender is to monitor the water quality of treated effluent

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) selects AQUACYCLE as project of the month for February 2021

The selection was announced in the e-Newsletter issued by the Malta Council for Science and Technology’s plumtri online platform.

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AQUACYCLE targets democratization of spatial planning in water and sanitation sector

Advancing social justice and promoting of decent work opportunities in celebration of World Social Justice Day.

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AQUACYCLE joins Live Seminar on the Water-Energy-Food nexus in industrial and urban wastewater recovery

Register here to join the ODAKtr seminar which will take place on 26 February 2021

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AQUACYCLE joins NAWAMED E-Technical Workshop

Dr. Konstantinos Plakas has been invited to bring an update on progress with AQUACYCLE’s eco-innovative domestic wastewater treatment technology

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AQUACYCLE celebrates Women in Science Day

Meet Dr. Inmaculada who has a passion for research on microbial pathogens.

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for the acquisition of videoconferencing equipment in Tunisia

The aim of the tender is to facilitate the organization of online project meetings

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AQUACYCLE invites quotations for graphic design and printing of promotional materials in Tunisia

Quotations shall cover diaries, notebooks, pens, USB keys and A4 size document holders with AQUACYCLE logo

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AQUACYCLE cordially invites all water stakeholders to Seminar on Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Lebanon

The 2nd National Seminar organized by the Lebanese University will take place on 15 February 2021.

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AQUACYCLE launches tender for eco-innovative wastewater treatment system in Spain

The tender aims at the implementation of the APOC system at the Blanca Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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AQUACYCLE: Delivering on our key message: All water is too precious to waste!

And my wish for 2021 … to make a physical appearance in Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia!

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AQUACYCLE on radio waves in Spain on the occasion of World Wetlands Day

Roman Lopez speaks on wetlands on the radio channel COPE Murcia

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AQUACYCLE joins live seminar on "Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria: Occurrence and Removal from Urban Wastewater"

Register here to join the ODAKtr seminar which will take place on 5 February 2021.

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Greece

CERTH announces vacancy for an Engineer to join their team in AQUACYCLE.

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Malta

IRMCo announces vacancy for a part time junior office assistant to join their team in AQUACYCLE.

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Lebanon

The Lebanese University announces vacancy for an engineer to join their team in AQUACYCLE

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AQUACYCLE visits planned demonstration site in Tunisia

Reporting on visit to Bent Saidane Wastewater Treatment Plant by CERTE and CITET teams.

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AQUACYCLE brings update on COVID-19 and the Urban Water Cycle

AQUACYCLE partner ESAMUR brings an update on the monitoring of domestic wastewater in relation to the spread of COVID-19.

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AQUACYCLE: Pre-announcement of Construction Works Tender in Tunisia

Wastewater Treatment Unit Construction Works in Bent Saidane, Tunisia

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Tunisia

AQUACYCLE Partner CERTE is inviting applications to fill a PostDoc vacancy.

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AQUACYCLE: subscribe here to our third e-Newsletter

Read up on the achievements and outcomes of the First Series of Stakeholder Workshops conducted in Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia

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AQUACYCLE: calling for a new vision in Lebanon’s water and sanitation sector

Lebanese University calls on all relevant public authorities in Lebanon to come together without further delay to set the appropriate standards and guidelines for the safe reu…

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AQUACYCLE: Sharing the purpose and outcomes of a SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis of the local governance framework with respect to wastewater treatment and reuse has been conducted in Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia.

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AQUACYCLE Webinar joined by 70 water stakeholders in Spain

Co-organized by AQUACYCLE partners PSA-CIEMAT and ESAMUR, the webinar took place on 8 October 2020

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AQUACYCLE Workshop joined by 28 water stakeholders in Tunisia

Co-organized by AQUACYCLE partners CERTE and CITET, the event took place on 22 September 2020

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AQUACYCLE on radio waves in Tunisia

The team leaders of partners CITET and CERTE were interviewed by the media on the occasion of the First Stakeholder Workshop in Tunisia.

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AQUACYCLE: tender for audit control services in Tunisia

On behalf of AQUACYCLE Partner CERTE, the Technopole Borj Cedria in Tunisia is inviting quotations until October 30, 2020 for the provision of audit control services.

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AQUACYCLE signs cooperation agreement in North Lebanon

The Lebanese University signed a cooperation agreement related to wastewater treatment and reuse with the Real Estate Company for the Development of Tripoli North - SANABEL.

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AQUACYCLE: upcoming online workshop for water stakeholders in Spain

Organized by AQUACYCLE partners ESAMUR and PSA-CIEMAT, the online event will take place on October 8, 2020 with the title "Changing the Paradigm for Wastewater Reuse"…

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AQUACYCLE is hiring in Greece

AQUACYCLE Lead Beneficiary CERTH is hiring a Chemical Engineer. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2020.

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AQUACYCLE: Upcoming stakeholder workshop in Tunisia

Organized by AQUACYCLE partners CITET and CERTE, the event will take place on September 22, 2020 with the title "Changing the Paradigm for Wastewater Reuse".

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AQUACYCLE: workshop with water stakeholders in Tunisia

The workshop will take place on September 22, 2020 under the theme "Changing the paradigm of wastewater reuse".

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AQUACYCLE: shining in the news media in Lebanon

Lebanese University team successfully engages with high level stakeholders in Lebanon’s water and sanitation sector.

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AQUACYCLE: sharing outcomes of virtual meetings

Even though travel plans changed rather abruptly, I owe you quite a few progress updates!

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AQUACYCLE: productive meetings with stakeholders in Lebanon

Ahead of the Stakeholder Workshop in Tripoli on July 25, 2020, the Lebanese University team met up with the mayor of Tripoli and the director of North Lebanon’s Water Establishment.

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AQUACYCLE: PhD vacancy in Spain

AQUACYCLE partner PSA-CIEMAT is inviting applications to fill a PhD vacancy.

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AQUACYCLE: announcing new date for stakeholder workshop in Tripoli, Lebanon

Organized by the Lebanese University, the event will take place on July 25, 2020 with the title "Changing the Paradigm for Wastewater Reuse".

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AQUACYCLE: tender for external audit services

AQUACYCLE Tunisian partner 'CITET' is inviting quotations until July 14, 2020 for the provision of external audit services.

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AQUACYCLE: tender for audit control services

AQUACYCLE partner ESAMUR is inviting quotations until July 14, 2020 for the provision of audit control services.

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AQUACYCLE: Pre-announcement of Construction Works Tender

The construction works will require the design, building and maintenance of a demonstration wastewater treatment unit in Abu Samra, Jinan Campus (North of Lebanon).

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AQUACYCLE - My Autobiography - Landed in Thessaloniki

My very first journey took me to Thessaloniki which is considered the cultural capital of Greece for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general.

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04 June 2020
AQUACYCLE upcoming stakeholder workshop in Tripoli, Lebanon

The new date of the event will be announced as soon as possible.

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02 June 2020
AQUACYCLE: Tender for Infrastructure Consultancy Services

The Lebanese University is inviting sealed bids for Infrastructure Consultancy Services with deadline 12 June 2020.

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01 June 2020
AQUACYCLE job vacancies in Tunisia

Tunisia based partner “CITET” invites applications to fill two posts under the AQUACYCLE project by not later than June 30, 2020.

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19 May 2020
AQUACYLE: tender for audit services

AQUACYCLE partner "PSA-CIEMAT" is inviting interested parties to submit quotations until June 1, 2020 for the provision of audit services.

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18 May 2020
AQUACYCLE: COVID-19 and the Urban Water Cycle

Our special issue of the e-newsletter brings interviews on COVID-19 and the Urban Water Cycle.

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22 April 2020
AQUACYCLE in rolestorming mode

Coming up with novel, out of the box ideas to shift the paradigm on wastewater reuse.

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09 April 2020
AQUACYCLE: interviews with water stakeholders in Lebanon

Listening in to stakeholders’ needs and expectations in Lebanon's wastewater treatment sector brought into focus several stark realities on the ground!

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29 March 2020
AQUACYCLE issues First e-Newsletter

Our First e-Newsletter has been issued. If you missed out on receiving a copy, please subscribe here !

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25 February 2020
Subscription to AQUACYCLE e-Newsletter

Subscribe now to the newsletter of the AQUACYLE project.

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16 January 2020
AQUACYCLE – My Autobiography – Meeting my extended family in Malta

Having arrived in Malta from the Training event in Rome, I learned that I was brought here to now also meet members of my extended family.

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07 January 2020
AQUACYCLE – My Autobiography – Meeting my family in Rome

I was overjoyed to meet so many of my family members on the occasion of a Training for Lead Beneficiaries event organized over 2 days in Rome.

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07 January 2020
Tunisia: AQUACYCLE project is seeking to hire an agricultural engineer

The deadline for receiving applications is 23 January 2020.

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22 November 2019
AQUACYCLE - My autobiography

My name is AQUACYCLE and I am looking forward to write-up my autobiography on this online platform over the next 3 years.

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21 November 2019
Job vacancies under the AQUACYCLE project

The Lebanese University, Faculty of Public Health, is seeking to hire four Senior Researchers. The deadline for receiving applications is 30th November 2019, 17:00 (local Lebanese time).

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