More than twenty institutions across Europe and Israel form Project Ô
Project Ô partners are organised into smaller working groups
These working groups connect and flow in sequence to meet the project end goal
This novel process integrates social science research into the development process through direct consultation with audiences impacted by Project Ô technologies. Social innovation is intended to be promoted by incorporating, and even anticipating, stakeholder expectations and objections.
Co-creation projects help build a sense of public ownership of the new approaches and technologies developed by Project Ô. Water management is as much a responsibility for the end users as the regulators, and Project Ô wants to help increase public involvement.
The entire innovation process has an integrated and participative approach, which directly involves the community and the territory.
Working groups were given specific responsibilities:
Group 1: Project Management
Led by IRIS srl
Overseeing the overall management of the project, both operationally and financially.
Report on the project, financial and data management
Organise the Project’s Advisory Board
Group 2: Small water management, loop technologies that enable water treatment and reuse
Providing the legacy of the Project, by ensuring results and knowledge are shared for further use. This includes ensuring technical standardisation and utilising Structural Fund budgets to encourage technology adoption beyond the first four installation sites.
Manage and encourage communication within the science community at peer level
Exploit possible further benefits for technology owners, software developers, and adopters such as water utilities and water companies
Ensure Project technical language complies with existing standards to further aid adoption at more sites
Create business plans under three categories: technology and tool providers, water utilities and industrial adopters