WssTP Working Groups are key to the functioning, objectives, and implementation of the WssTP strategy
They facilitate amongst other:
- Collaboration and coordination on water-related challenges dealing with RTD&I,
- Improvement of global market opportunities for the European water-related technology, service, and knowledge providers, and
- Promotion of consortium opportunities
They have emerged from the former WssTP Pilot and Task Force structure was in place between 2007 and 2012. Depending on their topic they can be of a more strategic, thematic, or technological nature.
Participation to WssTP Working Groups is in principle only open for representatives from WssTP members and WssTP strategic partners.
WssTP strongly encourages its members to be engaged in its working groups.
WssTP Working Groups
Water and AgriFood
- Leader: Wageningen Environmental Research
- Contact person: Jochen Froebrich
- Objective: To address issues related to the use of advanced technologies in the rationale use of water resources and agrochemicals in precision agriculture:
- Advanced sensors for the assessment of soil water content and evapotranspiration
- ICT (DSS, communication) to instruct farmers
- Agro-machinery for precision agriculture
Agricultural Runoff management:
- Runoff reduction
- Organic matter and sediment retention (BMPs)
- Nutrient recovery
- Leader: KWB
- Contact person: Pascale Rouault
- Objective: Review of European and national research initiatives and demonstration projects targeting the implementation of the European Bathing Water Directive for coastal and inland bathing water bodies in the urban context.The focus will be on the following topics, and may include as required other aspects:
- inventory of contamination sources relevant to Bathing Water quality (incl. runoff water, combined sewer overflows, remobilization from sediments) to facilitate development of bathing water profiles
- early warning of short term pollution events (e.g. via modeling)
- Analytical techniques (online monitoring, microbial source tracking etc.)
- control measures (incl. treatment)
- discussion of indicators (relevance of current indicators bacteria vs. viruses, and resulting efficiency of disinfection techniques)
- multi-resistant bacteria (considered as growing issue in Germany)
- Health risk assessment
- Leader: Lulea University
- Contact person: Lena Goldkuhl
- To contribute to EU and national initiatives (e.g. European Innovation Partnership on Water, Horizon 2020 etc.) and plans that aim at protecting and restoring ecosystems
- To contribute to the proposed EU Green Infrastructure Communication which considers green infrastructure as “a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services”. The working group would contribute to the technical guidance setting out the path on how green infrastructure will be integrated into the implementation of the regional cohesion, climate change and environmental policies, disaster risk management and the Common Agricultural Policy; and to provide inputs to the target 2 of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 “By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems”.
- To contribute to EU and national initiatives and plans for water management and resources allocation that aim at guarantying the necessary water to maintain the functionality and conservation of the ecosystem services of the natural ecosystems.
- To explore the Payment for Ecosystem Services as a tool in water management policies.
- To stimulate projects that could lead to supply alternative wastewater solutions or solutions for aquatic ecosystems restoration and protection
- Leader: Deltares
- Contact person: Leonard Osté
- To exchange information between scientists, practitioners, policy makers, SMEs and industries and NGO’s on scientific and technological developments in tackling the challenges of emerging compounds
- To develop a research and innovation agenda and to provide input in national and European research and innovation programmes (including JPI-water, Horizon2020).
- To create an efficient link between the WSSTP and future EIP Action Groups on related topics.
- To facilitate joint research and innovation activities through linking national projects and collaborating in international consortia.
Financing for EU Competitiveness
- Leader: Abengoa Water
- Contact person: Arturo Buenaventura
- Objective: The main goal of the WG Fin4WatComp is to promote and support actions that allow European water sector (private, public and academia) to overcome financial barriers that limit, difficult or slow down the penetration of innovative solutions into the global water market and the access of European water actors to new markets and geographies.
- To identify new instruments to mobilize public and private funds at local, regional, national and European levels to support innovation at each level.
- To identify the appropriate financial instruments for supporting different stages of the innovation cycle and foster new approaches.
- To increase overall financial flows to the water innovation sector.
- To align EU R&D+I addressed funds with the priorities of WssTP and EIP on Water.
- To stimulate public procurement as an effective tool to accelerate innovation in the water sector.
- To synchronize this WG with EIP Action Group of financing for innovation.
- To boost strategic alliances between SMEs and large companies to cooperate in common business models.
- To influence in policy makers and regulators to make changes in legislation and water pricing in order to facilitate penetration of innovative solutions into the market.
- To allow SME´s access funding mechanisms that make possible bring their technologies to market.
- Leader: Deltares
- Contact person: Victor Beumer
- Objective: The main objective of this WG is to promote the development of innovative and effective green infrastructure solutions based on scientific evidence for local, regional, river basin and coastal environments.
- To exchange information between scientists, practitioners, policy makers, SMEs and NGO’s on using or implementing natural and man made green infrastructure systems to meet Water Framework and Flood Directive (Blueprint) and Natura 2000 (Biodiversity), challenges.
- To discuss the different classes and variations of green infrastructures and their effects on water quantity and quality and on human health and ecology
Managing Hydroclimatic Extremes Events
- Leader: CEH
- Contact person: Alan Jenkins
- Objective: This Working Group is aimed to identify and create links between WssTP and ongoing European and national funded activities towards understanding, prediction and management of hydro-climatic extreme events. In particular, the WG will identify barriers and existing knowledge gaps towards improved prediction and management of hydro-climatic extremes, and highlight these as priority areas of research for the EU Horizon 2020
Membrane Innovation and Education for Water
- Leader: EMH
- Contact person: Gilbert Rios
- To develop breakthrough views and ideas on membrane technologies for water applications
- To give them the right position in the institutional EU context : EIPs, PPPs?
- To integrate at the best EU questions in the larger geographical (regional, world) context in which they ask to be considered currently -to support today the establishment of European leaders with tomorrow’s technologies
- Leader: Wetsus
- Contact person: Martijn Bijmans
- Objective: The main aim of the WG Resource Recovery is support all actions that allow resources to be recovered from water sources in an economic and ecological sound way.
- To allow new business models and new concepts to be created
- To facilitate these new concepts by looking at changes that need to be made in legislation
- To allow new technologies to be developed which create new jobs and markets for Europe
- To allow recovered nutrients to be sold as new products
- To allow waste water to become resourceful water
- To allow SME’s to create new sustainable businesses
- To be in line with Horizon2020 and the EIP on water
Water management in gas production and storage
- Leader: IMAGEAU
- Contact person: Philippe Pezard
- Objective: The aim of the proposed Working Group is to review European and international regulations, initiatives and demonstration projects targeting Best practices related to water contamination during unconventional gas production ,; to evaluate the risks related to these activities, and to identify further research and demonstration needs.
- To give an up-to-date overview of the regulator requirement worldwide as well as a potential effect of shale gas production on groundwater resources.
- To analyze the existing reported issues as well as all available technologies to prevent and treat water. It allows understanding the impact of operations on the water table involves both a cumulative and also an end-to-end approach to water management.
- To identify the risks that might be associated with different water treatment technologies and which techniques are available for monitoring and provide early warning as well as investigating counter measures feasibility and cost.
- Leader: KWR
- Contact person: Gerard van den Berg
- Objective: Assess the added value of a WssTP Working Group on screening of novel and promising technologies (TECHWATCH) with the purpose of accelerating their development and market uptake.
Urban Water Pollution
- Leader: University of Bath
- Contact person: Jan Hofman
- Objective: This Working Group is aimed to go deeper on different urban pollution sources as cross-cutting theme among the different “water sectors and environments” influencing pollution sources and water resources contamination risks in the urban environment (I mean relevant links with agriculture, industry and waste water drainage and treatment including all the pollution sources pointed out in the going to be published publication).
Water Beyond Europe
- Leader: UNESCO-IHE
- Contact person: Gaetano Casale
- Objective: The Working Group will have as main objective to start preparation for addressing the topic of H2020 Water_7, i.e. giving life to a strategic partnership with the relevant institutions operating in the water research sector.The working group will not only address the H2020 topic but will in addition address the following:
- Reduce overlap between different institutions in Europe creating their own research agendas (e.g. WssTP, JPI Water, etc).
- Allow the WssTP platform to achieve their objective of renew existing research agenda, with an increased outreach and expanding opportunities for its members outside EU borders
- Allow UNESCO-IHE to lead the effort of generating a shared international/global research agenda
- Improve connectivity between institutions and also try to expand connectivity with other actors than just knowledge centers (e.g. SMEs, Private sector organizations, WssTP members operating internationally)
- Establish cooperation / check synergies with existing EU international platforms (e.g. the CEWP and EBTC water partnership India)
- Focus on research which is demand driven as well as oriented to marketable solutions (the focus of Horizon2020) rather than fundamental research
- Include Alumni community through virtual discussions
The main outputs of the Working Group will be: 1) a consolidated netowrk of key actors contributng to the common goals; 2) a shared vision and 3) a draft agreed document which will be used to be prepared for the H2020 call.
Water-Energy-Food Biodiversity Nexus
- Leader: Deltares
- Contact person: Michiel Blind
- Objective: The main objective of this WG is to promote the development of an open modelling framework for local, regional, continental assessment of innovative solutions for a green economy.
- To exchange information between scientists, practitioners, policy makers, SMEs and NGO’s on challenges of the water-energy-food-biodiversity nexus
- To discuss the buildings blocks of the open modelling framework for integrated assessment of solutions that are addressing the nexus challenges with respect to water-energy-food-biodiversity security: modelling tools, open data platform, data-model-integration techniques
Water & ICT
- Leader: CETaqua
- Contact person: David Gonzalez
- Objective: This working group is aimed at promoting Water and ICT at European level and positionning Europe as a worldwide reference in this domain by the definition of standards and the demonstration of its level of expertise.
Water & Industry
- Leader: Wetsus
- Contact person: Albert Jansen
- Objective: The main aim of this WG is to contribute to robust and sustainable water systems, regarding the water system as integrated part of the process of the water using industries, and strengthen the position of the European water Industry . This WG will discuss and develop strategies and system approaches concerning water supply, water use, waste water treatment, recovery of valuable materials and water reuse/recycling. The WG will provide inputs (ideas/topics) regarding the water field for the different calls of Horizon 2020. These possible topics could be included in the NMP, Energy, ICT, Climate and Environment calls.This working group also applied for the call on action groups of the EIP for industrial water reuse and recycling.This WG will work in close cooperation with other possible WGs that could consider the water field in Industry, as for example the SPIRE WG.
Renewable Energy and Desalination
- Leader: PSA – CIEMAT
- Contact person: Guillermo Zaragoza
Water & Energy
- Leader: DVGW
- Contact person: Josef Klinger