Online registration for the EWTW 2018 has been closed.

You can still register on site (Monday at De Harmonie, the rest of the week at WTC).

We hope to  meet you!


Tuesday September 25, day two of the Wetsus Congress, is traditionally mostly about science, but this year also multiple sessions about applied research, business and water technology hubs are added.


9.30 Welcome and registration


10.00 – 10.45 Plenary session

  • Welcome, Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus, The Netherlands

  • Keynote: Prince Constantijn van Oranje, StartupDelta Special Envoy, The Netherlands


10.45 – 12.15  Parallel sessions

Science Sessions

1) Water as a macroscopic quantum system (fully booked, maximum reached) 

  • Applied Optics and Water Physics, prof.dr. Jakob Woisetschlaeger, Graz University of Technology, Austria

  • Water as a semiconductor, dr. John Swain, Northeastern University Boston, USA

  • The Ectonox protein: Timely evidence for long range interactions in Water?  Dr. Nigel Dyer, University of Warwick & Coherent Water Systems Ltd, UK

  • Electrically Induced High Temperature Topological Phase Change in Liquid Water, dr. Adam D. Wexler, Wetsus, The Netherlands

2) Biofilms – What can we learn from other disciplines?

  • Translation of medical biofilm knowledge to water industry, prof.dr. Henny C. van der Mei, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Polymer coatings against bugs: how applicable are they?  Dr. Patrick van Rijn, University of Groningen & University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

  • From undesired to useful: a different perspective on EPS layers, Emanuel Dinis MSc, Wetsus & University of Twente, The Netherlands

3) Novel dehydration technologies in food processing (The art of Dehydration)

  • Multi-scale analysis of drying processes: Towards a sustainable production of high quality foods, dr. Maarten Schutyser, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

  • Recovery of valuable, heat sensitive products and concentrates by Eutectic Freeze Crystallization, ir. Ruben Halfwerk, Wetsus & Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • On the kinetics of lactose crystallization, dr. Shin Yee Wong, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

  • Scale-up of vegetable and herbs drying using pressurized carbon dioxide, dr. Gerard Hofland, FeyeCon, The Netherlands

4) Antibiotic resistance in the water chain: sources, drivers and interventions (fully booked, maximum reached)

  • Transfer of antibiotic resistance genes in urbant water systems, prof.dr. Søren J. Sørensen, DTU, Denmark

  • Combating antimicrobial resistance from an industrial point of view, dr. Herman Slijkhuis, DSM Sinochem

  • Antibiotic resistance and micropollutant abatement; possible synergy?, dr. Bert Palsma, STOWA, The Netherlands

  • Evaluating Antimicrobial Resistance in Dutch Wastewater Treatment Plants, Rebeca Pallares-Vega MSc, Wetsus & TUDelft, The Netherlands

5) Smart Sensoring with Micro & Nano technology (fully booked, maximum reached)

  • Applied examples of digitalization through complex sensors in the water industry, Flemming Hedegaard, Grundfos, Denmark

  • The internet of water: insights in water quality using large-scale sensor networks, dr. Marcel Zevenbergen, imec the Netherlands, The Netherlands

  • Real-time inline measurements of water composition, Michiel P. Oderwald MSc, TNO, The Netherlands

6) Technology for sustainable agriculture

  • Is zero emission target of water and nutrients for the Dutch greenhouse in 2027 realistic?  Willem van Baak BSc, Water Future BV, The Netherlands

  • Phosphorus recovery from dung: the anaerobic calcium phosphate granulation, Chris Schott MSc, Wetsus, The Netherlands

  • Circular duckweed farming on large scale, Tom Wijers MSc, Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, The Netherlands

  • Matching agricultural freshwater supply and demand – Using recycled (waste)water for sub-irrigation purposes, Ruud P. Bartholomeus, KWR, The Netherlands

Business and Other Sessions

10.45 – 12.15 WaterMatch (seperate registration necessary)

Closed session Selenium Summit

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch at exhibition floor


13.45 – 14.30 Plenary session

  • Keynote: Novel membranes for effective water reuse, desalination and energy harvesting, prof. Rong Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


14.30 – 15.00 Break


15.00 – 16.30  Parallel sessions

Science Sessions

7) Micro pollutants in waste water: next generation rapid detection and advanced treatment technologies

  • Rapid pinpointing of emerging toxicants in the environment, dr. Jeroen Kool, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Nano-structured clays for selective adsorption or transport of micro pollutants, Feng Yan MSc / prof.dr. Petra Rudolf, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Developing the next generation of UV-based advanced oxidation technolgies using a dual wavelength approach: UV254nm/H2O2 and UV185nm/H2O, Nimmy Kovoor George MSc, Wetsus & Catalan Institute for Water Research, The Netherlands

8) Engineering microbial cell factories for new directions in biotechnology (fully booked, maximum reached)

  • Metabolic specialization and the causes of diversity in microbial ecosystems, dr. David R. Johnson, Eawag, Switzerland

  • Enhanced performance of nitrogen removal with Amammox granules in the single-stage reactor, prof.dr. Jinyoung Jung, Yeungnam University, South Korea

  • Tailored microbial consortia for syngas fermentation, dr. Diana Z. Sousa, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • Developing thermophilic bacilli into bacterial cell factories, prof. Richard van Kranenburg, Corbion & Laboratory of Microbiology Wageningen University, The Netherlands

9) Think big, spend less: upscaling challenges in desalination technologies

  • Upscaling challenges in decentralized renewable Desalination, dr. Mauro Capocelli, University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy

  • Optimization of osmotic membrane processes, dr. Bastiaan Blankert, Kaust University, Saudi Arabia

  • Colloids and Polymers in (Up Scaling) Water technology, prof.dr. Huub Rijnaarts, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • Low energy seawater desalination using multistage electrodialysis, Gijs Doornbusch MSc, Wetsus & Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands

10) Applying membranes in systems / The salt challenge (fully booked, maximum reached)

  • The use of electrohydrodynamic atomization in the simple-jet mode in a single step thermal desalination system, Jan C.M. Marijnissen, The Netherlands

  • Salinity and productivity in muddy landscapes; impacts of climate change, Mindert de Vries, The Netherlands

  • Total water recovery, dr. Eric van Sonsbeek, EColoRO, The Netherlands

  • Interreg IMPROVED project, Farnoosh Fasaei MSc, HZ University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Business and Other Sessions

11) Digital disruption in the water utility value chain part 1: new sensor technology in the water industry (fully booked, maximum reached)

  • Trends in sensor technologies for the water industry, Corina Carpentier, Aquatic Ecotoxicologist and Water Quality Expert / Managing Director Benten Water Solutions, The Netherlands

  • RFID technology in the water industry, a profitable business case in fast data, Hans Wouters MSc, Civil Engineering, Delft University, business developer and managing director at Brightwork BV, The Netherlands

12) Human Capital valuable asset

  • What is the importance of life long learning and what CIV Water does for vocational level education?  Pieter Hoekstra, project leader at The Centre of Innovative Craftsmanship Water, CIV Water, The Netherlands

  • Robbert de Geus takes you through the world of education. What is his experience of life long learning in this unique dual position?  Robbert de Geus, teacher VET and project leader at MBO Life Sciences in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

  • How does MCAST promote life long learning?  Edwin Zammit, Deputy Director Programme Management (Technical College) at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), Malta

13) “Great content, but what’s the story?”

  • Making a connection with your pitch and your story, Andrew Walker, Blue Gold Marketing, Germany

  • Mastering the media: video, social, journalists, Tom Freyberg, Founder and Director, Atlantean Media

15.00 – 16.30  WaterMatch (seperate registration necessary)

Closed session Selenium Summit


16.30 – 17.30 Networking reception at exhibition floor


Side events European Capital of Culture (optional)

  • 18:00 hrs: Canal tour Leeuwarden, by traditional Frisian flatboat, close to WTC Leeuwarden (limited seats)


  • 19:00 hrs: Cultural event and dinner Fries Museum/M.C. escher exhibition, Fries Museum (limited seats)


  • Explore the city and culture program, Leeuwarden