Water JPI Knowledge Hub on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (KHCEC)

The Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) set up the 1st pilot Knowledge Hub on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (KHCEC) in March 2018, for a two year period. The aim of the Water JPI Knowledge Hub was to build a network for selected researchers whose work is targeted at key stakeholders and how best to successfully transfer this knowledge.

This network of 23 scientists from across the globe, led by Prof Norbert Kreuzinger as Scientific Coordinator TU Vienna, established a critical mass of research and technological excellence, by integrating and sharing of knowledge, in addition to improving communication and networking between stakeholders and the scientific community. The network co-developed a number of significant outputs – Stakeholder Briefing, policy briefs and Infographics on CECs aiming to heighten awareness of CECs and their impact on our environment and health in the member states. The network worked to transfer this knowledge from ‘science to society’, via numerous outreach campaigns, press releases, policy briefs, infographics, and social media to the public, industrial sectors and policy makers and engaged in dissemination activities for achieving its primary goal of knowledge transfer.

Water JPI’s pilot KHCEC came to an end in February 2020. The Steering Committee of the KHCEC had a final evaluation meeting, held online on March 25, 2020 to bring forward recommendations for the future knowledge hub activities of Water JPI. The general opinion was that the KHCEC performed well in terms of generating outputs and organizing workshops to identify knowledge gaps and translate new knowledge for the interested parties in the area of contaminants of emerging concern. It is recommended that future knowledge hubs should be as inclusive as possible by engaging in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

Some key outputs from the KHCEC network:

  1. Water JPI Knowledge Hub on CECs Stakeholder Brief“Continuous increase of CECs in the anthroposphere as a stressor for water resources” – January 2020 – for download from here

This briefing document forms part of the current Water / Oceans /AMR JPIs Transnational Call on AquaticPollutants.

  1. Three key infographics on CECs:
  1. Other outputs from the KHCEC available  to download 
  1. Download the second Policy Brief “Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) – an emerging risk in our waters”from here.
  2. Download the “Who is Who”of international researchers involved in the Water JPI Knowledge Hub on CECs from here.

Download the first Policy Brief “What is contaminating our waters next? Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) – novel ways to reduce their human and environmental risks” from here.