Rotating Scientific Coordinator

Miguel Ángel Gilarranz Redondo, Water JPI Vice Chair officially handed over the AQUATAP_ES Scientific Coordinator role from Mary Kelly Quinn to José María Bodoque del Pozo.  Miguel on behalf of the group thanked Mary for her tireless effort and work in getting the network up and running and ensuring major achievements in such a short timeframe. He congratulated Jose, on stepping into the role and wished him well and continued success for the next 12 months. Further acknowledgment to Mary were voiced by Dominique Darmendrail (Water JPI Coordinator) and best wishes to Jose.

Thematic annual programming (alignment of new national projects)

The Thematic Annual Programming action (TAP) is a network of national projects focussed on specific RDI needs. It relies on the establishment of a network or cluster of excellence, creating a critical mass of research and technological excellence, the integration and sharing of knowledge, infrastructure, data and modelling tools, training and capacity building, as well as improved communication and networking with stakeholders and the scientific community. This cluster will allow coordination between the individual projects, lead to a greater impact at the European level, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication. Activities will include annual working meetings which will allow exchange on approaches, methods, data.

First Water JPI TAP Action (AQUATAP-ES)

The Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) subtheme 1.1. “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services” is the topic of the first Water JPI TAP action. This first Water JPI TAP action will run for 24 months, i.e. from June 2019 until June 2021. The national research funding agencies participating in this action are listed below.

The following countries which will take part in this joint action are:

  • Finland (FL);
  • Ireland (IE);
  • The Netherlands (NL); and
  • Spain (ES).

The first Water JPI Thematic Annual Programming call and selection of new national projects took place in late 2018, with a launch date for the action identified as 2019.

The TAP kick-off meeting took take place in Dublin, Ireland on 12th June 2019. The workshop included the TAP researchers, funding partners, other TAPs and the wider Water JPI community. The workshop aimed to collate and discuss their experience and feedback about getting involved in R&D projects on Ecosystem Services and to develop the TAP Implementation Plan.

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The Water JPI TAP action will be implemented based on the following steps:

Step 1:

Promoting that participating national research funding agencies will publish in their national research calls the same call text on “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services”. Participating national research funding agencies will then select projects on this area according to their national criteria.
Participating national research funding agencies, which do not have a dedicated water research calls, will identify projects awarded from their most recent national calls, which are relevant to the research area “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services”.

Step 2:

The national funded projects will be invited to join an international cluster (Water TAP Cluster) organised by the Water JPI. Coordinators of these national funded projects will have to participate in annual working meetings to exchange on approaches, methods, data (exchange) and results. This will allow coordination between the individual projects and should lead to a greater impact at the European level as well as to create critical mass, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication.

Expected outputs

The expected outputs of the Water JPI TAP action include (but are not limited to):

  • Creation of a leveraging network, which would not necessarily exist without this action – Increasing synergies of national-funded projects;
  •  Fostering coordination and sharing of results;
  •  Fostering mobility and sharing of infrastructure;
  •  Providing input into the update of the SRIA;
  •  Preparing policy briefs, joint scientific publications, harmonisation of protocols etc,
  •  Facilitating mutual learning;
  •  Developing interoperable databases (including harmonised metadata);
  •  Developing common and cohesive practices / methodologies;
  •  Presenting at Water JPI events; including carrying-out foresight exercises; and
  •  Leading to new research projects.

Added-Value for Funders

It is expected that the Water JPI Thematic Annual Programming Action 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; and
  •  Contribute to alignment at project-, researcher- & institution-level.

Added-Value for Policy-makers

It is expected that the Water JPI Thematic Annual Programming Action will:

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

Added-Value for Researchers

It is expected that the Water JPI Thematic Annual Programming Action will:

  •  Provide access to other RDI Infrastructures;
  •  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;
  •  Improve the researchers’ awareness of research priorities in other countries and how their needs overlap;
  •  Build the researchers’ capacity through integrated, transnational and multi-disciplinary approaches and exchanges of Good Practices;
  •  Provide the researchers with enhanced opportunities for mobility and sharing of/access to infrastructure;
  •  Foster Knowledge exchange and transfer; and
  • Provide access to EU Legislations.


1Stakeholders include for example: RDI funding bodies & programmes, enterprises, Water utilities & river basin management bodies, EC, policy makers, public.

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