2016 WATER JPI ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP OF ON-GOING RDI PROJECTS

The Water JPI held its first workshop for the Alignment of on-going RDI Projects on the 30th November 2016 in Vienna. The topic of the 2013 Water JPI Pilot Call – “Emerging pollutants, including pathogens” – was selected as the topic of the first workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate progression in the alignment of projects through exploring collaborations and synergies towards common objectives, identifying stakeholders and discussing how to target them better, identifying gaps in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Water JPI and identifying research needs and topics for work plans, or future calls.
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JPIs launch brochure highlighting key achievements

At the fifth anniversary of the launch of the second wave of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), the ten initiatives present a new brochure and factsheets on all JPIs.
The new folder explains the benefits of participating in a Joint Programming Initiative, provides an overview of the governance model and highlights the implementation actions for transnational cooperation. In addition to the general introduction to Joint Programming all JPIs developed a factsheet with an overview of member countries, objectives and key achievements.
The brochure was presented at the Annual Joint Programming Conference on 22-23 November 2016 in Brussels and can be downloaded here.
Joint Programming Initiatives?
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009 with the aim to tackle the Grand Societal Challenges. JPIs are Member State-led, bringing together national research funding organisations, ministries and research councils both in Europe and further afield. This ambition of aligning national programmes, strategies and policies extends beyond the matching of RD&I funds. The alignment process covers various phases, from setting joint objectives and forging a common vision and a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda between countries to developing appropriate framework conditions and selecting appropriate instruments. After the first four JPIs paved the way, we celebrated the launch of the second wave of JPIs by the Council exactly 5 years ago on 6 December 2011.


 

2016 Water JPI Exploratory Workshop

The Water JPI held its first Exploratory Workshop on the 14th November 2016 in Dublin. The workshop was focussed on the Water JPI Strategic & Research innovation Agenda Theme 5 - Closing the Water Cycle Gap - Improving sustainable water resource management. There were 62 attendees during the event.
The objectives of the 2016 Exploratory Workshop were to:
Gather relevant experts in the topic, which will present and discuss their findings to other experts and stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and industry)
Identify Knowledge Gaps and RDI Needs in that area (Emerging needs / Flexible Fiches)
Further elaborate the SRIA RDI Needs.
The report is available here
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Training webinar for researchers in September 2016
The EIP Water and the Water JPI are offering a half-day webinars for researchers in the water area to help them engage more effectively with stakeholders and end-users. To know more


 

The eighteenth meeting of the Governing Board
The 8th Governing Board was held in Malaga (Spain) on 14-15 April 2016. It was organized around Water JPI Strategy and Implementation activities. It integrated two interactive sessions, allowing the participation of all Governing Board members, around: i) the future of the Water JPI and ii) the priorities for the 2017 – 2019 Implementation plan. The implementation issues were discussed through an integrated overview of the different activities performed by the Water JPI as well as the future Implementation Plan which is a roadmap towards implementing the research needs identified on the SRIA 2.0.
The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Water JPI v2.0 was approved and will be presented during the Water JPI Conference that will take place on 19th May 2016 in Rome (Italy). The Water JPI key achievements (alignment, on the elaboration of a common vision, enlarging the Water JPI partnership, engaging stakeholders, increasing international cooperation, interacting with the European Commission, mapping Water RDI in Europe, funding RDI projects through joint calls and outreach issues) was presented and will be finalized for the upcoming event. This meeting has also been the occasion of exchanges with the Chair of the Scientific and Technological Board on the STB engagement. Suggestions for improving it were discussed and will be implemented in the future when renewing the Advisory Boards.
The GB meeting was held back to back to a workshop on good practices on funding RDI. Actions for overcoming identified difficulties and improving the management of the future Water JPI were discussed during the workshop.


 

The seventh meeting of the Governing Board
The meeting among the members of this internal body in charge of deciding policy and strategic issues was held in Paris on 19-20 November 2015 at short term after the terrorist attacks which caused 130 victims and hundreds of injured people. Despite this grievous event most representatives of the national institutions members of the GB decided to take part in the meeting which was open with the participative solidarity expressed to the French colleagues by all national delegates. The works focused on the updating of the Vision Document and the possible evolution of the Water JPI strategy. Punctual information about the activities on the future version 2.0 of the Strategic Research, and Innovation Agenda, the activities on alignment and good practices, the participation and first results of the second co-funded call for proposals was provided to the attendees. Time was dedicated to discuss and find a common resolution or the future activities on the implementation plan, the internal cooperation development, and the improvement of the communication and dissemination tools. More involvement of the Member States in achieving of the Water JPI objectives was recommended as well a connection with the activities of the working groups within the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Frame Directive. The organization of regular state of art workshops on the most important water research topics was also suggested. A session was dedicated to the presentation of the activities carried out in the Task Force on interaction with Horizon 2020, in TF on alignment and in that on international cooperation. Next Governing Board will be hosted by the Spanish team and will be held on 14-15 April 2016.


 

The 2nd workshop on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
This consultative conference took place in Orléans at the BRGM Scientific and Technical Center (France) the 8th and the 9th October 2015. About 40 people, members of the Advisory Boards, the Water JPI and national experts, participated in this workshop.
The organization of this consultative workshop represented one of the milestones of the Water JPI activities supporting the participation of relevant stakeholders and experts in the preparation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The workshop followed the completion of a thorough analysis of research needs within the water domain and the elaboration of the SRIA 2.0 draft. In this context, the aims of the workshop were: to get some feedback of the content of SRIA 2.0 (themes and subthemes; research needs; research objectives for each of research needs); to prioritise research needs (low, medium low, medium high, high) by taking into account their importance to safeguarding water resources and aquatic ecosystems, improving the well-being of our society and general economic growth and jobs creating; to present international / European initiatives and discuss possibilities of collaboration and of uptake of research and innovation results.
The results of the workshop show that no major changes were proposed, only some suggestions of clustering some points on some research needs and in terms of order of presentation. In addition, besides the 5 themes, it was suggested to emphasize the cross cutting issue regarding data collection in the document. Following these intense discussions, the SRIA will be updated in order to be formally approved by the Water JPI Governing Board in Spring 2016. It will be presented in May 2016 in Roma (Italy) during the upcoming Water JPI conference.


 

The sixth meeting of the  Governing Board of the Water JPI
The sixth Governing Board meeting held in Brussels on 12 March 2015 approved the revised Water JPI Terms of Reference to renew the governance structure. This document will be made available through the Water JPI website. Discussion on the renewal of the Water JPI Advisory Boards took place at the meeting. The new composition of Water JPI Scientific and Technological Board (STB) was approved (10 members). The composition of the Water JPI Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) was also discussed and will be finalized in the coming weeks. Three Task Forces were established: one in charge of the definition of the international cooperation roadmap; the other focused on the alignment activities; the third with the task of contributing to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017.


 

The fifth meeting of the  Governing Board of the Water JPI
The fifth Governing Board was hosted by the Norwegian Research Council in Oslo on the11th and 12th November 2014 and focused on the results achieved in the first four years of the Water JPI and the new governance model to be adopted at short term. The candidacy of France, supported by Spain, Ireland & Italy to lead this intergovernmental initiative for the next two years was greatly welcomed and approved by the delegates. The new President of Governing Board is Maurice Héral of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche. The coordination of the Water JPI passed from Enrique Playan to Domenique Darmendrail. A warm aknowledgement for the effective work performed by the Spanish leadership was expressed to the representatives of MINECO and in particularly to Prof. Enrique Playan who has followed with extraordinary commitment and skills all the activities of this intergovernmental initiative on water challenges from the beginning in 2008.


 

Official launch of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and Implementation Plan to European and National institutions
The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative “Water challenges for a changing world” (Water JPI) was presented on 21st October 2014 at COVE Building in Brussels.
The Water JPI SRIA identifies new water Research Development & Innovation needs and objectives, and the Implementation Plan outlines the activities to be performed to reach the SRIA objectives. They represent two important milestones for the Water JPI.
Presentations of the speeches and relations held by high representatives of the European Commission and Member States institutions are available here.


 

The Fourth Meeting of the Governing Board
The Governing Board of the Water JPI met in Cyprus on 28th May 2014 for the fourth time in its history. The members of the Governing Board are Delegates from all 19 Partner Countries and the European Commission. The Governing Board is responsible for the adoption of the strategic decisions necessary for the full implementation of Water JPI activities.
The meeting was hosted by the Research Promotion Foundation based in Nicosia. The meeting was chaired by Dr Marina Villegas, Director General of Scientific and Technological Research of the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness. National delegates received detailed information about the evaluation of proposals submitted to the Pilot Call, the progress in the elaboration of the new version of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, the activities, instruments, management and procedures identified to implement the Water JPI in the coming years, the first results of the mapping of water research, development and innovation in Europe, and the progress in cooperation with partners outside Europe.
Among the resolutions adopted by the Governing Board, the most important concerns the new governance model which will be adopted in spring 2015. In order to propose a new governance model, a specific Task Force was created. The Task Force will launch a consultation on governance models to the members of the Governing Board. Candidacies for the new Water JPI leadership will be submitted to the next Governing Board meeting, scheduled for 11-12 November 2014, and hosted in Oslo by the Research Council of Norway. A new phase in Water JPI leadership will therefore start in Oslo.


 

First Consultative Workshop of the WATER JPI
The meeting aimed at fine-tuning and prioritising the research needs so far identified for the preparation of the Strategic research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA 1.0) took place the 3rd and the 4th April  2014 in Lyon (France). More than 50 people participated in the workshop between members of the Advisory Boards of the Water JPI, national experts, and members of the WatEUr project.
The workshop was designed around a number of plenary and parallel working group sessions, one for each of the five themes of the Water JPI. Participants were invited to join one of those working group sessions according to their preference and research expertise.
The outcome of the workshop shows that no major changes to the SRIA currently under preparation will be made. Nevertheless, some new research needs will also be included in the agenda as well as research priorities and implementation instruments.


 

 The Seventh Executive Board took place in Lisbon on 5 February 2014
The meeting started with a short presentation of general characteristics of Estonia concerning water resources given by Ms. Elve Lode of the Tallin University
A representative of the hosting institution presented an overview of RDI evaluation and funding procedures of the Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science and Research (FCT). Discussion points tackled during the third Pilot Call Steering Committee and the second WatEUr Steering Committee held the day before were presented and members of the Executive Board agreed on the decisions taken to implement the pilot joint call and the progress of the six work-packages of the Coordination and Support Action WatEUr.
The Coordinator presented the main aspects of the ERA-NET Cofund instrument and activities and funding arrangements were analyzed to prepare the project proposal answering the open call Water 3 (2014) of the Programme Horizon 2020. It was decided to establish an ad hoc committee integrated by Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Spain to cooperate in the framework of the coming workshop on SRIA to be held in Lyon on 3-4 April 2014 to produce topic suggestions for the Horizon 2020 work programme. The draft of the strategic implementation plan for the Water JPI was examined.
The Executive Board was reminded that the current leadership will come to an end by the fifth meeting of the Governing Board, to be held in spring 2015. This will be the first time the Water JPI changes leadership, and a smooth transition needs to be planned.
Jørn RASMUSSEN presented the World Water Forum 2015 (Daegu, Korea) and the European process issuing an open invitation for Water JPI partners to participate.
The Cyprus Delegate provided information about the Fourth Meeting of the Governing Board, which will be held in Cyprus on 28 May 2014 while the 8th meeting of the Executive Board will be held in Oslo on 9 October 2014.


 

The Sixth Executive Board took place in Venice on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the FEEM premises on 10 October 2013

A warm welcome was addressed to the new Water JPI partner Estonia. Discussion points tackled during the second Pilot Call Steering Committee and the first WatEUr Steering Committee held the day before were presented and members of the Executive Board agreed on the decisions taken to implement the common call on “Emerging water contaminants” and the progress of the activities of the work-packages of the Coordination and Support Action WatEUr funded by FP7.
The EB 6 also decided to reappoint the members of the Advisory Boards willing to continue and to re-elect the oldest members at the Governing Board N.5
Interaction with neighbouring institutions, initiatives and prospective partners was discussed together with future developments in Horizon 2020 and the contacts with other JPIs, the EIP on Water and ASEM Water.
A teleconference with two representatives of the European Commission provided more details on the Water JPI perspectives and its implementation plan in the coming years.


 On Tuesday May 14, the Water JPI held its third Governing Board in the premises of the Danish Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology in Copenhagen

The highest body of the Water JPI discussed on consensus on the Strategic Research Agenda, its first version to be adopted by the end of the month, and on the pilot call for research and innovation projects, to be launched in September 2013. (More information will be given on the pilot call in the months to come).
Moreover, progress was shown on the mapping exercise, the JPI cooperation with countries outside Europe and the JPI communication strategy. The coordination team reported on progress achieved since the last meeting in Dublin and planned future actions for enhancing collaboration between JPI partner countries.
The Governing Board reelected its leadership for the term of two years.


 The Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World” (Water JPI) and the Kick-off of the Coordination and Support Action WatEUr were launched in Madrid on February 5th, 2013.

High level representatives from Member States, Associate Countries and the European Commission participated in the event.

The Water JPI contribute to the establishment of the European Research Area by ensuring coherence of national and regional research programmes and by setting priorities on one of the major societal challenge, such as achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad.

23 European countries and the European Commission participate in the JPI. The Water JPI initiative will better coordinate European research agendas, triggering specific activities such as projects, infrastructure and mobility. It will also promote competitiveness in the water industry and implement a water-wise bio-based economy.

The implementation of the Water JPI is prepared and supported by the FP7 project WatEUr involves 17 institutions of 14 countries JPI members for three years.


Fourth meeting of the Executive Board            Rome, October 17th, 2012

It took place in Rome on 17 October 2012. This meeting served the purposes of assessing progress in JPI activities, and in the Coordiantion and Support Action WatEUr. Information was given about the development of the European Innovation Partnership on Water, and the prospects for developing joint programming activities in 2012, ahead of the planning establish in WatEUr were analyzed


Third meeting of the Governing Board            Dublin, May 16th, 2012

The meeting was attended by the delegates of thirteen partner countries and expressed a warm welcome to new Water JPI partners: Israel, Germany and Poland. The status of Hungary was modified from partner to observer. Delegates at the governance of the European Innovation Partnership on water were nominated: the president of the Governing Board will represent the Water JPI at the High level Steering Group, and the President of the Executive board will represent the water JPI at the Task Force. New seven members of the STB  and five new members of the SAG were elected.


Third meeting of the Executive Board                       The Hague, March 1st, 2012

The meeting welcomed the participation of Israel and Germany as full Water JPI partners. The candidates selected by the STB for its enlargement were analysed. A request for five additional candidates was issued to the STB. Submission of the WatEUR proposal was approved, and a request was made to the Coordinator for an Email consultation to the Governing Board members in order to obtain the express support of the highest governance body. The input on the SRIA received by the STB and SAG will be enriched by direct contributions from partner countries and the passed on to the responsible for the SRIA within the WatEUR proposal.


Second meeting of the Executive Board                Brussels, October 20, 2011

The meeting welcomed the Council Decision on the water JPI. A task force was created to prepare the CSA proposal WAtEUR and to progress in the Strategic Framework for the SRIA. A draft position paper on the EIP on Water was approved.


First meeting of the Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG)     Brussels, October 19, 2011

The meeting counted on five of the seven appointed members, and elected WssTP (Durk Krol) and the Finnish Environmental Institute (Seppo Rekolainen) as SAG President and Vice president, respectively. The SAG started its activities by gathering input on possible lines for a Strategic research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). These lines were compiled and summarized in a table which has been released to the Water JPI Coordination team and which constitutes basic input for the elaboration of the Framework for the SRIA.


First meeting of the Scientific and Tecnological Board (STB)     Brussels, October 18, 2011

The meeting counted on seven of the ten appointed members, and elected Dr. Barceló as President and Dr. Buisman as Vice President. The STB started its activities by gathering input on possible lines for a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). These lines were compiled and summarized in a consensus document which has been released to the Water JPI Coordination team and which constitutes basic input for the elaboration of the Framework for the SRIA.

 

Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

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

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The WATER JPI is a relevant structure for Horizon 2020

Both the Water JPI and Horizon 2020 use public funds to achieve their goals, and enjoy a significant area of synergy in their respective research priorities. The JPI provides a channel for dialogue with the EC on future Horizon 2020 calls. Since its launch, the EC has been very supportive of the Water JPI and a non-voting member of its Governing Board.
Task Force on Interactions with Horizon 2020

 
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