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First European Water Technology Week, including Wetsus Congress 2018

Published: 2 oktober 2018

The first edition of the European Water Technology Week attracted 1000 participants. Most guests attended more than one day, so every day of the congress week we welcomed over 500 people. 

The EWTW included the Wetsus Congress, with an extensive scientific program, and WaterLink by Water Alliance, focusing on business in water technology. A group of international secondary school students was busy at the EIT Raw Materials Science Fair at Wetsus and the Province of Fryslan held the IJsselmeersummit. The water tech tours on Thursday took a lot of people to visit water tech spots in the area, and also part of the program were the Selenium Summit and the kick off of the European project i-WATERMAP.  On top of this, the open door day on Saturday, the WaterCampus Experience Day, attracted 3000 visitors.

During the Wetsus Congress, there was a big surprise for dr. Joop Kruithof, member of the Wetsus Program Board.  State Secretary Mona Keijzer announced that he had been appointed Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw, by the King of the Netherlands. The annual Marcel Mulder Award, for exceptional performances in their research at Wetsus, went to Jaap Dijkshoorn and Victor Ajao. 

On Monday afternoon, six water technology hubs from around the globe presented themselves, from Singapore, China, South-Korea, USA, Israel and of course WaterCampus Leeuwarden. A declaration to further expand the cooperation was signed on Wednesday. During the WaterLink part of the EWTW, the pitches to decide the winner of the WIS-Award were held.  The winner, out of 10 competitors, is Hydraloop.

Another highlight was on Tuesday: a fireside chat between Constantijn van Oranje, StartUp Delta Special Envoy, and Wetsus' Cees Buisman, followed by (scientific) parallel sessions. (Interview with Constantijn van Oranje)

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The next European Water Technology Week will be held in 2020, in the week starting September 21. 
Next year, 2019,  we hope to welcome you at the Wetsus Congress, October 7 and 8.  You can already save the date!

Mayor Ferd Crone opening the first EWTW
Mayor Ferd Crone opening the first EWTW
State Secretary Mona Keijzer speaking about Dutch innovation for global challenges
State Secretary Mona Keijzer speaking about Dutch innovation for global challenges
Dr. Joop Kruithof, Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw
Dr. Joop Kruithof, Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw
Dr. Joop Kruithof, Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse
Dr. Joop Kruithof, Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse
Marcel Mulder Award winners: Victor Ajao and Jaap Dijkshoorn, pictured with Wetsus Supervisory Board chairman Ed Nijpels
Marcel Mulder Award winners: Victor Ajao and Jaap Dijkshoorn, pictured with Wetsus Supervisory Board chairman Ed Nijpels
Exhibition floor at EWTW 2018
Exhibition floor at EWTW 2018
Exhibition floor at EWTW 2018
Exhibition floor at EWTW 2018
Kick off on Tuesday
Kick off on Tuesday
Constantijn van Oranje, StartUp Delta Special Envoy and Wetsus Executive Board member Cees Buisman
Constantijn van Oranje, StartUp Delta Special Envoy and Wetsus Executive Board member Cees Buisman
WIS-Award contestants
WIS-Award contestants
Welcome at the EWTW 2018!
Welcome at the EWTW 2018!
EIT Raw Materials Science Fair
EIT Raw Materials Science Fair
EIT Raw Materials Science Fair
EIT Raw Materials Science Fair
Water tech tour, stop  in Leeuwarden
Water tech tour, stop in Leeuwarden
WaterCampus Experience Day
WaterCampus Experience Day
WaterCampus Experience Day
WaterCampus Experience Day
WaterCampus Experience Day
WaterCampus Experience Day
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