On 23-24 November 2017, a two-day Workshop was hosted by MOTREM Project and REMTAVARES Network jointly. The event was organized by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), IMDEA and Universidad de Alcalá and sponsored by AQUALIA and BRUKER.
The event entitled “Workshop on Technologies for Monitoring and Treatment of Contaminants of Emerging Concern” ( took place at URJC campus in Móstoles (Madrid, Spain) with more than 80 attendees and 28 speakers from 4 different nations (Spain, Italy, Finland and Germany).
In this edition, the yearly Workshop organized by REMTAVARES to disseminate their latest results on micropollutants treatment, has included several research works in the frame of the collaborative international consortium WATERJPI2013 – MOTREM of the Water Challenges for a Changing World Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI) Pilot Call (

Additionally, inside this Workshop, on 24th November a “Training Module on analysis of contaminants of emerging concern” was performed in the facilities of BRUKER at URJC Campus. It consisted of a technical and practical session to introduce the techniques applied to emerging pollutants analysis.
The event, apart from showing the latest results on emerging contaminants treatment and monitoring, served as a meeting point for networking with different European specialists on the topic.




2017 Water JPI Exploratory Workshop (2-3/11/2017 - Dublin)


The Water JPI held the second Exploratory Workshop on the 2nd – 3rd of November in Dublin. The workshop was focused on the Water JPI Strategic & Research Innovation Agenda Theme 1 – Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being.

The aim of the workshop was to further discuss and develop the RDI needs under the Water JPI SRIA Theme 1. Outputs from this workshop will inform the upcoming SRIA update. Theme 1 of the Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda is relevant to the Research Agenda of the BiodivERsA initiative, and therefore BiodivERsA were represented by a Speaker and funded project presentations.

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The workshop proceedings report will be available soon.
The presentations are available below.


2nd November 2017 Workshop Programme

2.30 pm  


Matt Crove (EPA), Ireland


Plenary Session-1
Chaired by: Matt Crowe (EPA, Ireland)


2.35 pm    General Introduction on the Water JPI & Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda Dominique Darmendrail (Water JPI Coordinator, France)

2.40 pm


Scientific Insights on the key RDI challenges in the broad thematic

area of the Water JPI SRIA Theme 1     

Seppo Rekolainen (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland)


2.50 pm Policy Perspective on the Water JPI SRIA RDI needs within Theme 1 Daniella Bostrom Couffe (UN-WATER, Switzerland)
3.05 pm BiodivERsA: Synergies Henrik Lange (BiodivERsA, Sweden)

3.15 pm


End-Users / Economic Insights on the key RDI challenges in the broad thematic

area of the Water JPI SRIA Theme 1  

Teppo Vehanen (EIFAAC, Finland)


3.25 pm Questions & Answers  



Breakout Sessions-1 (4pm – 5.45pm)

Breakout Session-1: Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services
Chaired by: Natacha Amorsi (EURO-INBO, France)
Rapporteur: Alice Wemaere (EPA, Ireland)

4.00 pm    Multiple stressor impacts on European surface waters: A synthesis resulting from the MARS project Daniel Hering (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
4.15 pm   DESSIN - Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector David Schwesig (IWW Water Centre, Germany)
4.30 pm Questions & Answers  

4.40 pm


Group discussions moderated by the Chair on the assessment of RDI gaps within this area

(using the Water JPI SRIA as the basis)



Breakout Session-2: Developing and Applying Ecological Engineering and Ecohydrology
Chaired by: Andrea Rubini (WssTP, Belgium)
Rapporteur: Margaret Keegan (EPA, Ireland)

4.00 pm      

Insights from SalmoInvade: policy recommendations based on biological and social findings          Jörgen Johnsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
4.15 pm Urban Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, and Water JPI RDI Gaps Lena Goldkuhl (WssTP, Sweden)
4.30 pm Questions & Answers  

4.40 pm


Group discussions moderated by the Chair on the assessment of RDI gaps within this area

(using the Water JPI SRIA as the basis)



Breakout Session-3: Managing the Effects of Hydro-climatic Extreme Events
Chaired by: Jens Christian Refsgaard (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)
Rapporteur: Áine Murphy (EPA, Ireland)

4.00 pm   Overview of IMPREX - IMproving Predictions and management of hydrological EXtremes Maria-Helena Ramos (IRSTEA, France)
4.15 pm   LIMNOTIP - Biodiversity dynamics and tipping points in our future freshwater ecosystems Martin Kainz (WasserCluster Lunz, Austria)
4.30 pm   Questions & Answers  

4.40 pm  


Group discussions moderated by the Chair on the assessment of RDI gaps within this area

(using the Water JPI SRIA as the basis)


Plenary Session-2
Chaired by: Padraic Larkin (Water JPI Co-Chair, Ireland)

6.00 pm All attendees to review the list of RDI needs from the three breakout sessions and identify their top three priorities
6.45 pm   Close of Day 1 of the Workshop


3rd November 2017 Exploratory Workshop Programme

Breakout Sessions-2 (8.30am – 10am)

90-minute group discussion moderated by the Chair on prioritisation of the identified RDI needs (SRIA Theme 1 and New Needs identified from Breakout & Plenary Session-2)

Plenary Session-3
Chaired by: Padraic Larkin (Water JPI Co-Chair, Ireland)
Moderator: David Murphy (AQUATT, Ireland)

10.30 am   Rapporteur’s Summaries & Discussion  
  •  RDI needs identified from breakout session
  •  Top 3 RDI needs
  •  How the subjects of the three breakout sessions could be considered together?
  •  How to strengthen the Global dimension?
12.00 pm   Panel Discussion  

Panellists include:

  •  UN Water (Daniella Bostrom Couffe)
  •  BiodivERsA (Henrik Lange)
  •  WssTP (Lena Goldkuhl)
  •  Water JPI (Dominique Darmendrail)
12.50 pm   Next Steps Alice Wemaere (EPA, Ireland)
1.00   pm Close of the Workshop  

International cooperation workshop

Two geographic workshops to develop “RDI International Cooperation for tackling global water challenges” were organised in 2017 as part of the activities to be conducted within the Work Package 6 of the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015, and the related Task 6.2 on International Cooperation:

These workshops provided the occasion for participants to:

  • Continue the discussions with the countries already contacted under previous activities since the Water JPI creation in order to developing long term partnerships;
  • Develop cooperation with existing international initiatives (e.g. geographical ERA-NETs);
  • Identify possible cooperation models with funding agencies / programme owners.

Based on suggestions and recommendations of the participants in the two workshops, the Water JPI will follow-up by a roadmap on International Cooperation development.

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The workshop on “RDI International Cooperation for tackling global water challenges” dedicated to Africa and the Mediterranean area was held on 31 March 2017 at the Royal Tulip Hotel in Tangier (Morocco).

The main objectives of the workshop were to identify the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation, focusing on:

  • Challenges for multilateral cooperation, and
  • Solutions for better cooperation for jointly tackling global challenges through common innovative solutions and new sources of knowledge.

The workshop gathered 37 participants from fifteen countries:

  • Water JPI members: the Water JPI Coordination team from France, and Water JPI Governing Board members from Italy (MIUR & ISPRA), Spain (CDTI) and Turkey (SUEN), who are all partners of the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015;
  • International partners already associated to Water JPI activities: Egypt – ASRT (involved in WaterWorks2015), Tunisia – IRESA (involved in WaterWorks2015), South Africa – WRC (involved in WaterWorks2015)
  • Other Mediterranean and African funding agencies:, Burkina Faso – FONRID, Egypt – ARC, Ghana – STEPRI, Ivory Coast – MESRS, Jordan – HCST, Morocco – INRAIAV Hassan II, Senegal – MESR, Tunisia – MESRS, Turkey – GDAR,
  • Other European funding agencies: France – CIRAD & INRA, Greece – DEMETER, Slovenia – MKGP & MIZS, Spain – INIA,
  • International initiatives with possible synergic activities on water challenges: ARIMNet2, CIHEAM-IAMM, ERANETMED, Leap-AGRI, PRIMA, SEMIDE.

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