Inspirational programme set for Amsterdam International Water Week Conference

  • 26 August, 2015
  • AIWW

Inspirational programme set for Amsterdam International Water Week Conference

The Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW, 2 - 6 november) sets the stage for the transition to ’integrated solutions for the circular economy and resilient cities’. The worldwide felt urgency for this transition has brought together an unmissable array of speakers, including EU Commissioner Karmanu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) Dutch Minister of Infrastructure & the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Eberhard van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam.

The wide and varied conference programme covers issues and challenges ranging from green roofs to smartphone detection of leaks, and will forge links between water and sanitation, flood and coastal management, food, agriculture, finance and governance.

AIWW’s reputation as the platform for integrated solutions is further cemented in the keynote sessions which are due to showcase contributions from World Resources Institute CEO Andrew Steer, mr Peter Joo Hee NG, the CE of Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB, Mrs. Monica Scatasta, Head Division Water and Waste Management, European Investment Bank, and Jan-Willem Vosmeer, Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Heineken International. Key notes and panel will also feature Mr. John Batten, Global Water and Global Cities Director, Arcadis, Prof. Janusz Zaleski, Director Project Coordination Unit, World Bank Poland, Mr. Paul Joel Derian, Senior Vice President Research & Innovation, SuezEnvironnement, and many more. (See attached the preliminary list of speakers).

The conference programme:
Professionals attending the event can choose between three main topic tracks that explore the transition to a circular economy and resilient cities through relevant and challenging sessions and workshops.

Track 1, urban resilience and adaptation to climate change, will focus on a spread of issues including flood resilient cities, innovative urban design and climate change mitigation. Workshops will concentrate on issues including flood resilient catchments, stormwater resilient cities, and managing urban water in the cities of the future. Mayors, city planners and major investors come together at the Resilient Cities Leaders Forum.

Track 2, urban utilities and the circular economy, will look at the opportunities for accelerating towards closing the urban water and used water loops, and the resources involved in this process. Sessions will cover issues including smart water loss reduction, stormwater management strategies, and resource recovery and the circular economy. Workshop topics include innovation in sanitation and smart water networks in 2020 (SWAN). At the Utility Leaders Forum, key representatives of the sector will set up a framework for the transition to a circular economy.

Track 3, sustainable production and industrial response: reduce, reuse, recover, will focus on the growing interest in turning water risks into opportunities, and the challenges of operationalizing the concept of water stewardship. CEO’s (Heineken, SAB Miller, Coca Cola etc) discuss the use and supply of water at the Industry Leaders Forum.

Sessions topics include technologies for industrial wastewater treatment and reuse, and water efficient food production; workshops will spotlight industrial water solutions and water footprint assessment and efficiency.

The breadth of the conference vision is illustrated by the session on innovative water treatment processes and technologies, which will look at both high tech (forward osmosis and ultrafiltration) and sustainable options (innovative mussel filters). The wide and varied mix of topics showcased at AIWW fulfils the key aim of providing a platform that brings people together to share solutions.

Speakers/panellists (preliminary list):
Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure & the Environment, Government of the Netherlands
Mr. Karmanu Vella, EU-Commissioner Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mr. Joe Rozza, Global Water Resource Sustainability Manager, The Coca-Cola Company (to be confirmed)
Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (USA)
Mr. Austin Blackman, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston (to be confirmed)
Mr. Peter Joo Hee NG, CE, PUB Singapore's National Water Agency
Mr. Rupert Thomas, President Safety, Environment and Social Performance, Royal Dutch Shell (to be confirmed)
Mr. Jan Vosmeer, Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Heineken International
Mrs. Marie Sagen, Ambassador Young Water Professionals (IWA)
Mrs. Monica Scatasta, Head Division Water and Waste Management, European Investment Bank
Mr. John Batten, Arcadis
Mr. Wim Kuijken, Delta Commissioner, Government of the Netherlands
Prof. Junusz Zaleski, Poland
Mr. Gerhard van den Top, Chairman Dutch Waterboard Amstel, Gooi en Vecht
Mr. Michiel Haersma Buma, Chairman, Dutch Waterboard Delfland
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands
Mr. Paul Joel Derian, Senior Vice President Research & Innovation, Suez Environnement
Prof.dr.ir. Mark van Loosdrecht, full professor and Group leader Environmental Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology
Mr. Walter van der Meer, CEO at Oasen and professor Innovative Water Purification Processes at Delft University of Technology
Mr. Jonathan Clement, CEO, PWN Technologies
Mr. Andre Fourie, Head of Water Security and Environmental Value, SAB Miller
Mr. Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM Investments
Mrs. Karin Krchan, Director Fresh Water Programme, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Mrs. Annette Ottolini, CEO Evides, Industries Mr. Menno Holterman, CEO, Nijhuis Industries

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