Water Europe is pleased to invite you to Water Projects Europe 2023 event ‘Community of Practice for R&I and a Water-Smart Society‘, coming up on February 14, from 9:30 to 12:00, online.
This WPE edition is organised in collaboration with PathoCERT, an EU-funded project aimed at increasing the ability of first responders to rapidly detect waterborne pathogens and ensure collaboration and coordination between the different actors during an emergency event. Water Projects Europe will also feature speakers from WATER-MINING and ULTIMATE projects.
PathoCERT ‘s goal is to increase the ability of first responders to rapidly detect waterborne pathogens and ensure collaboration and coordination between the different actors during an emergency event. To achieve this, PathoCERT brings together universities, research organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, first responders, and water utility operators to collaborate and operate in five European cities: Granada (Spain), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Limassol (Cyprus), Thessaloniki (Greece), Sofia, (Bulgaria), and Seoul (South Korea). The coordinator of the PathoCERT multi-stakeholder engagement approach, CSCP leads and manages with the support of local partners the organizational chain to guide and implement co-creation processes supporting the development of PathoCERT technologies exemplified via the setting up and running of six Communities of Practice (CoPs) in each project pilot sites. These Communities of Practices provide co-creative and experiential learning environments, with a comparative connotation, where relevant stakeholders come together, share information and knowledge, co-create, test and validate pathways, novel technological solutions, methods and processes.
Together with PathoCERT other two H2020 supported projects have applied the CoP approach as multi-stakeholder engagement and co-creative tool: ULTIMATE that aims to create economic value and increase sustainability by valorizing resources within the water cycle, drawing on the Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis; and WATER MINING that exhibits and validates innovative next-generation water resource solutions at the pre-commercial demonstration-scale combining water management services with the improvement of renewable resources such as mining water, innovative service-based business models aiming to improve the engagement of private and public stakeholders.
These three projects – even though have different targeted and scopes – share the central element of the CoPs and are here today to discuss about the importance and the value of CoPs and how they represent a key tool both for the long-term sustainability of the novel developed solutions as well as for the efficient and successful uptake of those innovation on the field.