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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the July edition of our monthly newsletter!

This edition features a variety of news on water innovation from across Europe, as well as some interesting reading from the USA. As announced recently, the first EIP Water Action Groups, which we consider to be at the heart of the EIP Water, have already been selected and began their activities. We are confident that the Action Groups will be able to make concrete impact in their respective areas, and look forward to sharing the first results of their work with you.

Our next newsletter will be published in early September. We take this opportunity to wish all our readers a good summer break!

Best regards,

The EIP Water Secretariat



EIP Water News and Updates

The EIP Water recently announced the selection of its first nine Action Groups, all of which have already begun their activities. Several organizations have quickly jumped on board, expressing interest in possible cooperation with the Action Groups. This is exactly in the spirit of inclusive partnerships - which the EIP Water seeks to promote - to bring together multiple perspectives. The selection of only a few initial Action Groups allows for their activities to be more sharply focused for maximum impact. The EIP Water Secretariat, Steering Group members and the European Commission will provide the necessary support and guidance, paying special attention to the development of tangible outputs.

If you are interested in the Action Groups, please find more information here and watch out for the next call for expressions of commitment in November 2013.


Joint Programming Initiative launches Strategic Research Agenda

In May 2013 the Governing Board members of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “Water challenges for a changing world” reached consensus on its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda v.05. Its drafting and publication was made possible under the framework of a Coordination and Support Action on “Tackling European Water Challenges (WatEUr)” from January to May 2013 and is considered a very important milestone for the Water Research and Innovation community in Europe. It is a collective, shared and forward-looking exercise identifying and prioritising directions for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI). Moreover it is intended to guide the development of Water JPI activities in 2013 and 2014, to inform stakeholders of the status of agenda developments and to contribute to sustaining an effective, mutually beneficial dialogue with the European Horizon 2020 programme.

Read more here or download the Strategic Research Agenda here


Can Milwaukee Build Its Future on Water?

“Inside a former warehouse, just south of where the Menomonee River joins the Milwaukee River, construction workers are busy exposing beams and laying carpets. A century-old building on E. Pittsburgh Avenue is about to take on a flashy new identity: the Global Water Center, an incubator for innovation and a showcase for the Milwaukee region's ambitious plan to become a global leader in water technology”, writes Sophie Quinton in an article subtitled “Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation” on Milwaukee, USA, which was published on 7 June in the National Journal.

Read the whole story here


Recommended Reading:
How to get real innovation flowing in the water industry

Jim Matheson is president and CEO of Oasys Water in Boston and a general partner at Flagship Ventures in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this article, published in the May edition of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Journal, he explains how and which “serious challenges plague the water industry, in part because of a lack of collaboration and openness to looking beyond the status quo.” Jim also describes that “innovative water clusters across the globe provide excellent models for delivering such collaborative solutions to the global marketplace” and introduces some of them.

Read the full article here

New brief by London Environmental Investment Forum

"The water technology needs of the oil and gas majors are growing considerably as they move into more water scarce regions", write Tom Whitehouse and Toby Lewis in the Foreword of The LEIF Brief: Water Innovation in Oil and Gas. "One of the ways they are responding is to increase their investment in water technology startups. This growth in corporate venturing is a global multi-industry trend. Leading corporations are establishing venture units that are charged with finding a new generation of technologies that can spur growth while solving some of the parent company’s problems. The purpose of this report is to capture some of the investment and innovation activity in this area, identify leading investors and technology innovators, and highlight opportunities and potential obstacles." Tom Whitehouse is the Chairman of LEIF and CEO of Carbon International, Toby Lewis is Editor of
Global Corporate Venturing.

Read more here


Innowater Conference: Going beyond European Super Models

The Innowater Conference ‘Europe’s next Supermodel: Innovation systems, internationalization and tools for the European Water Sector’ was held on June 19th 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark,  to mark the close out of this EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme  (EU CIP) funded project. Since its launch, Innowater involved partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Spain, Denmark and Cyprus and attracted stakeholders from the public sector, industry and academia. The central topic of the Conference was the future for innovation in the European water sector, with a special focus on the nature of future cost effective support mechanisms to assist innovative businesses to reach the market. The lessons learned from the Innowater partnership provided a valuable insight in the development of new approaches to address the needs of a European Water industry which is increasingly operating within a global market place and losing access to traditional forms of public support.

Read more here

“A new £2.5 million collaboration between the University of Bath and Wessex Water has been announced. The partnership will allow research and development into areas such as sustainable water and sewage treatment, keeping bills affordable and reducing carbon footprint. The areas will be researched across a variety of departments at the university including the sciences, engineering and management”, reported South West Business in the UK on 13 June 2013. "The collaboration will see the university and Wessex Water launch a new state of the art Water Innovation and Research Centre in 2014, a facility that will provide a unique environment for research into water technologies and resource management."

Read more here


Water Innovation: Making a Splash in Masachusetts

On 12 June, the Enterprise Forum Cambridge organized “Water Innovation: Making a Splash in Massachusetts” as part of its MIT Innovation Series. “Some of the hottest water tech innovators in the Boston area discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the growing global demand for fresh water”, explains the introduction to a 30 minutes video on the event. “Over the next 25 years, fresh water demand will be 40% higher than the available supply. As an increasingly scarce resource, water is fast becoming a focus of international relations – as well as a driver for emerging technologies.”

Watch the video here


Eco-Innovation Call for proposals

The European Commission (EC) recently announced the Call CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013 which will close on 05 September 2013. The total budget available for this Call is almost 31.6 Million Euros to finance green ideas and the EC grants up to 50% co-funding. The call is open to all legal persons based in eligible countries; clusters of applicants and projects which demonstrate a European added value and have a high potential for market replication are strongly encouraged. Although priority will be given to SMEs and private beneficiaries, the call is open to all legal persons located in a large number of countries in- and outside of Europe. Calls support Eco-innovative projects in different sectors which aim at the prevention or reduction of environmental impacts or which contribute to the optimal use of resources. Water is one of these priority sectors together with Materials Recycling, Sustainable Building Products, Food and Drink Sector and Greening businesses.

More information is available here

EIP Water Conference in Brussels on 21 November

The first EIP Water Conference themed “Networking – Interacting – Innovating” will be held in Brussels on 21 November 2013. It will bring together all stakeholders for networking, taking stock of where we stand and shaping the future of the EIP Water in the medium and long-term to further increase the potential and opportunities for the co-generation of water innovations. The Conference will highlight innovations within and outside the water sector – globally and in the EU - through keynote addresses, panel discussions with high-level representatives from across the innovation value chain and moderated plenary discussions. The nascent EIP Water Action Groups will also be allowed to showcase their work and interactive sessions will assist new ideas to be taken forward in the next steps of the EIP Water.

Save the date and subscribe here for Conference updates; Conference registration will start in September 2013.

ACQUEAU workshop "Water beyond Europe": Collaboration with Canada

ACQUEAU is pleased to invite you to its 2nd workshop 2013 "Water beyond Europe" in Paris on 17&18 October. For this edition, ACQUEAU will be celebrating its new collaboration with Canada. The event will bring together European and Canadian water stakeholders as well as representatives of national funding agencies from both continents.

Read more here
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