Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 National Information Day 2016

The 2016 Annual Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 was held on Friday 7th October 2016 in the Croke Park Conference Centre.

The aim of this event was to promote and disseminate Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Opportunities amongst the Irish Research Community, as well as facilitate networking.

The focus of the 2016 Information Day, was on providing information on the 2017 calls opportunities, as well as on a forward-looking consultation in the context of the preparation for the upcoming Work Programme 2018-2020.

All presentations given on the day are now available on the EPA Slideshare page, or by clicking on the links in the programme below.

Download the Book of Abstracts.


9am – 9.30am: Registration


9.30am: Welcome & Opening - Laura Burke (DG Environmental Protection Agency)

Session-1: Horizon 2020 & Societal Challenge 5

Chair: Eamonn Cahill (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

9.40am: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials - Laura Burke (Chair of the Horizon 2020 SC5 Advisory Group)
10.00am: What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate change research? - Frank McGovern (Environmental Protection Agency)
10.20am: UN Sustainable Development Goals - Federico Properzi (UN-Water) 

Short presentation by John Heynan, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Questions & Answers

10.50am – 11.30am: Networking Tea/Coffee

Session-2: Participating in Horizon 2020

Chair: Imelda Lambkin (Enterprise Ireland)

11.30am: Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials', Upcoming 2017 Calls - Alison Imrie (European Commission, DG Research)
12pm: Social Sciences and Humanities across the SC5 WP 2017 - Peter Brown (SC6 National Delegate, Irish Research Council)
12.15pm: Irish Successes – Experiences - Tips for Applicants, SCENT Project - Eddie Shaw (CARR Communication)
12.30pm: Reflections on Coordinating a Successful H2020 Application: Shoulda’, Coulda’, Woulda’ - Kevin McGuigan (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

Questions & Answers

12.45pm - 2.15pm: Networking Lunch

Session-3: Forward-Looking Consultation - Towards WP 2018-2020

Parallel Session 3a: Climate Action

Chair: Brian Donlon (Environmental Protection Agency)

2.15pm: CARISMA: Involving stakeholders to ask the right questions in climate change mitigation - Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL)
2.35pm: Developing the role of JPI Climate in addressing knowledge needs - Frank McGovern (Governing Board member of the JPI Climate, EPA)

Questions & Answers

2.55pm: Group Panel Discussion: Key Research, Development & Innovation Gaps for Climate Action – 2018-2020

Panel includes: Allen White (University College Cork); Frank McGovern (Environmental Protection Agency); Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL); Barry O’Dwyer (University College Cork)

Parallel Session 3b: Water

Chair: Matt Crowe (Environmental Protection Agency)

2.15pm: CENTAUR – An innovation action on urban flooding - Will Shepherd (Sheffield University, UK)
2.35pm: Water JPI: Achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad - Maurice Héral (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, FR)

Questions & Answers

2.55pm: Group Panel Discussion: Key Research, Development & Innovation Gaps for Water – 2018-2020

Panel includes: Brendan Flynn (National University of Ireland, Galway), Federico Properzi (UN-Water), Will Shepherd (Sheffield University, UK), Maurice Héral (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, FR), Ken Stockil (Central Solutions – European Water Partnership)

Parallel Session-3c: Raw Materials & Circular Economy

Chair: Jonathan Derham (Environmental Protection Agency)

2.15pm: MINATURA 2020: Developing a concept for a European minerals deposit framework - Blažena Hamadová (Minpol, SK)
2.35pm: Raw Materials – Policy Perspective - Patrice Millet (European Commission, DG GROWTH)

Questions & Answers

2.55pm: Group Panel Discussion: Key Research, Development & Innovation Gaps for Raw Materials & Circular Economy – 2018-2020

Panel includes: John Walsh (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences: iCRAG); Patrice Millet (European Commission, DG GROWTH), Blažena Hamadová (Minpol, SK), Lisa O’Donoghue (University of Limerick), Sean Finlay (Geological Survey of Ireland), Gerry Stanley (Geological Survey of Ireland)

Parallel Session-3d: Biodiversity & Nature-Based Solutions

Chair: Fiona Grant (Marine Institute)

2.15pm: Urban transitioning with nature-based solutions: innovations and opportunities - Marcus Collier (University College Dublin)
2.35pm: BiodivERsA: Cooperation and shared strategies for biodiversity and nature-based solutions in Europe - Frédéric Lemaitre (French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, FR)

Questions & Answers

2.55pm: Group Panel Discussion: Key Research, Development & Innovation Gaps for Biodiversity & Nature-Based Solutions – 2018-2020

Panel includes: Alan Gilmer (Dublin Institute of Technology), Frédéric Lemaitre (French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, FR); Marcus Collier (University College Dublin), Liam McCarton / Sean O’Hogain (Dublin Institute of Technology – NatureWAT Action Group European Innovation Partnership on Water)

4pm – 4.15pm: Networking Tea/Coffee

Session-4: Feedback from Parallel Sessions & Support

Chair: Brian Donlon (Environmental Protection Agency)

4.15pm: Short Feedback from the Parallel Sessions
4.30pm: Feedback on Support Provided – Have your Say! - Brian Donlon (Environmental Protection Agency)

Close of Information Day