RAI Amsterdam | 2 - 5 November 2021

aquatech innovation award

Innovations at Aquatech Amsterdam

For many years now, the Aquatech Innovation Award has been granted to the most innovative product, service or solution in the water industry. The winner will be selected from a line-up of top-notch innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, by an expert jury. The contenders compete for the overall title, and the winner will be revealed during the opening ceremony on 1 November.

Read more about the nominees of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2021.

Launching the Aquatech Community Award

Besides the official Jury, water tech professionals can now also vote for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The entry with the highest number of votes receives the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award. The nominees pitch their innovation live during the Aquatech Talks on October 12.


Vote for your favourite Aquatech Community Award innovation


Innovation Award entry is closed

We've received a lot of new, spectacular innovations this year! The entry for the Innovation Award 2021 is closed and the nominees are announced. Read more about the nominees and their innovations.

Aquatech Innovation Award Categories

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Water Supply (Drinking Water, Clean Water Point of   
          Use / Point of Entry)
  • Transport and Process & Control
  • Green Chemicals for Water Technology – new category
  • Innovation – not to market yet

The entries will be judged on 3 criteria:

  • Originality
  • Practicality (technical, economical, feasibility)
  • Sustainability (environment, security, energy and

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury consists of:

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (TU Twente)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (PUM Netherlands Senior Experts)
  • Dr. Ir. Wilbert van de Ven EMBA (Grundfos Holding
  • Drs. H.J. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)
  • Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell Global Solutions)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (STOWA)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST King
          Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Aquatech Innovation Dinner

The Oscars of the Water Technology Industry

Join us at the Aquatech Innovation Dinner, immediately following the official Opening Ceremony, for a three course meal including drinks to celebrate innovation and the sharpest and most creative minds in the industry. Invite your senior management or high level customers to join you at this outstanding networking opportunity.

Date: 1 November 2021
Time: 19:00 – 22:30 hrs
Location: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre – Europa Foyer (entrance G)

Connect with water technology professionals at Aquatech Amsterdam 2021

The proceeds of the AquaRun go to: AMREF, WaterStarters

Aquatech is committed to creating a healthier future for all of us. In light of this principle, the proceeds of the AquaRun registration fees (€25) will be donated to AMREF WaterStarters, to support their projects in Kenya.

WaterStarters in Kenya

This program creates sustainable water solutions for rural and peri-urban communities in Kenya. In Kenya, 1 out of 3 people drink water from unprotected sources leading to waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death of children under 5 years. In rural households, girls and women are 6 times more likely to fetch water than men, walking up to 12 km per day. This negatively effects school attendance and performance, and prohibits women to channel time and resources to other productive activities. The spread of Covid-19 results in growing inequalities, underlining the importance of water and hygiene for all. Amref believes that every human being should have access to safe and affordable drinking and household water and that no one should suffer from waterborne diseases. Our ambition is to radically improve this situation for 1.5 million Kenyans in water-stressed areas in the coming 7 years.

WaterStarters is a franchise that renovates and builds 600 water supply systems, each of them designed together with the community to match their specific needs. WaterStarters offers private operators and communities (franchisees) the opportunity to own and manage a successful water business, providing them with access to funding for the initial investment.

Watch the animation video over WaterStarters via this link and read more in the attached 2-pager.

Experience the innovation avenue!

Fully up-to-date on the latest trends, developments and technologies in 20 minutes?

The Innovation Avenue is the place where visitors are immersed in the latest technologies in the field of clean drinking water, sludge dewatering, algae detection systems, surface water treatments, and many more.

Overall winner Aquatech Innovation Award 2019

The overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2019 is the Kaumera Nereda Gum, a valuable resource that can be extracted from the wastewater treatment process. A biological raw material, the gum can retain as well as repel water, giving it great potential to be used in agriculture, as well as the paper and construction industries.

“This was by far the biggest innovative step from all of the entries received,” said jury chairman Professor Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. “It’s completely new and hasn’t been done before. In an urbanizing world, it's going to have much impact to help enable a circular economy.”

Read the Aquatech Innovation Award jury report 2019 »