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Water Innovation Europe 2018

13th & 14th of June 2018 Brussels - Blue Point

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Water Innovation Europe - 2018 Edition

The road towards a water-smart society: overcoming the water challenges of the future

In the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018, the water crises rank for the 7th consecutive year among the top 5 global societal risks in terms of impact. The Water Crises are also closely interconnected with other major global risks such as the food crises and the failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation.

In its Water Vision ‘The Value of Water: Towards a European Future-Proof Water-Smart Society, WssTP has established a clear roadmap that shows how Europe can ensure availability of water for urban, agricultural, and industrial use and deal with the risks of increasing water scarcity, pollution of fresh water sources, and impacts of climate change by implementing 4 key innovation principles. Implementation of this model would also contribute to achieving the SDGs and the circular economy and strengthen Europe’s position in the global water market.

The next few years will be important with, for example, a review of the Water Framework Directive and the Urban Waste Water Directive, the mainstreaming of the circular economy principles in urban and industrial and urban policies, a new Common Agricultural Policy, and a new European Research and Innovation Policy (FP9).

How has Europe responded thus far to the water crises? What are the threats and the opportunities? What needs to change in the way that water is managed and organised in Europe? Does the European Water industry interact sufficiently with other sectoral interests? And what role can European knowledge, research, and innovative solutions play in addressing the water crises both in Europe and beyond?

Will Europe take up the gauntlet to achieve Zero water stress for regions and citizens?

Water Innovation Europe background

With over 200 participants from all around Europe in every edition, WssTP annual conference ‘Water Innovation Europe’ has grown to become the landmark event of the European water sector every summer. The event brings together all the aspects of the sector: scientists and technology developers, utility representatives, large water users, European and national/ regional policy makers and finance experts. Water Innovation Europe offers an open platform for information gathering and networking among the most influential stakeholders from within and beyond the water sector.

Water Innovation Europe Goals

  • Shape Europe’s water future

You will have the unique opportunity to hear from top-notch speakers of the sector and gain new perspectives and insights that will enable you to see opportunities for the future of the water sector.

  • Connect and collaborate with your peers

Network, debate and discuss with EU-level decision makers and leading actors and companies from across the whole water value chain, through the conference’s targeted networking and extra speed dating sessions.

  • Raise your profile and visibility

Showcase your work and be part of the discussions in front of a targeted pan-European audience. You can also benefit from the conference’s exhibition opportunities to meet potential clients and partners.

  • Stay ahead of the curve

Learning about new technologies, innovations and projects will allow you to get the vibe of the current and future market trends and how you can take advantage of them.

  • Support a water mission in FP9

Debate with EU-level decision makers and strategic stakeholders to advocate for the Water mission in FP9

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What they said about Water Innovation Europe
key-note speaker

I am very happy to be here today and to have received your Water Vision 2030. I'm in a room full of conscious people and that fills me with hope for our future.

Carlos Moedas,
EU commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science
key-note speaker

Investment in water in Europe provides substantial benefits for European economy and society and we should make every effort to tap into them. The WssTP Water Vision “The Value of Water: a future-proof model for a water-smart society” offers valuable insights in how the value of water for our society and economy can be realised

Jyrki Katainen
EC Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness raised the curtains of WIE
key-note speaker

Good discussion with a wide range of different stakeholders.

Participant, Water Innovation 2017
key-note speaker

Pragmatic operative approach full of relevant global real issues regarding the water management field.

Participant, Water Innovation 2017

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