IWA/ISME Bio Cluster
In response to increasing member interest in crosscutting research and dialogues across IWA Specialist Groups, two Specialist Group “Clusters” – the Bio Cluster and the Smart Water Cluster have been formed.
The interest in Bio Cluster formation has been stimulated by the dizzying advances in molecular biology, and at the same time recognition of the need for new solutions to water treatment problems that draw on all available biological tools in the water and wastewater treatment process.
Initially the Bio Cluster includes nine Specialist Groups which are working across areas covering the budding merge of microbial ecology and engineering:
The group is working together with the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME)and it is anticipated that other groups will join the cluster in the future.
The cluster has held a couple of cluster workshops: right before Singapore Water Convention on June 30 to July 2, 2011, and during IWA WWC in Busan September 2012. A formal MoU between IWA and ISME was signed in August 2012 during the ISME conference Copenhagen, which including agreements on joint activities such as conferences, workshops, scholarships for young people, as well as an award program, etc.