22 Jun 2020 - 26 Jun 2020

Agenda

Monday
22 Jun 2020
10:00 – 11:00
Live Streaming
Introduction (key note) to WIE2020: Water in the European Green Deal
11:00 – 11:50
Live Streaming
Session 1: A Water Smart Society for a successful Post COVID19 Recovery Plan

The COVID-19 is a wake-up call which stresses on how the European Union and its Member States are not well prepared for cross-boundary and cross-sectoral crises. Therefore, Europe must be smart in its reply. It means Europe must not only focus on curative solutions but also preventive ones to achieve a sustainable Europe which can be resilient through risk management, prevention and mitigation of crisis.

Water knows no borders and it is an asset for Europe. We can use water as the enabler to reboot and accelerate the recovery of our society thanks to its interactions with the all other sectors. As part of our natural and cultural heritage, water is not only a question of resource availability but also a matter of opportunities and resilience throughs its links with climate, infrastructure, digitalisation, biodiversity, food, tourism, transport, trade or energy. Globally, more than 3 out of 4 jobs depend on the supply of sufficient water. 

Moreover, investing in the water sector Europe contribute to create sustainable growth and green jobs with a high return on investments in every sector of our society and maintain Europe united. The European Union has already several solutions that need simply to be up-scaled, but additional ones require new collective efforts in line with the key EU priorities - Green Deal and the Digitalisation of Europe - and its international obligations such as the SDGs and Paris Agreement.

11:50 – 12:00
Live Streaming
Session 1 reporting & Water Innovation Awards: SMEs Prize
12:00 – 12:30
Break
12:00 – 18:30
Virtual Networking Chatroom (B2B Virtual meetings)
MatchMaking
13:30 – 14:30
Live Streaming
Water & Energy WG
WG - only for Members
14:30 – 15:00
Break
15:00 – 16:00
Live Streaming
Water Beyond Europe WG
  • Quick round of introduction
  • Brief outline Working Group Objectives and Status Early 2020 – G. Casale
    1. Linkages EU Water Sector and SDG Agenda.
    2. Support Water Europe SIRA on KC6 (in particular concerning innovative solutions and business models)
  • “R&I opportunities under the upcoming Horizon Europe – EC RTD/EASME (G. Pattanaro/P. Balabanis)
  • Working Group Activities last period – G. Casale
    1. Dissemination and fine tuning of the Joint Publication Water Europe jointly with UNESCO WWAP “Water in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: how can Europe Act”
    2. Preparation of next (NEW) Water Europe flagship event ”International Water Dialogue” in cooperation with UNESCO
  • Proposed Next actions Working Group coming period – All Team Members
    1. International Water Dialogue Event preparation, participation and follow up
    2. Develop of one-pager about the further R&I needs for 2021-2024 (on hold previous period)
    3. Inventory International Financing and stakeholder mapping Initiative: kick-off (on hold previous period)
  • AOB
  • Discussion: How is COVID-19 crisis going to affect international cooperation in the future ? (reflections / recommendations from the Working Group)
WG - only for Members
16:00 – 17:00
Live Streaming
Water and agri-food WG
WG - only for Members
Tuesday
23 Jun 2020
10:00 – 11:00
Live Streaming
Session 2: A water smart Industry for a green deal

Mobilizing the industry for a clean and circular economy will require to transform our industry to encourage energy & water efficiency and reuse as much as possible materials before recycling them. The EU wants to focus on resource-intensive sector such as textiles, construction, electronics and plastics.  If the waste reduction is mainly focusing on over-packing, reuse of our resources, particularly water, becomes a challengeable priority to achieve a climate-neutral Europe.

All those industries are large water consumers and must consider the value in water. Water industry has already opened new rooms for reduce water consumption : reuse water, investment to reduce leakages such as digitization. However, Europe should continue to support R&D&I and the transformation of our industry through an ambitious taxonomy and continue to revise legislation such as the Industrial emissions directive. As new opportunities to support water-related actors in their research and innovations, Horizon-Europe and the revision of the water reuse regulation  are key to go several steps further to set a circular economy with energy and water efficiency. These new opportunities are key to also support investment in human capital and the creation of sustainable jobs in Europe.

11:00 – 11:10
Live Streaming
Session 2 reporting & Water Innovation Awards: Water Governance Prize
11:00 – 18:30
Virtual Networking Chatroom (B2B Virtual meetings)
MatchMaking
11:00 – 11:30
Live Streaming
WEBINAR: Presentation of the WE Water Vision implementation 2020-2027
12:00 – 12:30
Break
13:30 – 14:30
Live Streaming
Water Distribution Infrastructure WG
WG - only for Members
14:30 – 15:00
Break
15:00 – 16:00
Live Streaming
Contaminants of Emerging Concern WG
WG - only for Members
16:00 – 17:00
Live Streaming
Water & ICT WG
WG - only for Members
Wednesday
24 Jun 2020
10:00 – 11:00
Live Streaming
Session 3: A Water Smart Society to provide healthy Food for EU citizens

Becoming the new international standard for sustainable food is not possible without considering water in agriculture. Diffuse agricultural pollution poses significant pressure on 38% of the EU water bodies. Mitigate extreme climate change and reduce over-abstraction of water are also key priorities to secure healthy and affordable food in Europe.

The farm to fork strategy will drive innovate agribusiness value chains and is hence an opportunity to create structural alternative to water over-consumption and the discharge of nutrients to water bodies. I will foster hence to monitor and plan water consumption and pollution to reduce the agriculture water footprint though more effective irrigation and agriculture, as well as raising users 'awareness. Innovation is a powerful element to create and settle new innovative tools to consider the water-food nexus. How water can contribute to secure food production?

11:00 – 11:10
Live Streaming
Session 3 reporting & Water Innovation Awards: Water Technology & Ιnfrastructure Prize
11:00 – 18:30
Virtual Networking Chatroom (B2B Virtual meetings)
MatchMaking
12:00 – 12:30
Break
12:30 – 13:30
Live Streaming
Water Security WG


WG - only for Members
13:30 – 15:00
Live Streaming
Annual General Meeting 2020
13:30 – 14:30
Live Streaming
Water and Climate WG
WG - only for Members
14:30 – 15:00
Break
15:00 – 16:00
Live Streaming
Nexus WG
WG - only for Members
16:00 – 17:00
Live Streaming
Bathing Waters WG
WG - only for Members
Thursday
25 Jun 2020
10:00 – 11:00
Live Streaming
Session 4: A Water Smart Society for protecting aquatic biodiversity and habitats

How can we conjugate protection and restoration of biodiversity with human activities?  The biodiversity 2030 strategy aims to protect and restore biodiversity. Water management plays an essential role in this, as the main threat on inland water quality. Freshwater species have declined by 83% since 1970. The decline of aquatic biodiversity is twice more than the one observed in terrestrial and marine species. Despite the efforts, there is still a long way to go to protect and restore all European waters by 2027, as mandated by the EU’s Water Framework Directive. Only 40% of European inland water are currently healthy and fully provide the ecosystem services we all depend on.

Additionally, our cities are facing more frequently water-related extreme events such as floods and droughts. It becomes a necessity to make our society resilient by developing hybrid infrastructure. Wetlands and other ecosystems in combination with smart water technology can offer a large panel of innovative solutions to achieve a water smart society.

Investments is the nerve to protect and restore our natural capital. However we need to go beyond. With the full support from the EU institutions, R&I has a key role to play by enhancing the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services by investing in nature based solution, and artificial intelligence in water technology. A society without consideration for ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be a smart water society, which fully embraces its societal responsibility.

11:00 – 11:10
Live Streaming
Session 4 reporting & Water Innovation Awards: Digital Water Prize
11:00 – 18:30
Virtual Networking Chatroom (B2B Virtual meetings)
MatchMaking
12:00 – 12:30
Break
12:30 – 13:30
Live Streaming
Renewable Energy Desalination WG
WG - only for Members
13:30 – 14:30
Live Streaming
Human Capital WG

Human Capital in the water sector – Agility: from buzzword – to theory – to practice

Agenda:

  • Young European Professionals making waves - EWS/EJWP
  • 1 Year WGHC : Looking back and looking forward
  • Sharing knowledge/ sharing practice: News from members
  • Personal and Professional Development in Practice - Launch of the first Water Europe Summer School
WG - only for Members
14:30 – 15:00
Break
15:00 – 16:00
Live Streaming
Water efficiency and Reuse WG
WG - only for Members
16:00 – 17:00
Live Streaming
Urban Water Pollution WG
WG - only for Members
Friday
26 Jun 2020
10:00 – 11:00
Live Streaming
Session 5: A Water Smart Society for excellent quality of water

Monitor, prevent and remedy are the key actions to eliminate as much as possible pollution to improve our quality of life (water, soil, air). This new strategy of the European Commission aims to restore the natural functions of ground and surface water, particularly the pollution from urban areas such as runoffs, floods to improve our health. Shipping transport is also a source of pollution that our society should include in this strategy. Therefore, how considering the value in water can support the zero-pollution strategy of the European Commission?

Innovative technological treatments, including digital solutions, are therefore the core solutions to reach these targets and tackle pollution at source. This is also an opportunity to go steps further by fully exploiting the value in water, extracting and valorising energy and substances which are embedded in water streams : plastics, nutriments, metals…. Research and innovation in the water sector contributes to the creation of a Water Smart Society with a potential to reduce drastically pollution in soil and ensuring appropriate recharging of natural water reserves.

11:00 – 11:30
Live Streaming
WIE2020 conclusions and wrap up
11:30 – 11:40
Live Streaming
Session 5 reporting & Water Innovation Awards: Global Water Challenges Prize
11:30 – 18:30
Virtual Networking Chatroom (B2B Virtual meetings)
MatchMaking
12:00 – 12:30
Break
13:00 – 14:30
TEST SESSION
13:30 – 14:30
Live Streaming
Resource Recovery WG
WG - only for Members
14:30 – 15:00
Break
15:00 – 16:00
Live Streaming
Nature-Based Solutions WG
WG - only for Members
The event agenda's time zone is CEST.