The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is a merger of the previous Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), established in 1910 and the University of Trondheim. Since 2016 it also includes institutions in Gjøvik and Ålesund. Today the full range university NTNU encompasses 7 faculties and 53 departments. It has approximately 40000 students, half of these are studying technology or the natural sciences. NTNU has a staff of more than 5000 persons, with more than 3000 in academic or scientific positions. NTNU has a broad range of contacts with International R&D actors, in academia as well in industry. The annual budget of NTNU is around 1000 million €. NTNU is currently involved as partner or coordinator in more than 100 projects funded by the EU Programs for Research, of which NTNU coordinates more than 10 multi-partner projects.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IBM) is part of the Faculty of Engineering Science at NTNU. The department comprises 7 scientific groups, one of which is water and wastewater engineering. An internationally appointed committee has recently undertaken an evaluation of research groups in Norway for the Norwegian Research Council where the water and wastewater engineering group received a ranking of excellent. The group has an extensive research activity regarding water and wastewater systems and treatment and a long experience as a partner in international projects, including being a partner and coordinator of EU projects (i.e. CARE-W and CARE-S, EUROMBRA, TECHNEAU, TRUST, BINGO). Members of NTNU are well connected, e.g. to the WSSTP. The water and wastewater research group has extensive experience in urban water research. Current research activities include a.o. advanced water and wastewater treatment and recovery of resources from wastewater. The research group has a well-established infrastructure with research halls for pilot plant operation, field laboratory for urban runoff and  well-equipped analytical as well as a laboratory for specific set-ups for water quality related projects.