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EU SWIM Project

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The EU SWIM Project is a cross-border research programme aiming to develop a live bathing water quality prediction system. The system will enable short-term pollution events to be predicted, and these predictions will be communicated to the general public via electronic beach signage, an app, a website and social media.

The project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and match-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland,and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland. Total funding amount €1,048,966.90.

Project Partners

The project combines the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. 

Lead Partner - University College Dublin (UCD)

UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.

The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students, drawn from over 120 countries, and includes 5,500 students based at locations outside the Republic of Ireland.

As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of the island of Ireland; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation.

For more information, please contact the project manager Dr Rosemarie Gannon, O'Brien Centre for Science - East, University College Dublin (UCD), Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. E-mail: rosemarie.gannon@ucd.ie or visit UCD's project page 

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

AFBI is a multi-disciplinary scientific institute, offering world-class scientific services to a wide range of customers in the agri-food sector. They provide analytical & diagnostic, research & development and scientific training & advice in agriculture, food, animal and plant health, marine and freshwater ecosystems and the agri-environment. They operate across seven sites in Northern Ireland, and have a purpose built marine research vessel which operates in the Irish Sea, from the Port of Belfast. Their state-of-the-art equipment is used by world-renowned scientists to provide sophisticated and reliable results, coupled with expert interpretation, to provide advice for customers. AFBI participate in top-level research consortia, with well-respected research organisations, universities and agencies globally, including China, the United States and Canada; AFBI have dedicated Research Support officers to identify and explore potential collaboration opportunities with new and existing partners.

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

KNIB is a charity working towards the vision of a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland, by running environmental education programmes and awareness raising campaigns, increasing volunteering  opportunities and reporting on local environmental quality; including the BIG Spring Clean and the Clean Coast programme, as well as, the Eco-Schools and Blue Flag programmes, the Seaside Award, Borough Cleanliness Surveys and Live Here Love Here Green Business Awards. For more information email Emma Johnston: emma.johnston@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org 

EU SWIM Project Sampling Locations


Electronic beach signage can be found at each of the 9 locations, and will show water-quality predictions during the bathing season (June-Sept).

The project's specially developed app is available to download for free, via the Apple and Google play stores.

Presentations given from a range of stakeholders, at various stages of the project, can be found on the EU SWIM Project website