The TriNex project will be implemented in stages over a period of 36 months and split into nine overlapping work packages. Five of these work packages will be development oriented, while the remaining four will cover dissemination, exploitation, the quality plan, and management of the project.

The development oriented work packages will lay the foundation by creating the project infrastructure necessary for continuation such as developing the coordination bodies and PhD programme that are so central to the project’s activity. Once these are in place, subsequent work packages will involve the dissemination of the project in order that the results be readily accessible for addressing the WEF Nexus in the real world, as well as dealing with the management and quality control of the project.

With the implementation of these work packages the infrastructure, then researchers, and finally the means to disseminate the results will come about in a systematic and orderly fashion. By addressing everything from the necessary know-how to the details of project management, the project will have successfully been implemented over a period of 36 weeks. Beyond the lifetime of the project, the bodies it creates will be permanently in place to serve the needs of Egyptian society.

Workpackage

Activity Description

WP leader

WP.1

Knowledge Triangle Platform for Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The American University in Cairo

WP.2

Development of WEF coordination bodies

Heliopolis University

WP.3

Water Energy Food (WEF) Training Programme

Graz University of Technology

WP.4

TriNex Long-Term PhD Summer School

Politecnico di Milano

WP.5

Development of an online knowledge sharing system

RWTH Aachen University

WP.6

Project Dissemination

Heliopolis University

WP.7

Sustainability

Cairo University

WP.8

Quality Control

Bibliotheca Alexandria

WP.9

Management of the Project

Politecnico di Milano

The first objective is the development of a platform wherein Research, Education, and Innovation (the Knowledge Triangle) can be synthesised toward working on the WEF Nexus on the national level. The Prime Minister’s Council is currently establishing a platform for desalination and renewable energy, and TriNex can contribute additional dimensions to this undertaking.

This will initially require a needs analyses, followed by the creation of three WEF National Strategic Committees, one each for capacity building and education, research, and innovation. The development of a WEF National Strategy, and ultimately pilot projects in Education, Research, and Innovation[U1] , will follow. The above will be completed halfway through the project’s lifetime and is mainly the responsibility of the American University in Cairo with help from the Egyptian and European partners.

The next stage is the development of bodies charged with the coordination of the activities within the participating universities. These bodies will ensure the effectiveness of the platform and implement the action plan at the university level. This will involve the proper placement of the bodies within their respective universities, the acquisition of the necessary infrastructure for them to carry out their activities, and the recruitment and training of the operation team.

Heliopolis University will then deal with and coordinate the activities at the local level whilst ensuring the completion of the relevant paperwork. This, too, will be completed within the first half of the project lifetime.

Following these first two stages will be the creation of a new qualified generation of junior researchers capable of carrying out the interdisciplinary research and innovative solution engineering crucial to the WEF Nexus in Egypt.

The responsibility of training these researchers will fall to the project’s European partners through the use of workshops. The topic and theme of these workshops will be determined by the needs analysis mentioned above. Through the training they receive from the European partners, the researchers will become qualified to engage in the interdisciplinary research that lies at the heart of the WEF Nexus and TriNex.