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Project dedicated to the bioremediation of polluted environments

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NYMPHE Project kicks off to tackle
environmental pollution


And off we go! The Nymphe project has officially started.

The host of the kick-off meeting held on January 18-19, 2023 was the coordinator of the project, The University of Bologna. Members of the consortium were familiarized with the structure, modus operandi and detailed activities for the following years. Partners had space for interaction and establishing a common approach to the collaboration.

About the project

Nymphe is a four years project, funded under the Horizon Europe Program and dedicated to the bioremediation of polluted environments. The project targets to develop new effective „real situation-tailored” and „nature-inspired” bioremediation/revitalization strategies in different polluted environments using matrices taken from four contaminated European sites. Nymphe has the ambition of removing at least 90% of the main pollutants (e.g. plastics and pesticides in the agricultural soil, and chlorinated solvents/total petroleum hydrocarbon in groundwater and sediments of the industrial site) from each of the matrices of the four sites. After the process, the contaminated sites shall reach the highest environmental quality standards and their ecological status, with improved biodiversity, shall be closer to Natura 2000 specifications, with the intention to extend the Natura 2000 network.


Nymphe’s actions will improve overall environmental performance (soil and sediment health, water quality, reduction of emissions, etc.) and lower toxicity of processes, products and services by means of biotechnologies. This approach to favour nature-based, low-energy and low-chemical solutions to eliminate pollutants will contribute to the expected outcomes of the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan: "Towards a Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" - a key deliverable of the European Green Deal.

Project’s goals of bioremediation/revitalization of soil, especially agricultural ones and improvement of water bodies and sediments will also be a step towards the fulfilment of four out of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals defined in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure a prosperous and peaceful world by 2030. These are: quantity and quality of food production (SDG2), living in a healthy environment (SDG3), achieving water quality (SDG6), protect life below water and on earth (SDGs 14 and 15).

By developing strategies to recycle/reuse bivalves as bioremediation agents and elaborating scenarios for the valorization of plants used for phytoremediation Nymphe will act in accordance with the New Circular Economy Action Plan designed to reduce pressure on natural resources which is an essential factor to reach climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.

Project Partners

  • University of Bologna, Italy

  • The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

  • CHQ Technologies, Greece

  • Blossom Microbial Technologies,  Netherlands

  • The University of Milan

  • ABITEC, s.r.o., Czech Republic

  • Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

  • Centre of environmental services, Ltd., Slovakia

  • Eni Rewind S. p. A., Italy

  • The University of Aveiro, Portugal

  • Metfilter S.L., Spain

  • University of Girona, Spain

  • Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany

  • Perseus, Belgium

  • Ademed, Romania

  • Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development, Poland

  • FHNW School of Life Sciences, Switzerland

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