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Research Opportunities & ToRs


1.       Water JPI - 2018 Joint Call - Closing the Water Cycle Gap

The Water JPI is launching the 2018 Joint Call for collaborative transnational research on the theme: “Closing the Water Cycle Gap – Sustainable Management of Water Resources”.

Proposals for this Joint Call are expected to address at least one of the following themes:

    ·         Enabling sustainable management of water resources; and
    ·         Strengthening socio-economic approaches to water management
    ·         Supporting Tools for Sustainable Integrated Management of Water Resources

The Water JPI 2018 Joint Call is funded by 20 Funding Partner Organisations (FPOs) from 18 countries, for a global estimated budget of 19.3 M€ including a Co-fund from the European Commission of 5,9 M€. This call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Each consortium must be composed of eligible independent entities from a minimum of 3 countries with FPOs involved in the Call, including eligible entities from at least 2 EU Member States or H2020 framework programme Associated countries. Each research partner involved in a project must comply with the eligibility rules and criteria of its FPO.

Information on the 2018 Joint Call is available on the Water JPI website.

water jpi 2018 joint_call_participating_countries
Press release 2018 Joint Call_EN_FINAL

There will be two webinar sessions on 12 March 2018, first session at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CET (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5293464980717914113) and the second session at 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM CET (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2547403904021909505) to answer all your questions. .

 2.    Post-Doctoral Fellowship at CNRM (Research Centre for Meteorological Centre) at Toulouse         

 There are two post-doc fellowship opportunities on (1) “Assimilation of microwave derived soil moisture and vegetation properties in a global land data assimilation system (LDAS-Monde)” and (2) “Modelling of agricultural practices within the ISBA Land Surface Model”

                Please find PostDoc CNRM Irrigation information here.
                Please find PostDoc CNRM LDAS information here.

         3.   Launch of the second call for AfriAlliance Action Groups!

Do you have an idea or a solution to address the water and climate challenges in Africa? Then we invite you to create an AfriAlliance Action Group. An Action Group (also commonly referred to as a working group or a Community of Practice) will provide seed-money (enough to initiate connections, but funds need to be leveraged) to bring together relevant stakeholders (both African and European), experts, decision makers, local entities (public and private) to jointly engage in project development, knowledge creation and sharing on one specific issue within the following settings:

         Human development capacity
    ·         Institutional capacity building needs
    ·         Rural and agricultural setting
    ·         Urban, industrial and city settings
    ·         Coastal areas
    ·         Transversal issues

You can review the first set of Action Groups here https://afrialliance.org/action-groups/ to get an idea of what an Action Group is and how it has initiated its activities.

Important dates

                    ·         The application process opens: March 2018
                    ·         Closing date for applications: 30th April 2018
·         Official Launch of the second set of 5 AfriAlliance Action Groups: 30th of June 2018

For those interested in creating an Action Group but do not yet partners identified will be able to use the AfriAlliance website platform to announce their intention to either create a group or to offer their skills.

The Terms of References, which will include the main themes and further sub-themes, will detail what is expected of an Action Group, the application process, the eligibility criteria and the small seed funding available, this will be available once the application process opens.

If you want to share this information to your contacts/networks, please do not hesitate: forward this message or share the early warning notice https://afrialliance.org/news/invitation-to-create-afrialliance-action-groups-second-call/

           4.  Second Water JPI Conference

We are delighted to announce the second Water JPI Conference on the theme “Emerging Pollutants in Freshwater Ecosystems”. The international conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland, on 6–7 June 2018.

The aim of the international conference is to attract some 200 experts in emerging pollutants to meet and discuss common challenges and share their recent discoveries and knowledge. The two-day conference will include keynotes and presentations about, for instance, what kinds of pollutants threaten our drinking water and how chemicals and pesticides end up in the water cycle. The programme also includes topics such as the effects of pollutants on ecosystem function and human health as well as innovative methods for monitoring and remediation. The conference is targeted at researchers, policy-makers and representatives of industry and organisations. The keynote presentations, scientific talks and panel discussions will offer topical perspectives and evidence-based knowledge to support experts and policy-makers in their work.

The call for abstracts is now open! Abstracts will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on content, available space and overall programme balance. Preference will be given to presentations that are of interest to end-user groups. To have your abstract considered for acceptance, please submit it by the end of February via the conference registration page. The deadline to submit abstracts is the 28th February 2018.

The preliminary programme and additional information are available on the Water JPI Conference webpage.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Helsinki! 

   For further information on the International Calls please contact:
  Dr Mamohloding Tlhagale
  Head of International Cooperation and Partnerships
  Water Research Commission 
 E-mail: Mamohlodingt@wrc.org.za

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