Water Innovation Europe 2020

A Water-Smart Society for a post-COVID19 Green Deal

22 to 26 of June 2020 Digital edition


Water Innovation Europe - 2020 Digital Edition

A Water-Smart Society for a post-COVID19 Green Deal

In line with our DNA to always find innovative ways to provide value to our members and the water community, Water Europe has decided to move forward with an all-digital edition of our annual conference Water Innovation Europe (WIE) 2020. Water Innovation Europe 2020 turns into an online ‘Innovative Water Week’ with Online plenary sessions, digital Working Group meetings, digital networking and digital exhibition opportunities.

In 2050 Europe aims to be the world’s first climate-neutral continent implementing the European Green Deal: an ambitious package of measures to deeply transform our economy and society. In the meantime, the wake-up call of the COVID-19 crisis deeply reinforced this necessity for Europe to a new paradigm towards a Water-Smart Society, from crisis management to risk management and prevention in Europe and beyond.

Pollution and viruses do not stop at our boundaries and are not an issue of a single sector only. One trillion of the European budget will have to contribute to the ecological transition, particularly through emission reduction.

As water is a cross-sectoral and strategic resource, water security should be a prerequisite to make the green deal a success. We need investment in innovative solutions to achieve a Water Smart Society which fully considers the true value of water. Europe’s leadership has already demonstrated its positive impact in Europe and beyond to support green growth, find sustainable solutions and strengthen its position on the world market.

Research and innovation along the full value chain in the water sector can still go steps further:

  • How can water enable European society to prevent crises, ensure resiliency and reboot our economy after and beyond the COVID-19 crisis?
  • How could we make sure that water efficiency gains at an individual level are translated into long-term water security in a context of climate change adaptation?
  • How to fuel research, technological development, and wider sectoral policy coordination to tackle urgent global water and food systems challenges?
  • How to halt the loss of aquatic biodiversity through 2030 through inclusive models gathering the public sector, the private sector and civil society?
  • How to move away from conventional, linear approaches to tackle water quality deterioration, towards circularity and industrial symbiosis?

Join the WIE2020 digital edition to get answers to these questions, gain new insights, debate and discuss! It’s Water Innovation Europe, afterall!

Water Innovation Europe background

With over 200 participants from all around Europe in every edition, Water Europe annual conference ‘Water Innovation Europe’ has grown to become the landmark event of the European water value chain every summer. The event brings together all the aspects of the sector: scientists and technology developers, utility representatives, large water users, European Public authorities, civil society organizations 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 corner to meet potential clients and partners or, increase your visibility by being one of WIE2020 sponsor.

  • 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.

What they said about Water Innovation Europe
key-note speaker

Great conference with very interesting speakers. Good job, as usual, by Water Europe!

Participant , Water Innovation 2019
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The quality of the panellists has never been higher than ever before! The Water Crisis session was very captivating and instructive.

Participant , Water Innovation 2018
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We believe water is important on all levels and this 2018 edition told the story of water to everyone by connecting all stakeholders on all different levels such as local, regional, European and worldwide!. Thanks to WssTP for this great event!

Participant, Water Innovation 2018
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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 during WIE2016
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Investment in water in Europe provides substantial benefits for European economy and society and we should make every effort to tap into them. The Water Europe 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 about WIE 2017
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Good discussion with a wide range of different stakeholders.

Participant, Water Innovation 2017
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Pragmatic operative approach full of relevant global real issues regarding the water management field.

Participant, Water Innovation 2017