Work Packages

WP 1 Management and Coordination

This WP manages and coordinates WatEUr, ensures seamless integration between WatEUr and the "Water Challenges for a Changing World" Joint Programming Initiative (the Water JPI), manages external relations and supports Water JPI management bodies.


WP 2 Water RDI Mapping in Europe

WP2 builds on the preliminary mapping survey developed by the Water JPI and the complete mapping performed by Commission Services on Water in the Framework Programme. The previous Water JPI mapping effort focused only on programmes funding RDI projects. WatEUr broadens the scope of mapping activities. WP2 has been designed to gather relevant information on water-related research, development and innovation, at the national and regional levels.

Mapping will feed SRIA development (WP3).


WP 3 SRIA development and update

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is the Water JPI backbone, leading to the implementation of joint programming and to the achievement of strategic objectives. The SRIA:

  • embodies a collective and shared strategy, fed by national strategies and fitting the objectives of European RDI Programme owners

  • elaborates a bigger picture, and is based on shared prioritization.

JPI partners lead agenda definition, gathering the views of multiple stakeholders (JPI is driven by societal needs) and of the scientific community (ensuring state of the art approach and feasibility). The SRIA is neither the intersection of national (and regional where relevant) SRIAs.

In fact, the Water JPI SRIA will go beyond these points:

  • it will be conceived as a collective, shared and forward-looking exercise that will identify and prioritise RDI directions

  • it will be built upon the intersection of national and regional strategies, recent collective work developed within the WatEUr consortium and outside, and feedback from internal and external consultations.

The Water JPI SRIA emerges in a quite dense landscape in terms of documents addressing RDI needs. Coordination with such initiatives will require considering part of the existing foresight exercises and visions, and avoiding fruitless overlaps. Previous work in the Water JPI has led to the completion of the SRIA Thematic Analysis and the Framework for the SRIA, compiling input received from the Water JPI Advisory Boards.


WP 4 JPI Implementation

This WP implements the Water JPI SRIA using a light touch high level management and improving water services to European citizens, sustaining European scientific/technological leadership, making European water businesses more competitive and supporting European policies. In order to achieve these objectives, three principles will inspire all activities under WP4: variable geometry, flexibility and responsiveness.


WP 5 Coordination with activities outside Europe

Limitations in the common European strategy for international RDI cooperation have often led to duplication of effort, with resulting inefficient use of resources and reduced impact. Increased coordination will benefit both Europe and partners outside Europe.

Key WP5 objectives include:

I. Strengthening the international dimension of European water RDI.

II. Developing durable partnerships for water RDI in the world.


WP 6 Communication and Dissemination

Information and dialogue among all possible actors in water RDI are key elements in developing a common vision for the water sector in Europe and beyond.

This WP communicates and disseminates the Water JPI and the associated WatEUr CSA. The first objective of this work package concerns communication:

a) enabling the exchange of information on relevant national and regional activities and agendas

b) facilitating the coordination of such initiatives, the sharing of information, experiences, best practices, methodologies, innovative products and the development of synergies among all JPI partners and stakeholders.

The second objective is related to dissemination, which means providing information to wider audiences and also efficient knowledge transfer to particular users on a demand basis, according to their main interests in water issues. Dissemination of the Water JPI has only been performed so far through the monthly newsletter and through the presence at European water events.

A preliminary Water JPI web site is currently under construction and will be operative by summer 2012. This preliminary Web site will remain operative till replaced by the new web site to be developed under this work package.

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