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TWIST Main Objective

TWIST – Transnational Water Innovation Strategy is an Interreg Sudoe Project that aims to develop an open model of innovation in wastewater management by giving compliance with the Water Framework Directive and promoting a circular economy model.

Main Outputs

During the project will be created three Living Labs where the experimentation process and the innovative solutions on wastewater management will be developed. With the developed innovative solutions on wastewater management will be created a Market Place to disseminate them and integrate it in the market. In order to promote knowledge transfer and change management will be created a Transnational Business School.

The project has a total budget of 1.598.000,00 euros, co-financed by FEDER on 75%. Started in 1 April 2018 and will finish on 31 March 2021. The consortium, lead by CENTA, is constituted of 11 partners from Portugal, Spain and France.

Message from TWIST Coordinator

Water challenges, current and future, require an even greater effort in terms of innovation, involving all the actors in the sector, both those with a long history in research and development (academia & business) and the public authorities (source of financing). But society shall not be left behind. It’s time for society to forget its passive role in the innovation chain and to be in a central place, becoming a key actor for social innovation.
The main objective of TWIST project is to create new transnational and trans-regional partnerships between different agents of the water sector with the ability to mobilize existing and create new Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) processes towards the compliance of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives and the promotion of Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI). TWIST will address technological perspective of wastewater management, wastewater treatment solutions and water regeneration in the frame of a circular economy approach but will also comprise the societal framework.
TWIST project will create an innovative organization and open collaboration model for transnational and transregional co-creation, experimentation and evaluation of innovative products based in close-to-real life scenarios through the creation three Water Living Labs, in France, Spain and Portugal. But TWIST will also produce a Joint Strategy for Mutual Learning and Capitalization of the Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) of the participating regions, a Market Place and a Business School in the water field.
It is already 12 months since a multidisciplinary team formed by 11 enthusiastic partners from six SUDOE regions started to make TWIST a reality. Joint us in this new era of innovation!
Efficiently yours,