SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:48:40 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: FrancisdelosReyes http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9440 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9440
Please send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You can also look at my website:
www.ce.ncsu.edu/faculty/francis-de-los-reyes]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:35 +0000
Re: Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: JotaCarlos http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9423 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9423
It means a lot

all the best,
José]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:33:33 +0000
Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: JotaCarlos http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9307 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9307-searching-for-phd-abroad-with-brazilian-government-funding#9307
my name is Jose Carlos, I am a 26 years old, brazilian, Mechanical Engineer and I have a great interest in Sanitation Engineering. I intend to specialize in water and wastewater treatment/management and related topics. I am looking for a PhD opportunity around the world and would like to ask if someone has advices to help me finding a position.

I am looking for a supervisor, more preferable if the supervisor works with production of biogas through wastewater treatment, but I am opened to discuss other topics. If you know a professor(s) and/or researcher(s) who works in the field and may be interested, please send me his/her email.

I am taking part of the governamental brazilian program 'Science without Borders' selection process, which pays all fees of the university or institute and gives a scholarship for the graduate student. The program can also fund one-year training if it is required for the university.
"The mobility program proposed here aims to launch the seeds of what could revolutionize the R&D system, the Brazilian students and researchers exposed to an environment of high competitiveness and entrepreneurship.
Characteristics Excellence - the best students and researchers will undertake research in the best and most relevant Universities around the World."
More details about the programm under the following link: www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br/web/csf-eng

Next deadline is August 22th when I have to submit the proposal, among other documents, to the Ministry of Education, who is in charge of the program, to be evaluate.

I have disponibility to travel anywhere to research and collect date.

Attached you can find my academic CV. I also attended the IELTS english test with 6.5 overall band score. The most graduate department requires 6.0.
I speak portuguese (mother tongue), english, german and a bit of spanish.

I put myself entirely at your disposal at all times to discuss ideas, suggestions or doubts and for any pontential interview and thank you all in advance for any information it can be given.

With kind regards,
Jose Carlos
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

P.S. I also have interest in working at sanitation field, if there is some vacancy known...]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:23:53 +0000
Young WASH Professional heading to Malawi and looking for support! - by: megfir http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9128-young-wash-professional-heading-to-malawi-and-looking-for-support#9128 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/9128-young-wash-professional-heading-to-malawi-and-looking-for-support#9128
My name is Megan Firth, and I am young WASH professional heading to Malawi to work with the government to help them realize solutions to the provide sustainable WASH services to their citizens.

This is a huge project that will be done in partnership with Engineers Without Boarders. I know this is going to be a very challenging (but rewarding) project, therefore if you have any advice, experiences with WASH in Malawi, or maybe are currently working in Lilongwe and would be interesting in meeting from August onward I would love to hear from you!

Here is a bit more about me and this project: enable.ewb.ca/meganfirth

Cheers,
Megan]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:36 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: CeciliaRodrigues http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9063 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9063
Thank you for your support!

@Trevor, I will consider your advise and try to post more about Brazilian sanitation issues.

@Chris, your idea for the Olympics is very tempting, but at the moment I don't know if there is in Brazil any group doing such projects in this scale or offering the technology. I joined recently a small group of enthusiastic young Brazilians but we are in a very initial stage. We are thinking of a project to build some UDDTs in precarious human settlements in São Paulo, similar to refugee camps, where water is scarce. We are fond of having a dismantleable toilet, since these people may be evicted at any time. We are currently researching some mobile models and reading about emergency sanitation. I would be very interested in having a look at the UDDT you built in Pantanal. Do you have your experience published somewhere?

We have a long list of challenges ahead us, but first and foremost, we have to deal with the cultural acceptance. Let's see how it goes...

Thank you once again! I will keep you posted!
Cecília.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:27:45 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9037 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9037
I am sorry that there has not been more of a response from our Brazilian colleagues. I suspect that there are many who read the Forum but do not write, maybe because they do not feel comfortable writing in English. We could potentially invite them to write their comments to you and you would then translate them into English and post them (together with their original versions in Portuguese).

I build some UDDTs for a tourist camp in the Pantanal in 2007. It was a big challenge because everthing had to be dismantleable, since the camp only functioned in the dry season (and was flooded in the wet season). It was nonetheless very successful ... and was located within the same tent where the tourists sleep.

It would be a pleasure to contribute to projects there ... and I am not so far away, upstream in Ecuador. I can also understand Portuguese, so feel free to send documents to be reviewed (and I could also help translate those comments we mentioned).

I have a dream that we could showcase UDDTs at the Rio Olympics, operated by enthusiastic, young Brazilians who want the ferilizer to go into the soil, instead of into the rivers and bays. The organizers currently have a big headache trying to clean up the bay where the sailing competition will take place ... and UDDTs could be part of the answer. Also, with respect to the massive social protests, the UDDTs built for athletes and spectators could later be given to other Brazilians who need them. It is a wild idea, but there may still be time to do it.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:11:32 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: tmsinnovation http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9007 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#9007
Nice to see you on the forum again.
I was thinking of some easy ways for you to build up a network in the Brazilian sanitation sector and wanted to share them with you:
  • Start posting Brazilian sanitation news and topics in the forum in Portuguese(with an English translation so as to reach a wider audience)
  • Send sanitation events and meetings that are taking place in Brazil to the SuSanA secretariat for inclusion in the SuSanA events calendar
  • Consider including a Portuguese translation when you answer other posts on the forum

I look forward to learning more about what is happening in the Brazilian sanitation sector!

Kind regards
Trevor]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:41:21 +0000
Sanitation community in Brazil - by: CeciliaRodrigues http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#8937 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8937-sanitation-community-in-brazil#8937
my name is Cecília, I am a Brazilian social scientist and I have been working on urban sanitation issues over the past three years. I had the pleasure to work with the SuSanA Secretariat team in Germany and afterwards at the GIZ Sanitation Project in India. I recently moved back to Brazil and now I am trying to restore my contacts in the sanitation field.

If you are a practitioner, a researcher or even an enthusiast on ecological and sustainable sanitation, please get in contact! Also if you are aware of any platform, group or discussion forum in Brazil, I will be glad to know!

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Kind regards,
Cecília.

p.s.: I decided to add the Portuguese translation below, so this post can be found with Google by Portuguese speakers.

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Olá a tod@s,

Meu nome é Cecília, sou brasileira e cientista social, e tenho trabalhado nos últimos três anos com questões relacionadas ao saneamento urbano, basicamente planejamento e participação. Eu tive o pazer de fazer parte da equipe da secretaria executiva da SuSanA na Alemanha e depois trabalhei com a equipe de saneamento no escritório da GIZ na Índia. Eu recentemente voltei ao Brasil e estou tentando ampliar minha rede de contatos por aqui.

Se você trabalha, pesquisa ou simplesmente se interessa por saneamento ecológico e sustentável, por favor entre em contato. Também ficarei feliz de saber mais sobre grupos de discussão ou alguma plataforma de diálogo do setor aqui no Brasil.

Agradeço desde já!

Um abraço,
Cecília.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:16:35 +0000
Re: Share our work in kenya - by: Watly http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/3661-requesting-for-partnership-ngo-working-in-kenya#8689 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/3661-requesting-for-partnership-ngo-working-in-kenya#8689
first all of all I wish to felicitate you and your organization for the great work you are doing, concerning WASH programs and campaigns.
We have been observing your proven business as well social models and the way you promote long-term solutions for the most needed people; we have learn a lot.

Thank you for that.

On our side, we have designed an integrated utility machine that desalinates and purifies water (regardless the source of pollution), provides free electricity and allows Internet connectivity by exclusively harvesting solar energy. All in one simple solution: Watly

The dominant assumption is that the poor cannot have access to advanced technology, because it’s costly, difficult to use and delicate.
This assumption is wrong in many aspects and we can prove it by illustrating the main features of Watly:

1. In the L version Watly could provide about 1000 litres per day of safe water, electricity of about 20kw per day; equipped with hardware for Internet connection, refrigeration, sterile chamber, 3D printing, PC, camera and other features.
2. We do not need an expert to run Watly since there are only two simple instructions to follow: add dirty water and take out clean water. There is not even a start button to press. This simplicity makes the system safe to operate with no room for human error or mishaps.
3. Watly initial investment spread over its entire lifespan, equals to an operational cost of less than 1€ a day. Watly does not need electricity or fuel to provide its services.
4. Watly is also a communication devices capable of collecting and sending data to Internet and to any other unit of Watly. It helps people to connect with them and run their own business any time, anywhere.


We have obtained water quality certifications from accredited laboratories.
We have also applied for international patent on technology and design.
We have passed the risk assessment of the Philips Innovation.

This is the link to the Product brochure http://watly.co/product


I am writing to you because I would like to candidate our tech as provider for an ambitious WASH funding campaign. We are looking for a Field Partner to set up an adequate campaign; an active organization able to understand the potentials of advanced technology which Watly can offer and with the necessary expertise to define the target and areas that our solutions can deliver. Our technology can be successfully installed in any remote geographical areas and is ideal for BOP communities lacking of access to water and electricity.


In Watly, we believe that helping people is about the gradual improvement of life for the world’s poorest, living at the Bottom of the Pyramid. We wish with all hour hearts to join those social entrepreneurs, who set goals on hitting the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit), have been challenging global poverty head on and have succeeded in many cases.


What we do can change the world for a moment.
Why we do can change the world, possibly for ever.
We are a Why company.


For further information please don't hesitate to contact with me.

Sincerely
Maurizio Ugo Tiberto
Communicatio Strategist
Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mobile: +34 664 11 95 59
Skype: maurizio.tiberto
Linkedin:www.linkedin.com/pub/maurizio-ugo-tiberto
Website: www.watly.co]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 21 May 2014 12:03:16 +0000
Watly the all-in-one WASH solution, an Introduction. - by: Watly http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8687-watly-the-all-in-one-wash-solution-an-introduction#8687 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8687-watly-the-all-in-one-wash-solution-an-introduction#8687 I would take the chance to introduce our Technology to this community of WASH professionals.
We have designed an integrated utility machine that desalinates and purifies water (regardless the source of pollution), provides free electricity and allows Internet connectivity by exclusively harvesting solar energy. All in one simple solution: Watly

The dominant assumption is that the poor cannot have access to advanced technology, because it’s costly, difficult to use and delicate.
This assumption is wrong in many aspects and we can prove it by illustrating the main features of Watly:

1. Watly can produce up to 100 litres/24hours for as long as to 10 years and without any need of extraordinary maintenance. It also produces enough electricity for recharging external devices such as led lamps or mobile phones.
2. We do not need an expert to run Watly since there are only two simple instructions to follow: add dirty water and take out clean water. There is not even a start button to press. This simplicity makes the system safe to operate with no room for human error or mishaps.
3. Watly initial investment spread over its entire lifespan, equals to an operational cost of less than 1€ a day. Watly does not need electricity or fuel to provide its services.
4. Watly is also a communication devices capable of collecting and sending data to Internet and to any other unit of Watly. It helps people to connect with them and run their own business any time, anywhere.
5. In the XL version Watly could provide about 1000 litres per day of safe water, electricity of about 20kw per day; equipped with hardware for Internet connection, refrigeration, sterile chamber, 3D printing, PC, camera and other features.

We have obtained water quality certifications from accredited laboratories.
We have also applied for international patent on technology and design.
We have passed the risk assessment of the Philips Innovation.

This is the link to the Product brochure watly.co/product

For further information please don't hesitate to contact with me.

Last February, we have made our formal company presentation at the Startupbootcamp XL Demoday, at the Evoluon in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.



A fast growing community of evangelists, is supporting us on Facebook
Accredited business experts are releasing interviews about Watly and its business mission http://www.vimeo.com/watly

In Watly, we believe that helping people is about the gradual improvement of life for the world’s poorest, living at the Bottom of the Pyramid. We wish with all hour hearts to join those social entrepreneurs, who set goals on hitting the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit), have been challenging global poverty head on and have succeeded in many cases.


What we do can change the world for a moment.
Why we do can change the world, possibly for ever.
We are a Why company.

Sincerely
Maurizio Ugo Tiberto
Communicatio Strategist
Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mobile: +34 664 11 95 59
Skype: maurizio.tiberto
Linkedin:www.linkedin.com/pub/maurizio-ugo-tiberto
Website: www.watly.co]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 21 May 2014 11:06:42 +0000
Re: Reply: Toilets without connection to pits, sewerage and water supply pipes (introduction email) - by: sowmyarajasekaran http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8582 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8582
Thank you so much for your message and interest. I am very excited about the kind interest that everyone is having - it's so wonderful to be part of an enthusiastic community.

Regarding the technology, it is not similar to a bucket latrine with composting at a secondary site. The entire process happens onsite, within a fairly compact apparatus. There is complete pathogen destruction, it is hygienic and requires little manual intervention. I am lagging behind on my list of action items but will make a more detailed presentation at the earliest. My apologies for the delay.

Regarding use of human urine in agriculture, technologies do exist (for reducing volume) such as the Onsite Volume Reduction System (OVRS). I have not read the complete publications but just listing them here (with apologies to all my teachers and professors for not following any accepted citation style - they taught me better and it feels like sacrilege but no choice if I am going to send a quick reply at all):

1. Book title: Design of onsite volume reduction system for human urine
Book author: Muhammad Masoom Pahore, Naoyuki Funamizu, Ryusei Ito
ISBN-10: 978-3-8473-3899-4
URL: www.lap-publishing.com/catalog/details//...stem-for-human-urine

2. Article: Long term operation of onsite volume reduction system to evaluate water evaporation efficiency of the gauze sheet
URL: www.smallwat.org/web/uploads/comunicacio...ad_masoon_pahore.pdf

3. Fate of nitrogen during volume reduction of human urine using an on-site volume reduction system
URL: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0959...=tent20#.U3Cgm4GSySo

4. Performance evaluation of an on-site volume reduction system with synthetic urine using a water transport model
URL: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21882549

Regarding nutrient recovery from human urine:
1. Presentation: Fertilizer products from human urine
By: Zsofia Ganrot, PhD, Melica Environmental Consulting, Goteborg, Sweden
URL: www.jki.bund.de/fileadmin/dam_uploads/_k...ltic21/26_Ganrot.pdf

There are other research publications as well but since your question related to liquid waste, I just listed my favorite.

Thanks and regards,

Sowmya]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 12 May 2014 10:46:43 +0000
Re: Reply: Toilets without connection to pits, sewerage and water supply pipes (introduction email) - by: pkjha http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8575 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8575
Your statement "...the solution is to convert solid / liquid waste into humanure quickly because that time saving results in lower requirement for space - and if the conversion is quick enough, there is no need for pits or connection to sewer system".
Your reply to Dr Lucas' query does not highlight any method that you developed. Is it like a bucket latrine still used in some parts in India, cleaned by manual human scavengers? There is no known technology yet requiring no PIT for making compost from human wastes free from pathogens. Interestingly you mentioned liquid waste also.
Will be thankful to have some details about your methodology.
PAWAN]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 12 May 2014 07:22:12 +0000
Re: Toilets without connection to pits, sewerage and water supply pipes (introduction email) - by: sowmyarajasekaran http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8574 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8574
Thank you so much for your interest and message. I have sent you an email. Our website is under construction, will send the URL in a few days' time.

Thanks and regards,

Sowmya]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 12 May 2014 06:32:54 +0000
Re: Toilets without connection to pits, sewerage and water supply pipes (introduction email) - by: Marijn Zandee http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8573 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8573
Thanks for you introduction, could you share a link to your organization's website? And could you share some more details regarding your toilet design with us?

Kind Regards

Marijn Zandee]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 12 May 2014 03:08:58 +0000
Re: Reply: Toilets without connection to pits, sewerage and water supply pipes (introduction email) - by: sowmyarajasekaran http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8572 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/90-persons-or-companies-offering-their-skills-or-products-and-introductions/8497-toilets-without-connection-to-pits-sewerage-and-water-supply-pipes-introduction-email#8572
Thank you so much for your message. Got to learn about EcoPro's work as well as BDAI and Demeter. Would love to speak with you today.

(1) The key point in the toilet design was simply that any "mainframe" design of waste management & recovery will require massive resources (natural resources, human, financial) for infrastructure creation as well as O&M. Hence, technology has to be decentralized. Working from that point, the solution is to convert solid / liquid waste into humanure quickly because that time saving results in lower requirement for space - and if the conversion is quick enough, there is no need for pits or connection to sewer system.

(2) Why humanure and not other uses / waste recovery methods? The choice was between sustainable agricultural practices and fuel (both of which are critical global issues). We can always find better, more cost-effective sources of energy (for instance, IDE is working on using mirrors in solar panels instead of lens) but agriculture being a process involving living organisms and complex nutrients, it is harder to replicate nature. Hence, humanure.

It is ideal from the perspective of sustainable use of non-renewable resources also. For instance, use of potassium (K) in synthetic fertilizers is likely to deplete global potassium reserves in 150 years at current pace of agricultural production. While there is high variation depending upon diet etc., the amount of one person's excreta per annum approximately equals the fertilizer quantity required to produce cereals for that individual for a year. Given the real possibility of permanent degradation of soil quality with repeated agricultural use, the only sustainable solution is to return the soil nutrients to agricultural land and thereby close the nutrient-loop.

To place this in context, India is completely dependent on imports for potassium resources to meet the fertilizer requirements in the country - which has only increased over time. The annual consumption of fertilizers (in terms of NPK) has increased from 0.07 million MT in 1951-52 to over 28 Mn MT in 2010-11 and per hectare consumption has increased from less than 1 Kg in 1951-52 to the level of 135 kg at present.

Again, the only long-term feasible solution is to opt for humanure as the waste recovery product. The design considerations for the toilet were along the above lines and I would love to have your feedback / comments / suggestions.

Thanks and regards,

Sowmya]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 12 May 2014 03:01:22 +0000