Phosphorus REcovery for FertiLisers frOm dairy processing Waste (REFLOW)
Research Project, 2019 – 2023

REFLOW is an interdisciplinary cross-sectoral European Training Network combining world-leading scientists and key stake-holders in dairy processing, fertilizer production and phosphorous recycling with early stage researchers to address important technical and socio-economic challenges associated with the recovery of phosphorous from dairy processing waste water and its recycling into fertilizer products enabling sustainable expansion of the dairy industry in Europe. REFLOW research will (i) mitigate the environmental impact of dairy processing waste on soil and water, (ii) provide safe environmentally sustainable, cost effective closed loop solutions for crop nutrient management (iii) meet the demand for skilled professionals to support the technical, regulatory and commercial development of the market for recycled phosphorous fertilizer products in accordance with the deliverables of the Circular Economy Package. REFLOW will achieve these goals by creating an innovative and entrepreneurial training environment for the next generation of scientists. 13 ESRs will be recruited in a network of 10 beneficiaries and 14 partner organisations who bring complementary expertise and experience of delivering technical solutions, socio-economic modeling, environmental analysis, policy frameworks, high level training and commercial entrepreneurship. Graduating fellows will be equipped with a unique range of relevant interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral skills for careers as independent industrial or academic researchers, entrepreneurs, regulators or agri-environmental specialists. REFLOW will train the Fellows through an integrated and cohesive curriculum of network-wide partner training activities including industrial secondments and embedded commercially driven research projects. The outputs from REFLOW will influence land management practice, the rural bio-economy framework and EU policy goals while significantly progressing the state-of-the-art in Phosphorous recycling.


Magdalena Svanström (contact)

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis


Aarhus University

Aarhus, Denmark


Nenagh, Ireland

Biomass Research

Wageningen, Netherlands

European Landowners Organization

Bruxelles, Belgium

European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

Brussels, Belgium

Fundació Privada Sentit

Santa Pau, Spain

Fundació Universitària Balmes

Barcelona, Spain

Ghent university

Gent, Belgium

Institut Polytechnique Unilasalle

Beauvais Cedex, France

Istituto Superiore Di Sanita

Roma, Italy

Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Brussels, Belgium

Marche Polytechnic University

Ancona, Italy

National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA)

Paris, France

National University of Ireland

Dublin 2, Ireland

Nutrients Recovery Systems

Deerlijk, Belgium

Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Rzeszow S.A.

Rzeszow, Poland


Engis, Belgium

Strane Innovation

Gif Sur Yvette, France

Swansea University

Swansea, United Kingdom

Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Carlow, Ireland

University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland

Wageningen University and Research

Wageningen, Netherlands

Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Wroclaw, Poland


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/814258
Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2023


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