♦ Digital Water Awards
EJWP & Dechema
♦ Water Smart MEP Awards
♦ Water is also your business
Did you know that googling consumes water?
90% of our economy needs water and yet its value remains surprisingly hidden. With 233m3/ hab. in 2018, the European Union is one of the largest water consumers in the world. Therefore, quality and quantity of water are two key challenges for Europe. In light of the Zero Pollution Action Plan, how are the sectors of the European economy facing these challenges? What is the way forward? Watch the video to know more.
WE VP Advocacy
Mayor of Mersin
♦ Water Technology & Infrastructure Awards
EJWP & University of Nis
♦ Water Smart Industry for EU competitiveness and autonomy
What is the water in industrial symbiosis? How water reuse can contribute to the Green Deal objectives? How design process and industrial production chain can capitalise on water efficiency? Which role can have digital water to improve the agility of the EU economy? Mitigate climate change goes beyond the reduction of CO2 industrial emissions. Water risks EU competitiveness and a smart-water management can strengthen the resilience of our economy for producing qualitative and innovative solutions. What is the value of water in the Industrial Emission Directive? Do you manage water efficiently? Watch this video to know more.
10.00am – 12.00pm
Wim van Vierssen
WE VP Innovation
Mayor of Mechelen
♦ SME Awards
EJWP & De Watergroep
♦ Untapped water opportunities: Urban & Rural reuse water
Water is a matter of quality of life. Rural & urban interface are key for several water-related challenges. How can we manage the long list of challenges: CECs, artificialisation of the soils, biodiversity, healthy food production, inclusiveness? However, several opportunities remain locked, not only in the new Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse for agricultural irrigation. With the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, the future of rural areas and Soil strategy, how can we encourage a holistic approach, supporting Green-Grey infrastructures and digital water to adapt and provide benefits to both urban and rural areas? Watch the video to know more.
BlueArk Smart Water
SCHNEIDER, DIGITAL EUROPE
Canal Isabel II
10.00am – 12.00pm
WE VP for Research
President of the World Water Council
♦ Water Governance Awards
EJWP & ACTeon
♦ WOLLs: a tool to build a EU water-smart Future
Water is a matter of investment for the future. We need to better identify, develop, test and validate the innovative solutions, inclusively with the support of the young generations. With 105 WOLLs identified, does Europe have the right tools and skills to be the frontrunner for achieving a Water-Smart society?
Wim van Vierssen
WE VP for Innovation
Alexis de Kerchove
10.00am – 12.00pm
WE First VP
Inês dos Santos Costa
Secretary of State for the Environment
♦ Global Water Challenges Awards
EJWP & H2O People
♦ New Honorary Member
♦ A Water-Smart EU for global impact
Covid19 crisis. Climate Change. Europe needs to secure its autonomy and strengthen its diplomacy to face the new challenges: How can the European water ecosystem contribute to building a Global EU leadership beyond its water diplomacy? Europe remains a large water consumer. 50% of its water footprint is imported, stressing the importance of the COP21 objectives. How can we manage virtual water trade and water leakages in our trade agreements?
WORKSHOP: EU Water Alliance workshop – A Water-Smart Commission?
The members of the EU Water Alliance have run a journey during 1 year to stress the importance of water for each DG of the European Commission. 16 DGs accepted a meeting with this diverse coalition gathering key member-based organisations from the water ecosystem. What are the lessons and outcomes of this journey?
WORKSHOP: InnoWise Scale – Addressing the challenges through acting together against water scarcity
15:00 -15:10 Welcome: Rafael Casielles, BIOAZUL
15:10-15:25 Water Scarcity programme: Carmen Galindo, EIT FOOD
15:25-16:10 Water scarcity, The experts’ view
– Agriculture, Prof. Attilio Toscano, University of Bologna
– Food & beverage industry, Mercedes Yartu, PepsiCo
– Infrastructure sector, Eva Martinez, AQUALIA
16:20-16:50 Water scarcity, Innowise 2021 Case studies
– Agriculture, Spain l Fernando Bañón, Sanlucar Group Agriculture
– Water Utilities, Greece, Thomas Seitaridis, DEYAPH
– Infrastructure, Italy l Carini Claudio Bernardo, CIIP Spa- Clicli Integrati Impianti Primari & Francesco Fatone, Prof. Chemical-Environmental Engineering at the Marche Polytechnic University
16:50 – 17:00 Q&A
Prof. Attilio Toscano
University of Bologna
Sanlucar Group Agriculture
Claudio Bernardo Carini
Marche Polytechnic University
MEP Water Group
“EU Water-Smart Society for Global Leadership”
1.Raising the importance of water for the European Union and beyond.
2.Making sure that Europe’s water resources are managed in a sustainable and equitable way to the benefit of the European economy and society.
3.Encourage technological and non-technological innovations and research to tackle water-related challenges.
4.Promoting access to water for all.
ZOOM link: buff.ly/3wrvAuK
Chairman MEP Water Group
Water Projects Europe
“Inclusive Governance for a Water-Smart society”
Water Project Europe aims to exchange and create synergies between European projects. Within the Water innovation Week, it offers a unique opportunity to foster the market and exchange with EU officials to actively contribute to policy development. For its third edition, Water Project Europe is dedicated to inclusive governance to improve research and innovation in the water sector.
Impact Hub Athens
WORKSHOP: Opportunities of Hybrid Green and Grey Infrastructure
14.00 – 14.10: Introduction to HGGI
• VLT HGGI, Frans van de Ven,
14.10 – 14.25: Evaluation of a stormwater treatment train for water quality treatment of road runoff in northern Sweden.
• Godecke-Tobias Blecken, Luleå University of Technology
• Anna Maria Kullberg, MSVA
14.25 – 14.40 From green roofs to green waste water management, how an industrial saves money while working sustainably on its water cycle.
• Edouard Sellier, OUVERT
14.40 – 14.55 Resource: Urban Rainwater; The Urban Waterbuffer and Bluebloqs Circular Water Systems
• Joshua Gallegos, FieldFactors
14.55 – 15.10 Puridrain: expanding drainage systems with robust water technology to remove nitrogen and phosphorus
• Stefan Jansen, Deltares
15.10 – 15.30 Discussion on opportunities, barriers and research needs
Frans Van de Ven
Anna Maria Kullberg
Lulea University of Technology
Victor Beumer Consultancy
WORKSHOP: Value in Water – Living Labs Long-Term Vision
– Welcome: J. Klinger (TZW), F. Fatone (UNIVPM), J. Rinck (TZW)
– Interreg as program to activate and consolidate living labs: Matthew Thompson (Interreg NWE)
– Water Test Network WTN, an Interreg NWE-project for SMEs: Ruth McNeil (Scottish Water), Beate Hambsch (TZW), Charlotte Boeckaert (Vito)
– WOW! Project as territorial living lab on value in water valorisation: Jappe de Best (Avans University)
– Living Labs and Resource Recovery (ERRIN): Jeroen Rijnhart (CEW)
– Water Europe and living labs: Wim van Vierssen (WE Vice-President of Innovation, Dareius)|
– Open discussion about : Future of living labs – practical examples and experiences – ways to consolidate and formalize: Jens Prisum (VLT Water Smart Cities, CALL Copenhagen)
– Wrap-up: J. Klinger (TZW), F. Fatone (UNIVPM), J.Rinck (TZW)
Jappe de Best
Wim van Vierssen
WE VP for Innovation
WORKSHOP: The Electric Vehicles Battery Value chain: a story of water from raw materials to recycling
11.30 – 11.50: Introduction session: “The water matrix of electro mobility”, Maria Cristina Pasi
11.50 – 12.15: “IPCEI EuBatIn, the European Electric Vehicles Battery systemic value chain: a circularity approach from performance to sustainability”, Marco Evertz
12.15 – 12.35: “Water cycle in pyro and hydro metallurgies”, Edoardo Guerrini
12.40 – 13.00: “Q&A” open Round table
Sustainability in its three dimensions will be a major differentiation factor of EU battery technologies within the international competitive landscape. As batteries are energy intensive products, today heavily depending on fossil energy, there is a clear need to minimize use of fuels, water, chemicals and raw materials to improve the environmental performance and stimulate use of renewable resources and energy across the entire value chain down to recycling. As a fact, the environmental performance of batteries and access to raw materials is also heavily depending on end-of-life management and recycling technologies, which must be developed and assessed in a holistic approach, striving to achieve the lowest possible environmental footprint.
Closing the loop, water, which is playing a crucial role from design to end of life as an essential natural resource in the battery value chain, can significantly benefit from the envisaged change in the different transport modes, including waterborne, which represent together around 25% of total CO2 emissions in the EU. Battery electric or hybrid electric shipping will drastically affect the marine water health as an additional contribution to the protection of the “blue gold”.
All the European battery related platforms are requested to collaborate and constructively interact with other relevant platforms (ETIP SNET, 2Zero, Waterborne etc…) to build a coherent and comprehensive R&I and Policy ecosystem in Europe, willing to support a competitive and sustainable European Battery value chain in line with Green Deal objectives.
How can the Water Europe collaborate to this disruptive fundamental circular achievement? An open roundtable involving WE members as well as the plenary participants
Maria Cristina Pasi
VDI/VDE Innovation & Technik GmbH
Engitech technologies SpA
WORKSHOP: Reducing the barriers for the implementation of solar-powered desalination
9:30-9:40 Welcome and Introduction
9:40-10:00 G. Papadakis, G. Kyriakarakos. Current outlook of renewable energy desalination and prospects: Focus on Greek islands.
10:00-10:20 G. Kyriakarakos, G. Papadakis. Current outlook of renewable energy desalination and prospects: Focus on cost.
10:20-10:40 G. Zaragoza. The role of solar thermal technologies on current desalination.
Agricultural University of Athens
Centre of Research and Technology Hellas
WORKSHOP: New Narratives about the Value of Water
This year the Value of Water is the talk of the town, definitely for the so-called water community. Is it so outside the boundaries of this community? Please join this workshop not only to hear the storylines the participants of the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) have been working on, but also their struggles and creation process. We will continue with a dialogue on how these narratives can contribute to convey messages that are more appealing and engaging (in substance and form) for society.
See where young professionals are coming from when facing the idea of value of water. How to show (rather than just saying) that water is important? Why is this so? How do we get to compelling narratives that lead to (voluntary) behavioural changes in the way people use, conserve and pollute water?
Welcome & Introduction
– Welcome and Introduction by Naomi Timmer, Working Goup Leader Human Capital, Water Europe / Director EJWP
– Introduction to New Narratives about the Value of Water, Gonzalo Delacámara, Leader of the Vision Leader Team Value of Water, Water Europe
Presentation of New Narratives about the Value of Water by EJWP
- The Value of Water in our daily life, by EJWP1 (30 min)
- From a Water Drop into a Glass of Wine, by EJWP2 (20 min)
New Narratives for the future?
Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, CFE, OECD
Gonzalo Delacámara, Leader of the Vision Leader Team Value of Water, Water Europe
Participants to the session
Naomi Timmer, Working Goup Leader Human Capital, Water Europe / Director EJWP
WORKSHOP: Human Capital: collaboration in digital space
The virtual reality became the new avenue for collaboration and human capital development, driven and accelerated by COVID 19.
The collaborative digital environment needed for virtual collaboration, trainings and workshops also become key skills and support for the water sector. To ensure the development towards a Water-Smart Society we need research and innovation to create a systemic transformation. This needs an open approach to skill development and creation of a different collaboration mind-set, for professionals and towards other users to connect, engage, collaborate, and interact.
Join us to learn and try together new tools for digital collaboration, while exploring the opportunities it brings for a sustainable human capital agenda for the European Water Sector.
– Introduction & Check-In
– Collaboration in digital space; Beyond Virtual Meetings
– Transformations needed in the water sector – Working together in GroupMap
– Play to learn, the power of an online water quiz – using Mentimeter to engage
– Collaboration pains – support dialogue and minority knowledge by Deep Democracy and HowSpace
– Human Capital support of the (digital) Water Oriented Living Lab – brainstorming in Miro
University of Thessaly
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Resource Recovery WG
Meeting led by: Martijn Bijmans & Pieter de Jong
1. Introduction of the new working group core-team members
2. End-of-Waste, Letter to DG Environment, Chris Thornton t.b.c.
3. Hydrogen recovery, De Nora t.b.c.
4. Young Scientist Group (2 brief pitches)
Water Distribution Infrastructure WG
Meeting led by: Abdelkader Meroufel & Qian Wang
11:30 – 11:40. Working group purpose, scope, aims
11:40 – 11:45. Working group management
11:45 – 12:00. 2021-2023 Work plan
12:00 – 12:10. Break
12:10 – 12:25. Synergy with WE working groups
12:25 – 12:35. WDI and European research calls update
12:35 – 12:50. Deliverables update
12:50 – 13:00. Meeting closing remarks
Human Capital WG
Meeting led by Naomi Timmer & Zakhar Maletskyi
The Working Group Human Capital highlights and works for the system transformations in the water sector. We are supporters of the skills, knowledge, competencies, and leadership development of the water professionals.
The meeting will update the white paper’s progress, present the unique offer of human capital to European funded Project, Delivers our database on funding opportunities to support human capital in the water sector and launch a new line of thinking on the human capital needs for Water Oriented Living Labs (WOLLs).
Topics of our session:
• Introduction Core Team Members
• Introduction of Leonardo Piccinetti as EU Climate Pact Ambassador
• Production process of the White Paper on a Sustainable Human Capital Agenda.
• The unique offer off the WGHC to European Projects; Delivery of the identified projects, collaboration, and funding opportunities.
• Brainstorm: agenda setting for the Human Capital needs of Water Oriented Living Labs (WELLs/WOLLs) (Miro supported)
Join us to contribute to a human-centred approach supporting more systemic and holistic actions towards a Water-Smart Society.
Water & Energy WG
Meeting led by Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia & Heleen Nieuwenhuis
• Biannual plan 2021-2023
• Water & Energy WG-Themes and scope
• Core Teams for each subtheme (sub-teams)
• Alignment and synergies with other working groups
Nature Based Solutions WG
WG meeting led by: Kamal Azrague & Frederic Cherqui
• Welcome & Roundtable
• Core Team introduction
• NBS WG Programme 2021-2023
• New Elsevier journal: Nature-Based Solutions by Prof. Joan Garcia (Editor in Chief)
• Working session on the White Paper (Barriers for NBS implementations and ways to overcome them)
• HEU opportunities
• Any other business
Water Security WG
Meeting led by Jan Hofman & Blanca Antizar
1. Progress white paper on water security
Water & Industry WG
Meeting led by Sean O’Hogain
1. Working Group formation document.
Discussion of Updated document and/or revisions.
2. Whiter Paper.
Discussion of format and progress of White Paper document.
3. Any Other Business.
Water & Public Health WG
Meeting led by Claudia Topalli & Cristian Carboni
o Opening, introductions and objectives of the group
o Members presentation + Core members presentation
o Scope of the WG presentation
o Work Plan first semester
o Discussion on detailed activities and responsibilities (creation of teams/topic)
o Tentative deliverables for 2021/2023
o Wrap up & Closure
Bathing Water WG
Meeting led by Pascale Rouault (KWB) & Luís Mesquita David (LNEC)
9:35 Presentation of Core Group members
9:45 Ideas / design Workshop Bathing waters (linked to European projects)
10:45 WG activities 2021-2023
11:00 Meeting closure
Ecosystem Services WG
Meeting led by Lena Goldkuhl & Clemens Strehl
Presentation of Green Paper on Hybrid Green Infrastructure
Calls in the Ecosystem Services Area
Water & Agrifood WG
Meeting led by Antonia Lorenzo & Alfieri Pollice
14:05 Presentation of Core Group members
14:15 White paper on water reuse regulation
14:45 Renewable Energy Desalination WG presentation
15:00 WG activities 2021-2023
15:30 Meeting closure
Meeting led by Armando Di Nardo & Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia
Outcomes for 2021-2022
Synergies with other WGs
Perspectives and White paper
Water Beyond Europe WG
Meeting led by Gaetano Casale
• Quick round of introduction
Name, Affiliation, interest to join the meeting (few sentences)
• Brief outline Working Group Objectives and Status 2021 – G. Casale
Linkages EU Water Sector and SDG Agenda.
Support Water Europe SIRA on KC6 (in particular concerning innovative solutions and business models)
• Working Group Activities last period – G. Casale
Consultations Water4All Partnerships
Preparation of next (NEW) Water Europe flagship event ”International Water Dialogue”
White Paper International Cooperation
• International Cooperation opportunities under the upcoming Horizon Europe
• New Founding Document / proposed future activities
Water & Climate WG
Meeting led by Tim aus der Beek & Tone Muthanna
1. Introduction of participants
2. Status of WG work plan
3. Presentations of relevant project results for the WG by members (5 min pitches)
4. Overview of current Horizon Europe calls relevant for the WG
Pitches of project ideas
Networking for building consortia
5. Deliverables 2021
Open research questions
6. Discussion of the first draft of the position paper (based on former poll):
Research demands and tools on climate change and water
Cooperative and integrated risk assessment and adaptation
New data sources for research, development and consulting
7. Upcoming events for the WG
8. Any other business
Joint WG: Urban Water pollution, Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Bathing Waters WG
The narrative and agenda will be updated soon
Water & ICT WG
Meeting led by Rafael Gimenez & Roberto di Bernardo
9:35 WG structure and governance
9:45 Retrospective 2020 2021
• Deliverable: a reference architecture for Smart Water – Water Smart
• Cooperation beyond WG
10:00 – 10:10 WaterForce: the water component in Copernicus services
10:00 – 10:15 Towards a Water Data Space: biannual plan 2021 2023
10.15 – 10:45 Collaborative workshop: shaping the future WG activity
10:45 – 10:55 Coming actions: brokerage event
10:55 – 11:00 Wrap-up
Renewable Energy Desalination WG
Meeting led by Guillermo Zaragoza & Amelia Stromberg
Welcome and roundtable introduction
Presentation of new scope for 2021-2023
Discussion on Working Plan for 2021-2023
Opportunities in Horizon Europe
Any other business
Conclusions and actions to be taken
Meeting led by Floor Brouwer & Mona Arnold
Final draft of White Paper ‘The water-energy-food nexus in a circular and low-carbon economy’ for submission to Water Europe.
Reporting of the Working Group (2019-2021)
Bi-annual workplan Working Group (discussion)
Lead of working group