Executive Board

There are 23 persons in the Supervisory Board so it is not feasible to have Skype meetings with all at the same time and we do not meet frequently. Therefore, an Executive Board has been established. The Executive Board consists of the Coordinator and the Work Package Leaders. The role of the Executive Board is to assist the Coordinator in the day-to-day management of the Project. The Executive Board reports to and is accountable to the Supervisory Board. The Executive Board will have desktop meetings  every 3 months or more often when needed, to ensure coordination. 

The WP-leaders and involved beneficiaries and partner organizations are the following:

Associate Professor Bjarne Strobel (UCPH) is WP leader of WP1 ‘Complementary and scientific training’ and is assisted by the Project Manager responsible for the planning and implementation of the training programme in collaboration with the Supervisory Board and with inputs from the Advisory Board. All beneficiaries and partners organisations participates in this WP. Management and coordination of all training activities in NaToxAq to achieve a well-organized course programme, courses with the best possible lecturers and outcome, and with clear and efficient organisational support for lecturers and participants. Management is carried out by the WP leader in close collaboration with the course providers.

Dr. Werner Brack (UFZ) is WP leader of WP2 ‘Emerging natural toxins with potential impact on drinking water quality’. Division of tasks between beneficiaries and partner organizations: 1) Development of in silico tools for prioritization of natural toxins according to their potential impact on drinking water quality (SU, WBF), 2) Development of non-target screening approaches for natural toxins in surface waters based on LC-HRMS platforms (CSIC, UFZ), 3) Identification of natural toxin fingerprints in soil leachates (UPCH, WBF, UFZ) and surface waters (CSIC, VEOLIA, UFZ, AB) along climate gradients in Europe, 4) Identification of toxicity fingerprints and new toxins from water extracts of invasive species integrating bioanalytical, analytical and in silico tools (UFZ, WBF, MU).

Dr. Marinella Farré (CSIC) is WP leader of WP3 ‘Emission and distribution of natural toxins in drinking water resources’. Division of tasks between beneficiaries and partner organizations: 1) HR-MS analytical methods for targeted analysis of natural toxins (CSIC), 2) Targeted screening for natural toxin fingerprints in waters from different regions and climatic zones (UFZ, USGS), 3) Source and distribution of toxins and their transfer to water reservoirs (CSIC, Fera, UB, UCPH, USGS), 4) Spatial and temporal variation in the production and release of natural toxins from different land uses (MUC, AT, UCPH, WBF), and 5) Identification of risk factors (UCPH, MUC, UFZ, CSIC).

Dr. Thomas Bucheli (WBF) is WP leader of WP4 ‘Fate and Transport of natural toxins in aquatic and terrestrial environments’ Division of tasks between beneficiaries and partner organizations: 1) OECD guideline based experimental systems for determination of physical-chemical properties of natural toxins (WBF, UCPH, SU), 2) Rates of hydrolysis, photolysis and enzymatic transformation of natural toxins, formation of metabolites, and linking chemical transformation to functional changes (EAWAG, UCPH), 3) Field studies to measure and model the emission, transfer ratios and leaching of natural toxins into drinking water supply reservoirs (UCPH, WBF, VCS, SGS).

Dr. Carmel Ramwell (Fera) is WP leader of WP5 ‘Safe Water Supply’. Division of tasks between beneficiaries and partner organizations: 1) Select toxins found in surface water reservoirs (WP2-4) and determine, experimentally, toxin removal by microbial dissipation, advanced oxidation and non-thermal plasma technologies (MU, VEOLIA, LIPS, UCPH, MUC, UY, YW, SGS, AB), 2) Select toxins likely to be found in groundwater and determine, experimentally, toxin removal/dissipation by sand filters, activated carbon, ozonation and acid/base buffering (HOFOR, UCPH, MUC, VEOLIA, UCPH, VCS, SGS, AB), 3) Cell assays to determine mechanisms of toxicity for mainly cyanobacterial toxins and estimation of human health risks (MU, Fera), 4) Development of a model to predict toxin concentrations in raw water as a function of land use, catchment properties, and climate (Fera, UY, UCPH), and 5) Assessment of the impact of external drives on toxin production/fate via land use change and catchment mitigation measures to reduce exposure risk (Fera, UY, HOFOR, YW).

Scientific Coordinator, Prof. Hans Chr. Bruun (UCPH) is WP leader of WP6 ´Dissemination and Outreach´, WP7 ´Project Management´, and WP8 ´Ethics Requirement". For a description of these Work packages see https://natoxaq.ku.dk/research/work-packages/