Description of the Organisation

Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) is one of the major Moroccan universities. UCA was established in 1978 and operates 14 institutions. It hosts in 2019 approximately 100,000 students, including more than 600 international students. His 1470 researchers/professors, supported by over 820 administrative staff and technicians are producing more than 500 high-quality publications per year.

UCA aims to address educational and scientific research challenges in Morocco especially issues related to regional development (bioresources, water, solar energy, sustainable development, etc.).

Principle investigator

Prof. Dr. Abdelilah EL Abbassi


Prof. Dr. Abdelilah EL Abbassi is an interdisciplinary scientist, with diploma and doctoral degrees from Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech, Morocco). He also holds a Master degree in the field of ‘’Biodiversity Management’’. He conducted many research projects covering several topics at internationally recognized universities in Spain, Germany, Japan and Portugal. His research targets mainly the production of clean water from non-conventional resources using membrane technologies, agro-industrial wastewaters and food by-products using green chemistry. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, international and national conference proceedings and book chapters. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech, Morocco).

Contribution to the project

The Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) will play an important role by leading the pilot trails of the SmaCuMed prototype in Morocco. MIU, Raach, HsKA and AQG will support UCA for the pilot scale demonstration of SmaCuMed concept. UCA along with MIU and CERTE will then provide major contribution to the capacity building and exploitation of the pilot project. Lastly, UCA will contribute to communication and dissemination activities and project representation at national and international scientific conferences.

Relevant Publications

  • H. Kiai, J. Raiti, A. El Abbassi, A. Hafidi, 2020. Chemical Profiles of Moroccan Picholine Olives and Its Brines during Spontaneous Fermentation. International Journal of Fruit Science, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/15538362.2020.1785986
  • H. Boutaj, A. Boutasknit, M. Anli, M.A. Ahmed, A. El Abbassi, A. Meddich, 2020. Insecticidal effect of olive mill wastewaters on Potosia opaca (Coleoptera: Scarabeidae) larva. Waste and Biomass Valorization 11 (7), 3397-3405. DOI: 10.1007/s12649-019-00682-1
  • A. El-Abbassi, N. Saadaoui, H. Kiai, J. Raiti, A. Hafidi, 2018. Potential applications of olive mill wastewater as biopesticide for crops protection. Science of the Total Environment 576, 10-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.032
  • M. Belaqziz, A. El Abbassi, E. Lakhal, E. Agrafioti, C.M. Galanakis, 2016. Agronomic Application of Olive Mill Wastewaters: Effects on Maize Production and Soil Properties. Journal of Environmental Engineering. 171: 158–165. DOI : 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.02.006