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Robbie Venis

Degrees:Carleton University, Department of Environmental Engineering, PhD Student


I am a PhD student working with local partners in Tanzania to optimize the design of a ceramic water filter to improve access to safe drinking water in the rural community of Longido.

Research Interests and societal interests

My research interests are centred around low-cost water treatment, specifically in terms of treating biological contaminants. My research is very connected with my societal interests of reducing the barriers to accessing clean water among economically disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

Expectations as a QES Scholar during the Mobility Period

I expect the mobility period to, above all else, connect me with scholars and intellectuals in my partner country from whom I may learn. I believe that close communication and collaboration will allow me to learn a tremendous amount about both the science and state of scientific understanding in Tanzania, as well the textured experience of managing large-scale issues like drinking water in their country.

The QES Project and Advancement of your Career

I expect the QES project to advance my career, as it gives me the opportunity to work with- and learn from a very diverse group of people, which would not be otherwise possible. I also expect it to advance my career as it connects me with other scholars with whom I may be able to collaborate in the future to conduct new research.