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. A line-up of top-notch innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, will be selected by an expert jury. The contenders compete for the overall title, and the winner will be revealed during the opening ceremony on 1 November.

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)


Aquatech Innovation Award - Industry choice

Besides the official Jury we invite our Aquatech audience as well to vote for their favourite innovation. The entry with highest vote receives the Public Prize of the Aquatech Innovation Award.

Innovation Award is open for all

We invite the new kids on the block, start-ups and other companies related to innovations in water to join the Innovation Award too. The Innovation Award welcomes non exhibitors to enter their innovation and join this global competition.

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 »

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 efficiency)

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury consists of:

  • Prof.dr.ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (Stowa)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (Retired – formerly PWN Technologies)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Technology)
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell)
  • Drs. H.J. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (Universiteit Twente)

Experience the innovation avenue!

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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.