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Water Innovation Europe

a common vision for water research and innovation

14-15 JUNE 2017 | BRUSSELS

Water is critical for our economy, food security, environment, and the well-being of our citizens. Water scarcity, pollution of our fresh water sources, and the effects of more frequent and intense floods and droughts can have severe economic impacts. To prevent these risks, investments in water infrastructure, in technologies for water-efficiency in industrial and agricultural sectors, and in the restoration and maintenance of well-functioning natural water systems are necessary.

Technological and non-technological innovation will be essential to address these water challenges and to keep the cost of the solutions affordable. The WssTP Water Vision “The value of water” has introduced 4 innovation concepts that show the way to a future-proof circular water-smart society that is effectively and efficiently governed. These innovation concepts are: Multiple Waters including reuse and recycling, Digital Water including IoT and Big Data, recovering the Value IN Water, and an underpinning Hybrid Grey and Green Infrastructure. Innovation in water and Digital Water offer also unexploited and solid market opportunities within and outside Europe, which we need to tap.

This year's edition of Water Innovation Europe conference will showcase that pro-actively addressing these water challenges can create and secure jobs and strong investment and market opportunities within and outside Europe. European industries, service providers, research institutes, and consultancies will have a great chance to develop and grow in the global €650 Billion water market and contribute to Europe’s global lead in Sustainable Development.

Water Innovation Europe 2017 will unlock the great potential for investing and innovating in water and you are invited to take stock of it. Will you join us?


WIE2017 Keynote Speaker is


Jyrki Katainen

European Commission VICE-PRESIDENT (2014-2019) | Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness


* accessible only to WssTP Members* accessible to all registered participants
10:00 - 13:00 Water & ICT + ICT4Water Cluster workshop
11:00 - 13:00 Water and Agrifood
11:00 - 13:00 Green Infrastructures
11:00 - 13:00 Water beyond Europe
11:00 - 13:00 Emerging Compounds
11:00 - 13:00 Water Energy Food Biodiversity Nexus
14:00 - 16:00 Resource Recovery
14:00 - 16:00 Ecosystems Services
14:00 - 16:00 Water & Industry
14:00 - 16:00 Urban Water Pollution
14:00 - 16:00 Renewable Energy Desalination
14:00 - 16:00 Membranes and Nano for Water
16:30WssTP Innovation & WG Strategy
17:00 - 18:30WssTP AGM 2017 (incl Board election)
18:30 - 19:00WssTP Board Meeting (Election President)
17:00 - 18:30Project Presentation
  • CL1: Value of Water - SIM4NEXUS
  • CL2: Smart Water Treatment - R4Water
  • CL3: Digital Water - DAIAD
  • CL4: Value in Water - FREEWAT
  • CL5: Hybrid Grey Green Infra - DEMOWARE
  • CL6: Horizontal - WIDEST
18:30WIE2017 Opening Cocktail
20:00WssTP Awards Dinner

15 June 2017 - CONFERENCE DAY

  • WssTP President
  • Claire Pace - President of the European Youth Parliament for Water (EYPW)
09:10Conference Openings Key-Note
  • Jyrki Katainen - EC Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
09:30Session 1: Innovation and Investment in Water
  • Moderator: Arturo Buenaventura - Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development - Abengoa Water

  • Christopher Gason - Owner - Global Water Intelligence
  • Wim Van Vierssen - CEO - KWR Watercycle Research Institute
  • Juan Magana - Senior Advisor - Innovation Finance Division, EIB
  • Pavel Misiga - Head of Eco-Innovation Unit - DG RTD
10:30Coffee Break
11:15Session 2: Water-smart industries
  • Moderator: Geoff Townsend - Global Water Research and Development - NALCO

  • Ian Knight - Global Site Sustainable Manager at Mars Inc.
  • Mark Lange - Director of EU Institutional Relations at Microsoft
  • Jan Burger - SRA Senior Manager Compliance & innovation WEBU at Coca Cola
12:15Session 3: Water-smart agriculture
  • Moderator: Jochen Froebrich - Chair WssTP WG Agrifood and Senior Researcher Green Economic Growth, Wageningen Environmental Research

  • Carlo Galli - Technical and Strategic Adviser for Water Resources at Nestlé
  • Claudia Muresan - Policy Officer Water, Agro-Environmental Decision Support Systems - Forestry and Climate change Unit, DG Agri
  • Adriano Battilani - Copa Cogeca & EIP Action Group WIRE
  • Sergiy Moroz - Policy Director at European Water Partnership
14:00Session 4: Water-smart cities
  • Moderator: Jakob Møller-Nielsen - Director for Urban Development - City of Copenhagen

  • Benjamin Gestin - General Manager Eau de Paris
  • Pascal Blanc - Director Innovation Programs "Smart services" at Suez
  • Moira Cambrezy - Product manager Smart Water at Veolia
  • Kees van Leeuwen - BluesCities Project
15:00Coffee Break
15:30Session 5: Water-smart governance
  • Moderator: Uta Wehn - Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies in the Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department at UNIESCO-IHE

  • Peter Glas - Chairman of the OECD Water Governance Initiative
  • Geoff Townsend - Global Water Research and Development - NALCO
  • Jochen Froebrich - Moderator Water-Smart Agriculture
  • Jakob Møller-Nielsen - Moderator Water-Smart Cities Panel
  • Michel Sponar - Deputy Head of Marine Environment and Water Industry Unit - DG ENV
  • WssTP President
  • Claire Pace - President for the European Youth Parliament for Water (EYPW)