Professor Patrick Drogui of INRS has secured a grant totalling $1.65 million for the next six years from the Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This grant will allow him to set up a program to train highly qualified personnel in environmental decontamination technologies and integrated management of water and residual effluents (TEDGIEER).
Intense industrialization and refractory emerging organic, inorganic, and microbial contaminants are threatening our access to sufficient quantities of high quality water. To tackle this sizeable challenge, it is important to develop and implement innovative and ecofriendly approaches to managing urban, agricultural, and industrial runoff to limit the harmful effects on the environment.
In Canada and around the world, there is currently a shortage of highly qualified personnel in this field. "Our program is designed to provide multidisciplinary training at the university-industry interface in an outstanding environment that fosters the acquisition and upgrading of basic and applied research skills," said Professor Drogui.
Carried out in cooperation with various university and industry partners, this training program is in line with the NSERC's two priority fields: environmental science and technology and natural resources and energy. It also ties in with the Decontamination and Reclamation research area pursued by INRS, which over the years has gained recognition for its expertise in the development of environmental technologies.