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10 Years of Joint Programming

Joint JPIs Declaration presented at Austrian Presidency conference

As part of the development of the next EU Framework Programme (Horizon Europe), the role of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) is under discussion. Based on the experiences of the ten JPIs and their recently presented long-term visions and strategies, the conference will focus on their role and contribution to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement mission-oriented programmes in Horizon Europe.

Discussions centered around the importance of science-policy cooperation to tackle global challenges and achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, emphasised the challenge to re-establish science as a reliable source for evidence and the different roles of science to advice policies. JPIs shared experiences, presented some examples of their multiple achievements, and discussed with the audience the future role of JPIs in the ERA and Horizon Europe. It became obvious that the 10 JPIs are well in line with their aim to structure the ERA and already implement several of the requirements currently being discussed for the future missions in Horizon Europe.

The ten JPIs used the occasion of the conference to present a joint JPI Chairs declaration Driving research and innovation to address global challenges, summarising their views and ambitions for their future development and impact. The declaration was officially handed over to the Chair of the High Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC), emphasising once again the importance of the commitment by Member States as well as the support by the Framework Programme.

The conference was organised by JPI Urban Europe and FFG in cooperation with all JPIs and on behalf of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Research, under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Link to the declaration: Driving research and innovation to address global challenges
Link to the JPI video
Link to the Press Release

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10 years joint programming

 Xenowac II Conference

We are delighted to announce and share with you the final Conference Agenda of the XENOWAC II 2018 to be held in Limassol, Cyprus the 10-12 October 2018. The Water JPI will be present at the XENOWAC II conference, contributing with:

  • A JPIs session on Thursday 11th October 2018
  • The co-moderation of a round table on “How can we enhance the communication between scientists and policymakers?

As you will witness, the Agenda has it all and it promises a both fascinating and very challenging scientific event! The full Agenda is now published on the Conference website. An updated version of the Agenda will follow within the next few days including information on the panel discussion. The JPIs Event Programme can be viewed here.

In anticipation of the upcoming Conference which is fast approaching, a video will get you in the mood of what is coming up and what you will be experiencing in Cyprus!

xenovac II

2018 Water JPI Workshop on Existing Impact Assessment Systems

 The Water JPI is working towards developing the guidelines for the impact assessment and evaluation of their joint activities. To progress this work, a workshop will take place on Tuesday 18th September 2018 in Vienna, Austria. Participation is on invitation only. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Revise examples of the application of different impact assessment systems
  • Obtain information for the implementation of an impact assessment system in the Water JPI
  • Progress in the definition of specific indicators for the evaluation of the Water JP

2018 Water JPI Workshop on Strategy for International Cooperation

The Water JPI, as part of its supporting EU-funded Coordination Support Action IC4Water, is looking at opportunities to develop a common strategy for International Cooperation with other European Initiatives. To progress this work, a workshop will be held on Wednesday 19th September 2018 in Vienna.

This first workshop, on invitation only, is targeted at the other International Initiatives (e.g. FACCE-JPI, PRIMA), policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the current State of Play of International Cooperation and exchange views and share experiences to identify common barriers as well as common practices.

More information

Water JPI Advisory Boards renewal

The Water JPI is assisted in its work by two groups of advisors who sit on the Water JPI Advisory Boards; a Scientific and Technological Board (STB) and a Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG). Our Advisory Boards are due for renewal in 2018. The Governing Board approved twelve organisations nominated to participate in the SAG, including the FAO, GWRC, OECD and UN-Water. With respect to the STB, five members were retained for a further 1-year period from Spring 2018 in order to create an overlap between the outgoing and incoming advisory boards. The Governing Board selected five new experts to serve on the STB. More information are available here. The first meeting of the Water JPI new Advisory Boards will take place on the 26th September 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Updating the Water JPI SRIA

We are currently updating the Water JPI Strategic Research and innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) and we need your input. To submit your proposed Research and Development Needs/Gaps to the SRIA, please complete the Online Template available here

For background information:

WWater JPI SRIA 2.0ater JPI SRIA 2.0

This publication sets out specific RDI priorities or areas where RDI measures are highly recommended within five main themes. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019.


An introduction Water JPI SRIA

An Introduction to the Water JPI SRIA

Short version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Read more about the identified research priorities for the future.


Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

This publication presents the ten main goals achieved by the initiative till now.



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