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Two Marie Curie fellows at KWR
The Marie Curie scholarship is an EU initiative to enable scientists to perform part of their research abroad. Victoria Osorio is one of the two Marie Curie fellows who starts working at KWR in 2013.
In 2012, the UFZ Helmholz Institute in Leipzig (Germany) organised a workshop on Effect-Directed Analysis (EDA). This research method focuses on identifying and assessing toxic agents. The goal is to unravel cause-effect relationships for a reliable risk assessment of environmental contamination. UFZ wrote a project proposal with 12 European partners, one of which was KWR, for the EU Initial Training Network (ITN), which is part of the Marie Curie scholarships aimed at young scientists.
Coordinating the “Chemical methods” work package
In the four-year project, young people are trained to work in various biological and chemical analysis methods. The countries they come from include Brazil, China, Turkey, the US, Spain and France. Postdoctoral researcher Victoria Osorio starts at KWR in September 2013 and will be working on the project until September 2015. She coordinates the “Chemical methods” work package within the project. This means that she supervises, under the direction of KWR researcher Merijn Schriks, the work of the doctoral students. In another ITN project, SEWPROF, Ana Causanilles is working on sewer epidemiology under the supervision of Pim de Voogt.
“I want to develop a sample preparation technique with which you can quickly determine what compounds a sample contains.”
Samples from all over Europe
Victoria quickly gets great results. Together with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) she does research in the Bethunepolder, in the Vecht’s river basin, just north of Utrecht. With a device called the “refrigerator”, because of its shape, she successfully collects about 50 litres of concentrated water samples for chemical analysis. This is repeated in five other European river basins. The PhD students exchange samples which are analysed using various methods. In early 2014, Victoria is organising a workshop on drinking water and human health for drinking water companies and the doctoral students. But Victoria’s ambitions reach further: “I want to develop a sample preparation technique with which you can quickly determine what compounds a sample contains. And I also want to develop my leadership skills. I have to know more about what the PhD students do. In this way I can learn a lot too.”
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Scientific researcher, toxicologist and Project Manager