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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 – 27: WTC Expo Centre 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 programme, the Wetsus annual congress and WaterLink Symposium are connected with each other in synergy. The programme features sessions on business, science, policy and international cooperation.

Program

September 22-27, 2018







10.00 AM
10.00 AM - 03.00 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.

 

09.00 PM
09.00 PM - 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. The Waterlink Symposium and the Wetsus annual Congress are integrated in the overall EWTW program, and all congress days offer elements of both events.

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 with the audience.
Part of this morning session is the traditional Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony for exceptional research, and a pitch by last year’s winner.

Connecting the hubs

In the afternoon, a plenary session called ‘Connecting the 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. Issues like water scarcity, water pollution and water and health will be on the agenda, just like the water sector’s contribution to the circular economy. Viewpoints from businesses, science and politics will be brought to you by key-note speakers from all over the world.

WIS Award: Innovative water tech ideas

In addition, the contestants for the Water Alliance Innovation & Stimulation Award (WIS Award) will pitch their innovative business ideas. In the plenary WaterLink session on Wednesday afternoon, the winner will be announced.

 

09.00 PM
09.00 PM - 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.

Two internationally renowned key note speakers will present in plenary sessions, respectively opening the morning and afternoon programs. After these plenary openings, a parallel session program on a variety on topics will be addressed. Scientific topics that will be addressed are, amongst others: Rare metals and the role of water technology , Blue Battery and other green water-based energy storage solutions, Smart sensoring with nano technology , Biofilms – What can we learn from medicine? Check the programme on our website to follow the further development of the program.

In the other parallel sessions a selection of international water technology hubs will present themselves on this day, with an interesting program about their specialties, with the aim to connect to actors in other areas. A view of the sessions:

Afternoon sessions

1. WaterMatch

2. Digital disruption in the water utility value chain – New sensor technology in the water industry

This day, like the remaining part of the program of EWTW2018, is held in WTC Expo Leeuwarden.

 

09.00 PM
09.00 PM - 06.00 PM WTC Expo Leeuwarden

Morning program: Science and more

Wednesday September 26, starts with a morning program which is basically a continuation of the program of Tuesday September 25. The afternoon, organized along the tradition of the WaterLink  Symposium, has a clear business focus. In the morning session, a plenary keynote speech will be delivered by a renowned scientist in the field of Resource recovery. This will be followed with parallel keynote sessions around science, business, and international cooperation.

Afternoon program: WaterLink Symposium

Special water envoy Henk Ovink gives his vision

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.

WIS Award

The annual WIS award (Water Alliance Innovation & Stimulation Award) organised by Water Alliance shows 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 (Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands) they will discuss the possibilities of working together and strengthen the ties between countries in order to find solutions.

Global Water Tech Hubs

Several water leaders from Global Water Hubs are expected to give their vision. For example from Israel, South Korea, US and Singapore.

Interactive parallel theme sessions

In the morning and afternoon there will be interactive theme sessions. The theme sessions are running in parallel, so all participants can join a session of their choice, providing the opportunity to discuss current issues on the theme/topic of their expertise/interest. A few of the sessions:

Morning sessions

1. Wetskills final
2. Digital disruption in the water utility value chain – Big data and fast data, where to start?
3. Resource Recovery – Resource Recovery as a contribution of the water sector in a Circular Economy

Afternoon sessions

1. WaterMatch
2. Digital disruption in the water utility value chain – How to create a digital disruption in the water utility value chain?
3. Resource Recovery – Recovered cellulose: From used toilet paper to resource for the biobased economy
4. Resource Recovery – Biopolymers from Wastewater to Circular economy
5. Membrane Technology
6. Water & Cities
7. Energy & Water

 

 

09.00 PM
09.00 PM - 06.00 PM

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.

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.

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

Special requests

Specialized tours can be provided by interest of min. 10 persons. So do let us know if you are interested in a topic which is not covered in one of the tours already provided.

 

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 11 am and ends at 2 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-September 27: WTC Expo Leeuwarden
Heliconweg 52, 8914 AT Leeuwarden

WaterCampus Leeuwarden Read more
City Theatre the Harmonie Read more
WTC Expo Leeuwarden Read more

Networking and Exhibition Area

at WTC Expo

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 2.5 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.

For more information about the Water Tech Tours, please contact Matthijs Plijnaar: m.plijnaar@wateralliance.nl or +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 or +31 6128 845 30.

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