About the project
What is the Water Centre?
The Water Centre is a research project that seeks to answer the question of whether we will continue to have enough quality water. Climate change and the resulting drought as well as human behaviour and needs threaten the water supply, and therefore it is necessary to look for solutions and responses in the near future.
Seven additional research and educational institutions are involved in the project being implemented under the leadership of the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute. The Ministry of the Environment is the expert guarantor of the research programme. Funding is provided from a grant provided by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
About the project
The Water Centre research programme was launched in July 2020 under the leadership of the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute. Its primary task is to find answers to many questions related to water and water management. In addition to the Water Research Institute, the following research and educational institutions participate in the research programme:
- T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute (VÚV)
- Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ)
- Nature and Landscape Protection Agency of the Czech Republic (AOPK)
- Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering (ČVUT)
- Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (ČZU)
- Global Change Research Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ÚVGZ)
- University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (VŠCHT)
- The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening (VÚKOZ)
The Water Centre research programme is financed from an approved grant provided by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
The objective of the Water Centre research programme is to answer many questions related to water and our future.
- Will we have enough water in the future?
- How much water will we need in warmer weather?
- Where in the Czech Republic will there be enough water and where not?
- What do we have to do to have enough water everywhere?
- Where does water pollution come from?
- How to better treat industrial wastewater?
- How are aquatic animals doing at a time of climate change?
- Do fish passes work?
- Will we not be increasingly threatened by floods?
- How to protect ourselves from floods?
The research is divided into seven parts - work packages, the content of which is described below. The eighth work package focuses on project management and project promotion in the general public, among government officials, associated water management companies and many other stakeholders that care about the future of water.
Organization of activities of the Water Centre project
The supreme body of the Water Centre project is the Steering Group, in which all partners and all leaders of research groups as well as the MoE rapporteur are represented. The Steering Group meetings follow the rules of procedure, according to which it is desirable to reach a consensus among the partners. The group usually meets twice a year.
Project activities between the Steering Group meetings are managed by the Management Team. It is led by the project coordinator and made up of experts in project management, economics, promotion and communication. Ad hoc cooperation exists between the team and other specialists, e.g. IT experts, making use of the technical and professional support of the main beneficiary.
The work within the individual research work packages (WP) is managed by Research Teams under the leadership of the main researchers responsible for their management. The MoE rapporteur and MoE's expert guarantors of the work packages are invited to the meetings of the research teams. If more detailed management is needed, the activities within the work packages are further divided into the work of research groups focussing on partial goals.