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wetsus congress 2021

Innovation for a fair and sustainable society

Innovation for a fair and sustainable society is the theme of the Wetsus Congress 2021. The congress will be held in city theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. On Monday October 4, the theme will be addressed by speakers with various backgrounds, business, science and governmental perspectives will be highlighted. Tuesday October 5 is all about science. The parallel sessions are based on Wetsus’ scientific program. Full program and registration soon on this page.

Innovation for a fair and sustainable society

Program

Monday October 4

Preliminary program:

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and registration
10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session

Innovation for a fair and sustainable society 

  • Wetsus update , prof. dr. ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus
  • Peter ter Kulve , President Homecare Unilever
  • Ingrid Thijssen,  Chair VNO-NCW  
  • Thecla Bodewes, Chair Topsector Water & Maritime
  • prof. dr. Marcel Levi , Chairman NWO

Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony

  • Pitch,  Ettore Virga, winner of the 2020 Marcel Mulder Award
  • Award  2021,  drs. Ed Nijpels, President Supervisory Board Wetsus

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch, visit poster presentations  
14.00 – 16.00 Plenary session

How can water innovation prevent that water will limit the EU economy?

  • Dr. Thierry Damerval, president of the French National Research Agency, ANR
  • Minna Wilkki, Head of Unit European Missions & Partnerships Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Practical examples: 5 cases

1. Water for the hydrogen economy
2. Drought resilience of soils
3. Artificial Intelligence for a healthy environment
4. Polymer recovery from waste water
5. NEW:  a new entrepreneurship program

16.00  Networking reception

Tuesday October 5

Preliminary program:

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and registration
10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

  • Wetsus update , prof. dr. ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board Wetsus
  • Keynote: An autotrophic origin of life at a hydrogen producing hydrothermal vent,  prof. William Martin,  professor of Molecular Evolution Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

1.1 Physics of Water – Vortices in nature and water technology applications      
1.2 (Bio)electrochemical systems for resource recovery                           
1.3 PFAS in water: how to treat and destroy Forever Chemicals? 
1.4 Remote sensing, modeling, data assimilation and machine learning for ecological monitoring   
1.5 Applied Science: Nanoparticles in Water

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch 
14.00 -15.00 Plenary session
15.00 -15.30 break
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions

2.1 Biological sulfide oxidation to sulfur                                                                
2.2 Water in Food Physics & Food Technology                                             
2.3 Waste water composition as predictive tool    
2.4 Optimizing Irrigation Water Quality                                                     
2.5 Applied Science: Circular agriculture – how about water?

17.00 Networking reception