Water and Soil Times #14
FP6- Global Change and Ecosystems: A new call for proposals is launched:   
The 4th Call for proposals of the FP6 priority Global Change and Ecosystems has been published on CORDIS ((http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details. ... 
with a deadline on the 3rd November 2005 and an estimated budget of 205 M€. Many of the topics are addressing water and soil-related aspects (Global water cycle,
water and droughts; Flash-flood forecasting; Integrated risk-based management of the water-sediment-soil system at river-basin scale; Source control
of priority substances; New concepts and processes in wastewater treatment; Advanced technologies for locating, maintaining and rehabilitating buried
infrastructures; Advances in desalination; New systems and technologies for irrigation and drainage…). You are kindly invited to consult the CORDIS web
site for the complete list of topics, the description of the work programme and other related documentation. Two InfoDays on “Water technologies” and “Intelligent testing strategy for chemicals” have been organized by the European Commission on 8 and 11 July. The
lists of participants and presentations are available on CIRCA: http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/ ... Revised catalogues of FP6 selected projects are available: The synopses of the Global Change and Ecosystems contracts (calls 1 and 2), can be downloaded from the CIRCA server: All Global Change and Ecosystems projects Water and Soil related projects The abstracts of the proposals selected for funding after the third call for proposals within the area Water and Soil related aspects is also available: Global 3 Water and Soil related projects The conclusions of the FP5 EU project SOWA are published: With the document entitled “Integrated Soil and Water Protection: Risks from Diffuse Pollution – Research needs defined by SOWA” (available from: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/sowa),
the SOWA project (Integrated Soil and Water Protection: Risks form Diffuse Pollution) has brought new input into the discussion of diffuse pollution and its
effects on soil, water, and ecosystems. The document contains five thematic chapters giving an overview, a state-of-the-art characterisation, and an identification
of research questions. Most input was drawn on the identification of the most relevant scientific questions for future research needs in the area of integrated
protection of soil and water. Finally, the document gives a perspective for implementing the identified scientific research needs in a European context.
Contact: dietrich.halm@uni-tuebingen.de European Research - The Scientific Council is announced: The members of the Scientific Council, an independent body of the European Research Council (ERC), have been recently announced by the European Commission.
Conducting frontier research, as proposed by the EC under the 7th Research Framework Programme (2007-2013), the Scientific Council will define strategic
issues promoting European scientific excellence. Additional information: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/press ... EUGRIS, the web portal for Soil and Water management in Europe: The EUGRIS portal, as a product of a homonymous FP5 EU funded project, is a web based European information platform, which is openly available and provide
a comprehensive and overarching information resource for sustainable groundwater and land management practice. The information EUGRIS provides as dissemination
tool is a series of reviews, summaries and locations for more detailed sources across Europe. http://www.eugris.info CER 2005: Register now! The EC Directorate General for Research is organising its second conference on ”Communicating European Research” (Brussels, 14-15 November 2005). The main focus is oriented towards science communication considering relevant aspect of the ongoing FP6 as well as future perspectives and preparatory
actions within the FP7 context. Additional information: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/con ... 05/cer2005/index_en.html On-line registration: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/confe ... nces/2005/cer2005/registration_en.html The FP5 Center of Excellence REA (Research on Abiotic Environment) is announcing coming events: REA workshop in September: On 23 – 26 September, 2005 in Warsaw, Poland the REA project organises a workshop “THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN AND EUROPEAN UNION STANDARDS ON THE ASSESSMENT OF THE
INDUSTRIAL AND MINING ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION”. The main topics of the workshop are: - Quality criteria for soil, water, sediment; - Applying quality criteria
for soil, water, sediment in practice and their implications; - Environmental pollution (water, soil, sediments; sources, pathways, sinks and interactions
between pollutants) in environment of industrial and mining areas; - Environmental restoration (groundwater remediation, soil decontamination, hazardous landfill leachates); - Environmental sustainability (resources
management and recycling; management of water and soil quality; environmental systems approach); - Solid waste management, recycling and sustainability.
For further information see: http://www.pgi.gov.pl/pgi_en (quick access: conferences). mail to: izabela.bojakowska@pgi.gov.pl, stanislaw.wolkowicz@pgi.gov.pl, rea@pgi.gov.pl REA conference in October: On 20 – 21 October, 2005 in Cracow, Poland the REA project organises a conference “MASS MOVEMENT HAZARD IN VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS”. The main topics of the conference
are: mass movements, hazards and risks (landslides, mud flows, rock falls, avalanches): - investigation methods (remote sensing, interferometry, GPS,
GIS); - mapping; - forecasting; - modelling and data bases; - monitoring; - mitigation. For further information see: http://www.pgi.gov.pl/pgi_en (quick
access: conferences). mail to: Piotr.Nescieruk@pgi.gov.pl, Magdalena.Czarnogorska@pgi.gov.pl, rea@pgi.gov.pl Public stakeholder event of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP): This consultative event will be held in Budapest, Hungary on 17 October 2005 and will address: The vision of the sector for the short, medium and long-term perspectives, “where does the European water sector want to be in 2010-2020-2030?” The common strategic research agenda, “what are the research needs to achieve the vision?” The implementation plan to fund and implement the necessary research on “who should contribute and which instruments are required to enable the research
agenda?”. Registration: through the website: http://www.wsstp.org Information and pre-registration: Bianca van der Wolf (Bianca.van.der.wolf@kiwa.nl, tel +31 30 60 69 582) The SWIFT-WD project is organising a Laboratory Training Course and a Policy Workshop (1-4 November 2005) In the framework of the EU FP6 project “Screening Methods for Water Data Information in Support of the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive (SWIFT-WFD)”,
a series of 2-day Training Courses and Workshops will be organised. It will focus on the “Quality assurance and quality control of monitoring river basins involving
screening methods”. The Laboratory Training Course [#T03, 1-2 November 2005] is intended for laboratory staff working in monitoring. The separately organised Policy Workshop
[#W02, 3-4 November 2005] addresses participants from the environmental water policy area. Both events will be hosted by the Institute for Inland Water Management
and Waste Water Treatment (RIZA), Lelystad, Netherlands. For further information see the project’s website (http://www.s
Posted: 12/09/2005 By: Mr Jörg Frauenstein