Caucci, Serena

Senior Research Associate

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  • Serena Caucci
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-FLORES
    OFFICE:
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    E-MAIL:
    Caucci@unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +49 351 8921 9370
    NATIONALITY:
    Italy

    Research Interests

    • Antimicrobial Resistance and Contaminants of Emerging Concern Pollution
    • Composting - Organic Waste Management in Developing Countries
    • Science Policy Interface & Adaptive Natural Resources Management
    • Sustainable Development and Health
    • Wastewater Management and Water Reuse

    Education

    • Phd at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany
    • MSc. at the University of Florence on Environmental Science - Faculty of Agriculture , Florence Italy

    Appointments

    • Since 2019 Appointed as Gender focal point at UNU-FLORES
    • Since 2018: Steering Committee member of the ‘Nexus Cluster’ led by Sim4Nexus, DAFNE and UNU-FLORES
    • 2017-2018 Guest editor to the Special issue on ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ in Sustainability Management Forum (SMF) edited by Uwe Schneidewind and Edel Günther
    • Since 2017 Member of the German water and wastewater association DWA -working group on water reuse in agriculture
    • Since 2017 Coordinator of the Nexus Seminar Lecture Series Program for UNU-FLORES
    • Since 2015 Member of the ESSEM COST Action ES1403 New & emerging challenges and opportunities in water reuse
    • Since 2016 Member of the Blue Circle Society and in charge secretary
    • Reviewer for UN-Water on the report “Water and Sanitation Interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Geneva.2016.
    • Since 2010 Member of detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe (DARE). COST ACTION. (2009-2013).
    • Session Convener Open space workshop convener on Water reuse. 9th Water Research Horizon Conference Towards Blue Cities and their Environs”. 03 – 04 July 2018, Dresden, Germany.
    • Session convener “How can we enhance the communication between scientists and policy makers?” at International Conference on Challenges and Solutions related to Xenobiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in the Framework of Urban WasteWater Reuse: Towards a Blue Circle Society. 11 October 2018. Limassol, Cyprus.
    • Session convener "Towards a blue circle society: Considerations related to the contaminants of emerging concern" 10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2017. 17 – 20 September 2017. Vienna, Austria.
    • Session convener “Contaminants of emerging concern - can we reach the targets?" at the Young Water Professional Day 2017. 17 September 2017. Vienna, Austria.
    • Member of the Organizing committee - Blue Circle Society for the International Conference on Challenges and Solutions related to Xenobiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in the Framework of Urban WasteWater Reuse: Towards a Blue Circle Society (10-12 October 2018). Limassol, Cyprus.

    Biographical Statement

    Serena Caucci is a Senior Research Associate in the Waste Management Unit at UNU-FLORES. Prior to joining UNU-FLORES, Serena served as a researcher and scientific project manager at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany and at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany where she elaborated and coordinated efforts on water sanitation and the impact of contaminants of emerging concern in anthropogenic-driven environments. Serena has also worked as consultant for the EIT Climate KIC where she developed curricula for innovation trainings and knowledge transition in bioeconomy. She began her career as Environmental Science Fellow at the University of Florence, Italy where her work on carbon storage mechanism by microbial community in soils was part of a LIFE project Natura 2000.

    Serena’s current research is geared towards sustainable development with a special interest in the impact that anthropogenic activities have on natural resources. Focusing on the sustainable management of wastewater and organic waste, Serena is working towards the development of a transdisciplinary framework that could make use of socioeconomic and environmental interlinkages to enhance sustainable natural resource management. The final goal of her activities leads to knowledge translation for evidence-based decision-making processes and its implementation at various scales.

  • Articles

    Books

    • Book on DWA Topics: Non-Potable Water Reuse – Development, Technologies and International Framework Conditions for Agricultural, Urban and Industrial Uses. DWA Ed. (2019)

    Book Chapters

    Conference Publications

    • Caucci, S. (2019). Transdisciplinary approach to complex water- related management:
      stakeholder assessment and analysis for Costa Rica. Green adaptation strategies for water security in the Central American dry corridor. 2019/03/26 2019. Nicoya, Costa Rica.
    • Hahn A., Kirschke S., Avellán T., Caucci S., Benavides L. (2019) Designing transdisciplinary research to solve complex problems – A comparative case study of wastewater management in Latin America and the Caribbean. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse. 16 – 20 June 2019. Berlin, Germany.
    • Caucci S., Hettiarachchi H., Jimenez N. (2019) Making it Happen: Water Reuse Regulatory frame in Colombia: Bottleneck and Wicked problems to Overcome. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse. 16 – 20 June 2019. Berlin, Germany.
    • Caucci S. Zhang, L. Schwaerzel, K. (2018) Assessing Soil Pollution and Application of Water-Soil-Waste Nexus Solution for Improved Land-Use Management. GSOP18 Symposium on Soil Pollution at FAO headquarters. May 2-5, 2018. Rom, Italy.
    • Caucci S. (2018) Water reuse in the context of a “One Health Approach”: antimicrobial resistance and International policy needs. International Conference on Challenges and Solutions related to Xenobiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in the Framework of Urban WasteWater Reuse: Towards a Blue Circle Society. 10-12 October 2018. Limassol, Cyprus.
    • Caucci S. (2017) Health and Policy aspect of safe reuse of wastewater. Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture (SUWA) International Workshop: Sustainable Wastewater & Sludge management; March 17, 2017. Hidalgo, Mexico.
    • Caucci S., Hettiarachchi H., Cifuentes J.I., Guenther E., Ferrans L., Dornack C., Pailles A.C., Cruz C. and Avellan T. (2017). The need for Sustainable wastewater, Sludge Management and enhanced policies in Latin America and Caribbean. Dresden Nexus Conference 2017, Dresden, Germany.
    • Avellán T., Caucci S., Kim, H., Kirschke S. (2017) The political dimension in wastewater management. Research activities in Latin America and globally. Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery: Research, Planning, Design and Operation (NRR-LWWTP2017) conference.
    • Caucci S. (2016) Wastewater and Public Health: Challenges & Opportunities. Nexus Seminar Series, UNU-FLORES, 19.09.2016. Dresden, Germany.
    • Caucci S. and Berendonk T.U. (2015) Monitoring of antibiotic resistances in influent and effluent of Dresden wastewater treatment plant. Untersuchung zu Einträgen von Antibiotika und der Bildung von Antibiotikaresistenz im urbanen Abwasser am Beispiel Dresden. Kadiz, Dresden, Germany.
    • Caucci S., Cacace D., Karkman A., Virta M., and Berendonk T.U. (2015) Persistence of resistance genes in sewage canalization networks of metropolitan areas: relationship between antibiotic selective pressure and antibiotic resistance genes.EDAR-3 International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance. Wernigerode, Germany.
    • Caucci S., Karkman A., Virta M. and Berendonk T.U. (2014) Persistence of resistance genes in sewage canalization network of metropolitan area(s). Relationship between antibiotic resistance genes and microbial community inhabiting wastewater. ISME15 Seoul, South Korea. Poster Presentation.
    • Caucci S. and Berendonk T.U. (2014) Saisonalität der Multiresistenzen im Kläranlagenabwasser. Workshop Antibiotikaresistenzen und Risikokommunikation, ANTI-Resist. Dresden-Kaditz Dresden, Germany.
    • Caucci S., Cacace D. and Berendonk T.U. (2013) Escherichia coli: a model for monitoring antibiotic resistance into the environment and quantification of resistance genes in wastewater treatment plant. BAGECO conference. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    • Caucci S., Kiesel B., Chatzinotas A., Berendonk and Hauke H. (2013) The spread of antibiotic resistances into the environment through waste water treatment plants. Antibiotic resistance correlates with metals and technological hygienization processes. FEMS 2013. Leipzig, Germany. Poster Presentation.
    • Caucci S., Chatzinotas A., Kiesel B., Berendonk T.U. and Harms H. (2010) Influence of antibiotic and heavy metal resistances in water environment. CITE chemical in the environment Conference. 23 March 2010 UFZ, Kubus. Leipzig, Germany.
    • Caucci S., Chatzinotas A., Kiesel B., Berendonk T.U. and Harms H. (2009) Wastewater treatment plants as hotspots for horizontal gene transfer: Community analysis combined with plasmid replicon-based fingerprinting. VAAM Conference. (March 2009 Bochum, Germany). Poster presentation.
    • Caucci S., Chatzinotas A., Kiesel B., Berendonk T.U. and Harms H. (2009) Mutual influence of antibiotic and heavy metal resistances in the environment. BAGECO Conference. 15-19 June 2009. Uppsala, Sweden).
    • Caucci S. (2008) The pellets from residual biomass: A project for land use management and green energy generation Conference. Energy from biomass: A challenge for the Agriculture-EMAS organization (Monte San Vito, Italy 2008).

    Conference Proceedings

    Reports

    • Avellán, Tamara, Benavides, Lucía, Caucci, Serena, Hahn, Angela, Kirschke, Sabrina and Müller, Andrea (2019). Towards Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems: Implementing a Nexus Approach in Two Cases in Latin America. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).
    • 2019 European Joint Research Centre (JRC). Joint Research Centre WEFE Nexus Group Position Paper and Proceedings of the Workshop on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 25-26 January 2018. Editors: S. Barchiesi, C. Carmona-Moreno, C. Dondeynaz, M. Biedler. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-99562-0, doi 10.2760/867467, JRC109346.
    • Avellán, Tamara, Benavides, Lucía, Caucci, Serena, Hahn, Angela, Kirschke, Sabrina and Müller, Andrea (2019). Towards Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems: Implementing a Nexus Approach in Two Cases in Latin America. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).
    • Ferráns, Laura, Caucci, Serena, Cifuentes, Jorge, Avellán, Tamara, Dornack, Christina and Hettiarachchi, Hiroshan (2018). Wastewater Management in the Basin of Lake Atitlan: A Background Study. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).
    • Caucci S., Zhang L., Schwaerzel K. (2018) Assessing Soil Pollution and Application of Water-Soil-Waste Nexus Solution for Improved Land-Use Management. GSOP18 Symposium on Soil Pollution. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    • Caucci S. (2018) Water reuse in the context of a “One Health Approach”: antimicrobial resistance and International policy needs. International Conference on Challenges and Solutions related to Xenobiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in the Framework of Urban WasteWater Reuse: Towards a Blue Circle Society.
    • WWAP (United Nations World Water Assessment Programme). (2018). ‘The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018. Nature-based solutions for water.’ Paris, UNESCO.
    • UNECLAC (United Nations Environmental Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) (2018). ‘Lineamientos de políticas públicas: Para un mejor manejo de las interrelaciones del Nexo entre el agua, la energía y la alimentación’. Santiago de Chile, Chile.
    • Collaboration and review in: UN-Water, 2016, ‘Water and Sanitation Interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, Geneva; (http://www.unwater.org/fileadmin/user_upload/unwater_new/docs/UN-Water_Analytical_Brief_Water and sanitation interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.pdf)