PILLS meeting in Glasgow from September 13th until September 15th, 2010
From September 13th to September 15th all six PILLS partners met for the fifth Working Group meeting in Glasgow, Great Britain. The meeting was opened by Prof. Mike Smith, the pro-vice chancellor of the Glasgow Caledonian University. He gave a warm welcome to the PILLS partners underlining the importance of European Cooperation and expressing his pleasure being the host of a partnership meeting this time.
Altogether more than 30 representatives came to Glasgow in order to discuss the further working steps of the PILLS project. Those partners constructing a pilot plant used this meeting to present their progress. In Luxembourg, the pilot plant is running and first sampling campaigns have already been implemented. In the Netherlands and in Germany, the construction of the pilot plants is proceeding - expecting to be running soon.
An interesting insight into the Swiss research work was given by a presentation about enhancing the different possibilities of using powdered activated carbon for the elimination of pharmaceuticals in municipal wastewater treatment. The PILLS partners found this very helpful for the application of carbon in their pilot plants.
The French partner presented very interesting results related to their studies about antibiotic resistance. In the frame of the PILLS project, the French partner will be visiting the others partners constructing a pilot plant, in order to take samples of the wastewater before and after the treatment. These tests are planned in spring 2011 and will provide an answer about whether the advanced treatment helps to reduce antibiotic resistance.