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Sant'Ambrogio di Torino, Italy

Turconi L.,CNR Research Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection | Nigrelli G.,CNR Research Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection | Conte R.,Regione Piemonte
Computers and Geosciences | Year: 2014

Debris flows and stream floods are common natural processes in alpine regions. Though their occurrence varies significantly in space and time, a sound knowledge basis for assessing the extent and impact of such events can be gained through the use of historical sources. The GIS application described here derives from an analysis of historical accounts of landslide, flood and debris flow events which caused losses in property and lives in Piedmont (Northwestern Italy). The analysis focuses on past geo-hydrological events in small-scale Alpine catchments in such region, but the research method can be exported to any mountain basin.Controlling natural hazards is a national task of paramount importance to ensure maximum safety, through sustainable strategies in the integrated risk management of natural hazard in mountainous watersheds. A specific objective of this project was to define a flood prevention methodology, to jointly with civil protection agencies in order to establish priority actions and rapid response in case of torrential rains. Working together with local civil protection units, the overall aim is to raise awareness of potential flood risks and help residents be prepared for flood events. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.7.3 | Award Amount: 2.38M | Year: 2010

Today the ever growing visibility of the web as a medium that exhibits the potential to attract and maintain societys involvement coupled with the need for a more citizen-centric and socially-rooted policy making, calls for novel tools with the capability to analyze societys input and forecast the possible impact of policies. Thus, more citizen-centric governance arises more pressing than ever.\nThe proposed project aims at bringing together two well established domains, the mashup architectural approach of web 2.0 for creating web applications (gadgets) and the methodology of system dynamics in analyzing complex system behavior. The objective is to design, develop and deploy a prototype toolset that will allow policy makers to graphically create web applications that will be deployed in the environment of underlying knowledge in Web 2.0 media. For this reason, the project introduces the concept of Policy Gadget (Padget) similarly to the approach of gadget applications in web 2.0 to represent a micro web application that combines a policy message with underlying group knowledge in social media (in the form of content and user activities) and interacts with end users in popular locations (such as social networks, blogs, forums, news sites, etc) in order to get and convey their input to policy makers.\nThrough the proposed platform any policy can become a reusable and communicable web application to be used in relation to underlying content and social activities over the web. Policy makers will be able to set up such applications on their own and use them to communicate their policies to the public. People can use these applications as they use everyday services and policy makers can track the results of this interaction back to their policy making process to assist them in reaching solid decisions that represent societys input and aspirations.

EU is dependent on the import of Raw Materials, if we consider that in Europe there are between 150K to 500K highly variable landfills, it is easy to understand that the SRM potential of various landfills is significant. Valuable Raw Materials disposed in landfills are mostly lost due to inefficient waste management practices. Existing knowledge, reporting standards and inventory on SRM seems to be inefficient. In this context, the SMART GROUND project intends to foster resource recovery in landfills by improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) in the EU, while creating synergies among the different stakeholders involved in the SRM value chain. SMART GROUND involves the 3 main players of the process: End-users (waste management companies),RTD institutions (Research centres, Universities, SMEs), and Technology Transfer providers (Networking, training organizations and public authorities). Thus, the consortium will integrate all the data from existing databases and new information retrieved in a single EU databank. SMART GROUND will respond to the needs of coordination, networking and cooperation between stakeholders, through the creation of a databank enabling the exchange of information among them. It will improve data gathering on SRM from different types of waste, by defining new and better data acquisition methods and standards; it will cooperate with other EU ongoing activities and support the implementation of the EIP on RM. The project also aims at improving the SRM economic and employment potential, by i) providing training on the assessment of landfill sites material recovery targeting end-users, ii) forming a dedicated network of academic, industrial and other stakeholders and regulators committed to cost-effective research, technology transfer and training; iii) developing and implementing a dissemination and exploitation plan to maximise the impacts and benefits of the SMART GROUND action

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2011.2.3-2 | Award Amount: 3.49M | Year: 2012

M-ERA.NET will be a real tool for developing a strong European RTD community on materials science and engineering and for supporting the European economy with respect to the challenges of the 21st century. M-ERA.NET will be a highly ambitious network involving a majority of European key players in national funding of materials science and engineering. M-ERA.NET will replace a number of smaller previous ERA-NETs and cover the materials domain with an innovative and flexible umbrella concept for one single ERA-NET contract. M-ERA.NET will set up a multi-annual policy for joint programming targeted at the whole innovation cycle. Cooperation at an international level will enable the European RTD community to access world leading knowledge. It is our mission to - strengthen the status of the European RTD community and economy in materials sciences and engineering; - mobilise critical mass of national and regional funding for transnational RTD cooperation in materials science and engineering, thereby achieving a very large leverage effect of the requested FP7 funding; - set up a novel umberlla concept for cooperation to react to emerging needs and to allow coverage of future topics in related thematic areas; - establish strategic programming of joint activities, addressing societal and technological challenges in an interdisciplinary approach; - support the exploitation of created knowledge along the whole innovation chain; - enable enlarged research cooperation within the EU member states and associated states; - establish international cooperation with partners outside Europe; - exploit the novel developments in a durable, long term cooperation between funding organisations.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-7 | Award Amount: 1.71M | Year: 2014

Towards Europe 2020, European Commission adopted a comprehensive innovation strategy to enhance Europes capacity to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This strategy concerns the so called concept of Smart Specialization Strategy. By itself, sounds a challenging task, but it is of crucial importance, especially for less advanced regions. According to this concept, each region must set its own innovation priorities and streamline public funds in those technological fields, where certain advantages and thus exploitation prospects exist. This is the challenge INCOMERA partners decided to take up by answering those three objectives: 1. To detect and financially support NMP research results likely to provide solutions for innovative products, processes or services, 2. To analyse and assess the lessons from the measures taken and supported in various Member States to exploit transform research results, 3. To provide operational guidance for supporting efficiently the successive steps between research and innovation, paying particular attention to the use of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), in the context of Smart Specialization Strategies. INCOMERA is composed of 22 extremely experienced partners (including the associated partner), 13 countries and 11 regions, planning to: - Develop all synergy required for supporting SMEs transnational/regional cooperation, within the context of each regions smart specialization strategy for enhancing the commercialization/productivity plans of NMP consortia, - Launch an Online Platform for innovation providing tailored made services to NMP research projects that reached TRL4, - Launch three joint calls for proposals to fund innovative industrial research projects close to the market.

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