Translate is a transdisciplinary research project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Global Research Translation Awards (GRTAs), UKRI under agreement reference EP/T015470/1. The project is focused on activities translating research into scalable innovation and commercialisation outputs.
The strategic aim for Translate is the exploration and development of pathways for the translation and implementation of robust water quality analysis devices currently in development under the GCRF SAFEWATER project: www.safewater-research.com
The SAFEWATER device is being developed to address the need for field analysis of microbiological quality of potable water, specifically the detection of E.coli as an indicator of faecal contamination.
SAFEWATER is a transdisciplinary research centre of excellence bringing together expertise from Ulster University, the University of Medellin (Colombia), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) along with NGO’s Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia (Colombia), and Fundacion Cantaro Azul (Mexico), who are already working with, and trusted by, the local people.
This team is further augmented by the introduction of additional partners – the Centre for Water, Sanitation and Health Development, WASHTED, Malawi; Mekelle University, Ethiopia; Kantipur Dental & Research Centre, Nepal; and Med Micro Research Laboratory, Nepal.
The Translate team is multidiciplinary, with expertise across engineering, micobiology, environmental science, chemistry and social sciences. The team is led by experts in water quality assessment and measurement at Ulster and partner organisations.
The project is guided by an Advisory board with a breadth of expertise in technologies for water treatment in resource poor environments, ecology, nutrition and health.