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Wetsus Congress 2017 Synergy in Research and Innovation

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

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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).

Preliminary 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, prof.dr.ir. 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 – 16.00 Plenary session

Chair: prof.dr.ir. 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, prof.dr.ir. Wim van
  Saarloos
, Vice President, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Business innovations for societal challenges
· Advances in Blue Energy Development, dr.ir. Rik Siebers, REDstack
· Pathway to Restoring the Earth’s Hydrological Cycle, 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.
· ir. Roelof Kruize, CEO Waternet

16.30 Networking reception

Preliminary program Tuesday October 10:

9.30 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

· Welcome, prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus
· Keynote: Wireless electrochemistry: from materials science and analytical chemistry to water
  technology
, 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
2. Energy from CO2 and water
3. Novel metal extraction technologies
4. Nano-battle with micro pollutants
5. The triple helix concept in applied water technology: an open discussion about the
    innovation triangle

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and visit exhibition floor

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea

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

15:30 – 17:00 Parallel sessions
6. Microbial extracellular polymers: a nuisance or an opportunity?
7. Groundwater sensoring
8. Proteins from Water
9. Natural nanostructures in water
10. University of Applied Sciences projects - water technology

17.00 Drinks

More information and registration will follow soon!


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