WATER AND SOIL TIMES - Issue 7, July 2004
A newsletter from the 'Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects' unit in the European Commissions Directorate General for Research.
Welcome to the seventh issue of the newsletter, by which we can celebrate our first anniversary. This issue contains information on conferences and workshops
in September and October. A number of FP5 projects are also coming to an end, which can be seen in the reporting of final results etc.
We wish all our readers an enjoyable summer break.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
On 16 June 2004 the Commission published a call for proposals in the area of 'Global Change and Ecosystems' with a deadline for submission of proposals on 26
October 2004. Full details of the call are given on CORDIS at http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cf ...
A special issue of this newsletter dealing only with this call was distributed shortly after the opening of the call. In case you missed it, you may find it here: http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/rt ...
COMMUNICATING EUROPEAN RESEARCH
Further to the 'Communicating European Research' conference which most of the IP and NoE's coordinators across the FP6 priorities attended in May, a report
on the event including links to the presentations is now available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/confe ...
This conference was mainly aimed at providing new instruments' coordinators with useful information on how best to communicate research results. In addition,
the conference was a unique opportunity for the research community to meet the press and discuss the specificities of scientific communication through different
The conference website also contains the 'Guide to successful communications', which was prepared for the conference. This may serve as an important reference
document for the participants in our projects.
IWA CONGRESS IN MARRAKECH
The European Commission will be exhibiting at the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Marrakech, Morocco, on 19-24 September 2004 (http://www.iwa2004marrakech.com/
). The 'Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects' unit will be present at stand 12 in the exhibition.
The European Commission - DG Research has for decades been supporting efforts towards environmental research. A wide diversity of activities with relevance
for the water sector are promoted and financed by consecutive Framework Programmes. Relevant information on priorities and opportunities for research and
results of research projects will be available at the stand. Further information regarding the EC exhibition may be obtained from Mr. Gonzalez-Gonzalez, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
REA CONFERENCES IN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER
The REA project (Centre of Excellence - Research on Abiotic Environment) organises two conferences this autumn:
'Reconstruction of Quaternary Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironments and Their Abrupt Changes' on 29 September - 2 October, 2004 in Bialowieza, Poland.
The main topics of the conference are: 1) palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments records derived from continental sediments by different types of analytical
methods (palaeontological, magnetic properties, geochemical, stable isotopes, tree-ring analyses); 2) past abrupt climatic changes and palaeoenvironments;
3) human impact on the climatic system.
'International Conference on Hydrogeological Transboundary Problems. West and East European Bridge' on 22-26 November, 2004 in Warsaw, Poland. The topics
are as follows: 1) groundwater bodies in transboundary zones; 2) use, protection and management of groundwater resources; 3) legislation and implementation
of WFD; 4) water quality and hydrochemical interaction; 5) EC and other projects - co-operation aspects.
For further information on both conferences see: http://www.pgi.gov.pl/pgi_en (quick access: conferences) or mailto:email@example.com
How can models developed by the scientific community best support the participatory elements of the WFD?
It was to answer this question that the Institute for Environmental Systems Research set up a dialogue between those who are using models for river basin management
and those who are developing them. In close cooperation with Seecon Deutschland GmbH the dialogue is carried out through a series of workshops as part of Harmoni-CA/WP5 (http://www.harmoni-ca.info).
In a first synthesis, the 3rd workshop (4-6th October 2004 in Osnabrueck) will bring modellers and water managers together to better understand how to increase
the use of models in participatory river basin. The results will also lead to identify further actions within Harmoni-CA/WP5 for the next years to improve the
exchange between water managers and model developers. For more information and the reports of the first two workshops, you can register at http://www.harmoni-ca.info
and check out Work Package 5 or you can directly contact Prof Claudia Pahl-Wostl or Ilke Borowski at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
COST 629 WORKSHOP: 'INTEGRATED METHODS FOR ASSESSING WATER QUALITY'
The main objective of COST Action 629, 'Water pollution in natural porous media at different scales: Fate, impact and indicators', is to improve the scientific
base for the development of integrated indicators of the environmental risks created by presence of pollutants in the water body of natural porous media. A
joint working group meeting will be organised in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on 21-22 of October 2004 by the working groups 1, 2 and 5. The objectives of the workshop
are to review, to develop and to present new innovative analytical methods, monitoring strategies and integrated assessment procedures for evaluating water
quality in natural ecosystems at the scale of a larger management unit (the groundwater body, the landscape and the water catchment). More information is available
SOIL EXPERTS MEET IN VIENNA
'Towards a harmonized management of European soil resources', 'Research Agenda for Soil Protection', Vienna, 28/29 October 2004.
The final report of the TWG Research of the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection is the result of a stakeholder consultation process, giving a comprehensive
report listing and assessing soil problems and related research needs. Consequently the next step will be to transform these findings into thematic research
priorities. As a follow-up activity the TWG Research is now going to take this next step with the workshop in Vienna, supported by two EU research management
projects addressing soil and groundwater protection, by JOINT (Joint Technical Approach for Soil and Groundwater Quality Management) and by SCAPE (Soil
Conservation and Protection for Europe). Final target of the workshop is to reach a reasonable level of consensus among the scientific community about a research
agenda for soil protection in Europe, documented in a brochure.
The workshop will include keynote lectures and working group discussions on the following topics:
- Biodiversity and organic matter
- Erosion, compaction, flood and landslides, sealing
- Pollution, local and diffuse, salinisation
- Cross-cutting issues
A draft programme will soon be available; further information can be obtained from the chairman of the TWG Research, Prof. W. Blum through the secretariat
of JOINT, Thomas Ertel, mailto:Thomas.Ertel@uw-d.de
To ensure to receive all further relevant information, please register with the keyword 'Vienna-workshop' at the secretariat of the JOINT project under email@example.com.
NEW PUBLICATION: 'WATER TECHNOLOGIES: RESULTS AND OPPORTUNITIES'
The Community has for many years been supporting research in the area of environmental technologies.