KINDRA workshop



Sevilla, Spain, 5 February 2016



European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and
SAPIENZA University on behalf of KINDRA consortium


The orientation workshop for national experts is organised in the frame of the KINDRA project, related to the workpackage “Data collection and processing”. The objective of KINDRA is to reach a very accurate understanding of where we are at in terms of European groundwater and hydrogeology related research and innovation – especially with regards to the implementation of the WFD and GWD. Such assessment will need to be performed bottom-up, assessing ongoing and recent activities, research agendas, priorities, etc in as many European countries as possible. Clearly, EU-level research activities will also need to be assessed, also with regards to participation in these activities by EU countries and the actual diffusion of European R&D in national innovation and deployment. In order to make sure that relevant and comparable input is collected from all countries covered by KINDRA, an orientation workshop is planned for the national members of EFG, during which the project goals are explained in great detail. By the time of the orientation workshop the reporting system for the inventory (European Inventory for Groundwater Research, EIGR) will be completed, and consensus will have been achieved on the scope of knowledge to be reported according to a uniform terminology/standard. During the orientation workshop the EIGR will be tested, and written guidelines will be provided concerning the key steps in assessing research/innovation activities in a particular country.


Groundwater and hydrogeology-related research activities cover a wide spectrum of research areas at EU and national levels. However, groundwater issues are quite often either ignored or considered only in insufficient detail and separated from the associated surface water bodies, despite of its critical importance as renewable, high-quality, naturally protected (but still vulnerable) resource that has significant impacts on both surface water bodies and ecostems. The KINDRA project (Knowledge Inventory for hydrogeology research, Grant Agreement No. 642047, seeks to create a critical mass for scientific knowledge exchange of hydrogeology research, to ensure wide applicability of research results, including support for innovation and development, and to reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts. The overall objective of the project is to take stock of our current knowledge of hydrogeology through an inventory of research results, activities, projects and programmes. The inventory is then used to identify critical research challenges and gaps, with a goal to avoiding overlaps.

5 February 2016 (KINDRA experts only)

Harmonised Research Classification System (HRC-SYS)

09.00 – A Harmonised Research Classification System (HRC-SYS) for groundwater and hydrogeology research – introduction and examples – Klaus Hinsby (Senior Researcher, GEUS)
09.30 – Q & A Session and Discussion

European Inventory of Groundwater Research (EIGR)

10.00 – KINDRA survey on inventory of information sources – Eva Hartai (Assoc. Prof., EFG Delegate)
10.20 – Coffee break
10.45 – European Inventory of Groundwater Research (EIGR) – Mercedes Garcia and Clint Garcia (REDIAM)
11.30 – The EIGR guidance – introduction and examples, how and what to include in the EIGR – Peter Van der Keur (Senior Researcher, GEUS)
12.00 – Q & A Session and Discussion
12.20 – Lunch break

Training session: European Inventory of Groundwater Research (EIGR)

13.00 – Training exercises – REDIAM
Basic tutorial on the GeoNetwork Interface adapted to the EIGR
– User interface
– EIGR Sections
– EIGR Content:
Content Characterization “What type of contents are to be uploaded to the EIGR”
Metadata Structure
Basic concepts: Mandatory, Recommended, Conditional and Optional Tags
– Practical examples of content upload to the EIGR: Walkthrough exercise
– EIGR Applications/Tools
– Troubleshooting, Support contact
17.00 – Wrap up, end of workshop