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Interdisciplinary research examples


The SWITCH-ON project held its first General Assembly at the Vildmarkshotellet, close to Norrköping in Sweden, on the 18th-20th of November 2013.

The project SWITCH-ON addresses water concerns to thoroughly explore and exploit the significant and
currently untapped potential of open data. Water information is highly sought after by many kinds of end-users,
both within government and business as well as within civil society. Water touches virtually all societal and
environmental domains and the knowledge domain is largely multidisciplinary. New water information and
knowledge can thus lead to more efficient use of environmental services and better handling of environmental problems.   

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603587.

Switch-On is a collaboration between fifteen institutes, organizations and universities from different parts of Europe, within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. Click on the relevant logo to find out more about each partner.



Drug residues

Medications are often designed to resist biodegradation and therefore can remain in the environment for long periods. Most of the drugs we use therefore excreted in the urine and reaches the treatment plant and sometimes rivers, groundwater and sea. How much medicine reaches out due to: treatment technology treatment plants , the consumption amount of drug , level of prescription from a doctor, pressure/expectation in patients , manufacturer sales skills , the composition of the drug, and so on.

MistraPharma works to identify human pharmaceuticals that are likely to be of concern to aquatic ecosystems and address the risk for antibiotic resistance promotion in the environment. MistraPharma will also propose risk management strategies, in particular improved regulatory test requirements and wastewater treatment technologies.

MistraPharma is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra). The research programme started in 2008 and will end in 2015.

More about MistraPharma...


Stockholm University 

Umeå University 

University of Gothenburg 

Uppsala University 

Royal Institute of Technology 

Brunel University London 




Opportunities and Constraints in Water Management of the Nile River

Only one percent of the Nile's water reaches the Mediterranean, the rest is consumed or evaporates on the way. A variety of interests - governments, individuals, communities, businesses, or other collections of actors with common interests such as farmers - is largely dependent upon access to water for growth and survival and affects the availability downstream. Water quality and quantity as it approaches the sea depends on many factors : weather , dam construction, industry location , type of industry, type of farming , crops, international trade agreements , local traditions, sewage systems , conflicts, incentives and instruments around the location of the activity efficiency in local and national government , corruption , economic fluctuations , beliefs , and so on. More...


Ronny Berndtsson (coordinator)    

Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Dan-Erik Andersson (coordinator)  

Assistant Professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Karin Aggestam     

Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies 

Umut Özkerimli 

Guest Professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 

Magdalena Gora   

Senior Researcher

Petter Pilesjö  

Professor, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis

Dalia Abdelhady   

Senior Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 

Olof Beckman 

Assistant Professor, Human Rights Studies

Karin Broberg Palmgren 

Associate Professor, Genetic Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Kenneth M Persson 

Professor, Water Resources Engineering



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