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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2013.6.5-2 | Award Amount: 1.17M | Year: 2013

The aim of this project is develop new instruments and tools that will enhance environmental research and promote innovation in Danube Region, including the Danube Delta and the Black Sea. Importantly, the new instruments and tools do not start ab initio but will build on existing projects covering multiple source of funding (public, private or PPP), whether national, regional or European which will be identified and clustered. The project will undertake a critical analysis of what has been achieved so far in the region and will build upon results of achievements to-date, to design innovative solutions to strengthen knowledge transfer in this area. This will be achieved by gathering top level representatives of the academia and business communities as well as decision makers, specialized in various sectors of integrated management of the Danube Black Sea macrosystem. The project will be structured on the three main pillars of Research and Innovation (i. Science and Innovation Agenda, ii. Research Infrastructures and iii. Human Capital) and their relation to the three principal categories of stakeholder: i. Policy and Decision Makers, ii. Business / Industry community and iii. Academia. The specific objectives of this project are to: 1. critically analyse the achievements in integrated river- delta sea management in the Danube Region, 2. understand links between the achievements, deliverables and results of the work performed. 3. Define a set of instruments to enhance environmental research and innovation in Danube Region. The ultimate deliverable will be a toolbox of instruments which will yield 1. a strategic research agenda, 2. a concept and detailed plan of the distributed research infrastructure both for the Danube Black Sea Macrosystem and 3. Proposals for an integrated educational program to be implemented at a regional level in the immediate future, with the full cooperation of partners from Danube - Black Sea Macrosystem.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: ENV.2007.2.1.2.2. | Award Amount: 2.92M | Year: 2008

The overall objective of the WETwin project is to enhance the role of wetlands in basin-scale integrated water resources management, with the aim of improving the community service functions while conserving good ecological status. Strategies will be worked out for: utilizing the drinking water supply and sanitation potentials of wetlands for the benefit of people living in the basin, while maintaining (and improving as much as possible) the ecosystem functions adapting wetland management to changing environmental conditions integrating wetlands into river basin management improving stakeholder participation and capacity building with the aim of supporting sustainable wetland management. The project will work on twinned case study wetlands from Africa, South America and Europe. Management solutions will be worked out for these wetlands with the aim of supporting the achievement of the above objectives. Involvement of local stakeholders into the planning process will play a crucial role. Knowledge and experiences gained from these case studies will be summarized in general guidelines in order to support achieving project objectives on global scale. The project also aims at supporting the global exchange of expertise on wetland management. Stakeholder participation, capacity building and expertise exchange will be supported by a series of stakeholder and twinning workshops.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-IF-EF-ST | Phase: MSCA-IF-2014-EF | Award Amount: 178.16K | Year: 2016

Plankton occupy a key position in aquatic trophic webs, and today, a highly relevant topic lies ahead in assessing its global change-mediated shifts, with implications for the functioning of aquatic systems. Mixotrophic chrysophytes are prevailing elements of phytoplankton in oligo- and mesotrophic lakes. Their contribution is predicted to increase with climate warming, which imply serious consequences for pelagic trophic efficiency and ecosystem services e.g. fish production. However, our current knowledge on the nutritional quality and bottom-up effect of chrysophytes is insufficient. CHRYSOWEB aims to reveal their effects on zooplankton secondary production and diversity in a multi-disciplinary approach, which will significantly contribute to the understanding of carbon flow and nutrient cycling in alpine lakes under global change. Laboratory feeding experiments will be combined with field observations to quantify species-specific responses of relevant zooplankton taxa to chrysophytes. The underlying mechanisms will be biochemically analysed in algae and consumers. The host, WasserCluster Lunz (WCL) is a leading limnological institute in Central Europe with cutting-edge infrastructure and outstanding research performance. My supervisor, Dr Robert Ptacnik (leader of AquaScale working group, WCL) has excellent background in plankton ecology and experimental systems. The biochemical part will be performed in cooperation with Dr Martin Kainz (leader of LIPTOX working group, WCL). I will additionally benefit from the international cooperation with Prof Herwig Stibor (LMU Munich; place of secondment). CHRYSOWEB will produce front-line and timely inter-disciplinary results and enhance my future perspectives to become an independent researcher by broadening my expertise both conceptually and methodologically. The inspiring working environment, high-quality infrastructure, excellent supervision and my personal motivation guarantee the successful outcome of the project.

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