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
Additional information
Register here for EIP Water Conference!

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

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.

Back to EIP Water Conference
Back to Mayors & Water Conference



wetsus   Logo gemeente Leeuwarden   logo_European Commission-hr   Dutch Presidency Logo