JPI Water in Dublin [fr]
A day to define possible Franco-Irish partnerships for research projects on water.
On October 23rd - 27th, the annual conference of the International Water Association (IWA), a self-governing non-profit organisation that aims to cover all facets of the water cycle, was held in Dublin City University. During this week of conferences and seminars, the JPI Water held its strategic seminar. Dominique Darmendrail, representative of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and Alice Wemaere, from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led this seminar to allow new calls for projects by identifying strong thematics for French and Irish research teams.
JPI (Joint Programming Initiatives) were launched in 2008 by the European Commission to make better use of Europe’s public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a few key areas - today 85% of public R&D is funded nationally. JPI Water is coordinated by France through its agency, ANR.
Chosing Dublin City University as the location of this event is significant as the Water Institute was just created there and as the campus is hosting the French company Veolia (with more than 300 employees in Ireland) that regularly develops scientific and academic cooperation projects (interns from French engineering schools, R&D projects etc.).