wetsus congress 2021

Meet each other at the Wetsus Congress 2021

After a year without our traditional Wetsus Congress, we are very happy to welcome you in person again, on October 4 and/or 5, 2021, in Leeuwarden.

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.

Check out our interesting program below!

Meet each other at the Wetsus Congress 2021

October 4

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and registration
10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session

Innovation for a fair and sustainable society

  • Wetsus update, 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

Sustainability and competitiveness: six cases

1. Water for the hydrogen economy, Dirk van der Woerdt MSc, Strategic advisor Business development at WLN 

2. Drought resilience of soils, Eline Keuning MSc, consultant at BioClear

3. Artificial Intelligence for a healthy environment, Jeroen Mol MSc, Founder & CEO at HAL24K  

4. Polymer recovery from wastewater, dr. René Rozendal, Managing Director at Paques Biomaterials

5. NEW a new entrepreneurship program, Ronald Wielenga MSc, Manager Entrepreneurship at WaterCampus Leeuwarden

 6. From start up to Euronext listed company, Erik Roesink, CTO & Founder NX Filtration

16.00 Networking reception

October 5

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and registration
10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch 
14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session

Keynote: Impacts of climate change on the Wadden Sea, Katja Philippart, Director Wadden Academy

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