Water, the lifeblood of our planet, is a resource of global significance. All living organisms, from the tiniest microbe to the largest mammal, rely on water for their survival. It is not just a necessity for our biological functions, but also a key component in various industries, from agriculture to technology. However, despite its undeniable importance, a sustainable approach to this vital resource is yet to be fully realized. 

STARTS4WaterII is a collaborative endeavour that addresses environmental and societal water challenges in European port cities. It brings together the unique perspectives of artists, researchers, technology experts, and other stakeholders. The project aims to foster a sense of shared responsibility and ownership in water management through joint residencies, workshops, exhibitions, and networking activities. The STARTS4WaterII consortium is a platform that supports these diverse voices in finding common ground and language to respond to regional water-related challenges. 

STARTS4WaterII is a follow-up to the research project STARTS4WaterII, which was initiated by the European Commission and the United Nations. The consortium builds on the valuable lessons from the previous project and investigates what sustainable solutions in port ecosystems can be made possible with advanced digital technologies. 


STARTS4WaterII focuses on clean water as a fundamental right for all people and preserving life in our oceans, seas, and marine life. It builds on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, particularly SDG 6, 'Clean water and sanitation', and SDG 14 ', Life underwater'. The project reaches out to a broad audience of stakeholders, including industry professionals, researchers, artists, designers, policymakers, and local communities. 


In STARTS4WaterII, Waag collaborates with VITO, Gluon, TBA21, Camargo Foundation, OGR, PiNA, Dublin City University ADAPT Centre, Beta Festival (IR), Klimat Biennale - Kunsthaus Wien and Drugo More.

Project duration

1 Feb 2024 - 31 Dec 2025





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S+T+ARTS4WaterII is co-funded by the European Commission under grant agreement number LC-02629312.