WATER JPI Knowledge Hub


Knowledge hubs (alignment of communities on dedicated areas)

Knowledge hubs are thematic networks consisting of selected research groups within a defined area of research targeted at stakeholders. These knowledge hubs are typically set up following joint call activities. They also contribute to the strategy activities of the Water JPI. In addition to improved communication and networking with stakeholders and the scientific community, the added value of the knowledge hub instrument includes establishing a critical mass of research and technological excellence, integration and sharing of knowledge, infrastructures, data and modelling tools, training and capacity building. 

  • Provide the researchers with enhanced opportunities for mobility and sharing of/access to infrastructure.
  • Allow access to EU legislation.
  • Foster Knowledge exchange and transfer.

 First Knowledge Hub

The Water JPI is currently developing its first Knowledge Hub. It is aimed at launching it in 2018. The first Water JPI Knowledge Hub will be built around the topic of “Emerging Pollutants”.

The first Knowledge Hub theme is on Emerging Pollutants (Water JPI SRIA Theme 2 ). Emerging pollutants (pollutants of emerging concern) are “chemicals that are not commonly monitored but have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological and human health effects”, such as polar compounds, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, perfluorinated and organo-silicon compounds, endocrine disruptors, disinfection by-products (DBPs), antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viruses, cyanotoxins, microplastics and nanomaterials. Emerging risks of established pollutants are risks resulting from a newly identified hazard to which a significant exposure may occur, or from an unexpected new or increased significant exposure and/or susceptibility to a known hazard.

Future RDI actions need to address knowledge gaps regarding the behaviour of emerging pollutants in the environment (water, soil, air, living organisms) and their long-term impact on the health and lives of ecosystems and citizens. Future RDI should contribute and improve the analysis and detection of emerging pollutants, to the treatment of water through more innovative techniques, and to better understanding of the social behaviour around emerging pollutants and water management practices based upon the use of recycled water resources.

“Emerging pollutants and emerging risks of established pollutants: assessing their effects on nature and humans and their behaviour and opportunities for their treatment” constitutes one of the scientific subthemes identified in the Water JPI SRIA (subtheme 2.1). This subtheme can be broken down into three main research needs:

  • Research need 2.1.1. Developing analytical techniques for groups of substances;
  • Research need 2.1.2. Understanding and predicting the environmental behaviour and effects of by-products, pollutants and pathogens, including their environmental effects;
  • Research need 2.1.3. Remediation of pollutants: developing strategies to reduce pollutants (DBPs, emerging pollutants, pathogens, including their environmental effect)

To view the full description of Theme 2 and subtheme 2.1, please consult the Water JPI SRIA 2.0.

Expected outputs
The expected outputs of the Water JPI Knowledge Hub include (but are not limited to):

  • Peer-reviewed publications (additional / related to the cluster);
  • Online thematic forum;
  • State of the Art Report;
  • Foresight exercises (participating in events / workshops...);
  • Providing input into the update of the SRIA;
  • Knowledge exchange;
  • Mutual learning;
  • Exchange of good practices;
  • Fostering coordination and sharing of results;
  • Fostering mobility and sharing of infrastructure;
  • Developing common practices / Standard methodologies developed;
  • Presentation at Water JPI events; and
  • Preparation of policy briefs, joint scientific publications, joint topic synthesis, harmonisation of protocols, working seminar outputs.

Added-value for Funders
It is expected that the Water JPI Knowledge Hub will:

  • Ensure that the solutions developed by research have a greater impact on & greater relevance to stakeholders and society;
  • Bring together researchers in a more collaborative manner.
  • Allow for the collaboration of researchers funded by the Water JPI to continue after the projects are completed.
  • Contribute to alignment at project-, researcher- & institution-level.

Added-value for Policy-makers
It is expected that the Water JPI Knowledge Hub will:

  • Provide policy briefs on which they can rely.
  • Narrow the gap between science and stakeholders.
  • Provide a more holistic view of water challenges based on a multi-stakeholder approach.

Added-value for Researchers
It is expected that the Water JPI Knowledge Hub will:

  • Allow researchers to inform the contents of the Strategic Research & Innovation needs for future funding.
  • Provide researchers with opportunities for networking – Apply for other EU funding;
  • Facilitate cooperation resulting in high-impact publications.
  • Contribute to a greater number of scientific outputs (publications, patents, license, etc.) through collaboration.
  • Build the researchers’ capacity through integrated, transnational and multi-disciplinary approaches and exchange of Good Practices.
  • Provide the researchers with enhanced opportunities for mobility and sharing of/access to infrastructure.
  • Allow access to EU legislation.
  • Foster Knowledge exchange and transfer.

First Knowledge Hub Workshop
For setting the conditions for the launch of this first Water JPI Knowledge Hub, a workshop was organised on 22 March 2017 in Dublin (Ireland). The objectives of the workshop were to (i) agree on the selection process and composition of the selected RDI experts that will compose the first Water JPI Knowledge Hub on emerging pollutants; (ii) agree on the most suitable methodology to set up the Knowledge Hub and possible financial models; and (iii) identify the expected outputs/ impacts (and how to measure them), as well as the added-value of the Knowledge Hub. 

View the First Knowledge Hub Workshop Proceeding
View the Presentation of Dominque Darmendrail, Workshop Introduction
View the Presentation of Kristina Laurell, Knowledge Hub - State of the Art
View the Presentation of Floor Brouwer, MACSUR experience
View the video of Daniel Hellström

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published on 2015/02/19 10:08:00 GMT+0 last modified 2018-09-01T14:54:26+00:00