2016 Workshop:

2016 Water JPI Workshop for the Alignment of on-going projects in the field of Emerging Pollutants (30/11/2016 - Vienna)

The 1st Workshop for the Alignment of On-going Projects was organized on 30th November 2016 at the Geological Survey of Austria in Vienna (Austria). The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the progress in the alignment of projects through exploring collaborations and synergies for common objectives, identifying stakeholders and discussing how to better target them, identifying gaps in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Water JPI and suggesting research needs and topics for work plans, agendas, calls, etc.

The topic of the 2013 Water JPI Pilot Call – “Emerging pollutants, including pathogens” – was selected as the topic of the first workshop, providing an opportunity to encourage synergies between a variety of project researchers in this field. The topics of the invited projects included water treatment and reuse, water management, water quality analysis and monitoring, modelling, risk assessment, microplastics and nanomaterials in water. A total of 20 projects (5 from the 2013 Water JPI Pilot Call, 7 from the 2015 Water JPI Joint Call, 8 national funded projects) attended the workshop together with the Water JPI members. The workshop included keynote presentations, a poster session, break-out groups on different topics and plenary discussions.

View the Agenda of the Workshop
View the Master presentation of the Workshop
View the Posters presented
View the Report on the Workshop
View the Photo Gallery

2015 Workshop:

A workshop on Alignment was held on the 19 November 2015 in Paris.

At the November workshop Dorri te Boeckhorst (Wageningen Univ and Research centre, NL) presented the aims and the structure of the FACCE-JPI, as well as the alignment activities they developed. She underlined the important need to be selective and give priorities as well as the lack of understanding on what alignment is.

Caroline Lesser (INRA, France) presented the CSA ERA-LEARN2020 which is a learning and support platform for public-to-public (P2P) partnerships. One of the Tasks under this CSA aimed to define and identify the typology of alignment. Based on the work done by the Groupe de Programmation Conjointe (GPC) in 2014, the three main objectives of the typology are to:

  1. develop the meaning of alignment and how to implement it;
  2. map and categorise alignment actions or instruments currently in use; and
  3. identify strengths and weaknesses of different alignment actions or instruments.

Caroline presented the workshop with the typology that was developed showing 30 different actions (structured under twelve categories) to facilitate alignment at different levels and the participants discussed the relevance of each to the Water JPI.

A questionnaire on alignment (led by EPA) was launched in August 2015. Of the twenty four solicited countries, twenty two completed and returned the questionnaire. Padraic Larkin (Water JPI Co-Chair) presented key messages arising from the survey and these were detailed and analysed during this second Water JPI Workshop on alignment.

Following the workshop, a list of recommendations and priority actions for the Water JPI at programme and national levels were made and presented to the GB members:

Short Term (in the next 6 months)

  1. Translate the non-technical vision document into the native language of each member states
  2. Disseminate the public friendly versions of the SRIA 2.0 in an effective manner at EU and National levels (in native languages) for different audiences
  3. Prepare policy relevant flyers on the Water JPI for water directors and managers
  4. Use mid-term meeting/ERA-NETs of those organisations involved in the pilot call as opportunities to develop wider engagement

Medium Term (in the next 2 years)

  1. Arrange a meeting of research funders in member states to explain the work of the Water JPI
  2. Improve contacts with water economic sector (e.g. WssTP) and, where possible, create clusters to discuss and generate new research topics with SMEs and innovators (along the supply-chain)
  3. Consider all relevant actions related to the EU Water Framework Directive and any associated issues related to climate change

Long Term (over next 5 years)

  1. Help the countries without a national SRIA to define priorities for water research
  2. Develop mechanisms to gather and respond to wider national level RDI perspectives
  3. Upgrade the Water JPI SRIA as the European Agenda (Programme Committee level)

See the contributions of ERA-LEARN2020 by Caroline Lesser and FACCE-JPI by Dorri te Boekhorst.

2014 Workshop:
A workshop on alignment was organized by the Water JPI in Brussels on 22 October 2014 to discuss challenges, opportunities and recommendations for actions. See the contributions of JPIAMR, FACCEJPI, JPIOCEANS, Belmont forum and NERC.

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