Specific Programmes of FP7:
On 21 September 2005 the European Commission approved its detailed plans for implementing the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Provisional versions
of the four main Specific Programmes, “Cooperation”, “Ideas”, “People” and “Capacities”, each corresponding to a major objective of European research policy,
are available at:
Technologies for managing resources or treating pollution more efficiently, in relation to water, soil, air, sea and other natural resources, or waste,
are mentioned as one of the main targets of the environmental research.
A Competitiveness Council meeting will be held in Brussels on 28-29 November 2005 to discuss the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and FP7 proposals
as well as Specific Programmes. More information about it is available at: http://www.eu2005.gov.uk
More research and innovation - investing for growth and employment: a common approach:
A new Communication on innovation was adopted by the Commission on 12 October 2005. The object of the Communication is firstly to outline the commitments
taken by the Community Lisbon Programme, by addressing the full spectrum of measures in support of research and innovation. The Communication underlines
the importance of mobilizing a coherent mix of instruments covering research, innovation and other related policies and of the coordination between the Member
States, regional and European levels. The content of the Communication aims at strengthening the links between research and innovation, with research policy
focusing more on developing new knowledge and its applications and the framework conditions for research, and innovation policy focusing on transforming
knowledge into economic value and commercial success. The full text of the Communication is available at:
SME participation in EU research:
The profiles of 77 successful projects from the first FP6 calls aimed to special support for SME participation in European research activities have been
released by the Commission. Three folders for ETI (Economic and Technological Intelligence), Co-operative and Collaborative Research, respectively,
were published and are available on-line along with other publications related to EU research for SMEs at:
The profiles presented include those of the ETI project PRODESTS (“Set-up of a market-oriented methodology for joining SMEs within integrated EU research
projects on innovative clean and environmental technologies”, www.prodests.org), of the Co-operative Research project ECO-SOIL (“Innovative process
for the on-site decontamination of soils”, www.ttz-bremerhaven.de/english/umwelt/projekte/ecosoil.html) and of the Collective Research project AQUAETREAT
(“Improvement and innovation of aquaculture effluent treatment technology”, www.aquaetreat.org). For further information on these projects, please
visit the respective web sites.
A CRAFT project developed an innovative photo-catalytic coating:
The recently completed CRAFT Project UVREC (“Innovative multi-purpose thin-film UV-Reactor”) succeeded in adapting innovative spraying technologies
to coat surfaces with an innovative photo-catalytic layer of good mechanical strength and high stability. The outcome has been the development of titanium
dioxide coating on polymers (sheets and foils) by cold gas spraying technology, resulting in photo-catalytic active polymer surfaces with huge potential
for use in environmental technologies. In addition, a new double tube concentric UV reactor was developed that could be used for water disinfection, in particular
to improve spa hygiene.
For further information, please contact Bernard Ballhorn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New projects for the exploitation of non-conventional water sources:
Two Specific Targeted Research Projects developing innovative technologies for alternative water sources have recently started following the 3rd call
for proposals of the FP6 priority “Global Change and Ecosystems”, which encouraged co-operation with third country partners.
The project RECLAIM WATER (“Water reclamation technologies for safe artificial groundwater recharge”) features a consortium of 16 partners, including
organisations from Australia, China and Israel, coordinated by Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen - RWTH (Germany). The objective of
this project is to develop hazard mitigation technologies for water reclamation providing safe and cost effective routes for artificial groundwater recharge.
The consortium will assess different treatment applications in terms of behaviour of key microbial and chemical contaminants. For further information,
please contact the project co-ordinator Thomas Melin (email@example.com).
The project GABARDINE (Groundwater artificial recharge based on alternative sources of water: advanced integrated technologies and management) is implemented
by a consortium of 14 partners, including organisations from Israel and Palestine, coordinated by the University of Göttingen (Germany). The objective of
this project is to identify alternative sources of water (surface water runoff, treated effluent and imported water, brackish water bodies) to be artificially
recharged and to investigate the feasibility, both environmental and economic, of their utilization. Four test sites have been selected for investigation
and practical application of the approach. For further information, please contact the project co-ordinator Martin Sauter (Martin.Sauter@geo.uni-goettingen.de).
A cluster of projects to support the development of the membrane bioreactor technology:
The European Commission has decided to boost the development and application of European membrane bioreactor processes for municipal wastewater treatment
by selecting two Specific Targeted Research Projects, AMEDEUS (“Accelerate membrane development for urban sewage purification”) and EUROMBRA (“Membrane
bioreactor technology (MBR) with an EU perspective for advanced municipal wastewater treatment strategies for the 21st century”). The two consortia gather
25 European universities, research centres, enterprises and MBR plant operators. Furthermore two Australian universities and one South-African university
The cluster of two projects targets ambitious objectives:
Reducing both capital and operation costs of the MBR technology in Europe in order to increase its competitiveness with respect to conventional technologies;
Increasing the share of European companies in the market of MBR plants, in the EU as well as worldwide, while strengthening the European MBR market;
Facilitating the implementation of the European directive on wastewater treatment, and bathing waters, as well as increasing the potential for non-potable
reuse of treated effluent.
For further information, please contact the project co-ordinators: Boris Lesjean (firstname.lastname@example.org) for AMEDEUS and TorOve Leiknes (email@example.com)
Two recent EC FP5 publications are available:
The R&D project WADI 'Sustainability of European Irrigated Agriculture under Water Framework Directive and Agenda 2000' has published a book summarising
the impact of the application of EU policies such as the Water Framework Directive and the Common Agriculture Policy on irrigated agriculture including detailed
The electronic version freely available at: http://www.uco.es/grupos/wadi/wadibook.p ...