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The Value of Water: the case for innovation and investment in water


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?


We are currently setting up an exciting agenda! Stay tuned for more information on the programme. 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
11:00 Working Groups Meetings
  • Water and Agrifood
  • Emerging Compounds
  • Green Infrastructures
  • Water & ICT (includes Water & ICT Clusters)
  • Water beyond Europe
  • Water Energy Food Biodiversity Nexus
  • Water Oil and Gas (TBC)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Working Groups Meetings
  • Resource Recovery
  • Ecosystems Services
  • Water & Industry
  • Bathing Water (TBC)
  • Urban Water Pollution
  • Renewable Energy Desalination
  • Membranes and Nano for Water
  • Water Infrastructures (TBC)
16:00 Break
16:30 WssTP Innovation & WG Strategy
17:00 - 18:30 WssTP AGM 2017 (incl Board election)
18:30 - 19:00 WssTP Board Meeting (Election President)
17:00 - 18:30 Project Presentation
  • CL1: Value of Water - SIM4NEXUS
  • CL2: Smart Water Treatment - R4Water
  • CL3: Digital Water - DAIAD
  • CL4: Value in ater - TBC
  • CL5: Hybrid Grey Green Infra - Smart-MED
  • CL6: Horizontal - WIDEST
18:30 WIE2017 Openning Cocktail
20:00 WssTP Awards Dinner

15 June 2017 - CONFERENCE DAY

09:00 Welcome
  • WssTP President
  • Claire Pace - President of the European Youth Parliament for Water (EYPW)
09:10 Conference Openings Key-Note
  • Jyrki Katainen - EC Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
09:30 Session 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
  • Shiva Dustdar Head of the Innovation Finance Division - EIB
  • Pavel Misiga Head of Eco-Innovation Unit - DG RTD
10:30 Coffee Break
11:15 Session 2: Water-smart industries
  • Moderator: Geoff Townsend - Global Water Research and Development - NALCO

  • Dow Chemical
  • Cobre las Cruces
  • Microsoft
  • Coca Cola
12:15 Session 3: Water-smart agriculture
  • Moderator: Jochen Froebrich - Chair WssTP WG Agrifood and Coordinator Green Economic Growth at Wageningen University

  • Carlo Galli - Technical and Strategic Adviser for Water Resources at Nestlé
  • Mauro Poinelli - HoU Environment, Forestry and Climate Change - DG Agri
  • Adriano Battilani - Copa Cogeca & EIP Action Group WIRE
  • Sergiy Moroz - Policy Director at European Water Partnership
13:15 Lunch
14:00 Session 4: Water-smart cities
  • Moderator: Jakob Møller-Nielsen - Director for Urban Development - City of Copenhagen

  • Benjamin Gestin - General Manager Eau de Paris
  • Suez
  • Veolia
  • Kees van Leeuwen - BluesCities Project
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Session 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
  • Geof Townsend - Global Water Research and Development - NALCO
  • Jochen Froebrich - Moderator Water-Smart Agriculture
  • Jakob Møller-Nielsen - Moderator Water-Smart Cities Panel
  • DG ENV (TBC)
16:30 Closure
  • WssTP President
  • Claire Pace - President for the European Youth Parliament for Water (EYPW)