European Water Technology Week 2024

Please find all info on our dedicated website or check this video.

A few highlights:

Keynotes European Water Technology Week

Michiel Scheffer, President European Innovation Council
Ariane Blum, CEO Water4All
Anne-Marie Spierings, Chair Supervisory Board Water Technology Growth Plan
Meike van Ginneken, Water Envoy for the Kingdom of The Netherlands
prof. dr. Erik van Sebille, Professor Oceanography & Public Engagement, UU
dr. N. Cecilia Martínez-Gómez, University of California, co-founder of RareTerra
Mr. Luca Perego, Head of Unit DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
Mr. João Santos, founder of the Erasmus+ Cove Program
Mr. Carlo Segers, Member board of directors Firda                 

Parallel sessions overview

1.1Optimizing drinking water systems
1.2Change the lens: reimagining Water Innovations in the perspective of social sciences
1.3Sustainable desulfurization
1.4Process control for N recovery from wastewater
1.5Circular biopolymers: unveiling the routes from innovation to application
1.6Plasma vortex water treatment technologies
1.7The ecology of micropollutant biodegradation in soils
1.8From MACRO to MICRO challenges and opportunities in a world of water and plastics
2.1Innovations to address emerging contaminants in waste water
2.2Electricity-driven carbon capture and utilization
2.3Innovative technology to restore the natural water cycle
2.4Innovative monitoring of water quality
2.5(Microbiological) metal recovery
2.6Water Smart Hydrogen: Direct Seawater Electrolysis
2.7Circular water usage in the neighborhood
2.8Funding and support opportunities for EU watertech SMEs – WINNing Days
3.1Building Bridges: The impact of policy advisors on integrating VET education and industry for innovation
3.2 The Industrial Water Challenge and how to solve it
3.3Will you be the next startup/ scale-up that finds an investor?
3.4Water technology initiatives in the (agri)food and horticulture sector
3.5Value creation through circular water systems
3.6How WaterCampus Leeuwarden empowers Excellence in talent
3.7Output of the WaterCampus Model for Academia and Business Cooperation since 2020
4.1Lifelong Learning Tailor-Made: Empowering Individuals with Microcredentials
4.2AI as a marketing catalyst in Water Tech
4.3Project and export financing cases for international water projects with WTEX10, Invest International and Atradius
4.4Reduction of potable and groundwater intake for the Food & Beverage industry
4.5How Artificial Intelligence is shaping the future of water infrastructure
4.6Growth Plan Water Technology: what will it bring to you?
4.7Accelerating business by cluster collaborations

Towards an economy of value preservation | By Niels Faber


The realisation of a circular economy has thus far unfolded under the assumption that it would fit within existing economic arrangements. In practice, we witness many circular initiatives struggling to give shape to their ambitions, let alone develop to maturity. These past months, various material recycling organisations terminated their activities, seeing virgin alternatives from other parts of the world flooding the market at prices against they cannot compete. If the transition towards a circular economy (i.e. an economy of value preservation) is to be taken seriously, a new perspective on value in our economic system seems unavoidable, as the rewriting of the rules of the economic game. At this moment, current perceptions of value stand in the way of this transition both at micro as well as macro levels. Several contours for a collective exploration of new directions of value and economic configuration that foster circular transition will be addressed.

Searching Innovation for the Common Good | By Cees Buisman


In his key note he will conclude after a life of innovations that it is impossible that humanity will stay within the save planetary boundaries with innovation only. We should be more critical about the behaviour of the rich population in the world and more critical about new innovations that prove to be dangerous, like the PFAS crisis shows at this moment. In his keynote he will investigate how to look at the world that can stay within the save planetary boundaries, how should we change ourselves? It is clear if we only talk about the words of science and systems we miss the essential words of how we should cooperate and change ourselves. And his search for coherent save innovations. Which innovations will be save and will lead to a fair and sustainable world? And will lead to a world we want to live in.

Future-fit economic models: What do they have in common – how can they join forces? | By Christian Felber


There is a growing number of new sustainable, inclusive, cohesive, participatory, just and humane economic models. A possible next step in the discourse about them is the comparative analysis in order to find out key commonalities, potential synergies, and “requirements” for a future-fit economic model. The author and initiator of the Economy for the Common Good provides an overview of these „new sustainable economic models“ and compares them according to underlying values, principles, and practical ways of implementation. The keynote addresses the cooperative spirit of the conference and prepares the ground for its public highlight on the eve of June 3rd, the round table with representatives of diverse future-fit economic models.

The era of postgrowth economics | By Matthias Olthaar


The scientific debate on whether economies should always continue to grow increasingly becomes a political and societal debate. On the one hand further growth for the most affluent countries seems neither possible nor valuable, but on the other hand there is still lack of understanding and knowledge what a non-growing economy should look like and could best be governed. In this lecture we discuss various policy measures that can be realistically implemented, take into account government finances and aim at a higher quality of life despite a non-growing economy.

Democratic principles for a sustainable economy | By Lisa Herzog


Democracy is under pressure, and less and less able to stir the economy into a sustainable direction. Therefore, to stabilize democracy and to make possible the socio-ecological transformation of the economy, democratic principles need to be implemented directly in the economy. This is not only a matter of morality, but also has practical advantages. Democratizing the economy can increase legitimacy and take advantage of the “knowledge of the many” to accelerate the transformation. Democratic practices, especially deliberation, allow bringing together different forms of knowledge, which is crucial for the local implementation of principles of social and ecological sustainability. This talk explores what this idea means in more concrete terms, from democratic participation in the workplace to the democratization of time.

Market, state, association, and well-being. An historical approach | By Bas van Bavel


Over the past decades, markets have conventionally been seen as the best instrument to stimulate economic growth and enhance prosperity and well-being. The automatic link between markets and economic growth is increasingly questioned, however, as well as the automatic link between economic growth and enhancement of well-being. This has led to attempts to capture well-being development more directly than through GDP per capita figures and has produced a more variegated picture of well-being growth. Also, this has led to a shift of focus to other coordination systems than the market, as primarily the state but increasingly also the association. Analyses of the historical record suggest that especially the latter could be a vital component in future well-being.