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EIP Water Conference 2016 News, 13. October 2015
EIP Water | Boosting opportunities - Innovating water

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to invite you to register for the EIP Water’s 3rd conference on 10 February 2016 and present a brief update on the event and related activities in this special EIP Water News edition!

As many of you already know, the conference will take place in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and a preliminary Conference programme has now been published. The 2016 conference will carry the theme “How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?” and will involve a broad variety of high-level speakers who will provide important insights and share experiences at the event. 

The EIP Water conference has grown into one of Europe’s flagship events on water innovation and we would like to thank all EIP Water stakeholders, friends and partners for their continued commitment and support. Places at the EIP Water 2016 conference are limited and registration for the Conference has started - we invite our readers and colleagues to start registering for the event and look forward to meeting many of you in Leeuwarden!

Best regards,
The EIP Water Secretariat


EIP Water News and Updates

How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?

The 2016 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water will carry the theme "How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?" 

The event will foster innovation in the European water sector by showcasing the experience of innovators and the lessons they have learned. The conference will give inspiring ideas, discuss a variety of outspoken and conflicting viewpoints about appropriate approaches to innovation, and help establish and nurture partnerships.
This 3rd EIP Water conference builds up on the success of the first two conferences in 2013 and 2014 in Brussels and Barcelona, respectively. The city of Leeuwarden was selected as a host city after a pan-European competition.

EIP Water conferences have shown themselves to be brilliant opportunities for strengthening pan-European and global networking for boosting innovation in the water sector. The organizers are confident that the 2016 conference in Leeuwarden will once again be an outstanding event for the European water sector and will contribute to removing innovation barriers and creating opportunities for more water innovation in Europe and globally.

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What can you expect from the
EIP Water Conference 2016?

Participants of the 3rd EIP Water conference will learn how the European Commission and EIP Water are working to overcome the established five key barriers & bottlenecks to innovation in water in Europe, and they will gain insights on regulation, financing and public-private partnerships. Participants can expect to: 
  1. Learn the lessons of experienced water innovators in Europe;
  2. Gain insight into the regulatory and financial framework, public-private partnerships and how to successfully establish innovation;
  3. Hear the direction the European Commission is taking to foster innovation in water in Europe;
  4. Network with potential collaboration partners and become part of the EIP Water Marketplace;
  5. Get to know the funding and financial instruments available;
  6. Learn about best practice in public procurement; and
  7. Visit unique testing facilities and water innovation sites

What happens
before and after 10 February?

While the EIP Water conferences are one-day conferences, they are usually preceded and followed by a series of highly interesting side events. We would therefore like to invite our readers and all conference participants to consider spending at least two or preferably three days in Leeuwarden. 

On Tuesday, 9 February, a series of side meetings by EIP Water Action Groups and other water innovation stakeholders will take place. Many of them will be open to conference participants. If you are also interested in organizing a closed or open water innovation-related meetings in Leeuwarden on 9th February 2016 and want us to promote it, please provide the relevant information about your proposed side meeting in the promotion request here ASAP and at the latest by 15th December 2015. We will provide regular updates on all side meetings to take place on 9 February in the following months.

On Thursday, 11 February, a series of site visits will take place including to e.g. a Demosite wastewater treatment technology, Energy and Water Works, Cellulose assisted dewatering of sludge (CaDoS) and others. 

Please make use of these great opportunities, spend some time with colleagues and other experts and help driving water innovation in Europe!

Will there be a social programme?

Yes, there will be a Welcome Reception in the evening of Tuesday, 9 February, and an Innovation Dinner following the post-conference networking session in the evening of 10 February. 

On 9 February,  Wetsus  is pleased to invite all participants for a reception in the new Wetsus building at WaterCampus Leeuwarden For any of the Action Groups or other side meetings, this is within walking distance and easy to reach. We hope to gather the energy of the various Action Groups and bundle them together in this event. The reception will provide visitors with the opportunity to visit the new building and to network with other conference participants. 

An “Innovation Dinner” will take place in an outstanding venue in the evening of 10 February: the Grote of Jacobijnerkerk, an old church in Leeuwarden. The dinner will follow the post-conference networking session and provide a great opportunity for spending a great time with colleagues as well as old and new friends. The cost for the dinner is 75€ per person, incl. food and all drinks; please ensure you tick the appropriate boxes when you register for the conference. 


Who is behind the
EIP Water conference 2016?

The EIP Water Conference 2016 is organised by the European Commission, with the support of Wetsus (European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology), WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the City of Leeuwarden, the Province of Fryslân, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, VEWIN as well as the Unie van Waterschappen / Dutch Water Authorities.

EIP Water is grateful for their cooperation and for the generous organisation of site visits to innovative and state-of-the-art water facilities in and around Leeuwarden on Thursday, 11 February.

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Who will participate and
who will you meet?

The main target audiences of the EIP Water conference 2016 are high-level representatives of the public and corporate water sector in Europe and beyond. Attendees will include water managers, representatives of water authorities, launching customers (innovation demanders) from the private and public sector (cities, regions and EU Member States), water-using sectors and innovation providers. Participants from other sectors related to innovation development, uptake and financing are also encouraged to attend. 

How can I get involved?

Those interested in participating in the 2016 EIP Water conference should:
  • Save the date(s)
  • Register as a conference participant 
  • Register for site visits, the optional welcome reception and innovation dinner.
  • Organize or participate in a side meeting on Tuesday, 9th February 2016. 
  • Support promotion and share the news using #EIPWater2016 as the official conference hashtag

How do I register and
what is the cost involved?

Participation in the EIP Water conference on 10 February 2016 is free of charge; however, participants must register in advance. Please note that we cannot reimburse any expenses for travel or accommodation. Please consider that there will be a cost of 75,00 Euro per person for those attending the Innovation Dinner in the evening of 10 February. 

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How do I get there and
where can I stay?

The conference will take place in the Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. We expect most participants to arrive by air and/or train and have summarized the most important information related to travel and accommodation here

Leeuwarden is about 150 km from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and there is an hourly direct intercity train from Schiphol airport to Leeuwarden. The venue is an approximately seven minute walk from the train station. We recommend that participants arrive the day before the conference, as the transfer from the airport to the conference venue takes 2 ½ hours. Exact train schedules can be found here

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation bookings and payments; we are pleased to provide a list of recommended hotels here 

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Who can I contact for more information and getting involved?

For more information about the conference, please check the conference website regularly and contact the EIP Water Secretariat here 

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