1st EIP Water Annual Conference a big success

1st EIP Water Annual Conference a big success

The first conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water themed “Networking & interacting – Innovating water” was held in the EU Parliament in Brussels on 21 November 2013. It brought together EIP Water stakeholders, took stock of where we stand and helped shape the future of EIP Water to further increase the opportunities for collaborating on water innovation in Europe and globally.



All presentations of the Conference are available on the EIP Water slideshare account. A brief Conference report including the list of participants is available here.

The one-day conference showcased innovations from both within and outside the water sector through keynote addresses, panel discussions and moderated plenary sessions. The nine initial EIP Water Action Groups established in May 2013 showcased their nascent work; interactive sessions assisted new ideas to be taken forward, and the next steps of the EIP Water were presented and discussed. The conference also aimed to help establish new links and partnerships as well as facilitate networking between participants from water innovation supply and demand.

EIP Water's annual conference: catalyst for innovation and economic growth

The EIP Water conference is part of the EIP Water’s efforts to engage with stakeholders from water innovation supply and demand in Europe and globally; its overall aim is to stimulate creative and innovative solutions that contribute significantly to tackling water challenges at the European and global level.

The EIP Water aims to create market opportunities for these innovations, and by doing so stimulate sustainable economic growth and job creation.

Objectives of the conference

  1. To build awareness, particularly in Europe, of the necessity and potential of innovation within the water sector and EIP Water.
  2. To facilitate the creation of market opportunities by establishing new links, networks and partnerships between water innovation supply and demand.
  3. To take stock of progress made so far in EIP Water.
  4. To receive detailed feedback and input on a draft EIP Water activity agenda for 2014.

Programme pdf download here




08.30 Registration and coffee


10.00 Opening

Marianne Wenning (Director Quality of Life, Water & Air, DG Environment, European Commission)

10.10 Welcome

Andrew Walker, Conference Moderator

10.20 EIP Water and innovation, quick wins and long-term benefits

Mr Tomás Michel (President, WssTP)

10.45 Fast-tracking innovation and how to speed up the process of bringing innovation to the water market?

Djeevan Schiferli (Business Development Executive, IBM)

11.10 Driving innovation at the regional level: How organisations are cooperating in regions that have given water a “smart specialization” priority

Regional representatives, including Antonello Antonicelli (Head of the Department for Water, Environment and Public works of Regione Puglia) and Hans Konst (Vice Governor of the Province of Fryslân)

11.35 EIP Water Action Groups activities and challenges

Representatives of the nine EIP Water Action Groups, including Laurent Bellet (Water & Energy Specialist, EDF), Richard Elelman (Head of Public Administration Projects, Fundació CTM), Carlos M. Gómez (Professor of Economics, Universidad de Alcalá), Albert Jansen (Project Manager, TNO), Pieter de Jong (Wetsus EU Liaison Officer), Frank van Lamoen (Coordinator International Affairs for the Department of Nature, Environment and Water; Provincie Noord-Brabant, Directie Ecologie), Ignacio Martín (CIRCE Fundation-Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, University of Zaragoza), Aurora Seco (Professor, Universitat de València) and Guillermo Zaragoza (Senior Researcher, Plataforma Solar de Almería, CIEMAT)

12.30 Lunch break


14.00 Horizon 2020 as an opportunity for innovation in water Update and most recent information about the Horizon 2020 financing framework

Kurt Vandenberghe (Director, DG Research and Innovation)

14.25 How to bring innovation to the market

Fiona Griffith (Isle Utilities)

14.45 “EIP Water’s got talent” – Candidates pitch their innovation to a panel of expert judges

Innovators, including Daniel Fernández Hevia (Project leader at the Photo-catalysis Group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Founder and CEO of Watergy s.l.); Dr Armando Afonso, InTherN Hydric Efficiency (HP AG031), E.M. (Guus) Pelzer (MMO, Director Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg), and Hans van Breugel, Energy & Waterworks: Energizing Sustainable Deltas)

Expert Panel, including Cees Buisman (Member of the Executive Board of Wetsus), Bernard Guirkinger (Senior advisor to the CEO, Suez Environnement) and Harald Schölzel (Senior Engineer and Deputy Technical Advisor, European Investment Bank). Moderated by Fiona Griffith (Isle Utilities).

15.25 Export opportunities – China and India

Henrik Dissing (Head of European Secretariat, China Europe Water Platform) and Monish Verma (Environment Sector Specialist, European Business Technology Centre)

15.55 Closing remarks

Commissioner Janez Potočnik, DG Environment

16.10 Networking marketplace

Note: snacks and drinks will be provided

17:30 End of conference



Almost 500 participants attended the first EIP Water annual conference, which aimed to attract participation from all stakeholders from EU and non-EU countries.


For any content related questions, please contact Robert Schroeder (ENV-EIP-WATER@EC.EUROPA.EU)

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Event Information

Date of event: 

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:00 to 17:30


European Parliament, Brussels

Other event information: 

Event includes lunch
Event includes dinner