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  1. 1. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 21st October 2015 Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin 4 Book of Abstracts Prepared by Alice Wemaere & Abigail Murphy
  2. 2. Programme in Brief When? What? Where? 9am – 9.30am Registration Reception Area 9.30am – 11.10am Session-1: Horizon 2020 & Societal Challenge 5 Lansdowne Suite 11.10am – 11.40am Networking Tea/Coffee Mezzanine Suite 11.40am – 1pm Session-2a: Climate Services Herbert Suite Session-2b: Nature-Based Solutions Parklane Suite Session-2c: Systemic Eco - Innovation & Raw Materials Lansdowne Suite 1pm – 1.40pm Lunch Restaurant 1.45pm – 2.45pm Networking Tea/Coffee Mezzanine Suite 2.45pm – 3.15pm Session-3: Participating in Horizon 2020 Lansdowne Suite 3.15pm – 4.15pm Networking Mezzanine Suite 4.15pm Close of Workshop Mezzanine Suite
  3. 3. Table of Contents Programme ................................................................................................................................1 Posters .......................................................................................................................................4 Stands.........................................................................................................................................5 Short Biographies of Speakers...................................................................................................6 Abstracts – Speakers................................................................................................................10 Abstracts – Posters ..................................................................................................................16 Abstracts – Stands....................................................................................................................19 Online Catalogue of Irish Expertise in Environmental Research .............................................31 DROPLET: Learn more about Water Research in Ireland ........................................................32 Registration List .......................................................................................................................34 Notes........................................................................................................................................39
  4. 4. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 1 Programme 9am – 9.30am: Registration Tea/Coffee Reception Area Session-1: Horizon 2020 & Societal Challenge 5 Chaired by Laura Burke, Environmental Protection Agency Lansdowne Suite 9.30am: Welcome & Opening Laura Burke, Environmental Protection Agency 9.40am: Horizon 2020 in Ireland Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland 10am: Societal Challenge 5 – Upcoming 2016/17 Calls Alison Imrie, European Commission DG Research 10.40am: Raw Materials and Upcoming 2016/17 Calls Mihol Grohol, European Commission DG GROW 11.10am – 11.40am: Networking Tea/Coffee Mezzanine Suite
  5. 5. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 2 Session-2: Parallel Sessions Session-2a: Climate Services Chaired by Frank McGovern, Environmental Protection Agency Herbert Suite 11.40am: Climate Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) Aideen O’Hora, Greenway 12.10pm: Climate Joint Programming Initiative Anja Skjoldborg Hansen– Vice-Chair Climate JPI Chair 12.40pm: Flash Presentations Name Organisation Magdalena Wislocka EURAXESS-Irish Universities Association Hugh Henry Bord na Mona Pat Martin Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Muireann Lynch Economic and Social Research Institute John Connolly Dublin City University Joanne Fitzgerald European Forest Institute Session-2b: Nature-Based Solutions Chaired by Dara Lynott, Environmental Protection Agency Parklane Suite 11.40am: Expert Group Report Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities Pam Berry - NBS Expert Group 12.10pm: Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative Jonas Bylund- JPI Urban Europe 12.40pm: Flash Presentations Name Organisation Gary Tyrrell University College Dublin Xavier Dubuisson XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd Aoife Braiden Geological Survey of Ireland Carloalberto Petti Institute of Technology Carlow Ross Campbell CyberColloids Ltd Karin Dubsky Coastwatch Rick Officer Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Carloalberto Petti Institute of Technology Carlow David Simmons Mafic (Irl) Ltd
  6. 6. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 3 Session-2c: Systemic Eco - Innovation & Raw Materials Chaired by Jonathan Derham, Environmental Protection Agency Lansdowne Suite 11.40am: Expert Group Report From Niche to Norm Raimund Bleischwitz, University College London 12.10pm: European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Raw Materials KIC Maria Magdalena Holmgren, EIT Raw Materials Northern Co-Location Centre 12.40pm: Flash Presentations Name Organisation Michael Clancy FDT Consulting Engineers Debra Laefer University College Dublin Kevin Fitzgibbon Cork Institute of Technology Sandra Lacey T.E. Laboratories Edel Jennings Telecommunications Software & Systems Group Lisa O'Donoghue University of Limerick & Votechnik David Akinsanya Elected Inc Eoghan Clifford National University of Ireland Galway Anne Galligan MicroPro Computers Olivia Daly AquaTT 1pm – 1.40pm: Networking Lunch Restaurant 1.45pm – 2.45pm: Networking Tea/Coffee Mezzanine Suite Session-3: Participating in Horizon 2020 Chaired by Mark Sweeney, Enterprise Ireland Lansdowne Suite 2.45pm: Social Sciences & Humanities across the SC5 WP2016/17 Paul Kilkenny, Irish Research Council 3pm: Improving our Performance in Societal Challenge 5 Brian Donlon, Environmental Protection Agency 3.15pm – 4.15pm: Networking Mezzanine Suite 4.15pm: Close of Workshop Mezzanine Suite
  7. 7. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 4 Posters Mezzanine Suite Title Name Surname Organisation Poster 1 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Potential of Efficient Nutrient Recovery from Water Aoife Kyne Cork Institute of Technology Poster 2 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Towards the Next Generation of Water Systems and Services Aonghus John McNabola Gallagher Trinity College Dublin Poster 3 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience in Cities Xavier Dubuisson XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd Poster 4 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature-Based Solutions for Hydro-Meteorological Risk Reduction Xavier Dubuisson XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd Poster 5 European Water Stewardship in Ireland Ken Stockil Central Solutions Poster 6 European Innovation Partnership on Water Action Group: NatureWat Liam Sean McCarton O’hOgain Dublin Institute of Technology
  8. 8. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 5 Stands Mezzanine Suite Title Name Stand 1 European Innovation Partnership on Water Guido SCHMIDT Stand 2 Water Joint Programming Initiative Dominique Darmendrail Stand 3 European Water Partnership Christina Brabyn Stand 4 SPIRE PPP Lionel Platteuw Stand 5 COST Rita Ward Stand 6 LIFE Pat Martin Stand 7 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Jennifer Brennan Stand 8 Enterprise Ireland National Support Jill Leonard Stand 9 EURAXESS Magda Wislocka Stand 10 MicroPro Computers Paul Maher Stand 11 Hydrolight Fionan Murray Stand 12 Nimbus CIT Aoife Kyne Stand 13 Geological Survey of Ireland Aoife Braiden Stand 14 TE Laboratories Ltd Sandra Lacey Stand 15 AquaTT Olivia Daly Stand 16 CyberColloids Ltd Ross Campbell Stand 17 EnviroCORE - Institute of Technology Carlow Carloalberto Petti Stand 18 Votechnik Lisa O’Donoghue Stand 19 OxyMem Wayne Byrne Stand 20 Southern Region Waste Management Office Pauline McDonogh Stand 21 EPA Support Alice Wemaere
  9. 9. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 6 Short Biographies of Speakers Imelda Lambkin Dr Imelda Lambkin is the National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland. As the National Director for Horizon 2020 Dr Lambkin ensures that a co-ordinated and coherent approach is adopted across all of the components of Horizon 2020 so that Irish participation in the programme as a whole is optimised. She is the National Programme Coordinator for Eureka and National Contact Point for EURATOM and the Joint Research Centre. Dr Lambkin coordinates the Horizon 2020 NCP Academy project, providing training and best practice for National Contact Points across Europe, and she is a member of the ERA-LEARN 2020 project, focused on trans-national coordination of research programmes in Public-Public Programmes including ERA-NET Co-Fund and Joint Programming Initiatives. Dr Lambkin manages the Research & Innovation Internationalisation Department at Enterprise Ireland. Alison Imrie Alison Imrie, a British national, has worked for the European Institutions in Brussels for over nineteen years. She moved to the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation in January 2012 after many years working in other departments on industrial policy, the competitiveness of the textile sector, and SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) policy. She is currently Work Programme coordinator for Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 5 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' in the Directorate for Climate action and resource efficiency. In this role her main responsibilities involve coordinating the process resulting in Horizon 2020's multiannual Work Programmes for Societal Challenge 5, including dialogues on strategy and drafting details with Member States, external research and innovation stakeholders, and other European Commission services. She also coordinates the Commission's monitoring of expenditure targets for climate action and sustainable development objectives across the whole of Horizon 2020. Milan Grohol Milan Grohol is a Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW in charge of Raw Materials and non-energy extractive industries since 2012. He holds master's degrees in Mineral processing and environmental technologies, and in Economy and business management. He has contributed to the formulation and the implementation of the EU Raw Materials Initiative, including the 2014 revision of the list of Critical Raw Materials, to creating and developing the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and the raw materials part of Horizon 2020. He also is the main contact person at the European Commission for the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources. For several years (2004-2012) as a Research Programme Officer in DG Research and Innovation (RTD) he also had been responsible for the EU Framework Programmes projects in the fields of raw materials (such as Era-Min, Promine, Experl, I2Mine, Biomine), chemistry, biomaterials and textile production, manufacturing and construction.
  10. 10. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 7 Aideen O’Hora Aideen O’Hora was appointed Executive Director of The Green Way, a clean technology cluster, and is leading the development of the Irish green economy. Prior to joining The Green Way Aideen worked for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), where she developed their sustainable energy communities (SEC) programme, which included the management of a €10.7M, 27-partner pan European project under the CONCERTO initiative, which was part funded by FP6. This project was locally known as Dundalk 2020. Aideen also worked for Abbott Laboratories, providing Environmental, Health and Safety support to 18 European manufacturing sites. Aideen has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Sligo Institute of Technology and a M.Sc. Integrated Environmental Management from the University of Bath. Anja Skjoldborg Hansen Anja Skjoldborg Hansen is a coordinator of research and innovation at DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has degrees in both mathematics and biology, and has a Ph.D. in ecological modelling. Research activities have included modelling effects of climate change, as well as economic modelling. She has been coordination the Danish network for research in Climate Change Adaptation since 2012, and is the editor and lead author of the first popular science book in Danish on Climate Change Adaptation. Anja Skjoldborg Hansen has been member of the Governing Board of JPI Climate since 2012, and is currently Vice-Chair. She is co-lead of the cash call preparation of the upcoming ERAnet on Climate Services. Apart from the duties in JPI Climate, she organises foresight activities and conferences within environmental science. She is the principal organiser of the international conference series: ‘Science for the Environment’ (dce- conference.au.dk). Pam Berry Dr Pam Berry is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Leader of the Biodiversity and Climate Adaptation group. Her research includes the potential impacts of climate change on landscapes, habitats, species and ecosystem service supply. She is also interested in the implications of these impacts for conservation policy and management, as well as the consequences of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions on biodiversity. She is on the Steering Group for the EU Monitoring and Assessing Ecosystem Services work and was the Rapporteur for DG Environment’s Expert Group on 'Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities'. Jonas Bylund Jonas Bylund is part of the JPI Urban Europe Management Board since 2013. His main responsibility in 2015 is science-policy communication and to develop urban research and innovation funding calls with affiliated funding agencies as well as other initiatives. Since 2013 he is also employed at IQS, the Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment. Trained in human geography and social anthropology he is affiliated to the department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, with a research focus on the knowledge practices in planning and environmental sciences.
  11. 11. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 8 Raimund Bleischwitz Raimund Bleischwitz is BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London (UCL), and Deputy Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR). He was Co-Director on ‘Material Flows and Resource Management’ at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany from 2003 until 2013. Raimund spent a fellowship at the Transatlantic Academy (TA) in Washington DC in 2011 - 2012; he had other fellowships at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS JHU) and in Japan (JSPS) and was visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) from 2003 - 2014. Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics and some 200 publications on resource efficiency/productivity, eco-innovation and enabling conditions, sustainable growth / green economy, raw material markets and conflicts, and governance issues. His recent book written with five international co-authors is “Want, Waste, or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals“, Routledge/Earthscan Publisher 2015 (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138784468/) Website: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=RBLEI92 Maria Magdalena Holmgren Maria Magdalena Holmgren, MSc, is appointed Interim Manager of EIT Raw Materials Northern Co-Location Centre in Lulea, Sweden. Holmgren was assigned by the Swedish mining and metal producing sector in 2011, with mission to establish a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) in Raw Materials. She has been a member of the International Management Team of the KIC-consortium since the very start of the initiative. Building a competitive KIC-bid, she recruited global industries, institutes and universities of excellence to the consortium reflecting core competences and resources along the value chain, advocated the benefits of the KIC-bid at national and EU-level, and facilitated the development of business plan, thematic contribution, processes, governance models and guidelines contributing to a strong proposal and a committed consortium. Maria Holmgren has taken an active role in establishing the EIT Raw Materials after winning the KIC-bid in December 2014. She is the coordinator of ‘SecPRIME’, a commitment within European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP) designed to reflect the EIT Raw Materials and the Primary resources community. She has more than 15 years of experience managing international projects and organizations in the area of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has set-up and executed several RDI projects of high complexity, with industry, SMEs, academia and public bodies involved, promoting efficient knowledge exchange, innovativeness and competitiveness. Specialized in leading innovation processes, she has an excellent track record in managing contributions from people with complementary expertise, background and organisational belonging - in short, to motivate multinational innovation teams to excel. Paul Kilkenny Paul joined the Irish Research Council in May 2013, with ten years of research management experience at Dublin Institute of Technology. His background is in research management, proposal writing, research data analysis, and research strategy development. As well as managing Council’s engagement with many European programmes, he is also managing project funding that support the development of social science & humanities research in Ireland. He acts as the National Contact Point (NCP) for Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a changing world) in Horizon 2020. He is also NCP for the European Research Council (SH
  12. 12. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 9 Panels). Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law, an M.A. in Applied Media Studies and a level nine PG Cert in Data Analytics. He is currently pursuing the MSc in Economic Policy Studies (part-time) in Trinity College Dublin. Brian Donlon Dr. Brian Donlon is research manager with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is based in the EPA Cork office. Brian has a BSc in Biotechnology (DCU), PhD in Microbiology (NUIG). He worked for 2 years in Wageningen, Netherlands researching and developing methods for the biological treatment (anaerobic, aerobic) of textile and chemical industry wastewaters. He also worked for NUIG as a PhD student and Post-Doc researcher on treatment of industrial (distillery and pharmaceutical) and agricultural wastewaters primarily using anaerobic treatment methods. He joined the EPA in Feb 1996 and worked in Waste and IPC licensing and enforcement until February 2005. Since March 2005, he has been research manager of the EPA Research programme. Brian is the National Delegate for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action).
  13. 13. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 10 Abstracts – Speakers Session-1: Horizon 2020 & Societal Challenge 5 Horizon 2020 in Ireland Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland In the period from commencement of Horizon 2020 in January 2014 to February 2015 2,269 applicants from Irish-based organisations took part in Horizon 2020 proposals. From these submissions, 343 applicants have been successful, giving an overall Irish success rate of 15.12% [EU Member State average: 14.79%]. Ireland's Drawdown in Horizon 2020 to date, as reported by the European Commission, is €145.89M. For comparison, Ireland’s Total Drawdown in FP7 was €625 million over 7 years (2007-2013; €68.3M in the first year of the programme 2007). Total project funding, providing an indication of the scale of R&I that Irish applicants are accessing, is €1BN. Ireland’s €145.9M of funding equates to €12M per month or €2.8M per week - compared to €1M per week in the early stages of FP7. The presentation will compare Ireland's higher education institutions, private enterprise sectors and public bodies and provide an indication of the scale and critical mass achieved through R&D projects in Ireland. Ireland will be compared to other EU Member States as a benchmark of performance. Current approaches to support Ireland’s applicants to Horizon 2020 will be described, providing an update on the impact of the National Support Network for Horizon 2020, its National Contact Points and Delegates for the programme. Societal Challenge 5 - Upcoming 2016/17 Calls Alison Imrie, European Commission DG Research Alison Imrie will present the research and innovation funding opportunities for 2016-2017 offered by the 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' (Societal Challenge 5) part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme. The overall objective of this part of the funding programme is to help achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems. The calls in the 2016-2017 multiannual Work Programme prioritise actions which take a systemic approach to promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy, particularly those which will evidence Europe's potential for systemic innovation and market uptake of technological and non-technological solutions through large-scale demonstration projects. The presentation will outline the 2016-2017 Societal Challenge 5 Work Programme and will focus on 2016 opportunities relating to climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials in the call 'Greening the economy', as well as in other parts of the Work Programme, including the calls 'Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy', 'Smart and Sustainable Cities', 'Blue growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities'.
  14. 14. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 11 Raw Materials and Upcoming 2016/17 Calls Milan Grohol, European Commission, DG GROW The EU is highly dependent on raw materials that are crucial for a strong European industrial base, an essential building block of the EU's growth and competitiveness. However, Europe is confronted with a number of challenges along the entire raw materials value chain, from sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and after mining activities to secure a sustainable access to non-energy non-agricultural raw materials used for industrial purposes, including Critical Raw Materials. The actions in the raw materials part of the Societal Challenge 5 under the Horizon 2020 are expected to contribute to the implementation of both the Raw Materials policy and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The actions are complementary to and synergetic with the new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw materials, selected under the Horizon 2020 call of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) in support of the objectives of the EIP on Raw materials. The main focus of the raw materials part of this call is on securing the supply of minerals and metals through sustainable innovative production technologies for primary and secondary raw materials. This part is complementary to the cross-cutting call on 'Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy', which focuses more on resource efficiency, re-use and product life cycles. In the 2016-2017 period, the first large innovative pilot actions at higher TRL levels (6-8) will be launched to demonstrate viability of cost-effective, environmentally sound and safe production of primary and secondary raw materials and to unlock a substantial volume of various raw materials within the EU. Co-ordination and support actions will target different parts of the raw materials value chain taking into account the wider system, including the framework conditions for sustainable primary and secondary raw materials production that would provide a stable and competitive supply from the EU sources; building the EU knowledge base of primary and secondary raw materials; better co-ordination of the Member States' research and innovation programmes and funded activities; as well as international co-operation actions.
  15. 15. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 12 Session-2a: Climate Services Climate Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) Aideen O’Hora, Greenway Aideen O’Hora will present on Climate-KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community), and Ireland’s participation as an Outreach partner. Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change. It drives innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors. Climate KIC links the demand-side pull with innovation push within the Climate-KIC community to address societal challenges of climate change, using the work of our three areas of expertise: innovation, education and entrepreneurship. European policy makers want a wider participation in EU research and innovation activities, and on this basis the European Institute of technology developed the RIS scheme based on the idea of people as carriers of knowledge. The Green Way and Energy Cork are Irish coordinators of the Climate-KIC Outreach programme in Ireland, and collaborate with the West Midlands, UK to deliver this programme. Ireland became a Climate-KIC outreach partner in Jan 2014, under the auspices of a Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). The presentation will give an overview of the Climate KIC in the context of the RIS/ Outreach programme and discuss opportunities for Irish innovators that would like to participate. Additionally, Aideen will provide an overview of The Green Way and wider project opportunities that may be of interest to participants. Climate Joint Programming Initiative Anja Skjoldborg Hansen, Vice-Chair Climate JPI The ERA-NET COFUND “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS), proposed with the support of the JPI Climate, will begin from January 2016, with funding from the Commission up to 25M€. The presentation will present the aims of JPI Climate and the ERA4CS consortium, and how it will boost research for Climate Services (CS), focusing on the development of the information translation layer, bridging user communities and the climate science. ERA4CS will launch a joint transnational co-funded call in 2016, with 16 countries and up to 75M€, with two complementary topics: a “cash” topic, supported by 12 RFOs and an “in-kind” topic, supported by 28 RPOs, on institutional integration of the research components of national CS. Complementary to the call, ERA4CS additional activities will initiate partnerships between JPI Climate and other key European and international initiatives in order to work towards a common vision and a multi-year implementation strategy, including better co-alignment of national programs and activities up to 2020 and beyond.
  16. 16. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 13 Session-2b: Nature-Based Solutions Expert Group Report Nature Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities Pam Berry, NBS Expert Group Nature-based solutions have been proposed as innovation opportunities which use nature in a sustainable way to address environmental, social and economic challenges. DG Environment convened an Expert Group on 'Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities’ to inform their development of Horizon 2020 calls. In this talk I will summarise the findings of this Expert Group and present some of the thinking behind their report, in order to provide an understanding of how nature-based solutions could be addressed in Horizon 2020 calls. Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative Jonas Bylund, JPI Urban Europe The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe is a European initiative where member countries can generate solutions by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable, liveable, and economically viable urban areas. JPI Urban Europe addresses the entire urban field. Through joint actions, JPI Urban Europe aims to:  Enhance the capacities and knowledge on transition towards more sustainable, resilient and liveable urban developments;  Reduce the fragmentation in funding, research and urban development; to build critical mass to realise urban transition; and to  Increase the profile of European urban science and innovation on the global stage. JPI Urban Europe’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda ( http://jpi- urbaneurope.eu/downloads/jpi-sria-def-pdf/) responds to the urgent need for ambitious, sustained and truly inter- and transdisciplinary research to radically improve our understanding of how socially, economically and environmentally sustainable our urban areas are; and to support Europe’s cities in their transition towards a future that maximises their sustainability, resilience and their liveability in this era of global competition for commerce, industry, tourism, labour and investment; to drive urban innovation and technologies. JPI Urban Europe has launched three transnational calls. A fourth is in the pipeline and the presentation will include a note on the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) and on a call under negotiation with the EC and Belmont Forum on Urban FEW Nexus.
  17. 17. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 14 Session-2c: Systemic Eco-Innovation & Raw Materials Expert Group Report From Niche to Norm Raimund Bleischwitz, University College London The presentation will give an overview on the report “From Niche to Norm - Suggestions by Group of Experts on a systemic approach to eco-innovation to achieve a circular economy” that was written at the end of last year. The report calls for a paradigm shift and develops a roadmap of actions to ensure Horizon 2020 funding and broader EU policies can help foster a systemic approach to eco-innovation in the next five years, with suggested measures on mapping resource use, creating an open space for innovation, financing the transition from niches to norms, fostering a single market for resources, and ensuring a consistent, conducive and coordinated approach to policy making. European Institute of Innovation & Technology Raw Materials KIC Maria Magdalena Holmgren, EIT Raw Materials Northern Co-Location Centre In December 2014, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) assigned a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw Materials. With six co-location centres around Europe and a headquarter in Berlin, the newly established EIT Raw Materials is among the largest innovation clusters globally in the Raw Materials sector: The expected EIT funding is estimated to be more than €200 million during the first five years of operation. The investment aims to leverage new business in the Raw Material sector through commercialisation of R&D results, establishment of large scaled pilots and demonstrators throughout the value-chain implementing the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP SIP), creation of start-ups, support of accelerated growth of SME’s, as well as implementation of new models to support innovation and entrepreneurship in education and life-long learning. The EIT Raw Materials consortium consists of global industry, universities and research organisations from 22 EU- countries, all in all more than 120 partners. Jointly, the business partners of EIT Raw Materials represent more than 700 000 jobs and €200 billion turnover. The industry covers the Raw Materials value-chains and commodities: From mining and metals producers to technology providers, manufacturers and recycling companies. The EIT Raw Materials gives specific attention to four focus markets with a dual aim of securing their Raw Material needs and providing commercial products, processes and services: 1) Machinery & Equipment, 2) Mobility, 3) ICT, and 4) Energy Supply. The EIT Raw Materials partners are committed to strengthen innovation capacity, competitiveness and sustainable growth in Europe.
  18. 18. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 15 Session-3: Participating in Horizon 2020 Social Sciences & Humanities across the SC5 WP2016/17 Paul Kilkenny, Irish Research Council As part of the national strategy for European Commission research and innovation framework programme - Horizon 2020, the Irish Research Council has been tasked with playing a particular role in supporting the AHSS community in addition to supporting and cultivating the broader community across all disciplines to engage in cross and interdisciplinary research. To this extent, the Council works closely with other areas of the Horizon 2020 suite of funding instruments to ensure that Irish AHSS researchers are aware of and engaging in funding calls. There are a number of call topics within Societal Challenge 5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials that have a role for social scientists in particular. Improving our Performance in SC5 Brian Donlon, Environmental Protection Agency The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supporting Ireland’s engagement with Horizon 2020 (H2020) through its participation in the Advisory Group of Experts for SC5, as National Delegate and National Contact Point for this Challenge, and as a member of the H2020 National Support Network led by Enterprise Ireland. In addition, the EPA is participating in both the Climate and Water Joint Programming Initiatives, and as task force members on two European Innovation Partnerships (Water and Raw Materials), which could offer potential opportunities for increased engagement with Horizon 2020. The EPA Director General (Laura Burke) is the Chairperson of the Advisory Group of Experts under SC5. This short talk aims at fostering discussion on how to improve the performance of the Irish research community in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Calls.
  19. 19. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 16 Abstracts – Posters Poster 1: Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Potential of Efficient Nutrient Recovery from Water Aoife Kyne, Cork Institute of Technology Horizon 2020 and its ‘Societal Challenges’ programme represents a major source of funding and opportunities for Irish researchers (in HEIs, Industry and NGOs). A key challenge for Irish researchers wanting to participate in the programme is to target relevant consortia to partner with. This EPA study (2015-W-SSS 2.1) is focused on opportunities for Irish researchers for participation in the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials societal challenge (SC 5). This study maps research excellence and capacity in Ireland and at EU level; highlighting the key institutes which have been repeatedly successful in terms of funding acquisition and participation in European projects such as Horizon 2020, FP6, FP6, LIFE, Interreg etc. This will serve as a useful knowledge source for Irish researchers, who wish to find high standard and quality partners for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 SC5 programme; more specifically; ‘CIRC-02-2016-2017: Water in the Context of the Circular Economy’. A total of 87 relevant projects were found across the 12 databases searched, with evidence of Institutes being involved in multiple projects. A total of 7 H2020 and 27 FP7 projects were identified. The top 17 institutes performing research in this area were mapped, and the top 3 participating Countries were found to be Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Poster 2: Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Towards the Next Generation of Water Systems and Services Aonghus McNabola and John Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin The circular economy theme features strongly within the “Societal Challenges” programme of Horizon 2020. It aims to stimulate growth in businesses through the development of new products, while ensuring that it is driven by a resource efficient agenda. This report was prepared to help identify opportunities under the topic Water in the Context of the Circular Economy: b) towards the next generation of water systems and services – large scale demonstration projects” (CIRC-02-2016-2017). The water sector is one of the most energy and resource intensive sectors in our economy, therefore it is important to incorporate a circular economy philosophy in future products to help minimise waste and maximise recovery of resources. Five key sub-themes were identified to help categorise the opportunities that exist to meet this challenge: supply and demand; water treatment; wastewater treatment; water quality; and system management. The report provides information relating to the leading research institutes and industry partners involved in this area. It provides Irish partners with a streamlined pathway to identifying potential project partners across Europe and support the development of consortia under this topic.
  20. 20. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 17 Poster 3: Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience in Cities Xavier Dubuisson, XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd The Horizon 2020 programme represents a major source of funding and opportunities for Irish researchers (in HEIs, industry and NGOs). One of the main areas of funding within Horizon 2020 is the “societal challenges” programme. This EPA Small Scale Studies project is focused on opportunities for Irish researchers for participation in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 funding call for research applications under the topic of “Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities” (SCC-02-2016-2017) which will be issued in 2016 and 2017. This study (2015-W-SS-23-SSS 1.1) maps research excellence and capacity in Ireland and at EU level to participate in Topic SCC-02-2016-2017, and to determine the key institutes which have been repeatedly successful in terms of funding acquisition and participation in projects under previous EU funding programmes particularly (FP6, FP7, H2020 and LIFE). A total of 25 European projects relevant to this topic were inventoried, and the consortiums involved in the implementation of these projects totalled 298 individual organisations. Out of these, the top 12 organisations were ranked according to the number of projects they were involved in as co-ordinators and/or partners. This map of key EU Institutes for water research will constitute an excellent reference and guide for Irish researchers (identified in Part 2 of the study) who wish to find the highest quality partners for project proposals for Topic SCC-02-2016-2017. Poster 4: Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature-Based Solutions for Hydro- Meteorological Risk Reduction Xavier Dubuisson, XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd The Horizon 2020 programme represents a major source of funding and opportunities for Irish researchers (in HEIs, industry and NGOs). One of the main areas of funding within Horizon 2020 is the “societal challenges” programme. This EPA Small Scale Studies project is focused on opportunities for Irish researchers for participation in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 funding call for research applications under the topic of “Innovative nature- based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction” (SC5-08-2017) which will be issued in 2017. This study (2015-W-SS-23-SSS 1.2) maps research excellence and capacity in Ireland and at EU level to participate in Topic SC5-08-2017, and to determine the key institutes which have been repeatedly successful in terms of funding acquisition and participation in projects under previous EU funding programmes particularly (FP6, FP7, H2020 and LIFE). A total of 27 European projects relevant to this topic were inventoried, and the consortiums involved in the implementation of these projects totalled 312 individual organisations. Out of these, the top 22 organisations were ranked according to the number of projects they were involved in as co-ordinators and/or partners. This map of key EU Institutes for water research will constitute an excellent reference and guide for Irish researchers (identified in Part 2 of the study) who wish to find the highest quality partners for project proposals for Topic SC5-08-2017).
  21. 21. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 18 Poster 5: European Water Stewardship in Ireland Ken Stockil, Central Solutions In 2013, with support from the Irish EPA under its Green Enterprise Programme, the largest industrial water users in Ireland came together to form a national Large Water Users Community of Practice. The group was formed in response to the growing recognition of the importance of Water to the competitiveness of industry globally and the need for mechanisms to respond to escalating water costs, increasingly stringent compliance requirements and high profile water contamination incidents, while ensuring the availability and efficient use of water resources in line with corporate sustainability objectives. The group identified the European Water Stewardship Standard (EWS) as offering a mechanism to help address these key issues while also achieving improved compliance with regulatory measures developed by the EU as set out in the Water Framework Directive. Through a structured consultation with key stakeholders, this study aims to identify the challenges and opportunities for Ireland in respect of taking a leadership position in the area of emerging Water Stewardship Standards internationally. Comparisons are made with Ireland’s success in taking a leadership role in the area of Energy Management Standards internationally over the last decade. The preliminary study presents a series of recommended action areas to progress such a vision in terms of awareness building, research actions, industry supports and pilot projects with a key focus on collaboration across site, river basin, national and European levels. Poster 6: European Innovation Partnership on Water Action Group: NatureWat Liam McCarton & Sean O’hOgain, Dublin Institute of Technology The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. The objective is to pool expertise and resources by bringing together public and private actors at EU, national and regional level, combining supply- and demand-side measures. NatureWAT has been formally adopted as an action group within the EIP structure. This Action Group aims to define innovative marketable nature based solutions addressing water challenges related to ecosystem services. Nature based solutions combine both natural and constructed systems, which utilise physical, chemical and microbiological treatment processes. These processes provide the basis for the scientific and engineering principles underlying water/ wastewater treatment and hydraulic infrastructure. This study was carried out by the Development Technology in the Community (DTC) research group, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. The aim of the research is to explain nature based solutions through a series of case studies. These case studies were implemented by members of NatWat EIP Water Action Group. The research will be presented in the form of a poster and a publication. The publication will present case studies from outside the NatureWat group.
  22. 22. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 19 Abstracts – Stands Stand 1: Title: European Innovation Partnership on Water Guido Schmidt, EIP Water The European Innovation Partnership on Water - EIP Water in short - is an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. At the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe. The EIP Water aims to remove barriers by advancing and leveraging existing solutions. Its implementation has started in May 2013 with the main objective to initiate and promote collaborative processes for change and innovation in the water sector across the public and private sector, non-governmental organisations and the general public. This is mainly done via the establishment of Action Groups. Our EIP Water Online Marketplace might be helpful for preparing H2020 proposals, either by identifying within our search options the people, organisations or projects that match with the topic and might be key for your project, or by screening which Action Groups are already developing innovation activities in this field. Within our work, we have identified 5 key barriers to innovation uptake (funding, procurement, partnerships, regulation and demonstration sites) – maybe your H2020 proposal can address these by either showing how you address them properly or by developing recommendations that can be upgraded by EIP Water towards systemic changes. We have developed a list of ideas on how H2020 projects and EIP Water can benefit from teaming up; these can add value to your proposal! Stand 2: Water Joint Programming Initiative Dominique Darmendrail, Water JPI Coordinator – Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) Joint Programming Initiatives are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes. Launched in 2010, the Joint Programming Initiative Water challenges for a changing world, the Water JPI tackles the ambitious challenge of achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad. The Water JPI partners currently represent 88 % of the European National Public RDI investment on water. The Water JPI objectives are:  Providing and steering research and innovation in the water sector  Reaching effective, sustainable coordination of European water research, development and innovation  Harmonising national water research agendas and activities in partner countries  Promoting interactions and networking between different communities (researchers, enterprises, policy-makers, civil society, etc.)  Supporting European leadership in science and technology
  23. 23. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 20 For more information, please contact the Water JPI Coordinator, Dominique DARMENDRAIL (email: dominique.darmendrail@agencerecherche.fr) or the Irish contact point, Alice Wemaere (email: A.Wemaere@epa.ie). Stand 3: European Water Partnership Christina Brabyn, EWP The European Water Partnership, a Brussels based non-for profit organisation, unites and mobilizes people and stakeholders around a common water vision for Europe since 2006, developing policies, standards and sharing best practice to effectively address Europe’s water challenges by 2030. Underneath the umbrella of EWP activities we have the:  Flagship initiative of EWP, the European Water Stewardship (EWS), program is now in full run dedicated to advancing Water Stewardship and responding to the growing need for robust and credible water risk management around Europe. Water authorities and businesses in food & beverages, chemicals and even airports are using the EWS standard to assess, verify and communicate responsible Water Stewardship practices.  The INNEON network for eco-innovation investment aims to extend public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, and provide a unique forum dedicated to the interaction between a select cohort of innovators and relevant investors.  The BIOMOMI project (”BIO-MOnitoring and Automatic Microbiological Contamination Control System of Industrial Hydraulic Circuits”) is validating and demonstrating a new technology that allows the real time monitoring and quantifying of aerobic microorganisms present in the water of a hydraulic system, and the subsequent correct dosage and constant optimization of an adequate biocide to minimize these microorganisms.
  24. 24. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 21 Stand 4: SPIRE Public Private Partnership Lionel Platteuw, Executive Director of EUnited The SPIRE partnership (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is a cross-sectoral initiative involving the main players in the European Union's process industries – eight sectors that transform commodity resources into essential products: chemicals, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water. In 2013, SPIRE was designated by the European Commission as a public-private partnership of strategic importance for European industry. Through dedicated Horizon 2020 calls, SPIRE partners can participate in research and innovation projects, with the objective of making the process industry more resource- and energy-efficient. At its launch, SPIRE set out two key targets for 2030: a 30% reduction from current levels in fossil fuel energy intensity, and the reduction by a fifth of non-renewable, primary raw material intensity. There are 18 projects related to the first 2014 calls: 12 SPIRE-labelled projects, one energy project and five eco-innovation-related waste-recycling projects. In total, the EU contribution to these projects is about €110 million. The 12 SPIRE-labelled projects are broken down into five projects focused on integrated process control, three on flexible feedstocks, one on improved downstream processing of mixtures, and three on cross-sectorial sustainability assessment. In September 2015 other 12 SPIRE projects were granted. More information is available on the SPIRE website: www.spire2030.eu Stand 5: COST Rita Ward, Enterprise Ireland COST is an intergovernmental framework for European CoOperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. Currently the membership comprises of 36 member countries plus Israel and is open to international participation. COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions. The Actions are open to all researchers (industrial and academic) in all domains and typically run for 4 years. The networking activities are: meetings; workshops; conferences; short term scientific missions; training schools; and publications. COST is a unique means for European researchers to develop jointly their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities (COST Actions). Through its inclusiveness COST supports integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance. COST has been formally inscribed into Horizon 2020 (with a budget of 300M euro) and is expected to contribute in particular to the ‘Societal Challenges’ and ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’
  25. 25. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 22 pillars of the Horizon 2020 strategy. COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. There are two collection dates for proposals in spring and autumn each year. National Contact for COST: Rita Ward R & I Internationalisation Enterprise Ireland, The Plaza East Point Business Park. Dublin 3 Tel: +353-1-7272767 Email: rita.ward@enterprise-ireland.com COST website: www.cost.eu Stand 6: LIFE Pat Martin, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government EU co-funding is available through the LIFE Programme for Projects that implement EU policy objectives in the area of the Environment. Visitors to the LIFE Programme stand will find information on the EU’s financial instrument dedicated to supporting Environment, Nature Conservation and Climate Action projects throughout the EU. LIFE has a budget of €3.4 billion for 2014-2020 and is complementary to the other Community programmes such as Horizon 2020, the structural funds (such as ERDF) and other development programmes. Stand 7: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Jennifer Brennan, Irish Universities Association "The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon 2020 represent a significant opportunity for researchers at all stages of their career to secure "bottom-up", non-thematic funding, including the opportunity to collaborate with commercial and non-commercial organisations. The MSC Actions fund all areas of research from science, engineering and technology through to social sciences, humanities and business. Stand 8: Enterprise Ireland National Support Jill Leonard, Enterprise Ireland Legal and Financial aspects of Horizon 2020  Rules of participation  Eligibility for Funding  Funding rates  Validation Financial Assistance for H2020 Applicants (Enterprise Ireland)  Coordination Supports for Academic Researchers and ERC applicants  Travel Grants for Academic Researchers
  26. 26. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 23 Contact Details: Jill Leonard Horizon 2020 - National Contact Point for Innovation in SMEs Enterprise Ireland, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3 Tel: +353 1 7272751 Mob: +353 87 9141439 URL: http://www.horizon2020.ie/ Stand 9: EURAXESS Magda Wislocka, Irish Universities Association EURAXESS Ireland is part of an initiative involving both the European Commission and countries participating in the European Union's Framework Programmes for Research. The National Service Centre is located at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation (DJEI). The EURAXESS help desk provides free advice and tailored assistance to mobile researchers and their families on administrative, working and cultural matters including immigration, residency, and work permits, schooling, and other practical information to guide them before and upon their arrival in Ireland and abroad. The EURAXESS website: www.euraxess.ie – provides practical information to researchers and their families and also assists Higher Education Institutions, companies and research active organisations hiring researchers and searching for funding opportunities. The portal also provides a definitive list of research funding opportunities and positions in Ireland. In addition, companies have direct access to a unique web resource specifically relevant to their R&D activities which includes:  Comprehensive search for Irish and European funding opportunities supporting R&D, recruitment and general business development for companies  Free and fast immigration service for overseas R&D personnel including access to the Hosting agreement scheme for researchers  Freely advertise research positions on EURAXESS Ireland & EURAXESS Europe  A national and European CV database assisting helping you find R&D Candidate and assisting researchers find other research expertise and partnerships. One of the key services EURAXESS Ireland operates is the Fast track immigration scheme for researchers (Hosting Agreement). The scheme which offers a free service has been successfully operation in Ireland since 2007 and open to higher education institutions and the private sector. The scheme is supported by DJEI. Visas are issued rapidly and work permits are not required once criteria are met. Family members have access to the job market and researchers can stay on to look for a job after their contract ends. There are currently over 600 researchers from outside the EU working in Ireland on the Hosting Agreement scheme. For more information contact: Magda Wislocka EURAXESS Ireland Officer & Hosting Agreement Scheme Manager (magda@iua.ie) Jennifer Cleary EURAXESS Ireland Manager (Jennifer.cleary@iua.ie) Phone: + 353 (0)1 6764948
  27. 27. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 24 Stand 10: MicroPro Computers Paul Maher, MicroPro MicroPro was established in 1991 and since 1999 has been working on the development of ecological computers. iameco (pronounced I am eco) is the trademark of their environmental range of computers. Over the years MicroPro has received support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Enterprise Ireland, the LIFE Environment Programme and the 7th Framework Programme. In 2010 MicroPro was awarded the World’s First European Eco-Label for its iameco V3 Integrated Desktop Computer. MicroPro has also received a number of international awards and recognitions, including the Golden Globe Award, the Sustainability Award for Electronics and the Electronics Go Green Golden Bear Award. MicroPro Computers has developed a range of pioneering green computers, including the iameco V3 integrated desktop (2010) which secured the European Eco-Label, and the iameco D4R (designed for reuse) Laptop Computer (2014). Both models have been recognised as breakthroughs in innovative sustainable computer design, redefining sustainability, in being manufactured from renewable and recycled materials, designed for ease of disassembly, upgrading and reuse, and reducing carbon and energy use over the life- cycle and practically eliminating waste. Iameco computers have 60%-70% less environmental impact than conventional computers and a life-span of up to ten years. The benefits of iameco have been verified by Life Cycle Assessments carried out by leading European research centres such as the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and the Technical University of Vienna. MicroPro are sole Irish Partners in the recently approved sustainably SMART (Sustainable Smart Mobile Devices Lifecycles through Advanced Re-design, Reliability, and Re-use and Remanufacturing Technologies) Project, funded under the Horizon 2020 “Factories of the Future” Call. In this new Project MicroPro will work with a consortium of key European companies and research agencies over a period of 50 months to design and manufacture a cutting edge iameco Tablet, manufactured in Ireland and for sale to the world market. The sustainablySMART Consortium of 18 companies and research agencies, led by the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, has been awarded 7 M € to achieve its ambitious project goals over a 5 year period. Stand 11: Hydrolight Fionan Murray, Hydrolight Hydrolight is an Enterprise Ireland backed science and technology company that is co located between Cork Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. It is pioneering a method for fabricating an optofluidic platform for the real time analysis of water. The solution uses microfluidic and microphotonic channels etched into smart glass microchips to optically analyse elemental components of fluid samples. It is also using advanced, mature and existing technologies deployed in a novel configuration to produce a cost effective smart microsensor platform that can be deployed as handheld or remotely in the field.
  28. 28. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 25 Stand 12: Nimbus Cork Institute of Technology Aoife Kyne, Cork Institute of Technology The Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology is a leader in the ‘Internet of Things’ and embedded system design; interconnecting systems of sensors, computers, and controllers with wireless communications. The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council, and the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology. WSSIC was established to address Ireland’s water infrastructure challenges. WSSIC creates an expert resource in modernizing the water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological knowledge and leveraging both Councils’ experience in water resource operation. WSSIC harnesses state-of-the-art technology in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring, improving water and wastewater treatment efficiencies in terms of energy and nutrients and much more. WSSIC also has direct access to a real-world test bed cluster called Litmus. Infrastructure available within Litmus include raw water storage facilities, water and wastewater networks, and water and wastewater treatment plant living laboratories of varying capacities, located in both Cork City and County and throughout Ireland. Nimbus can demonstrate, trial, test, and process prove innovative technologies in these test bed facilities. Stand 13: Geological Survey of Ireland Aoife Braiden, Geological Survey of Ireland The Geological Survey of Ireland provides key data for researchers and industry partners in the geoscience community. These data are freely available through online GSI database management systems and include databases for geological mapping, marine mapping, soil and streamwater geochemistry, groundwater systems, minerals and raw materials, and geohazards. The GSI is in a key position to support geoscience researchers not only by establishing and supporting a national network, and providing funding, but also assisting researchers through influencing research policy at a national and international level and shaping research themes and topics in larger programmes such as Horizon2020. Building a geoscience research network including industry, academic and government partners will be key to achieving this target. The new GSI Geoscience Research Programme aims to build capacity in geoscience research and will provide funding for geoscience research in Ireland. It will also complement and support external geoscience related programmes. In summary, the GSI Research Programme 2015-2020 aims to:  Increase quality and quantity of geoscience research in Ireland focussing on excellent research;  Integrate geoscience research in Ireland through creation of an Irish geoscience researchers network;  Inform policy through relevant, focussed and effective research outputs;  Increase society engagement through better understanding of Earth’s resources.
  29. 29. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 26 Stand 14: TE Laboratories Ltd Sandra Lacey, TE Laboratories Ltd T.E. Laboratories Ltd T/A TelLab is a unique SME which has continued to expand and diversify over its 24 year history in Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland. The company’s ability to attract a highly skilled and educated workforce of engineers, scientists, chemists and professionals has resulted in the company leading several industry sectors in research, design and innovation through chemistry, engineering and academic research. Founded in 1991 the company has four divisions each specialising in their own fields. In 2010 TelLab moved into a custom built state-of-the-art facility. Each laboratory was fitted with specialist laboratory equipment and workspaces. TelLab’s divisions are:  Environmental Laboratory- Specialises in water and waste water analysis. The laboratory is accredited to ISO 17025 standard.  Lubrication Laboratory - Irelands only specialised accredited oil analysis laboratory, which operates to ISO 9001:2008 standards and tests all oil samples in-house. This laboratory focuses on machine care, lubrication and transformer oil analysis.  Chemical and reagent production laboratory - This laboratory is unique in its service offering. All chemicals are manufactured specifically to the clients individual requirements (size, concentration, labelling) and procedures (if supplied).  Research & development laboratory - Supported by a large team of pre & post doctorates, the R&D department works on EU funded projects with partners, universities and government representatives across Europe. Research and development plays an integral role within TE Laboratories. Research is carried out in all areas of the company’s activities and TelLab continuously aims to be at the forefront of unique technology and research. TelLab is currently involved in several funded projects as both partner and coordinator. These projects include multiple nationally funded research projects, three H2020 funded projects and seven EU FP7 projects. For further information, please visit www.tellab.ie
  30. 30. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 27 Stand 15: AquaTT Olivia Daly, AquaTT AquaTT is an Ireland-based non-profit organisation that partners with the scientific research community to deliver results, achieve positive impact, and demonstrate the value of publicly-funded research. With 23 years of experience, AquaTT has proven itself an expert at securing, managing and contributing to EC-funded projects. AquaTT operates extensively within the European scientific research arena, developing knowledge management, communications, dissemination, and training capacities. AquaTT has built a knowledge- based organisation with key networks among national and European stakeholders in the marine and other sectors. Through these projects, AquaTT works with Europe’s top researchers for the entirety of each project’s life cycle, from project conception right through to delivery. AquaTT’s policy has been to build an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds. Its team uses their collective expertise to design and manage innovative work packages tailored to the needs of each specific project. AquaTT has collaborated with over 250 institutes across 40 countries. It has written and managed projects under the FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding programmes. In 2011 AquaTT established a business development unit to commercially offer services related to its core areas of expertise resulting in contracts with national and international universities, research institutes, and public sector organisations. Stand 16: CyberColloids Ltd Ross Campbell, CyberColloids Ltd CyberColloids Ltd. (www.cybercolloids.net) are experts in hydrocolloid and polysaccharide chemistry, focussing on food texture and the development of novel processing methodologies, new ingredients and innovative applications for new raw materials that are derived from plants and seaweed. The company was founded in 2002 to provide outsourcing for every aspect of the hydrocolloids world. As such, we provide a complete technical and business solutions service for producers, processors and users of hydrocolloids – we do this worldwide. We are also actively engaged in our own research activities and have successfully participated in both Irish nationally and EU (FP7 & H2020) funded projects. In recent years we have developed a particular interest in the production and application of new functional food fibres from different polysaccharide rich raw materials. Such ingredients provide texture functionality but also have the potential to replace key ingredients such as sugar, salt and fat and also bring nutritional benefit (fibre). We see real commercial opportunity for the smart usage of a whole range of different materials that are derived from new or underutilised biomass or from agricultural wastes and processing by products to create more “natural” and “less processed” food ingredients for use in healthy food formulation. In doing so we also offer raw material processors the potential to diversify and add value, to resolve expensive waste disposal issues and to make a positive contribution towards meeting global targets for food waste and resource efficiency targets. CyberColloids Ltd, Estuary Business Park, Site 13, Unit 4A, Carrigaline, County Cork, Ireland. Tel: +353-21-4375773
  31. 31. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 28 Stand 17: EnviroCORE Institute of Technology Carlow Carloalberto Petti, Institute of Technology Carlow EnviroCORE is IT Carlow’s Centre of Research and Enterprise in Bio-Environmental Technologies. The key research themes in EnviroCORE are phyto- and microbial technologies for waste treatment, biomass production and plant biotransformations, biological components for environmental bioindicators/biosensors, environmental monitoring and risk assessment, bumblebee pollinator conservation, biological control, stress and environmental pollution biomarkers, constructed wetlands, water mineralogy and chemistry and green waste as a resource. EnviroCORE has recently acquired a state of the art research facility and is now dynamically seeking to establish strategic partnerships nationally and internationally with a focus towards securing Horizon2020 funding. We are currently seeking to join a consortium in order to submit a joint project proposal under one, or more, of the following call topics: SC6-06-2016-2017: Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond; SC5-09-2016: Operationalising insurance value of ecosystems; SC5-10-2016: Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote innovation with nature to address societal challenges; SC5-26-2017: Pre- commercial procurement on soil decontamination; SMEinst-12-2016-2017: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas and priorities of Societal Challenge 5. Contact: thomae.kakouli@itacrlow.ie Stand 18: Votechnik Lisa O’Donoghue, University of Limerick / Votechnik Votechnik is a spin out company from EPA funded research undertaken at the University of Limerick. Votechnik has developed a state of the art automated recycling technology which through a fully automated process removes the hazardous waste materials from LCD displays. The process has been developed to be compliant with the European WEEE Directive and achieve a high process rate of 80 LCDs/ Hour. The process removes components containing hazardous substances and contaminants specifically the liquid crystal panel and the mercury containing cold cathode fluorescent tubes from the waste LCDs. Votechnik has been awarded a prestigious €1.6M EC pilot project called ReVolv to launch the technology in Denmark with partners DanWEEE, University of Limerick and the WEEE Forum. Votechnik is an Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up and an Ambassador Company for Intertrade Ireland.
  32. 32. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 29 Stand 19: OxyMem Wayne Byrne, OxyMem OxyMem solves energy intensive wastewater treatment with the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR). For aerobic biological treatment OxyMem have the most CAPEX and OPEX efficient oxygen delivery system in the market. Conventional wastewater treatment consumes 2-3% of a nation’s electricity production. This is due a 100 years reliance on bubble diffusion for conventional treatment plants which will typically suffer energy losses of 65-70% in the process because of the oxygen transfer limitations in the process. OxyMem does not have any such limitations. OxyMem uses hollow fibre gas permeable membranes to support a fixed film ecosystem for the biology which allows for direct delivery of oxygen to the micro-organisms. OxyMem can achieve 95% oxygen transfer rates resulting in a fourfold saving on energy costs. In summary: OxyMem achieves superior energy performance, with lower sludge production, using less operator hours. Stand 20: Southern Region Waste Management Office Pauline McDonogh, Southern Region Waste Management Office The waste management plan for the Southern Region is a statutory document prepared by the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO) on behalf of the 10 local authorities in the region. It was adopted in 2015 and will be revised in 2021. It is a framework for the prevention and management of wastes in a safe and sustainable manner. The scope of the plan is broad, providing policy direction, alongside a roadmap of actions. The strategic approach of the plan places a strong emphasis on preventing wastes and material reuse activities. The plan also focuses on enhancing the collection of quality materials from discarded waste to build on the positive progress made in recycling. In line with the national sustainable policy emphasis, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel sources, the waste industry is recognised as contributing to Ireland’s move to renewable energy solutions and this is reflected in the plan. The waste management hierarchy is a core principal of the waste strategy for the region. The hierarchy embodies the circular economy so the long term focus for the region will be to shift the balance of resource management into sustainable cycles of maintenance, reuse, refurbishment and recycling. Stand 21: EPA Support Alice Wemaere, Environmental Protection Agency (NCP for SC5) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supporting Ireland’s engagement with Horizon 2020 (H2020) through its participation in the Advisory Group of Experts for SC5, as National Delegate and National Contact Point for this Challenge, and as a member of the H2020 National Support Network led by Enterprise Ireland. In addition, the EPA is participating in both the Climate and Water Joint Programming Initiatives, and as task force members on two European Innovation Partnerships (Water and Raw Materials), which could offer potential opportunities for increased engagement with Horizon 2020. The EPA Director General (Laura Burke) is the Chairperson of the Advisory Group of Experts under SC5. This short talk aims at fostering discussion on how to improve the performance of the Irish
  33. 33. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 30 research community in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Calls. The EPA provides significant support to the research community via a number of means. We have established a H2020 SC5 National Working Group that meet quarterly to discuss & provide feedback on the work programme. We facilitate partner search requests and have established a web-based catalogue of Irish experts and promote H2020 on the EPA webpages, social media and newsletters, etc. In addition, the EPA reviews proposals, facilitates queries, meets with researchers (academics, SMEs and industries) presents at regional roadshows and hosts an annual event on SC-5 with invited national and international speakers.
  34. 34. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 31 Online Catalogue of Irish Expertise in Environmental Research Visit the EPA Online Catalogue of Irish Expertise in Environmental Research. The Catalogue provides an insight into Irish Companies and Research Organisations active in the field of Environmental Research  More than 260 profiles  More than 113,000 hits since its launch (December 2013) The EPA Online Catalogue of Irish Expertise is available at: http://erc.epa.ie.h2020catalogue
  35. 35. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 32 DROPLET: Learn more about Water Research in Ireland DROPLET is an easy-to-use interactive web application for exploring information about projects which have been funded in Ireland on Water Research. DROPLET has been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency but includes projects from many other funders of environmental research in Ireland. DROPLET is available at: http://erc.epa.ie/droplet/ We welcome your comments on our new interface – Please send them to dropletadmin@epa.ie
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  37. 37. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 34 Registration List as of 14/10/2015 First Name Surname Organization David Akinsanya Elected Inc Aisling Arthur University of Limerick Stephane Aymard French Embassy Nuala Bannon Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Patrick Barrett Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Stephen Barry University of Limerick Caroline Barry Department of Environment Northern Ireland Helen Behan Bord na Mona Pam Berry Oxford University Deirdre Black Deirdre Black Associates Raimund Bleischwitz University College London Paul Bolger Environmental Research Institute Paula Bourke Dublin Institute of Technology Christina Brabyn European Water Partnership Aoife Braiden Geological Survey of Ireland Caterina Brandoni Ulster University Jennifer Brennan Irish Universities Association Laura Burke Environmental Protection Agency Jonas Bylund Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative Wayne Byrne OxyMem Jean Cahill Dublin Institute of Technology Ross Campbell CyberColloids Ltd Pamela Cardillo AquaTT Caitriona Carlin National University of Ireland Galway Mary Carter Geological Survey of Ireland Emma Cassin Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office Hugh Ccoughlan Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office Sergio Ceballos Enterprise Ireland Darragh Clabby Resolute Marine Ltd. Michael Clancy FDT Consulting Engineers Jennifer Cleary EURAXESS Ireland, Irish Universities Association Eoghan Clifford National University of Ireland Galway Marcus Collier University College Dublin Laia Comas Bru University College Dublin John Connolly Dublin City University Fiona Craven Mafic (Irl) Ltd Anne Marie Crowley National Standards Authority of Ireland
  38. 38. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 35 First Name Surname Organization Lisa Cullimore Environmental Protection Agency Susie Cullinane Waterford Institute of Technology Lorraine Currivan Environmental Protection Agency Olivia Daly AquaTT Lorraine D'Arcy Dublin Institute of Technology Dominique Darmendrail Water Joint Programming Initiative Jonathan Derham Environmental Protection Agency Brian Donlon Environmental Protection Agency Gemma Donnelly-Cox Trinity College Dublin Patrick Downes Bord na Mona Karin Dubsky Coastwatch Xavier Dubuisson XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd Louise Dunne University College Dublin Niall Farrell Economic and Social Research Institute Damaris Fernandez Trinity College Dublin Antonella Ferrecchia Insight Centre for Data Analytics Joanne Fitzgerald European Forest Institute Kevin Fitzgibbon Cork Institute of Technology Lorna Fitzsimons Dublin City University Cruz Fuertes ATD John Gallagher Trinity College Dublin Anne Galligan MicroPro Computers Alan Gilmer Dublin Institute of Technology Emily Gleeson Met Éireann Rosarii Griffin University College Cork Milan Grohol EC, EIP on Raw Materials Vijai Kumar Gupta National University of Ireland Galway Maria Hayes Teagasc Susan Hedigan University College Dublin Hugh Henry Bord na Mona Maria Magdalena Holmgren EIT Raw Materials Sarah Hotchkiss CyberColloids Ltd Stephen Hughes Dublin City University Alison Imrie European Commission DG Research Edel Jennings Telecommunications Software & Systems Group Mike Jones Trinity College Dublin Denis Kearney Tsunami Miriam Kearney Enrich Environmental Limited John Keogh SFTG Ltd M. Ibrahim Khalil University College Dublin Paul Kilkenny Irish Research Council
  39. 39. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 36 First Name Surname Organization Gesche Kindermann National University of Ireland Galway Aoife Kyne Cork Institute of Technology Sandra Lacey T.E. Laboratories Debra Laefer University College Dublin Imelda Lambkin Enterprise Ireland Noreen Layden Dublin Institute of Technology Eamonn Lee Bord na Mona Owenroe Lemass Technology Centre for Biorefining & Bioenergy Jill Leonard Enterprise Ireland Cathal Linnane University of Limerick Orla Lynch University College Dublin David Lynch Elm Solutions Muireann Lynch Economic and Social Research Institute Dara Lynott Environmental Protection Agency Michael Lyons Trinity College Dublin Chris Macken Ian Maguire Mafic (Irl) Ltd Paul Maher MicroPro Computers Gillian Marmelstein Dundalk Institute of Technology Pat Martin Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Micol Martinelli Dublin City University Katerina Mazur Ben McArdle South Dublin County Council Grace McCarthy Irish Universities Association Liam McCarton Dublin Institute of Technology Pauline McDonogh Southern Region Waste Management Office John McEntagart Environmental Protection Agency Ciaran McEvoy Trinity College Dublin Frank McGovern Environmental Protection Agency Jennifer McGrath South Dublin County Council Aonghus McNabola Trinity College Dublin Sophia Meeres University College Dublin Eamonn Merriman Environmental Protection Agency Aoife Moloney Nimbus Cork Institute of Technology Sonia Monteiro University College Cork David Mooney Mooney Town Planning Alice Morgan Central Solutions Tríona Muldoon Elizabeth Muldowney The Rural Policy Hub Colin Murphy Research & Innovation Magazine Brian Murphy Trinity College Dublin
  40. 40. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 37 First Name Surname Organization Vanessa Murphy Dublin Institute of Technology Margaret Murphy Southern Region Waste Management Office Fionnuala Murphy University College Dublin Anne Murphy IBEC Abigail Murphy Environmental Protection Agency Fionan Murray Hydrolight Gary Nugent Rosderra Irish Meats Group Dominick O Brien Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Jerome O Connell University of Leeds Pádraic Ó hUiginn Technology Centre for Biorefining & Bioenergy Peadar Oceallaigh Louth County Council Lisa O'Donoghue University of Limerick & Votechnik Niamh O'Dowd Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Rick Officer Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Aideen O'Hara Greenway Sean O’hOgain Dublin Institute of Technology Sophie O'Kelly Click Europe Sharone O'Loughlin University of Limerick Cathal O'Mahony Marine Renewable Energy Ireland - UCC John O'Neill Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Olga Ormond Dublin City University Patrick Orr University College Dublin Carloalberto Petti Institute of Technology Carlow Charlotte Picard OxyMem Francesco Pilla Trinity College Dublin Lionel Platteuw SPIRE PPP Martina Prendergast Ryan Institute National University of Ireland Galway Volker Rath Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Kim Reilly Teagasc Margo Ring Environmental Protection Agency Joanne Rourke Community Reuse Network Ireland Guido SCHMIDT EIP on Water Emma Seale SEES Shikha Sharma Dublin City University Emma Siddall Trinity College Dublin David Simmons Mafic (Irl) Ltd Raja Sivanantham ICON Graduate Anja Skjoldborg Hansen Vice-Chair Climate JPI Chair Sandra Smith Dublin City Council
  41. 41. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 38 First Name Surname Organization Sandra Spillane Met Éireann Ken Stockil Central Solutions James Sullivan University College Dublin Mark Sweeney Enterprise Ireland Eoin Syron Oxymem Peter Thorne Maynooth University Angie Trius CyberColloids Ltd Maria Tuohy National University of Ireland Galway Gary Tyrrell University College Dublin Neill Wallace Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland Mary Walsh Cork City Council Seamus Walsh Met Éireann Rita Ward Enterprise Ireland Alice Wemaere Environmental Protection Agency Allen White University College Cork Magdalena Wislocka EURAXESS-Irish Universities Association Kevin Woods Environmental Protection Agency
  42. 42. EPA 2015 National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 39 Notes
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  46. 46. Posters Title Poster 1 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Potential of Efficient Nutrient Recovery from Water Poster 2 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Towards the Next Generation of Water Systems and Services Poster 3 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience in Cities Poster 4 Mapping of EU Research Capacity: Innovative Nature- Based Solutions for Hydro-Meteorological Risk Reduction Poster 5 European Water Stewardship in Ireland Poster 6 European Innovation Partnership on Water Action Group: NatureWat Stands Title Stand 1 European Innovation Partnership on Water Stand 2 Water Joint Programming Initiative Stand 3 European Water Partnership Stand 4 SPIRE PPP Stand 5 COST Stand 6 LIFE Stand 7 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Stand 8 Enterprise Ireland National Support Stand 9 EURAXESS Stand 10 MicroPro Computers Stand 11 Hydrolight Stand 12 Nimbus CIT Stand 13 Geological Survey of Ireland Stand 14 TE Laboratories Ltd Stand 15 AquaTT Stand 16 CyberColloids Ltd Stand 17 EnviroCORE, Institute of Technology Carlow Stand 18 Votechnik Stand 19 OxyMem Stand 20 Southern Region Waste Management Office Stand 21 EPA Support
  47. 47. Word Cloud based on extracts of the Horizon 2020 SC5 WP2016-17

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