About Us

WaterTOP is a COST Action, i.e. a pan-European network on “Taste and Odor in early diagnosis of source and drinking Water Problems”. WaterTOP is funded by COST (2019-2023). Brief description of waterTOP: Unpleasant taste and odor (T&O) of water can indicate quality problems or possible risks for human health and can make water unacceptable by consumers. A plethora of water T&O of natural or anthropogenic origin can enter water at the source, during water treatment or in distribution networks. Resolution of water T&O problems requires integration of a) sensory analysis to describe the problem, b) chemical analysis to determine the identity and concentration of T&O c) assessment of associated risks and d) suitable water treatment to control T&O. Expertise in Europe across those dimensions are yet scattered and fragmented. The main aim of waterTOP is to increase capabilities and capacities in Europe for solving water T&O, by creating the first European network of multi-disciplinary experts, end-users and stakeholders in the field. An “innovation by integration” approach is adopted, incorporating novel cross-sector knowledge transfer from the food sector, new international collaborations, vertical “source to tap” risk assessment strategies and horizontal integration with overlapping sectors, i.e. aquaculture, manufacturers of materials in contact with water, sensors and analytical technologies. WaterTOP will have strong impact in improving protection of public health and water resources, quality of life, use of tap water, consumer’s awareness and involvement in water quality issues and professional development of young researchers in the field. It will largely contribute to the implementation of the new (recast) EU Drinking Water Directive and to the development of European leadership in the science and technology of water quality.

Data collection and curation

Ricard Devesa Garriga Ricard is a PhD Chemical Engineer and Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is the Working Group Leader of “Sensory Analysis” in WaterTOP.

Triantafyllos (Tri) Kaloudis Tri is a PhD Chemist at the Laboratory of Organic Micropollutants of EYDAP SA and Research Associate at INN-NCSR Demokritos, Greece. He is Chair of WaterTOP.

Sofia Iliakopoulou Sofia is an MSc Chemist and PhD candidate at the University of Patras, carrying out research at INN-NCSR Demokritos and EYDAP SA, Greece.

Theodoros Triantis Theodoros is a PhD Chemical Engineer and Senior Researcher at INN-NCSR Demokritos. He is the Grant Holder Scientific Representative of WaterTOP.

Anastasia (Sissy) Hiskia Sissy is a PhD Chemist and Research Director at INN-NCSR Demokritos. She is the Working Group Leader of “Advanced water treatment for water T&O” in WaterTOP.

Database and Website

Prof. Dr. Veronika Somoza Director

Andreas Dunkel Big Data Analyst

Dr. Guangjuan Luo Database Architect and Web Developer