Webinar: ‘Nexus research for improved policy support: water scarcity in Europe’

Event
  • DATE / TIME:
    2023/01/31    14:00 - 16:45

    This Webinar offers a platform to share advancements from Nexus research and support the ongoing policy processes surrounding this topic – via the following objectives:

    • To update participants about ongoing European nexus research and clarify the main policy-relevant questions addressed.
    • To inform participants about the findings of the work and test the feedback to policy at regional, national and European levels, with water scarcity as the core topic.
    • To identify the potential benefits of integrated approaches adopting the nexus concept and how the research could support the policy process.
    • To create a platform for networking among providers and users of knowledge.

    The target audience of the Webinar includes knowledge partners and representatives from policy and government, and provides a forum for nine ongoing projects from H2020, Horizon Europe, and PRIMA to share their progress. The European Commission (DG ENV) will participate in the event to discuss the core topic of water scarcity.

     Agenda is here

    Speakers to include:

    • Floor Brouwer – UNU-FLORES, Nexus Project Cluster
    • Paul Webb – European Research Executive Agency (REA)
    • Octavi Quintana –Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Region (PRIMA)
    • Dagmar Behrendt-Kaljarikova – European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment
    • Chrysi Laspidou – University of Thessaly
    • Phoebe Koundouri – Athens University of Business and Economics
    • Giannis Adamos – University of Thessaly
    • Manuel Pulido-Velazquez – Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)
    • José González Piqueras – University of Castilla-La Mancha
    • Janez Susnik – IHEDelft, Institute for Water Education
    • Fernando Nardi – University for Foreigners of Perugia, Water Resources Research and Documentation Center (WARREDOC)
    • Stefano Fabiani – Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)
    • Antonia Lorenzo – Bioazul
    • Jordi Morató – Technical University of Catalunya
    • Fadi G. Comair – The Cyprus Institute
    • Anna-Stiina Heiskanen – Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
    • Soile Oinonen- Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
    • Maria Vrachioli – Technical University of Munich

    Background of the Event:

    The Nexus Project Cluster (NPC), initiated in 2018, is a group of independent research initiatives that team up to increase communication and dissemination of the Nexus to create a more significant impact. Activities of the Cluster are related to water, energy, food, land, and climate. They also address critical societal challenges like public health and rural-urban development.

    COST Action NEXUSNET is an international network of researchers collaborating with universities, research institutions, policymakers, and the business sector. They aim to increase understanding of how the water-energy-food Nexus fosters policy coherence and biophysical interactions in the domains of water, energy and food, supporting the transition towards a circular and low-carbon economy in Europe. The network focuses on job creation, enhancing wellbeing, establishing broad synergies, and caring for the environment.

    UNU-FLORES is part of the NPC and the COST Action NEXUSNET, with Dr Floor Brouwer as Chair of the NPC and Vice-Chair of the COST Action NEXUSNET, and Dr Serena Caucci as member of the Steering Committee and leader of NEXUSNET Working Group 6 (WG6) on Stakeholder Engagement. Zeynep Ozkul from UNU-FLORES is also actively participating in the activities organised by the NPC and the WG6 COST Action NEXUSNET.

    This event is part of a three-part event series facilitated by UNU-FLORES.