WaterSEED was a past Marie Sklodowska-Curie doctoral programme at Wetsus and preceded EMPOWER. The objective of WaterSEED was to provide a doctoral program to excellent early-stage researchers (ESRs) that want to develop their skills and contribute to the development of breakthrough technologies for water-related challenges. Key elements in the programme were the strong focus on interdisciplinary interaction, entrepreneurial skills and societal relevance.
WaterSEED had received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 665874, and offered a total of 35 PhD positions in 2015 – 2021. In the last call (the 12th call) of WaterSEED, we received 774 applications from 77 different countries for 8 research projects.
The ESRs recruited under WaterSEED conducted their research with a collaboration with a total of 23 universities and 106 industrial partners. The possibility of working at Wetsus, at the host university and of a secondment at the host company were together an invaluable comprehensive training opportunity for all the ESRs.