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Life RECYCLO aims to offer improved water resource management for the laundry sector and to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the aquatic environment.

To meet this objective, the project will focus on the development of an advanced oxidation treatment system to treat and recycle wastewater from laundries. This process is intended to eliminate more than 90% of pollutants. This recycled water will then be reused by these same laundries in their cleaning process, with a goal of 50 to 80% water savings.

Prototypes will be tested in three laundries in France, Spain and Luxembourg. The objective is then to determine the efficiency of the process and its reproducibility. In parallel, a survey will also be conducted among laundries and their customers to gage their perception of wastewater reuse in this context.

This project is part of the European Commission’s LIFE program, which funds initiatives in the fields of the environment and climate. It is run by the TreeWater company, originating from the DEEP laboratory of INSA Lyon, which hosts its Research and Development department. Its consortium is composed of six members located in France, Spain and Luxembourg. As a project partner, the Université de Lyon’s Culture, Science and Society division contributes in particular through the investigation and communication phases.

  • Coordinator: TreeWater (France)
  • Université de Lyon contact: Samantha Dizier
  • Consortium: TreeWater (France), Blanchisserie Saint-Jean (France), Fundacio Mas Xirgu (GRUPFRN – Spain), KLIN SARL (Luxembourg), Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA – Spain), Pop’Sciences – Université de Lyon (France)
  • Overall budget: 1.5 million Euros
  • Period: September 2021 – February 2024

Life RECYCLO partners

Completed European projects

EnRRICH - Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education

EnRRICH aims to shape future generations of researchers and innovators to enable them to become more responsible.
Their program therefore involves projects related to ethics, gender, free digital broadcasting, science education and our engagement in civil society. In this context, the Université de Lyon is using its Science Shop cas a teaching device to raise awareness for RRI issues by organizing field practicals for young researchers.

Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Consortium (European network of Science Shops): Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Queen's University Belfast (IE), University College Cork - National University of Ireland (IE), University of Sassari (IT), Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (DE), University of Cambridge (UK).
Total budget: 1.5 million euros
Time frame: July 2015 - March 2018.
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NUCLEUS – New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions

NUCLEUS aims to develop an innovative and sustainable RRI approach within its ecosystem:
It aims to rethink the relationships between universities, research organizations and policy-makers, the media, the business world and civil society.

The NUCLEUS program will enable us to better understand how directors of universities and research organizations can develop a strong RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) culture within their institutions. The project will provide a better understanding of the challenges and expectations faced by directors, and how these are influenced by other stakeholders in society. On the basis of this new understanding, NUCLEUS will develop and implement a new European strategy, making it possible to better incorporate RRI into academic institutions.

The consortium for this project comprises 24 partners from Europe, Asia and Africa. It is coordinated by the Rhine-Wall University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The Université de Lyon is part of the 10 "embedded nuclei" who, over the next two years, will implement a culture of change in their local and national academic, political and public environments, through a concrete action plan promoting common responsibility shared by all actors in society.

Coordinator: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Point of contact at the Université de Lyon: Amalia Verzola
Consortium of 24 partners: Beijing Association for Science and Technology, Bielefeld University
China Research Institute for Science Popularization, City of Bochum, Delft University of Technology, Dublin City University, European Science Engagement Association, European Union of Science Journalists’ Association, Ilia State University, Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Science City Hannover, Science View, South African Agency For Science And Technology Advancement, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Malta, University of Twente, Wissenschaft im Dialog
Total budget: 3 million euros
Time frame: September 2015 - September 2019.
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InSPIRES -Ingenious Science shops to promote Participatory Innovation, Research and Ethics in Science

InSPIRES strives to promote participatory research, notably through the Science Shop system.
The aim of this European project is to create partnerships with civil society and to respond to an increasingly urgent social demand. Eight partners are uniting together in this project to answer one question: how can civil society play a role in the research community?
Coordinated by the Fundacion Privada Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona, the project also involves two non-European partners; Bolivia and Tunisia. The Université de Lyon is participating as a leader for work package 5. As such, its role is to lead training activities between the partners and to build relevant online tools to help implement the scheme.

Coordinator: Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona (Spain)
Point of contact at the Université de Lyon: Shailaja Baichoo
Consortium: ESSRG Kft (Hungary), Institut de Recerca de la Sida-Caixa (Spain), The Université de Lyon's Community of Universities and Institutions (France), Stichting VU (Netherlands), Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Institut Pasteur de Tunis (Tunisia), Fundacion Ciencia y Estudios Aplicados para el Desarrollo en Salud y Medio Ambiente (Bolivia)
Total budget: 3 million euros
Time frame: April 2017 - April 2021
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