DG Research: Environmental Technologies Research
- Issue 8
Newsletter issue n° 8 -   
March 08  
  
   
  
NEWS:   
  
FP7 - Environmental Research - calls for proposals FP7-ENV-2008-1   
and the joint call FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2  
  
The substantial amount of proposals which have been submitted for the   
two calls have lead to a high competition in some of the open topics for   
research. The remote evaluation phase of the eligible proposals is almost   
completed and will be finalised after the central evaluation in Brussels by   
the end of April. The first evaluation results, including the Evaluation   
Summary Report, are expected to be sent to the coordinating institutions   
as soon as possible in May 2008.  
  
After the completion of the official procedures, negotiations with the   
successful applicants should be opened in July 2008.  
  
   
  
FP7 - Environmental Research - next call for proposals:  
  
The preparation and further consultations on the Work Programme 2009   
are progressing. It is currently planned to launch the call for proposals in   
July 2008 with a deadline for submission in January 2009. This period   
between publication and submission of proposals is longer than in the   
previous calls and shall provide opportunities to applicants to prepare and   
consolidate their projects. The budget available is of about €200 million,   
distributed among 52 different topics for research.  
  
   
  
FP7 - Guidance documents  
  
The set of available documents intended to provide guidance for practical   
project implementation has been completed with the instructions and   
templates for project reporting and the guidance notes on audit   
certification. A revised version of the negotiation guidelines is also   
available from the CORDIS server   
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_e ...  
  
   
  
Consultation on practical guide to EU funding for research,   
development and innovation:  
  
The 'Practical Guide to EU funding for research, development and   
innovation' is intended to facilitate the access to different sources of EU   
funding at the appropriate stage of a project's development. The guide   
describes the major EU funding instruments, including explanations and   
practical hints about the 7th Framework Programme, the Competitiveness   
and Innovation Programme and the Structural Funds.  
  
All documents are available on   
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/consultati ... comments and   
suggestions should be sent by the end of April to the following e-mail   
address: RTD-PRACTICAL-GUIDE@EC.EUROPA.EU   
  
   
  
   
  
   PUBLICATIONS and AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS  
  
    
  
   
  
Communicating Science: a Scientist's survival kit - G. Carrada  
  
Issued by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research,   
this freely distributed publication highlights the relevance of   
communicating research challenges and results to the society. Relevant   
sections of the publication are:  
  
   
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 the ABCs of communicating with  the public;  
  
   
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 planning your communication;  
  
    
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 using journalists and  
  
    
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 knowing the media.  
  
   
  
The brochure or its electronic version can be obtained from the EU   
bookshop  http://bookshop.europa.eu/ , references ISBN : 92-79-01947-3  
  
   
  
New book: 'Restoring Floodplains in Europe - Policy contexts and project   
Experiences' Editors T. Moss and J. Monstadt  
  
The book is based on the social science research component of the FP5   
project FLOBAR 2 'FLOodplain Biodiversity and Restoration 2: Integrated   
natural science and socio-economic approaches to catchment flow   
management'.   
  
Despite the interest in restoring floodplains, very few schemes for restoring   
functional floodplains have been put into practice in Europe until now. The   
book explores the reasons behind this discrepancy between interest and   
applications with an original and comparative analysis of the institutional   
drivers and constraints of floodplain restoration in Europe. It explains why   
so little projects have been successfully implemented, how recent policy   
shifts are creating new opportunities for floodplain restoration and what   
lessons for policy development and project management can be drawn   
from in-depth analysis of past and present schemes.   
  
More details are available at:   
http://www.iwapublishing.com/template. ...   
  
   
  
Water Reuse System Management Manual - AQUAREC', edited by   
Davide Bixio and Thomas Wintgens.  
  
http://circa.europa.eu/Public/irc/rtd/ ...  
The project AQUAREC “Integrated concepts for reuse of upgraded   
wastewater” was funded by the Fifth Framework Programme of the   
European Commission. Its major aim was to investigate and develop   
concepts and methodologies supporting rational and knowledge-based   
waste water reuse strategies.  
  
  
This publication presents practical information on waste water reuse   
concepts based on actual and proved management and operational   
practises. A broad approach has been considered by addressing   
institutional, organisational, legal, economics, financial, social and   
environmental issues together with technological aspects. The targeted   
readers are mainly practitioners concerned with implementation of waste   
water reuse schemes, but this publication may also become ‘the   
wastewater reuse manual’ for decision makers, local authorities,   
consultants and research bodies involved in the area.  
  
  
The publication is now available as printed (catalogue n°   
KI-76-06-016-EN-C) or PDF document (catalogue n° KI-76-06-016-EN-Z)   
from OPOCE at:  http://bookshop.europa.eu/.  
  
   
  
REACH - Guidance for downstream users  
  
This Guidance Document issued by the European Chemicals Agency in   
2008 describes the requirements of downstream users under regulation   
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals   
(REACH). It is part of a series of guidance documents that are aimed to   
help all stakeholders with their preparation for fulfilling their obligations   
under the REACH regulation. These documents cover detailed guidance   
for a range of essential REACH processes as well as for some specific   
scientific and/or technical methods that industry or authorities need to   
make use of under REACH. The guidance documents were drafted and   
discussed within the REACH Implementation Projects (RIPs) lead by the   
European Commission services, involving all stakeholders: Member   
States, industry and non-governmental organisations.  
   
  
These guidance documents can be obtained via the website of the   
European Chemicals Agency (http://echa.europa.eu/reach_en.html).   
Further guidance documents will be published on this website when they   
are finalised or updated.  
   
  
The electronic version of the brochure 'Guidance for downstream users is   
available at:  
  
http://bookshop.europa.eu/eubookshop/F ...  
  
   
  
   
  
EVENTS  
  
   
  
Water Reclamation and Aquifer Recharge - Experiences in the Americas   
2nd Regional RECLAIM Water Workshop, 14-16 April 2008, in Mexico   
City, United Mexican States.  
  
RECLAIM WATER results are to be shared at Regional Workshops, which   
are events that focus on consultation of regional water experts and   
stakeholders. These meetings will enable intensive information exchange   
through personal contacts and dissemination of knowledge between the   
project team, operators, researchers, regulators and technology suppliers   
on a regional level.   
  
The second regional workshop will take place in Mexico City and will focus   
on water reclamation and reuse in Mexico. It will be supported by the   
European Commission and by the Instituto de Ingenería (Reuse Treatment   
Group) of the Autonomous University of Mexico.   
  
A wide range of national and internationa 
Posted: 14/04/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos



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