EU Water Innovation Conference 2019

EU Water Innovation Conference 2019


The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (EUWIC) was held on December 12, in Zaragoza, Spain. It will carry the theme:

"Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts"   #EUWIC #CleanWaterEU

The European Commission aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society. This high-level event feed innovators minds with best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.

This was the 5th EIP Water Conference, after Brussels (2013), Barcelona (2014), Leeuwarden (2016) and Porto (2017), and built upon the European Innovation Partnership (EIP Water)’s efforts so far to foster innovation in the water sector and overcome the main existing barriers. At the same time, it was a stepping stone into the future, as the current EIP Water is planned to end in 2020, and it will likely be followed by new actions to address water-related challenges, secure enhanced compliance with the EU water acquis and foster the research-policy interface, whilst strengthening partnerships for joint efforts.

The city of Zaragoza was selected as a host city after a pan-European competition won by the Region of Aragon (Spain).

Aragon’s proposal builds on a strong legacy of hosting the water-focused World Expo in 2008, and a strong institutional, entrepreneur and civil society engagement in water. Zaragoza and the conference venue are located at the Ebro river banks, and Aragon faces many of the today’s and tomorrow’s challenges on water management, including pollution, floods, scarcity and droughts. At the same time, Aragon is a dynamic region, with strong innovation activities related to the circular economy and sustainability. Zaragoza is a recognized congress city with important events such as Smagua International Water and Irrigation exhibition.

EUWIC and side events

The EIP Water conference was preceded and followed by an increasing number of side meetings, social events as well as site visits on December 11 and 13. Participants of the conference learned about Aragon’s unique features, attended site visits in the middle Ebro river valley and Pyrenees mountains, and attended a series of side events before and after the event. 36 side meetings took place on December 11 between 9:00 and 18:00 at the conference venue, more details about the meetings can be found here. In addition, social events such as the welcome reception on December 11, networking cocktail on December 12 back to back with the conference and/or site visits on December 13 were planned.

1. Aim

To raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society, take stock of key European Commission’s findings based on the 2019 Fitness Check of EU Water Law and of research and innovation results and outcomes, and promote exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.


  1. Heared the direction the European Commission is taking in its water, climate change and research and innovation policies;
  2. Learned the lessons of experienced water innovators in Europe;
  3. Gained insight into the regulatory and financial framework, partnerships and how to successfully establish innovation;
  4. Networked with potential collaboration partners;
  5. Got to know the funding and financial instruments available.

2. Participants and target audiences

The main target audiences of the EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 were high-level representatives of the public and corporate water sector in Europe and beyond. Attendees included water managers, representatives of water authorities, launching customers (innovation demanders) from the private and public sector (cities, regions and EU Member States), water-using sectors and innovation providers. Furthermore, there were participants from other sectors related to innovation development, uptake and financing.

The conference was free of charge, but registration was required. List of participants can be found here.

3. Date, Venue and Registration

The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 was scheduled for Thursday, December 12 2019. The conference took place in the Palacio de Congresos de Zaragoza, Spain. Back to back with 36 side meetings on December 11 at the conference venue and social events such as the welcome reception on December 11, networking cocktail on December 12 as well as site visits on December 13.

4.  Programme

A programme providing some details on the session, speakers, as well as other information, is available here. The conference will be held in English.. Please note, that some side meetings may also be in Spanish.

5.  Webstream and photos

The webstream, highlight videos and photos can be found here.

6. Conference Organisers and Partners

The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 is organised by the European Commission,

Many thanks to the local government, partners and sponsors:

Government of Aragon

The Government of Aragon is the executive organ of the Autonomous Community of Aragon which has authority in political and legislative areas. The Government of Aragon is committed to reactivating the legacy of the International Expo 2008 about "water and sustainable development" by engaging with the UN's Agenda 2030. The Aragon Water Institute is the public body responsible for water matters. The Institute operates and maintains sewage treatment plants, and supports municipal entities in the actions that make up the cycle urban water. In the field of hydrological planning, the Aragon Water Institute coordinates the contributions made by the Government of Aragon and makes effective its participation in basin organizations.

Feria de Zaragoza

Feria de Zaragoza is a member of the leading Spanish fair hosts and is focused on performing high-tech and specialized exhibitions in the corresponding fields, which has led it to be at the head of the European fair manifestations in a number of contests. Since 1974 it holds SMAGUA, International Water and Irrigation Exhibition, which is one of the most important events for the water sector in Spain and the South of Europe.  It attracts professionals from all over the world who find a wide showcase with the latest equipment and technologies applied to the water cycle.  The event has become the essential meeting point for the sector thanks to its clearly innovative position, the quality of its technical conferences and the numerous presentations of products, equipment and technological solutions.


ZINNAE, the Cluster for the efficient use of water, is a non-profit association that works to offer solutions to water security challenges in order to build a sustainable and resilient future, working under the principles of the circular economy and intelligent society. It was born in 2010 with the aim of bringing together the main economic agents linked to water and energy that are associated on a regional level. Our specialization areas are:

1) Resilient water infrastructure: water-energy efficiency, O&M, new pollutants, decentralized systems; alternative resources; invasive species.

2) Digital technology: water 4.0, cybersecurity, real-time monitoring, big data; business intelligence.

3) Adaptative Governance: communication, smart investment, reuse, valorisation, prevention, climate change adaptation.

Spanish Water Technology Platform (PTEA)

Spanish Water Technology Platform (PTEA) was created with the vocation of being the meeting point at the national level among every scientific, technological and business stakeholders to promote research, development and innovation, besides technological upgrading applicable to the sustainable management of water resources. Another of its objectives is to promote the leadership of the Spanish technology sector worldwide, as well as improving employment and competitiveness. PTEA is a non-profit association that brings together the agents involved in R&D and innovation in the water sector in Spain and aims to boost the potential of innovation to promote collaboration and the implementation of strategic projects for the water industry, thus contributing to the implementation of national and European strategies in this field.


AEAS is the technical and professional association of entities, institutions, operators and corporate partners and individual experts who provide operation, maintenance, operation and management of urban water supply and sanitation, whether of public-private or mixed legal nature. Its partners provide service to more than 37 million people in more than 1,700 Spanish municipalities (80% of the Spanish population). Besides, AEAS actively participates in relevant international organizations on issues related to the water cycle, such as EurEau, IWA, OECD, WssTP or ISO.

Water Europe      

Water Europe is the recognized voice and promotor of water-related RTD and innovation in Europe. We aim to increase coordination and collaboration, to enhance the performance of the water service providers, water users, and technology providers, in a sustainable and inclusive way.

To strive towards the realization of the EU water smart society, Water Europe has three core missions:

  • Improve coordination and collaboration in the water sector and water using sectors;
  • Enhance the performance of the European water sector and water using sectors;
  • Contribute to solving societal challenges through RTD&I

In addition, Water Europe has developed a Water Vision: “The value of Water” as a guideline for future research and development within the European water sector and established three main programmes (collaboration – advocacy and market programmes) as services to its members.

Water JPI  

Water JPI - Joint Programming Initiative on “Water Challenges for a Changing World” aiming at tackling the ambitious challenge of achieving sustainable water resources for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad. 

The Water JPI is facilitating and fostering cooperation between countries on water research so that big challenges can be addressed and resolved across the world. The science-knowledge produced by the Water JPI will support the implementation of European water-related policies and increase cooperation between European countries and International partners outside the European Research Area.


EurEau is the voice of Europe’s water sector. We represent 32 drinking and wastewater service providers from 29 countries in Europe, from both the private and the public sectors.

Our members are the national associations of water services in Europe. At EurEau, we bring national water professionals together to agree on European water industry positions regarding the management of water quality, resource efficiency and access to water for Europe’s citizens and businesses. The EurEau secretariat is based in Brussels, from where we coordinate the work of around 150 experts from member organisations and utilities and advocate common positions with EU decision makers.

Our members are fully committed to the continuous supply of clean water and its safe return into the water cycle. We have a role in raising awareness of threats to the water environment. With a direct employment of around 476,000 people, the European water sector makes a significant contribution to the European economy.

Media partner


Based in Brussels and Barcelona, REVOLVE is a communication group fostering cultures of sustainability. REVOLVE publishes a quarterly international magazine focusing on the themes of water (winter), nature (spring), energy (summer) and mobility (fall). REVOLVE coordinates publications, curates photo exhibitions and organizes forums. REVOLVE also offers graphic design, data visualization, content development, branding and marketing, social media engagement and media relations to maximize outreach and impact reporting for EU projects and other partner campaigns. REVOLVE works with partners to accelerate the energy transformation and the possibility of a cleaner world.


RETEMA, the Technical Journal of Environment, established in 1987 becoming the first Spanish publication about the environmental industry. Today, with more than 30 years of history, RETEMA is one of the leading technical publications in Spain. Due to its extensive experience and trajectory, it is a highly valued publication and consulted by technicians and professionals of the entities related to the environmental industry of Spain and Latin America

Aguas Residuales. Info

Aguasresiduales.Info is a means of communication for professionals in the water treatment sector of Spain and Latin America. With a decade of experience in the sector, it provides Information, Training and Knowledge through its web platform, on-line and face-to-face courses, events, congresses, etc ... Every month more than 200,000 water treatment professionals read more than 1,000,000 pages of our website.


Platinum Sponsor


The Térvalis Group is a business group that began its journey in Teruel in 1986, looks to the future with the objective of leading the sectors, mainly agro-industrial, in which it carries out its activity in Spain, and increase its international presence without abandoning its hallmarks, passion for what it does, sustainability and commitment. 
The division dedicated to the production and commercialization of plant nutrients occupies the first positions in R & D & i at European level, driving research in the field of animal nutrition decisively. In the food sector, process integration, quality and differentiation are the keys to value your meat products, cured hams and wines that combine tradition and technology, resulting in certified gourmet products. The social commitment of the group is reflected in its Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to generate stable employment in sectors at risk of exclusion such as disability, through its Special Employment Centers.

Gold sponsors


Cognit is a process engineering consultancy for industrial clients, with extensive experience in continuous improvement projects in the area of water, energy and resource optimisation projects.

Control Union     

Control Union Certifications is an independent certification body with its foundation in agriculture. Control Union Certifications has focused its efforts in developing services around the sustainability of the industry's supply chains which feed into the food, feed, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, social compliance and textiles markets. With 'boots on the ground' in more than 70 countries, Control Union Certifications is uniquely placed to manage challenges with today's global marketplace. Whether by tailoring a program around your specific needs, or selecting one of the more than 100 programs offered, Control Union Certifications works to provide you with the options needed to source sustainably.

Dupont Water Solutions

DuPont Water Solutions is the global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology, helping customers across industries and countries make real progress in ways that not only improve productivity, efficiency and profitability, but also reduce waste, energy consumption and environmental impact. DuPont Water Solutions helps make water safer and more accessible, food taste better, pharmaceuticals more effective and industries more efficient. DuPont Water Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, particle filters and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, industrial processes, pharmaceuticals, power, oil and gas, residential water and waste and water reuse.

Caja Rural de Aragón  

Caja Rural de Aragón, the first cooperative credit institution from Aragón, is present with 230 offices in 180 municipalities in Aragón, La Rioja and Lleida. Committed to the territory and rural areas, 62% of the offices are located in municipalities with less than 2,000 inhabitants. It is part of the Caja Rural Group, one of the main financial groups in Spain with more than 2,700 offices and 9,000 employees. Our social responsibility is oriented to contribute to the progress and development of all the areas where we have implementation.

Silver sponsors

Syder Comercializadora Verde, S.L.    

In 2010, with the experience acquired and the result of the liberalization of the electric market, our company enters a new stage in which it diversifies its activities through Syder Comercializadora Verde S.L., defining and developing a new line of business around the electricity business with 3 clear objectives:

  • Give an electricity supply service based on100% renewable to small and large consumers within the current liberalized electricity market.
  • To manage, represent and advise in the electricity market to facilities generating renewable energy.
  • To manage, represent and advise direct consumers in the electricity market.


Founded in 1900, Cervezas Ambar is an independent Spanish brewery that maintains the spirit of a constantly evolving family enterprise. With 20 beer varieties, it has more specialities than any other brand. It continues to produce beer at the same brewery where it began operations in the early part of the last century. There they maintain the craft processes of the 20th century, with the only open vat fermentation room still in use anywhere in Spain. Cervezas Ambar also have a modern brewery in Zaragoza that allow to carry out an ambitious expansion plan to become one of the most admired independent brewers worldwide.


Lunares is the result of a hydrological cycle in which the ground itself acts as a skilled natural laboratory. The geology of the region and the different layers of rock create the perfect setting for a slow and magical process that takes its course over years. That is how the water acquires its wealth of minerals and trace elements, while maintaining a permanently constant temperature, pH and composition. Finally, it is bottled in its natural state. A lengthy process during which our water acquires its purity, turning every bottle into a fountain of health.

Bronze sponsor



RETEMA, the Technical Journal of Environment, established in 1987 becoming the first Spanish publication about the environmental industry. Today, with more than 30 years of history, RETEMA is one of the leading technical publications in Spain. Due to its extensive experience and trajectory, it is a highly valued publication and consulted by technicians and professionals of the entities related to the environmental industry of Spain and Latin America

Acuario de Zaragoza      

Acuario de Zaragoza is the largest freshwater Aquarium in Europe, more than 350 different species and 6000 animals in 2 million liters of water. The mission of the Acuario de Zaragoza is the conservation of the environment and biodiversity through education and dissemination. Acuario de Zaragoza participates in different conservation projects. On an exposition area of more than 4500 m2, you will go on an exciting journey through the five continents and their rivers Nile, Mekong, Amazon, Murray-Darling and Ebro.  You will enjoy with Arapaima, Nile Crocodrile, Red Piranha, European Otter, Water monitor, Clownfish, Giant tiger fish, Anaconda, etc.

Bergner Europe  

Bergner provides the best homeware solutions for consumers worldwide, leading a winning strategy through its innovative and quality homeware products. Bergner continues growing thanks to a business model based on it’s totem: Ubiquity, Agile & Human. With impressive growth and an expansive product portfolio containing a host of unique products, Bergner has its sights set on being a global leader in homewares. Bergner’s success relies on its focus on the consumer, a business model based in its regions-channels-categories-brands matrix and to its professional and highly skilled motivated team. Bergner’s kitchenware offer spans cookware, bakeware pressure cookers, knives, tools and gadgets, storage, coffee and tea, tableware, flatware, home textiles and small electrical appliances. Its product portfolio is really fresh, featuring over 1,000 new skus per year and over 15,000 items in total. Bergner brands are Bergner, Masterpro, Infinity Chefs, San Ignacio, Swiss Home or Renberg and La Maison.


Aguas Residuales. Info

Aguasresiduales.Info is a means of communication for professionals in the water treatment sector of Spain and Latin America. With a decade of experience in the sector, it provides Information, Training and Knowledge through its web platform, on-line and face-to-face courses, events, congresses, etc ... Every month more than 200,000 water treatment professionals read more than 1,000,000 pages of our website.

 Prefabricados Delta

Prefabricados Delta is a leading company in the Spanish market that offers a wide range of the highest quality pressure pipe products. What endorses our experience and capacity in 50 years of activity with more than 2,300 km of pipes installed. Many hydraulic works of supply, sewage and above all irrigation, have made us leaders in the supply of pipes in diameters between 500 and 3000 mm in Spain and with average pressures of 2 to 20 atm.

- 60 supplies for different cities and towns.

- 70 different sewage works.

- 120 Communities of Irrigators, which represent more than 900,000 ha. of irrigated area.

- 2300 km of pipes:

  • 750 km of GRP pipeline.
  • 1550 km of concrete pipe with Steel cylinder.

Prefabricated Delta specializes in concrete pressure pipes with steel cylinder, prestressed concrete pipe with steel-cylinder and reinforced concrete pipes with steel cylinder for elastic joints and welded joints.

Molecor Tecnología S. L.   

Molecor® is a Spanish company specialized in the development of Molecular Orientation Technology applied to the manufacture of TOM® pipes and ecoFITTOM® fittings, both manufactured in  Oriented PVC (PVC-O), for the conveyance of water under pressure. Molecor’s revolutionary process provides reliable and user friendly systems that widen the pipe global business possibilities.

Product range:

  • TOM® PVC-O pipes are manu­factured in accordance with the standards ISO 16422:2014 and EN 17176:2019. These pipes are available in diameters from 90 mm to 800 mm and in PN12.5, 16, 20 and 25 bar.
  • ecoFITTOM®, the first fittings in the world in PVC-O, are manufactured from DN110 to DN400mm in PN16 bar. These fittings are manufactured according to the European PVC-O Standard CEN/TS 17176-3:2019.

Moreover, the excellent physical, mechanical and chemical properties of these pipes and fittings ensure a complete reliability of supply as well as environmental protection.

Bodegas Care  

Bodegas Care is a family owned winery founded in the very heart of the D.O. Cariñena, an historic area that is emerging onto the world stage with outstanding Red and White old vine Grenache wines. Care, can be described as highly exclusive, innovative and committed Project. We gather 150 has of owned vineyards exclusively focused on the quality of the fruit, (75 of them, over 50 years old dry farmed grenache and carignan varietals), a sustainability focus on every grapegrowing and winemaking process,  state of the art equipment and superb infrastructure for a perfect vinification, control and ageing, and a contemporary art design of the wine packaging enhancing tradition and modernity from Spain. The whole process has been designed fusing the respect of vineyard., the grape and therefore resulting in a modern and ground-breaking wine, CARE, The wine of the faces (cara = face).


VEOLIA España S. L. U.  

Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 171,000 employees worldwide, the Veolia Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources and to replenish them. 

In Spain, Veolia manages more than 8.300 facilities that are 1.057.242MWh produced and 63.070 CO2 tons reduced every year. In 2018, Veolia treated more than 270.000 tons of waste and converted 175.000 tons of them into new materials and energy. In addition, Veolia produces every year in Spain 22m3 of drinking water and treats 53m3 of urban wastewaters and 21m3 of industrial wastewater.


Eboca is the reference vending company in Aragon. We develop rest rooms to enhance creativity, communication and well-being of people, helping companies to be happier and more profitable.
For 30 years and with the best technology, the best product and the best service, eboca has been making vending from being the "coffee machine" to become a service that enhances innovation and happiness in companies. And so we manage to do what really moves us every day: to make the world a better place.
Because there is nothing more valuable for a company than a happy employee.

Event Information

Date of event: 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019

Other event information: 

Event includes lunch
Event includes dinner