Third annual LEAP meeting held in Copenhagen

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The third annual LEAP researcher meeting was hosted by University of Copenhgan researchers, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting was held from June 19th-21st and featured presentations from participating researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Stockholm University, the University of Coimbra, and the University of Waterloo. 

LEAP Group Photo

Front Row (left-to-right): Joy Liu, Tamara Van Staden, Nandita Basu, Maria Cunha, Brian Jacobsen, Philippe Van Cappellen, Jerker Jarsjö, Roy Brouwer, Tatjana Milojevic, Suzanne Vedel; Back Row (left-to-right):Xingtong Ji, Benoît Dessirier, Kim Van Meter, Søren Bøye Olsen; Current members missing from photo: Tobias Larsen, João Marques


During the meeting, researchers discussed ongoing tasks for each work package and planned the upcoming work based on reviews of the mid-term report evaluated by the Joint Programming Commission (JPI). Key points of focus included: updates on each deliverable, discussion for the second phase of focus group studies, reporting from researchers exchanges and planning of upcoming exchanges, conference presentations and publications.

Biometric Data Collection
Focus Group Tutorial
LEAP meeting presentations

Left-to-right: LEAP researchers learn about 1) biometric data collection (eye-tracking software), 2) conducting surveys with ranked preferences, 3) hydroeconomics pertaining to agricultural pollutants

The research team expects to publish results in the near future and present the findings at upcoming conferences. Publications will be linked on the LEAP website, where conference news will also be announced. Overall, the annual meeting was very productive. The full meeting agenda can be found here.


The LEAP project was established under the Water Challenges for a Changing World Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI) in 2017. The LEAP team would like to thank the EU and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Swedish Research Council Formas (FORMAS), and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), for funding, in the frame of the collaborative international consortium (LEAP) financed under the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015 Call. This ERA-NET is an integral part of the 2016 Joint Activities developed by the Water JPI.