EIP Conference programme

Stadsschouwburg De HarmonieEIP Water Conference

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (CET)
Location: Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP  Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
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09h15 – 09h30: Opening welcome
– Marianne Wenning – Director for ‘Quality of Life, Water & Air’, DG Environment, European Commission

09h30 – 09h45: Welcome to the Netherlands
– Melanie Schultz van Haegen – Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

09h45 – 10h00: Moderated interview with the hosts
How Fryslân has built an innovation ecosystem for water technologies
– Sietske Poepjes – Province of Fryslân
– Henk Deinum – Vice Mayor of Leeuwarden
– Cees Buisman – Member of the Executive Board, Wetsus

10h00 – 10h45: Key Note Speech
The economics of innovation and the role of public and private entities
– Mariana Mazzucato – Innovation Economist

10h45 – 11h30: Coffee break in the water innovation exhibition

11h30 – 12h00: Innovator showcases, Pecha Kucha style
Case study innovations that have been highly successful and less successful from within EIP Water with lessons learnt
– Richard Elelman – Action Group “City Blueprints”
– Peter Scheijgrond – Action Group “EWW – Energy and Water Works – Energizing Sustainable Deltas”
– Ernesto Lopez Baeza – Action Group “RESEWAM-O – Remote Sensing for Water Management Optimization”
– Carlos M. Gómez – Action Group “SPADIS – Smart Prices and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries”

12h00 – 12h40: Expert panel
From idea to commercial success
Chair: Piers Clark – Chair of Isle
– Mariana Mazzucato – Innovation Economist
– Kurt Vandenberghe – Director for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
– Diane d’Arras – Executive VP Water Europe, Suez Water Europe
– Uta Wehn – Innovation Researcher, UNESCO-IHE
– Geert Woerlee – CEO, Feyecon (SME)

12h40 – 12h45 Idea Generator I
The 5 greatest innovation barriers, how participants rank them, and how they would solve them

12h45 – 14h15: Buffet lunch and exhibition time

14h15 – 14h45: Key note – The Smart City and its Water
Adapting to climate change, population growth, and ageing infrastructure
– Alex Nickson – Strategy Manager for Climate Change Adaptation and Water at the Greater London Authority

14h45 – 15h05: Team presentation
How East-West collaboration in Europe has uncovered hidden innovation gems.
– Sander Happaerts – Policy Analist, DG Regional and Urban, European Commission
– Adrian Stanica – Romanian National Institute for Marine Geology and
– Geoecology – GeoEcoMar
– Jos Brils – Deltares

15h05 – 15h30: Moderated interview
Why the investment community is vital to water innovation.
– Reinhard Hübner – SKion GmbH

15h30 – 16h15: Innovation Dragon’s Den
The final of “EIP Water’s Got Talent”, run by Isle Utilities
Chaired by Piers Clark, Chair of Isle Utilities. With the following judges:
– Reinhard Hübner – SKion GmbH
– Cees Buisman – Member of the Executive Board, Wetsus
– Diane d’Arras – Executive VP Water Europe, Suez Water Europe

16h15 – 16h45: Coffee break in the exhibition

16h45 – 17h05: Idea Generator II
Survey results and moderated debate
Chaired by Durk Krol – WssTP; with:
– Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper – Water Quality Priority Area Team of the Danube Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

17h05 – 17h15: Conclusions and recommendations from the 3rd EIP Water conference
– Marianne Wenning – Director for ‘Quality of Life, Water & Air’, DG Environment, European Commission

17h15 – 17h30: Conference conclusion

17h30 – 19h00: Snacks and drinks in the exhibition

19h00: Innovation Dinner at The Jacobijner Church (ticketed event [1]), hosted by Ferd Crone – Mayor of Leeuwarden

[1] The price for the Innovation Dinner is €75 per person (incl. food and all drinks), see at the registration formular.

WaterCampus nieuwbouw
WaterCampus – locatie Wetsus building
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Wetsus invites all EIP conference participants ALSO to a welcome reception in the evening (17h00-19h00) of February 9, at the new building of WaterCampus Leeuwarden, opened by Mr. John Jorritsma, the King’s Commissioner of the Dutch province of Fryslân.

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