EIP Water Conference

EIP Water Conference

Date(s): Feb 10, 2016
Time: All Day
Location: Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie
Categories Tags: strategic partners, water innovation

The 3rd EIP Water conference will foster innovation in the European water sector by showcasing the experience of innovators and the lessons they have learnt. The conference will give inspiring ideas, discuss a variety of outspoken and conflicting viewpoints about the “right” approach for innovation, and help nurture and establish partnerships. Participants will learn the direction the European Commission and EIP Water are taking to overcome the established 5 key barriers & bottlenecks to innovation in water in Europe, and gain insights on regulation, financing and public-private partnerships. Several side events and site visits will enrich the programme, including a chance for guests to visit the renowned R&D facilities at the WaterCampus in Leeuwarden.

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7 things participants can expect from the 3rd EIP Water conference

  1. Learn the lessons of experienced water innovators in Europe
  2. Gain insight into the regulatory and financial framework, public-private partnerships and how to successfully establish innovation
  3. Hear the direction the European Commission is taking to foster innovation in water in Europe
  4. Network with potential collaboration partners and become part of the EIP Water Marketplace
  5. Get to know the funding and financial instruments available
  6. Learn about best practice in public procurement
  7. Visit unique testing facilities and water innovation sites


Steering CommitteeProgram

  • CLARK, Piers, Chairman at Isle Utilities
  • HAPPAERTS, Sander, policy analyst at the Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth (Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission)
  • HÜBNER, Reinhard, investment manager at SKion GmbH
  • KROL, Durk, Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform
  • MAZZUCATO, Mariana, RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation SPRU, University of Sussex
  • WEHN, Uta, Senior Lecturer/ Researcher in Capacity Development and Innovation at UNESCO-IHE

Draft Program as of 13 November 13 2015

Chair: Piers Clark – Chair of Isle
Mariana Mazzucato – Innovation Economist
Kurt Vandenberghe – Director for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Uta Wehn – Innovation Researcher, UNESCO-IHE
Geert Woerlee – CEO, Feyecon (SME)

Alex Nickson – Strategy Manager for Climate Change Adaptation and Water at the Greater London Authority

Sander Happaerts – Policy Analist, DG Regional and Urban, European Commission

Reinhard Hübner – SKion GmbH

Reinhard Hübner – SKion GmbH

Chaired by Durk Krol – WssTP

09:15 am Opening welcome
Daniel Calleja – Director-General of the Environment, European Commission
9:30 am Welcome to the Netherlands
Melanie Schultz van Haegen – Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands
09:45 am Interview – How Fryslân has built an innovation ecosystem for water technologies
Sietske Poepjes – Province of Fryslân
Henk Deinum– Vice Mayor of Leeuwarden
Cees Buisman – Member of the Executive Board, Wetsus
10:00 am Key Note Speech – The economics of innovation and the role of public and private entities
Mariana Mazzucato – Innovation Economist
10:45 am Coffee break in the water innovation exhibition
11:30 am Innovator showcase in Pecha Kucha style – Case study innovations that have been highly successful and less successful from within EIP Water with lessons learnt
Richard Elelman – Action Group “City Blueprints”
Peter Scheijgrond – Action Group “EWW – Energy and Water Works – Energizing Sustainable Deltas”
Ernesto Lopez Baeza – Action Group “RESEWAM-O – Remote Sensing for Water Management Optimization”
Carlos M. Gómez – Action Group “SPADIS – Smart Prices and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries”
12:00 pm Expert panel – From idea to commercial success
12:40 pm Idea Generator I – The 5 greatest innovation barriers, how participants rank them, and how they would solve them
12:45 pm Buffet lunch and exhibition time
14:15 pm Key note: The Smart City and its Water – Adapting to climate change, population growth, and ageing infrastructure
14:45 pm Team presentation – How East-West collaboration in Europe has uncovered hidden innovation gems.
15:05 pm Moderated interview – Why the investment community is vital to water innovation.
15:30 pm Innovation Dragon’s Den – The final of “EIP Water’s Got Talent”, run by Isle Utilities
16:15 pm Coffee break in the exhibition
16:45 pm Idea Generator II – Survey results and moderated debate
17:05 pm Conclusions and recommendations from the 3rd EIP Water conference
17:15 pm Conference conclusion
17:30 pm Snacks and drinks in the exhibition
19:00 pm Innovation Dinner (ticketed event), hosted by Ferd Crone – Mayor of Leeuwarden

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