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Wetsus Congress 2017 Synergy in Research and Innovation

October 9 and 10, De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

The on line registration for the Wetsus Congress has been closed.
You can still register on site, on the morning of both congress days.
We hope to meet you on Monday or Tuesday!

On October 9 and 10, the annual Wetsus Congress will be held in City Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Monday, October 9, we kick off with a morning program with keynotes from different perspectives on our congress theme Synergy in Research and Innovation. Among the speakers are Robert-Jan Smits, (European Commission, Director-General Research & Innovation), prof. Jean Fréchet (KAUST University, Saudi Arabia) and prof. George Hawkins (Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water, USA).

Program Monday October 9:

9.30 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session: Synergy in Research and Innovation

Chair: Johannes Boonstra, Executive Board Wetsus

· Wetsus developments, Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus
· Research & Innovation: drivers for EU's competitiveness, Robert-Jan Smits, Director-
  General Research & Innovation, European Commission
· Water, energy, and related research at KAUST, prof. Jean Fréchet, Vice President for
  Research, KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
· Moonshot for water – how to innovate with public health and public money on the line,
  prof. George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water, USA
· The sea water-based battery in future perspective, pitch by Marcel Mulder Award winner
  2016, Jan Willem van Egmond MSc.
· Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony, drs. Ed Nijpels, President Supervisory Board Wetsus

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch and visit exhibition floor

14.00 – 16.30 Plenary session

Chair: Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus

Visions on innovation
· Maintain the basics, prof.dr. Emmo Meijer, Advisory council for science, technology and
  innovation (AWTI)
· Water, Polders and the Dutch Research and Innovation System, Wim van
, Vice President, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Business innovations for societal challenges
· Advances in Blue Energy Development, Rik Siebers, REDstack
· Pathway to Restoring the Earth’s Hydrological Cycle, ir. Kees Hoogendijk, co-founder of
  The Vital4Life Foundation, Energy4Life, The Climate Neutral Group, Face The Future, the
  Tree To Be Foundation and Tree To Be B.V.
· Upscaling resource recovery, ir. Roelof Kruize, CEO Waternet
· Water is Energy: New Research Programs for Water Treatment from the U.S. Department of
, dr. Peter Fiske, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

16.30 Networking reception

Program Tuesday October 10:

9.30 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

· Welcome, Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus
· Keynote: Wireless electrochemistry: from materials science and analytical chemistry to water
, prof.dr. Alexander Kuhn, Institute of Molecular sciences, University of
  Bordeaux, France

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

1) Bio(in)stability of drinking water

- Phosphorous and bio-stability, prof.dr. Talis Juhna, Riga Technical University, Latvia
- Seasonal variation and increased biostability of drinking water affect regrowth
  conditions during distribution
, dr. Wim A.M. Hijnen, Evides Water Company,
  The Netherlands
- Biological Stability of Drinking Water Distribution Systems, prof.dr. Hans Vrouwenvelder,
  KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
- Biofouling by versatile Sphingomonadaceae bacteria under controlled conditions,
  Rik de Vries MSc, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands 

2) Energy from CO2 and water
- Determining the Properties of Novel Nanoporous Materials for the Evaluation of Process
  Performance in Carbon Capture Applications
, prof. Stefano Brandani, The
  University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
- Novel hybrid materials with enhanced performances for CO2-capture membranes,
  dr. Matteo Minelli
, University of Bologna, Italy
- CO2 capture opportunities in ironmaking processes, Tim Peeters, Tata Steel,
  The Netherlands
- Reactive Gas Electrosorption: innovative CO2 capture concept, Louis Legrand MSc,
  Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

3) Novel metal extraction technologies
- Driving Forces for Metal Extraction to Ionic Liquids: The Interplay of Thermodynamics,
  Mechanism and Yield
, prof.dr. Mark Kobrak, Department of Chemistry, Brooklyn
  College of The City University of New York & Department of Chemistry, Graduate Center of
  the City University of New York, USA
- Metal Ion Extraction with Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents, ir. Dannie van Osch,
  department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Institute for Complex
  Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
-Sustainable extraction process for the recovery of heavy metals from (waste) water
  with ionic liquids,
Enas Othman MSc, Wetsus/University of Twente, The Netherlands

4) Nano-battle with micro pollutants
- Advances in the Field of Advanced Oxidation Technologies/Nanotechnologies for the
  Treatment of Cyanotoxins, Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides and Other Contaminants of Concern,
  prof.dr. Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Environmental Engineering and Science Program,
  Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 705 Engineering Research Center,
  University of Cincinnati, USA
- Pillared clays for the elimination of pesticide residues from drinking water,
prof.dr. Petra
, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- TiO2 nanotube arrays and its potential in photocatalytic removal of micropollutants,
  Yin Ye MSc, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

5) The Triple Helix concept in applied water technology
- Public-private partnerships of education and business sectors, Miriam Korstanje MSc,
  Dutch STEM platform (Platform Bèta Techniek), The Netherlands 
- How does the triple helix effect work out in water technology projects?, Länk Vaessen
  Centre of Expertise Water Technology, The Netherlands
- Triple Helix Project ‘The removal of pesticides from greenhouse water in Berlikum’, from idea
  to product in 1.5 years with a multidiciplinary team, Mateo Mayer, Easy Measure BV,
  The Netherlands 
- CEW project poster pitches by students from NHL and Van Hall Larenstein University of
  Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and visit exhibition floor

14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session

· Keynote: Why do bacteria make electricity? prof.dr. Daniel Bond, BioTechnology Institute
  and Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota, USA

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea

15:30 – 17:00 Parallel sessions

6) Microbial extracellular polymers: a nuisance or an opportunity?
- Unpredictability extracellular polymers: a nuisance or an opportunity?, dr. Gang Liu,
  Oasen, The Netherlands
- Extraction of alginate-like extracellular polymers from Nereda® sludge, ir. Paul
, Royal HaskoningDHV, The Netherlands
- Application of extracellular polymers produced from wastewater as natural flocculants,
  Victor O. Ajao MSc, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

7) Groundwater sensoring
- Anthropogenic pollution of groundwater for drinking water production: how to predict, Peter van der Maas, WLN, The Netherlands 
- Field testing of fibre-optic distributed sensing for groundwater monitoring, dr. Athena 
, Silixa Ltd., Hertfordshire, UK
- Relating active distributed temperature sensing measurements to groundwater flow velocities
  in an experimental setup
, Wiecher Bakx MSc, Wetsus / Arcadis, The Netherlands
8) Proteins from water
- Protein from water: plenty of potential and ditto motives, Willy Verstraete,
  Ghent University, Belgium
- Microbial cleantech for the water cycle and food production chain, Siegfried E.
, University of Antwerp & Ghent University, Belgium
- From food waste to blackworm based fish feed, Bob Laarhoven MSc, Dutch Blackworms
  & Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

9) Natural nanostructures in water
- On the stability of pre-nucleation clusters in aqueous solution, prof.dr. Paolo Raiteri,
  Curtin Institute for Computation and Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, 
- On the Pre-Nucleation Cluster Pathway, dr. Denis Gebauer, Department of Chemistry,
  Physical Chemistry, University of Konstanz, Germany
- Crystallization Pathway of Calcium Carbonate in Water, dr. Zhaoyong Zou, Max
  Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Germany
- Local environment of ACC and the effect of hydration: dr. Anders C.S. Jensen, Max
  Planck Institute of colloids and interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Germany

10) University of Applied Sciences projects - water technology
- AlgaeLinkages: Production of microalgae on greenhouse drain water for the production
  of poultry feed,
dr. Lolke Sijtsma, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, The
- The Frisian Urban Sanitation Programm in Mozambique, Jos Schouwenaars,
  Regional Water Authority Wetterskip Fryslân, The Netherlands 
- Producing emulsions with electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA), ing. Bernard Bos
  NHL University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

17.00 Drinks

Accommodation Leeuwarden          Exhibition floor

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