wetsus congress 2023

The Wetsus Congress 2023 will be held on October 9 and 10. The theme is “ Environmental resilience to novel entities”, and we are busy preparing an interesting program. We will also celebrate Wetsus’ 20 year anniversary! Please find below our program outline, including all 14 scientific sessions on Tuesday. You can already register! Similar to our previous Congresses, we wil organize an exhibition/demonstration floor. Lunches and other networking moments are all held at the exhibition floor, so plenty of exposure is guaranteed. Interested in a spot? Please send an e-mail to Roely Watzema, without any obligation.

In 2024, the Wetsus Congress will be part of European Water Technology Week again, September 23-26, information will follow on the dedicated website.

Preliminary program Monday October 9

09.00 – 10.00 Welcome and registration

Environmental resilience to novel entities

10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session Chair: Johannes Boonstra, Executive Board Wetsus

  • Wetsus developments, Cees Buisman, Wetsus Executive Board
  • Veronica Manfredi, Director Zero Pollution, DG Environment, European Commission
  • More speakers TBA

Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony

  • Carlo Belloni, winner of the 2022 Marcel Mulder Award
  • Award 2023, drs. Ed Nijpels, President Supervisory Board Wetsus

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch, visit poster presentations  

14.00 – 16.00 Plenary session

In our afternoon program, we will focus on Wetsus’ four research areas, these are impact areas where novel technology is expected to generate the biggest benefits and is most competitive.

Walter van der Meer, CEO at Oasen NV and professor Membrane Technology And Engineering for Water Treatment, University of Twente, will kick off with an inspiring keynote.

The area Sustainable Water will be addressed by Gerrit Veenendaal, director NieuWater, followed by Carla Frijters, development Manager Flocculent sludge systems Paques BV, about Recovered resources. Drought resilience is the topic of Mateo Mayer, director & co-founder Healthy environment is the fourth area of focus, with a presentation by Geert Kessel, Plant Pathologist, Wageningen University and Research, Business Unit Field Crops.

The import component of competitiveness will be highlighted by Pieter Hack, entrepreneur in sustainable technologies, chairman of the board Pure Water Group and REDstack.

16.00 Networking reception

Preliminary program Tuesday October 10

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

  • Wetsus update, Cees Buisman, Wetsus Executive Board
  • Introduction by Dipl. -Ing. Dr. Elmar C. Fuchs, Wetsus
  • Keynote: prof. Christoph Salzmann, University College London

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

1.1 Lake restoration: why and how 

1.2 The Road to Circular sewage treatment in 2050

1.3 Monitoring and prevention of Emerging Chemicals in waste and drinking water

1.4 Managed aquifer recharge for drought resilience

1.5 Ice insights, a closer look into ice

1.6 Sustainable water management: the challenge of emerging substances

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch, visit demonstration floor, poster presentations

14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session

  • Introduction by prof. dr. Heike Schmitt, Delft University of Technology/Wetsus
  • Keynote: removal of emerging chemicals from surface waters, prof. dr. Caroline Moermond, RIVM

15.00 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions

2.1 Lake restoration: why and how: an interactive round table discussion 

2.3 Treatment of emerging pollutants in wastewater and drinking water sources

2.4 Advanced membranes for effective water treatment

2.5 Natural Water Production

2.6 From nanoplastics to inks, understanding possible contaminants from plastic recycling processes

17.00 Networking reception, best poster award ceremony