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2017 EIP Water Conference themes announced, 16. May 2017
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Welcome to the latest newsletter from EIP Water, the European Innovation Partnership.

Bringing you news on water innovation in the European Union, these are the headlines:
2017 EIP Water Conference themes and topics announced

Urban Water Atlas for Europe published by European Commission

Water Circle wins Innovation Deal to Turn Wastewater Treatment into Resources Factories

Following Lewis Carroll’s wise statement that “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”, we firmly hope that your destination is set for Porto at the end of September for the 2017 EIP Water conference and Porto Water Innovation Week. Register here

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Use EIP Water content in your own database and website

With some 635 organisations, over 2000 projects, 300 innovative products and 2400 water experts, the marketplace is a wealth of resources for water innovators. Since April we have made it easier for other databases and websites to use the wealth of data with open XML and RSS interfaces, and invite anyone interested to do so! Our “help” function will show you how (“import/export of content”)

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Water, Energy & Food Security Resource Platform: Regional Nexus Dialogues

An important global hub for information exchange, the Nexus Resource Platform is fostering regional dialogues with Africa (Niger, Nile, Senegal rivers), Latin America (case studies in Costa Rica and Peru), Central Asia, Neighbourhood & Mekong and encourages interested parties to join them:


EIP Water at key UK Innovation events

EIP Water was promoting its work and the Porto Water Innovation Week at both the WRc Innovation Day in Swindon on April 26, and the SWAN - Smart Water Networks Forum  in London from May 9-10.

Dale Hartley from UK firm Sapphire Utility Solutions is keen to attend the Porto Water Innovation Week

Graham Symmonds from Fathom in the USA was the lucky raffle winner for a bottle of Port. Plenty more where that came from when you join us for the EIP Water conference at the end of September, Graham!

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2017 EIP Water Conference themes announced

Join us and some 600-700 delegates in Porto on September 27-28 to learn about, debate, question, strategise and resolve the 6 key conference themes:
  1. Water and the Circular Economy – Closing the loops
  2. The Water Business – Markets, Opportunities and Employment
  3. Developing Water Innovation – How R&D centres, innovation hubs and accelerators help solve European water sector challenges
  4. Innovations for implementing EU water legislation
  5. Financing Innovation in Water Sector
  6. Social Engagement, Driving Innovation and Governance – towards a market-driven approach

A more detailed agenda and the first speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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LIFE SMART Hospital fosters better energy, water and waste management

Action plans work to reduce the carbon footprint of hospitals, make them more resilient to climate change and move toward carbon emission neutrality. The Rio Hortega University Hospital (HURH) in Valladolid (Spain) is becoming a case study for the environmental, operational and economic benefits obtained. Learn more and join


Matching market demand with innovations in Porto

At the Porto Water Innovation Week, don’t miss out on the Splash Innovation Stage where startups can present their innovative solutions to issues faced by water utilities and industrial and agriculture end-user companies for a chance to win up to € 12.000.
If you’re a water utility or industrial water user, source innovations for the challenges you are facing by telling Aguas do Porto (the utility and event host) what you need.

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LIFE Paint-it - A new environment-friendly manufacturing approach for marine antifouling coating

The LIFE Paint-it project is demonstrating a new manufacturing process at the pre-industrial scale capable of producing safe and innovative high-quality anti-fouling paints for naval applications – keeping ships efficient and operable, reducing toxin pollutants and environmental impact.

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City Blueprints work major part of Urban Water Atlas

The Urban Water Atlas, presented to Commissioner Vella recently, is a complete panorama of water management in European cities. In it, the City Blueprints index benchmarks over 40 cities with Amsterdam coming out on top of the 25 KPIs.

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WIRE and RTWQM co-author paper on future of smart irrigation

Document presents policy challenges and recommendations on:
  • Energy efficient irrigation
  • Integrated management of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus 
  • The need of standardisation

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RTWQM heavily involved in conference on “Water in the circular economy – innovations for urban water treatment”

R3 Water final conference (May 30 in Brussels) will demonstrate innovations that are turning wastewater treatment into resource factories for irrigation, saving energy and recovering resources.

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First Innovation Deal on "Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse"

On April 7, Prof. Aurora Seco from the Water Circle Action Group was awarded an Innovation Deal to transform sewage works into resource recovery factories by Commissioners Vella and Moedas.


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Renewable Desalination wins UAE prize for innovative RO solution

Congratulations to Elemental Water Makers of the Renewable Desalination Action Group for recognition of both a technological and business innovation that will progress low-carbon desalination.

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In Interview

Karen Kun from WaterLution – a partner for the Porto Water Innovation Week –

explains the importance of embedding young water professionals into innovation at an early stage, highlights some of the most inspiring ideas she has come across and invites us to meet 50 young professionals at the 2017 EIP Water conference in Porto on September 27-28.

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Become a future water leader!

The Water Innovation Lab Europe in Porto consists of a six-day programme (September 24 to 29, as part of the Porto Water Innovation Week) for 18-35 year olds who are passionate about water innovation issues, holistic thinking, innovative design and effective communication between cultures. At this innovation bootcamp, each participant will develop their skills in leadership, creativity, communication and employability. Applications are open until 5 June.

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Financing Opportunities

€220 million EU investment in PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area)

The Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament have struck a deal to develop innovative solutions for sustainable water provision and management, and food production in the Mediterranean region.

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Grants for networking in H2020 Brokerage Events

The Eastern Partnership PLUS (EaP PLUS) project is supporting the stronger interaction of EaP researchers with EU counterparts & their participation in H2020 with the provision of networking grants. Apply by June 30.

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€2 million prize in Zero Power Water Monitoring competition

The Zero Power Water Monitoring Horizon Prize is challenging innovators to come up with solutions based on self-powered and wireless smart sensing technologies designed for real-time monitoring of water resources. Apply by September 11, 2018

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Water Data Challenge carries grants of up to US$1m – apply by 31 May

The Australian government and the World Bank are calling for input to improve the access to information that is crucial to ensuring that farmers thrive - especially in lower-income settings - and water resources are managed well.

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Announcements and Events

Stakeholders develop action plan for smart industrial water reuse

April 20 saw leading industrial water representatives gather at the ‘Industry Water: From Single Use to Integrated Management’ Workshop meet in Brussels. Hosted by WssTP and SusChem, the workshop generated outputs on Sensor Networks, Big Data, Modelling and Analysis and Smart Governance.

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Apply for Black Sea water projects by May 31

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Water Security Challenge launched by CWSC

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation is publishing 11 white papers and workshops designed to further develop the concept of water security in order to build a Water Security Framework. Join the effort to develop policy and legal frameworks.

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ERA.Net RUS Plus call for Science and Technology projects

EU and Russian researchers called to advance research in nanotechnology, health, environment/climate change, humanities/social sciences, or robotics. Deadline: July 4.

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Spanish court upholds polluter-pays principle stimulating nitrate-removing innovations

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Groundwater research resource opened by KINDRA

The European Inventory on Groundwater Research (EIGR) is now available to all groundwater practitioners looking for information and wishing to share their research outcomes or knowledge.

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Water-energy-nexus opportunities in India

If you’re looking to export water-energy-nexus solutions to India, the India-EU Water Partnership would like to hear from you by mid May.

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EEA user survey on European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT)

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Porto Water Innovation Week – Porto, 24-29 September

Autumn will see 7 days of excitement as Porto hosts the 4th EIP Water conference as part of the Porto Water Innovation Week (PWIW). From September 24 - 30, some 800 water innovators from all over Europe converge on the "Invicta City", which was also recently named Best European Destination 2017 for the third-time.

There are three headline events:
  1. EIP Water Conference 2017 (Sep 27-28) -  bridging gaps in European water innovation 
  2. Mayors & Water conference (Sep 29) - furthering the Urban Water Agenda
  3. Water Innovation Lab (Sep 24-29) - shaping the new water leaders

Registrations are coming in thick and fast, so act quickly to secure a seat:

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