Water Oriented Living Labs

BACKGROUND/HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE WORKSHOP

    Thanks to the development of action research network and Europe-wide federative organisations of living labs, today, European living labs play a leveraging role for the uptake of Responsible and Participatory Research and Innovation actions, whilst promoting synergistic implementation of Horizon 2020, Smart Specialisation, and Cohesion Policy. In the context of its overall Vision 2030 and SIRA (Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda) targets for the water-smart society, the European Water Platform WssTP has defined living lab as one of the key innovation measures to develop longer-term investment plans for experimental RDI programmes addressing water innovation barriers. 

   Water Oriented Living Labs are real-life, water oriented and demo-type and platform-type environments with a cross-sector nexus approach, which have the involvement and commitment of multi-stakeholders (including water authorities) and a certain continuity (good chance to continue to their existence), and provide a “field lab” to develop, test, and validate a combination of solutions as defined in the WssTP SIRA, which include technologies, their integration as well as combination with new business models and innovative policies based on the value of water.

MAIN AIM / OBJECTIVE

     To explore synergies, collaborative and financial tools to support LLs to address water related challenges through the development of innovative solutions both from the policy&governance and technology perspective with a systemic approach.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

    Full understanding of the water challenges in diverse categories of LLs Development of a draft roadmap for the development of innovative solutions both from the policy&governance and technology perspective with a systemic approach.

BRIEF OUTLINE / METHODOLOGY

     A bled of:

 1. Frontal workshop (for the first session `and partially for the second one) to introduce the core issue of the workshop, the state of the art of WoLLs. This will include a summary of the findings from the WssTP Atlas of EU WoLLs.

 2. Interactive workshop to design possible proposals, support networking and systemic innovation solutions relating to the workshop objectives. 

The workshop is based on three micro groups facilitation of about 10 people each for the three main domains of the WoLLs (Industry, Urban, Rural) that are more suitable for analysis and knowledge creation.

Workshop Facilitators

Durk Krol

Executive Director

Andrea Rubini

Director of Operations

Geoff Townsend

Vision Leader

Jens Prisum

Vision Leader

Jochen Froebrich

Vision Leader