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

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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Pre-Conference Day

Time Session Room
10:30 Working Group Meetings #1 Room
12:30 Lunch Room
13:30 Working Group Meetings #2 Room
15:30 Break Room
16:00 WssTP Strategy + Clusters Leaders action plan and strategy + WGL Room
18:00 WssTP AGM 2018/Project Presentations Room
19:00 WIE2018 Opening Cocktail Room
20:00 WssTP Water Innovation Awards Dinner 2018 Room

Please, consider that only WssTP Members will have the right to attend on the 13th of June. After 15h30, non-WssTP members are invited to join project's sessions

Thursday 14 June 2018

Time Session Speakers Room
09:00 Welcome Durk KROL - WssTP Executive Director Room
09:10 Opening Key-Note Patrick Child - Deputy-Director General for Research & Innovation (European Commission) Room
09:30 Session 1
Water Crisis
Moderator : Tomas MICHEL - WssTP President
Key-note Speaker : Alex MUNG - Associate Director, Head of Water Initiative (World Economic Forum)
Panelists : Gonzalo DELACAMARA (IMDEA Water) - Julio BERBEL, Professor in Agricultural Economics (University of Cordoba) - Piet KLOP, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment (PGGM pension fund)

Summary of the session:

Water crisis take place, or appear at the urban level, affect industry, economic growth and sustainability of our economic model, as well as, nature and rural areas. 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. A finite fresh water stock, the effects of climate change, and world population growth will together lead to fierce competition for a limited fresh water resources. The challenge of competition for the water resource, does – because of the centrality of water – mean also a huge opportunity as explained in the WssTP Vision. This session will discuss how water crisis can be prevented and how Circular economy and digital water are the fundamental enablers and play an essential role to build the needed Water-Smart Society.
10:30 Coffe Break Room
11:15 Session 2
Water-Smart Industry
Moderator: Geoff TOWNSEND, Chair of Water-Smart Industry Cluster (WssTP) and Industry fellow (NALCO Water)
Key-note Speaker: Cate LAMB, Head of Water (CDP)
Panelists: Niels GROOT, Water Specialist (Dow Beneleux BV) - Ian KNIGHT, Global Site Sustainability Manager (MARS)

Summary of the session:

The ability to cope with increasing stresses on freshwater resources is a core challenge for many areas across Europe. Water is a business imperative and therefore challenges in supply, delivery and quality pose a relentless risk to corporations. Securing long term resilience, stability and sustainability of industrial water use goes beyond climate change adaption, providing the foundation for new sources of economic development derived from smart, novel investment and governance models as well as harvesting the value in water, as illustrated in the WssTP Vision. Pursuing resilience therefore drives growth in smart technologies that make new and alternative water sources available. This session will discuss how to measure resilience, build resilience in industry and How is water used in this sector and what opportunities exist to reduce, reuse and recycle it.
12:15 Session 3
Water-Smart Cities
Moderator:Jens PRISUM, Chair of Water-Smart Cities Cluster (WssTP) and Chief Consultant (BIOFOS)
Key-note Speaker: Phoebe KOUNDOURI, Professor in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Athens University of Economics and Business & London School of Economics and Political Science) and Founder and Director (ICRE8)
Panelists : Bernd GAWLIK, Scientific Project Manager (Joint Research Center) - Klaus NUTZENBERGER, Federation of German Cities and Regions (European Committee of the Regions) - Jorgen Lund MADSEN, Head of Division, Water and Environmental Assessment, Technical and Environmental Administration ( City of Copenhagen)

Summary of the session:

The necessity of an increased presence of cities within the global forum addressing challenges presented by water has been recognised by all the relevant supranational administrations including the EC, the World Bank, the UN, the IFM and the OECD. The fact that by 2050 over 70% of the World’s population will reside in large urban districts converts cities into one of the principal causes of the problems associated with water whilst also signifying that cities will be required to produce many of the sought-after solutions. The session on Water-Smart Cities will look to discuss both the problems that urban areas face and the opportunities which they afford.
13:15 Lunch Room
14:15 Session 4
Water-Smart Agriculture
Moderator: Jochen FROEBRICH, Chair of Water-Smart Rural Areas Cluster (WssTP)
Key-note Speaker:Octavi QUINTANA TRIAS, Director (PRIMA foundation)
Panelists: Emilie SNAUWAERT (Flemish Coordination Center for Manure Treatment), Rasoul DASHTBANI MIKKELSEN, Global Partnership Director (Grundfos Lifelink) - Angelo Innamorati, Policy Advisor (DG Agriculture & Rural Development - European Commission)

Summary of the session:

Rural areas of Europe should become a vital area where quality of live, innovation and sustainable growth give the citizens actually a perspective and a meaning to be Europeans. Zero water stress in rural areas will be a central element to enable such a development. However, zero water stress demands a re-thinking on the interaction between Agriculture and the management of precarious water resources. In addition, there is a need to stimulate new business opportunities in the field of waste water reuse, reduction of nutrient emissions and formation of river partnerships to provide a financial sustainability and continuity for the required interventions.The session will provide insight to successful living lab initiative, in line with the WSTTP Vision and SIRA their demands and experiences, and finally to flag action points that need to be addressed in the near future to make them a key instrument in the strive towards a water-smart society.
15:15 Coffee Break Room
15:45 Session 5
Water-Smart Society
Moderator: Durk KROL, Executive Director (WssTP)
Key-note Speaker: Cees LOGGEN, Member of the Executive Council of the Province of North Holland and Member of the European Committee of Regions
Panelists: Dominique DARMENDRAIL, Scientific Advisor and Coordinator (French National Research Agency) - Veronica Manfredi, Director for quality of life (Air, Water and Industrial Emissions - European Commission)

Summary of the session:

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. This final session will build on the previous ones to give insight and contribute to pave the way forward to the realisation of the global Water-Smart Society.
16:45 Conclusion Tomas MICHEL Room