Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment

The European Commission is organising a side event at the Porto Water Innovation Week on 26 September in Porto, Portugal. Register to learn about the latest wastewater treatment solutions co-financed through the EU’s LIFE programme as well as upcoming funding opportunities.

How can we ensure that our water sources are clean and secure? What are the most sustainable ways of treating wastewater? How can we reduce the multiple environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wastewater management? What are the most innovative technologies to valorise sewage by-products?

If you are curious to find out the answers, please join the “The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment” side event on 26 September at the 2017 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.

Check the draft agenda

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The following LIFE projects will be present:

The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the Executive Agency for SMEs, in collaboration with the EIP Water.

LIFE programme side event “Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment”


NCPs CaRE to support EEN brokerage event on H2020 and circular economy

In the framework of its collaboration with the Sector Group Environment of the Enterprise Europe Network, NCPs CaRE will support as co-organiser of the brokerage event “HORIZON 2020: opportunities in the circular economy Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” on 19 September 2017, in Oslo, Norway.

It will be a one-day event to present latest policy news and introduce relevant forthcoming calls for proposals in the Horizon 2020 programme.  The main conference topics covers waste management and recycling, soil remediation, water and wastewater treatment, bioenergy and biofuel and bioplastics.

This event is organised within the framework of the Europe Enterprise Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. NCPs CaRE is collaborating with EEN to foster synergies and reinforce mutual understanding between our NCPs and the EEN in order to secure SME participation in project consortia in Horizon 2020. This event being focused on the next calls for circular economy in Horizon 2020, NCPs CaRE will support participants on the spot to answer their questions on Horizon 2020 and the coming calls. They can also accompany their own clients in preparing or joining a project consortia.

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Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170.

The event targets potential applicants to the 2018-2020 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”

Compulsory registration for the event will open in July on the website.

The event will be web-streamed (the link will be available about 48 hours before the event on this page).

Future of the oceans

The Maltese presidency organised an Informal Ministerial Meeting on Blue Growth and Ocean Governance in the EU and the Mediterranean; Innovation, and Nautical Tourism on 20 April 2017 in Valletta. Blue Growth is the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the maritime sector and represents the maritime input to attaining the goals of Europe 2020. The Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella gave the opening speech at the conference. He highlighted some achievements like global leadership of Europe in the development of ocean energy technologies (Europe host 52% of all tidal stream developers and 60% of all wave energy developers in the world) or the fact that in the last 10 years, EU research programmes have provided some 150 million euros to fund ocean energy research, development and innovation. He also mentioned that the value of sustainable aquaculture production in the EU is up by more than 40% compared to a decade ago. Vella also flagged three areas where more needs to be done: access to finance, skills and qualifications connected to new jobs and finally the regional cooperation.

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Save the date: Social Innovation and Nature-based solutions: What knowledge will be needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues

EKLIPSE/EPBRS/BiodivERsA joint foresight workshop  “Social Innovation and Nature-based solutions: What knowledge will be needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues

The workshop will be held in Brussels on the 6th (starting with lunch) of December until the 7th of December (1PM CET)

The aim of this participatory workshop will be to explore how nature-based solutions (NBS) can be a response to, or a catalyst for, social innovation to address emerging issues in relation to:

  • human well-being and health,
  • governance strategies,
  • assessment of multiple benefits (environmental, social and economic),
  • mainstreaming NBS in land planning and management
  • restoration
  • NBS and digital new technologies

This social innovation perspective will promote transdisciplinary thinking and participants will be free to focus on some specific habitats (e.g. urban areas, coastal and marine areas, agricultural areas, etc.) based on their expertise.

Please register at:

A preliminary programme and additional practical information will be made available on the website soon.

Finalists of Natura 2000 Award 2016 were announced

In total 24 finalists out of 83 submitted applications were chosen in the evaluation process of Natura 2000 Award for year 2016. Winners of the five category (Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests / Perceptions, and Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking) awards will be announced at the high level ceremony on 23 May 2016 together with the Citizens’ Award. The latter will be presented to the finalist who receives the highest number of public votes. The ceremony will take place in Brussels.

Finalists’ application summaries

Public vote page

2016 Water JPI Conference in Rome on 19 May 2016

The Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) will host its 2016 Conference in Rome on the 19th May 2016. This international event is targeted to a wide range of stakeholders and will present the new version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), and discuss on how to implement it and the benefits from international cooperation.

The WATER JPI SRIA version 2.0 lays out research, innovation and development needs in the water sector grouped by thematic areas and priorities selected after a stakeholders’ consultation for their scientific and societal importance and structured around these five core themes: Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being; Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens; Promoting Competitiveness in the Water Industry; Implementing a Water-Wise Bio-Based Economy; Closing the Water Cycle Gap Improving Sustainable water Resources Management.

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Join the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) during the COP 21 in Paris, 7-8 December

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) is the largest business focused event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP), taking place this year on 7- 8 December at COP21 at Stade de France (gate E) in Paris.

Building on year-round work from Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme, the 2 day Forum will convene cross-sector participants from business, Government, finance, UN, NGO and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.

SIF15 Highlights:

  • 750+ attendees – the largest number of global stakeholders at any commercially-inclusive side event at COP21
  • International attendance – meet decision makers from across the globe with delegates spanning 43 countries at SIF14
  • Over 80 world class speakers including country Ministers, industry CEOs and international thought leaders
  • Interactive discussion panels throughout the event, allowing for in-depth debate via audience Q&A and polls
  • Workshops and co-located events to maximise content and networking opportunities throughout the two days



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The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations, the  vision is to educate the biomass community and to accelerate growth. The EUBCE will host a dynamic international Exhibition for companies and research labs to showcase their latest products and bringing scientists, technologists and key players together with leading Biomass industries and organisations.

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Next EIP Water Conference on 10 February 2016 in Leeuwarden!

The 2016 Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water will be held on 10 February 2016 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and carry the theme: “How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?”

This third EIP Water Conference builds up on the success of its first two Conferences in 2013 and 2014 in Brussels and Barcelona respectively. In early March 2015 the EIP Water had launched a competition for host cities and Conference partners of its 2016 Conference: the city of Leeuwarden was selected out of five very competitive proposals received from Madrid (Spain), Lund (Sweden), Berlin (Germany), Valetta (Malta) and the finally winning proposal from the province of Fryslân in the Netherlands.

The EIP Water Conference has proven itself as a brilliant opportunity for strengthening pan-European and global networking for boosting innovation in the water sector, and we are confident that the 2016 Conference in Leeuwarden will once again be an outstanding event for the European water sector and contribute to removing innovation barriers and creating opportunities for more water innovation in Europe and globally.

Registration for the Conference will open in autumn 2015.

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