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!


On Monday September 24, the first European Water Technology Week will kick off. This first EWTW day offers a program aimed at business, policy, science and international collaboration.

Excellence in Multidisciplinarity

After the plenary opening session, esteemed keynote speakers will address the theme of the Wetsus Congress: ‘Excellence in Multidisciplinarity’. Multisdisciplinary research is increasingly recognized as a precondition to create breakthrough innovations, but how to effectively organize this? Views from science, business and politics are shared.

Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs

In the afternoon, a plenary session called ‘Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs’ is scheduled. Water technology hubs from around the world will briefly pitch their activities. In a lively session they will discuss with each other about challenges and opportunities in international cooperation in the field of water technology.
Several Innovation, technology and policy leaders from Global Water clusters, companies, universities and governments will highlight their vison on being part of a Water Hub, like Singapore, Israel, South Korea, US and others. They will focus on the question how multidisciplinary cooperation can help to solve societal challenges around water.

Preliminary program


9.30 Welcome and registration


10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session

Chair: Johannes Boonstra, Executive Board Wetsus

Opening EWTW

Ferd Crone, Mayor of Leeuwarden, Capital of Water Technology, Cultural Capital of Europe 2018


Excellence in Multi Disciplinarity

 Wetsus developments, Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus

–  Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

 Swift action to accept innovations, James L. Barnard, Ph.D., D.Ing.h.c., Pr.Eng. BCEE, WEF Fellow, Dist. MASCE Global Practice & Technology Leader Advanced Biological Treatment Black & Veatch, USA

–  EIT – Connecting Innovation Hubs in Europe, drs. Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chair EIT Governing Board

–  Marcel Mulder Award winner 2017: Phosphorus recovery – a voyage from Sewage to Vermeer, dr. Philipp Wilfert

–  Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony drs. Ed Nijpels, Chair Supervisory Board Wetsus


12.00 – 13.45 Lunch at exhibition floor


13.45 – 16.30 Plenary session Connecting Global Water Technology Hubs

Chair: Andrew Walker


13.45 – 14.15  Key-note: Addressing water problems through technological innovation: US experience in developing a global water hub networkSally Gutierrez, Director of environmental technology innovation cluster development and support programme EPA R&D office, USA


14.15  – 15.00  WIS Award pitches

This prestigious award was initiated by the Water Alliance to promote innovative Dutch water technologies. The annual competition celebrates its fifth anniversary during the European Water Technology Week 2018 in Leeuwarden! Again 10 new Dutch candidates are nominated by the Water Alliance to battle for the first place. All candidates will pitch their technology.


15.00 – 16.10 Panel discussion Water Technology Hubs

This session discusses how water hubs contribute to mastering water challenges in society by fostering innovation. It showcases six diverse hubs from around the world, their mission, value they add to the economy, as well as what conditions they need to thrive.

– USA: Dean Amhaus, Water Council Wisconsin

– Israël: Yossi Yaacoby, Mekorot

– Singapore: Fong Han Loong, Senior Assistant Director,  PUB

– South Korea: Jin-Young Jung, Yeungnam University Gyeongsan

– China: Shaoxian Zhang, Jiangsu cluster

– The Netherlands: Hein Molenkamp, WaterCampus, Leeuwarden


16.10-16.30 Wrap up day 1 EWTW 2018, including announcement of the 5 finalists for the WIS Award

The final will be held on Wednesday.

16.30 – 18.00 Networking reception at exhibition floor