Information about the region
Belgium is a major pharma valley in Europe. While the country represents only 2.2% of the EU’s population, it lays claim to 12.5% of pharmaceutical investments made in the EU. As the number 1 in pharmaceutical R&D investments per inhabitant Belgium wants to tackle the presence of pharmaceuticals in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.
STARTS: How is the mission STARTS driven?
A highly collaborative residency with various stakeholders with expertise in wastewater treatment, digital technology, health care, biodiversity, environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology towards a design of new measures to reduce the pollution and encompass the entire life cycle of biodegradable “greener pharmaceuticals”. As an artist, you will take an active role in questioning existing systems and boosting more awareness around this challenge through a tangible artwork or an innovative application, product or service that contributes to a pollution-free environment. The result of the residency will be shown in Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) as STARTS partner, during the STARTS4Water exhibition in Fall 2022