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Upcoming Events

March 2024 - Global Phosphorus Challenge III - Agriculture

The 4th and final Global Phosphorus Challenge training week will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. The theme involves agriculture and food systems, includes a one day symposium open to others. Additional details will be confirmed by early February 2024.

Previous Events

21 February, 2024 -Brian Chambers Award - virtual presentations

ESR 8 was selected as a winner of the Brian Chambers Award in , and shared a presentation on his poster. A recording of the submission can be found at

21 - 24 January, 2024 - RecaP ESR Writing Retreat II

ESRs are invited to a Writing retreat in Odense, Denmark at the beautiful Svanninge Bjerge station. ESRs will implement learned writing tips from the first retreat, share tips and tricks with each other on new methods, collaborate on joint manuscripts, and of course have some fun!

27 - 31 March, 2023 - Global Phosphorus Challenge II - Environment

This workshop brought together the RecaP Consortium for the second time. ESRs participated in several training courses that culminated in individual impact presentations for the RecaP project. On Thursday, 30 March 2023, RecaP hosted an open symposium on Delivering societal impact from environmental research.


8 & 29 November, 13 December 2022 - Global Phosphorus Challenge I, Activity 5 -Transition Pathways

In this three-part virtual activity, ESRs collaboratively develop a coherent set of five pathways to lead the EU to a sustainable and circular phosphorus economy. That is, what are the set of strategic steps needed related to technology, policy, markets, knowledge and stakeholder engagement to promote system transition. Each group investigates one theme, then present findings to a RecaP audience. To develop these pathways, the activity will take an Action Learning / Experiential Learning approach – that is, learn by doing! Students may have an opportunity to progress their group work in person if attending the November retreat (14-18 Nov). A final collaboration activity was drafted in January 2023 and submitted in February 2023. The consortium continues to discuss output opportunities for this work.

14 - 18 November, 2022 - RecaP ESR Writing Retreat

ESRs were invited to a Writing retreat in Odense, Denmark at the beautiful Svanninge Bjerge station. 10 ESRs learned writing tips and spent focused time drafting and writing manuscripts related to their projects.

25 April, 2022 - Project Management Workshop 6 - Steering Committee Presentations

This workshop will take place virtually over Zoom. Homework is to prepare for the upcoming Steering Committee presentations at the WETSUS campus in May 2022.

16-20 May, 2022 - Global Phosphorus Challenge IV - Waste

This workshop brought together the RecaP Consortium for the first time. ESRs presented their project and all project members had an opportunity to network and share upcoming plans and secondment strategies. Tuesday, 17 May was open to other P-project participants.


14 March, 2022 - Project Management Workshop 5 - Time Estimation

This workshop helped ESRs identify strategies to realistically anticipate time needs for publishing project results. Students also practiced pitching their project to non-academic audiences and one another for strategic feedback and support.

8 February, 2022 - Project Management Workshop 4 - Risk Analysis

This workshop helped ESRs identify possible risks and setbacks to reaching goals and deliverables related to scientific and administrative aspects of their project. Additional support provided for effective risk mitigation strategies and informing important stakeholders or (un)expected project delays.

6 January, 2022 - Project Management Workshop 3 - Milestone Planning

During this workshop, ESRs identified key components needed to achieve success in their project, and highlight these aspects as 'milestones.' Should a project not reach a given milestone on time, ESRs must consider the impact this has on project timeline and other important deliverables throughout their three year project.

11 - 14 December, 2021 - Global Phosphorus Challenge I -Transdisciplinarity, Activities 1 - 4

The RecaP ESRs attended a retreat to commence the first 4 activities in the GPC Module I - Transdisciplinarity. Additional time was devoted to launch ESR engagement in project subgroups, and ESRs visited the Krüger company office in Copenhagen for Company Day I in the RecaP Project.

7 December , 2021 - Project Management Workshop 2 - Stakeholder Analysis

This workshop helped ESRs identify relevant stakeholders and consider their position in a power/influence v. involvement chart. Homework was to complete readings from setting goals and success criteria to ensure project timeline and follow through on deliverables.

30 November, 2021 - Project Management Workshop 1 - Goal Charts and Hierarchy

This workshop provided tools for all ESRs to map their project goals into deliverables, success criteria, and overall aim. There was no homework for this workshop; students are expected to complete and share their map at the next workshop.

8-12 November, 2021 - Early Stage Research Welcome & Kick-off Meetings

This series of meetings took place over Microsoft Teams, as COVID restrictions prevented large group gatherings. ESRs were introduced to the core tenets of the RecaP project, expectations, MSCA actions and rights, upcoming trainings, and an opportunity to meet project partners across 10 different countries and 23 different institutions.


9 September, 2021 - RecaP joins the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)

From ESPP Newsletter 58

The RecaP project, an H2020 MSCA-ITN led by University of Southern Denmark (SDU), will train 15 PhD students with support from 23 industrial and research organizations in 10 countries. RecaP stands for “Capture, recycling and societal management of phosphorus in the environment” and aims to contribute to sustainable phosphorus changes across the globe. Our international collaboration addresses the world's changing Phosphorus needs by creating a new generation of Phosphorus specialists to become ‘knowledge brokers’ across disciplinary silos with their interdisciplinary skills, experience and networks, ensuring transformative changes in P sustainability in the EU. RecaP will not just explore the technical aspects of the global P challenge, but also where such solutions can be implemented in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally acceptable. The 15 PhD projects fall into one of five themes: the capture and recycling of P from wastewater and freshwater systems, novel P recovery techniques, strategies to improve crop utilization of P, novel freshwater restoration techniques, and barriers and enablers to policy and economic transformation to support recycling. All activities are connected to one another in order to create novel insights that can help create new P governance.

By becoming a member of the ESPP, RecaP joins the strong collaboration of partners contributing to a long-term vision for phosphorus sustainability in Europe and the world.

Read more from the ESPP, here.

2 June, 2021 - 4th Phosphorus in Europe Research Meeting (PERM);

European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

13 April, 2021 - Project Kick-off Meeting

The RecaP Project members all met for the first time to share insight and plans for the upcoming year, including the recruitment process for 15 PhD positions. More about the positions can be found here

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Last Updated 21.02.2024