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5 Days
21 Sessions
3 Locations
70 Speakers

European Water Tech Week 2018:
Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs

September 24 – 27, 2018 Leeuwarden

Monday September 24: City Theatre De Harmonie
Tuesday September 25 – Thursday September 27: WTC Leeuwarden

 

The global water technology sector is increasingly organized in hubs. The European Water Tech Week 2018 (EWTW 2018) will connect these hubs in Leeuwarden, the United Nations Innovating City for water technology. At this special event, the sector will meet and inspire each other in the innovative climate of WaterCampus Leeuwarden. Innovation, technology, science and policy leaders from companies, universities and governments get together from September 24 to 27, 2018. In the program, the Wetsus annual congress and WaterLink Symposium are connected with each other in synergy. The program features sessions on business, science, policy and international cooperation.

Program

September 22-27, 2018







10.00 AM
10.00 AM - 06.00 PM WaterCampus Leeuwarden

The European Water Tech Week (EWTW) kicks off with an Experience Day at WaterCampus in Leeuwarden. During this opening day of the EWTW, WaterCampus will bring you a very special program! Facts and fiction are mixed together this day.

You will never look at water the same again!

Is it really true that the computers at Wetsus run on energy extracted from urine? And is that why the employees drink so much water? Does sewer water from the city of Leeuwarden flow through the Water Application Centre and are people investigating that there? One moment you are in the middle of a sketch or performance of a celebrated actor, the other moment you walk past bubbling and steaming test setups in the laboratories of Wetsus and the Water Application Centre. Or you meet the people behind the start-up companies in the WaterCampus Business Centre ‘Johannes de Doper’. One thing is certain, after this day you will never look at water the same again! Registration is not required.

 

09.30 AM
09.30 AM - 06.00 PM City Theatre De Harmonie

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

 prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus

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

–  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

–  speaker to be announced

–  Marcel Mulder Award winner 2017:  dr. Philipp Wilfert

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

 

12.00 – 13.45 Lunch at exhibition floor

 

13.45 – 15.00 Plenary session Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs (1)

Chair: Andrew Walker

13.45 – 14.15  Key note by Sally Gutierrez, Director of environmental technology innovation cluster development and support programme EPA R&D office

 

14.15  – 15.00  WIS Award pitches

 

15.00 – 15.30  Break

 

15.30 – 16.45 Plenary session Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs (2)

There is no such thing (yet) as a format or blueprint for a Water Tech Hub. In this part leaders from the Global Water Tech Hubs present the highlights of each specific hub. By sharing each strength the basis for cooperation can be initiated.

–  USA: Dean Amhaus, Water Council

 Israel: Yossi Jaacoby, Merkarot

 Singapore: Kenneth Tan, PUB

 Canada: Peter Gallant, WaterTap

 Korea: t.b.a.

 

16.45 – 18.00 Networking reception at exhibition floor

 

09.30 AM
09.30 AM - 06.00 PM WTC Expo Leeuwarden

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.

Preliminary program

 

9.30 Welcome and registration

 

10.00 – 10.45 Plenary session

  • Welcome, prof.dr.ir. 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

  • Water as a Quantum Fluid, 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

  • Topological phase changes in electrically stressed liquid water, dr. Adam D. Wexler, Wetsus, The Netherlands

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

  • Prof.dr. Henny van der Mei, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

  • 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) The art of Dehydration

  • Lactose recovery from whey using EFC, Ruben Halfwerk MSc, Wetsus & Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • Optimization of lactose crystallization process: Applying new research findings to industrial application, dr. Shin Yee Wong, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

  • Membrane-based technology for drying scCO2, Andrew Shamu MSc, Wetsus & Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands

4) Antibiotic resistance in the water chain: sources, drivers and interventions

  • Transfer of antibiotic resistance form horizontal gene transfer, prof. Soren J. Sorensen, DTU, Denmark

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

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

  • Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes from municipal wastewater, Rebeca Pallares, Wetsus & TUDelft, The Netherlands

5) Smart Sensoring with Micro & Nano technology

  • On ion-selective sensing, dr.ir. Marcel Zevenbergen, Imec, The Netherlands

6) Applying water technology in sustainable agriculture

Business and Other Sessions

  • closed session Water Match

  • closed session Bootcamp

 

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, Wetsus & Catalan Institute for Water Research, The Netherlands

8) Engineering microbial cell factories for new directions in biotechnology

  • 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

  • Production of medium-chain factty acids and higher alcohols by a synthetic co-culture grown on carbon monoxice of syngas, 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 Biomedical Campus Rome, Italy

  • Upscaling desalination technology, dr. Bastiaan Blankert, Kaust University, Saudi Arabia

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

  • The benefits of multistage electrodialysis in seawater desalination, Gijs Doornbusch MSc, Wetsus & Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands

10) Applying membranes in systems

Business and Other Sessions

11) Digital disruption in the water utility value chain part 1: new sensor technology in the water industry

12) Human Capital valuable asset

  • closed session WaterMatch

 

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)

Or

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

Or

  • Explore the city and culture program, Leeuwarden

 

 

09.30 AM
09.30 AM - 06.00 AM WTC Expo Leeuwarden

Preliminary program

 

9.30 Welcome and registration

 

10.00 – 10.45 Plenary session

 

Welcome: Andrew Walker, International marketing strategist & public speaker
Introduction: prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus
Keynote: Prof. Kaijun Wang, Tsinghua University, Overall research development of Chinese wastewater treatment and the concept plant

10.45 – 12.15 Parallel Sessions

Science Sessions

1) Precious metals and water technology
2) Combatting algae blooms: how can technology and a 10 M$ prize help?
3) Blue Battery and other green water-based energy storage solutions

Business and Other Sessions

4) How to fund your valorization of knowledge using applied research?
5) Resource Recovery as a contribution of the water sector in a circular Economy
6) Wetskills Finals
7) Digital disruption in the water utility value chain part 2: Big data and fast data, where to start?

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch at exhibition floor

 

13.30- 15.15 Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs (Part 3)

– Final of the WIS Award
– Panel discussion ‘How to connect global water tech Hubs’
Chair: Andrew Walker, International marketing strategist & public speaker
Special guest: Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands
The global water technology sector is increasingly organized in hubs. The European Water Tech Week Leeuwarden 2018 connects these Global Hubs in Leeuwarden this week. Several leaders from Global Water clusters will highlight their vision on being part of a Water Hub, like Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Canada and the USA.

What is special about the Netherlands in water tech? Special water envoy of the Netherlands Henk Ovink gives his vision on the Dutch Water knowledge and skills and more specific in water technology related issues. Many Dutch water tech companies being mainly small or medium enterprises (sme) are considered being very innovative and often strong niche players, with a great international market potention. What are the chances for Dutch companies in world-wide market and what are the opportunities in cooperation with other countries. It is a matter of strong cooperation and building alliances between many countries to solve the challenges with clean water and sanitation in the world. Water Alliance connects global water tech hubs to support creating strong business cooperation.

The yearly WIS Award organised bij Water Alliance show some great examples of new innovations. After the pitches of the WIS innovations the floor is to some important leaders of Global Water Hubs, where they will explain their role. Together with Henk Ovink they will discuss the possibilities of working together and strengthen the ties between countries in order to find solutions.
Several water leaders from Global Water Hubs are expected to give their vision, like from Israel, South Korea, USA, Singapore and more.

15.15 – 16.00 Break and visit exhibition floor

 

16.00 – 17.30 Parallel sessions

 

8) Digital disruption in the water utility value chain part 3: How to create a digital disruption in the water utility value chain?
9
) Recovered cellulose: from used toilet paper to resource for the biobased economy
10) Resource Recovery – Biopolymers from Wastewater to Circular economy
11) Challenges for membrane filtration in the water market
12) Climate Resilient Cities: 1001 Best Management Practices and innovations
13) Think big: From technological development to commercial success in energy & water
14) Accelerator Programs from Waterhubs
Closed session Water Match

18.00 Networking Dinner

 

09.00 AM
09.00 AM - 06.00 PM

Water Tech Tours

On September 27, various tours with company and site visits will be organized as part of the EWTW programme. The tours will focus on the following issues:
Resource recovery, Water & Agro/Food, Water and Energy and Water and Health.

Learn about relevant technologies

Each tour will be dedicated to innovative water technologies that can be applied in the respective cross-over industries. During the tours and visits you will learn about relevant technologies and processes, you will meet the bright minds behind the technologies and you will take home great ideas and practical insights to foster your own business or make your company more sustainable.
A detailed overview of each tour will be published on this website in due course.
Each tour will finish in the late afternoon, so please keep this in mind when booking your return flights. If you wish to take part in a tour, we suggest you book your return flight on September 27 after 10 pm or on September 28. The tours and presentations will be provided in English only. Book your Water Tech Tour here.


The IJsselmeer Summit

On September 27, a special conference about the largest lake of The Netherlands is organized:  The IJsselmeer Summit.
The IJsselmeer is of huge value for drinking water, as a fresh water reservoir, for nature, shipping, recreation. All the involved provinces and municipalities will share what they do to ensure a good future for the IJsselmeer. Climate change forces them to take action.

Contrary to the rest of the week, this programme will be in Dutch. For more information click here.

 

 

WaterCampus Experience Day

September 22

The European Water Tech Week (EWTW) kicks off with an Experience Day at WaterCampus in Leeuwarden. During this opening day of the EWTW, WaterCampus will bring you a very special program! Facts and fiction are mixed together this day.

You will never look at water the same again!

Is it really true that the computers at Wetsus run on energy extracted from urine? And is that why the employees drink so much water? Does sewer water from the city of Leeuwarden flow through the Water Application Centre and are people investigating that there? One moment you are in the middle of a sketch or performance of a celebrated actor, the other moment you walk past bubbling and steaming test setups in the laboratories of Wetsus and the Water Application Centre. Or you meet the people behind the start-up companies in the WaterCampus Business Centre ‘Johannes de Doper’.

One thing is certain, after this day you will never look at water the same again! The Water Campus Experience Day starts around 10 am and ends at 3 pm. Registration is not required.

The venues

of EWTW 2018

Saturday September 22: WaterCampus Leeuwarden
Agora 4 8934 CJ Leeuwarden and Oostergoweg 9 8911 MA Leeuwarden

Monday September 24: City Theatre De Harmonie
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden

Tuesday September 25-Thursday September 27: WTC Leeuwarden
Heliconweg 52, 8914 AT Leeuwarden

WaterCampus Leeuwarden Read more
City Theatre De Harmonie Read more
WTC Leeuwarden Read more

Networking and Exhibition Area

at WTC

We couldn’t do without a networking area in order to facilitate your networking activities in the best possible way. During the European Water Tech Week we have provided space to promote your company or organisation for 2 days! Interested in a booth at the networking area at EWTW?  Read more about the exhibition possiblities here.

WIS Award

September 24 and September 26

Water Alliance Innovation Stimulation Award 2018

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 (EWTW-2018, 24-27 September). Previous winners Blueleg Monitoring, Hydrowashr, Fleetcleaner and Wafilin demonstrate the broad scope of water technologies. From “remote sensors” to “personal hygiene” to “maritime-” and “dairy” industry all benefit from innovative water technologies. Curious about what the Dutch have to offer on innovations for 2018? Come and join us at EWTW-2018.

Again 10 new Dutch candidates are nominated by the Water Alliance to battle for first place and the 10.000 Euro marketing and promotion support. All candidates will pitch their technology on the main stage. By public voting 5 finalist are determined from which the winner is selected by a jury of experts. Be part of the public jury, join us at EWTW-2018 and have a say in who will be the winner of our prestigious award.

When:

Monday September 24: WIS AWARD Pitch. 10 Dutch candidates will pitch their technology on the main stage.
Wednesday September 26: WIS Final. 5 Finalist will pitch their technology and the winner is selected by a jury of experts.

Water Tech Tours

September 27

On September 27, various tours with company and site visits will be organized as part of the EWTW program. The tours will focus on the following issues:
Resource recovery, Water & Agro/Food, Water and Energy and Water and Health.

Learn about relevant technologies

Each tour will be dedicated to innovative water technologies that can be applied in the respective cross-over industries. During the tours and visits you will learn about relevant technologies and processes, you will meet the bright minds behind the technologies and you will take home great ideas and practical insights to foster your own business or make your company more sustainable.
A detailed overview of each tour will be published on this website shortly.
Each tour will finish in the late afternoon, so please keep this in mind when booking your return flights. If you wish to take part in a tour, we suggest you book your return flight on September 27 after 10 pm or on September 28. The tours and presentations will be in English.

Each tour will cost €50,00 and includes food and drinks.

For more information about the Water Tech Tours, please contact Matthijs Plijnaar: m.plijnaar@wateralliance.nl / +31 (0)612884530.

Special requests: specialized tours can be provided by interest of at least 10 persons. So please let us know if you are interested in a topic that is not covered in one of the tours already provided.

Resource Recovery Read more
Water & Agro and Food Read more
Water and Energy Read more
Water and Health Read more

WaterMatch

Boost your international activities and meet potential business partners from across Europe at WaterMatch 2018. WaterMatch is an official side event of the European Water Tech Week and is organized by the Water Alliance and the Enterprise Europe Network.

During 15 minute meetings participants will investigate mutual interests and discuss potential collaboration. The participants represent not only companies but also universities and governmental institutions.

Why participate?

Interesting networking possibilities
Visibility and exposure for potential business leads
Choose your meetings in advance
WaterMatch is free of charge

Participation to WaterMatch is free of charge, however registration to the European Water Tech Week is mandatory. Separate Registration for WaterMatch is required! Please visit https://watermatch2018.b2match.io/ or contact Matthijs Plijnaar: m.plijnaar@wateralliance.nl / +31 6128 845 30.

Register now!