UBFC was founded in 1853, and hosts about 100,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and over 6,100 members of academic staff. It is organized into 6 departments, 4 research centers and 1 accredited laboratory. Since 2019 UBFC has taken an active part in European and international programs as a coordinator and partner in many projects. Currently, UBFC is coordinating one H2020 project, one HEu Twinning project, and carrying out several various international projects: four OPCW funded projects, a project funded by Alliance of International Science Organizations, ANSO, Beijing, China etc. Also, UBFC has been funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia for several projects from different calls (3 PROMIS, 3 DIJASPORA, 3 COVID19 and 2 IDEJE) and is part of several COST actions.
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), founded in 1939, is Spain’s largest public research institution that ranks third among Europe’s largest research organizations. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, it plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. Among the 120 institutes, the Institute of General Organic Chemistry (IQOG) carries out competitive research on different topics in the area of chemistry, which is the central discipline around which its lines of research are developed, very often at the interface with other fields such as biology, medicine, environment, and materials, among others. The IQOG is formed of three main departments where Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry (AIQA) is one of them. The determination of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic organic pollutants and the study of their fate and behavior in the environment and humans is one of the research lines of AIQA.
BRGM (www.brgm.eu), or French Geological Survey, is the leading public institution in the field of Earth Science in France. It operates as a public industrial and commercial institution, reporting to 3 ministries: the Ministry of HE, Research and Innovation, the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Its main mission is to develop and improve methodologies and techniques for the management of surface and subsurface resources, through technological research and development and innovation, support to public policies and citizen information, international cooperation and development aid, safety and monitoring of former mining and/or industrial sites.
BRGM employs more than 1000 people, including more than 700 researchers and engineers in geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, modeling, geophysics, geo-microbiology and biotechnologies applied to ores, wastes and polluted waters, implementing projects in more than 30 countries. BRGM research team has vast experience in the development of bioremediation treatment and treatments combining physico-chemical, electrochemical and biological steps schemes, from the small-scale laboratory research to the pilot scale and to the real site/commercial scale, both for metals, metalloids and organic pollutants. The PRIME platform offers experimentation at different scales (from ml-reactors up to 160 m3 pilot). The expertise of BRGM covers several domains addressed by the project: post-mining, environment, water, biotechnologies and microbiology.