September 05, 2017

EIP Water Conference Outlook – 3 weeks and counting

Dear innovators,
With just 3 weeks to go, we wanted to give you a taste of what to expect at the 2017 EIP Water conference in Porto, part of the Porto Water Innovation Week (PWIW).

“I'm looking forward to the future, which is a good thing, because it's coming.”
- James W. Loewen, American sociologist, historian and author 

Last chance to register

If you’ve not yet registered, there are only a few dozen spaces left! As soon as they are filled we will close the registration process, latest on September 18. So please don’t delay if you intend to come. To those who have registered, safe travels to Porto and see you soon!

Register here

Record participation expected

With over 1000 delegates registered, 70 speakers and 112 exhibitors, this will be the highest attended EIP Water conference to date. A rich programme awaits participants, as you can read below. Here is how to connect to the event via social media: #EIPWater2017, @PortoWaterIW, @EIP_Water

Rich conference

8 lively sessions over two days with some 70 speakers will enable both a debate on key issues and to get a taste for innovative solutions being developed to solve them. With over 60 panels and presentations on the agenda, delegates will experience the dynamism of the world of European water innovation and have lots of opportunity to follow-up with presenters in the exhibition, Innovation Hub and matchmaking programme.

Specialist meetings

A host of side-events are being run by the EIP Water Action Groups and partner organisations on September 26 and 29. Spaces are still available if you want to learn, contribute or find business and funding opportunities.

Side-meeting schedule

3-day exhibition

112 exhibitors will be showcasing their innovations from September 27-29, including a European Commission pavilion promoting the EIP Water Action Groups, adjacent to project exhibits from Horizon2020, EASME and Life.
In the TechTalks on the exhibition floor you’ll get the chance to learn about established products and services for a whole range of water challenges.
And in the Innovation Hub near the exhibition, a series of talk-show styled interviews will dive deeper into the work of the EIP Water Action Groups, technological and research centres, universities and private-sector R&D to discover what’s the next in water innovation.

SPLASH Innovation Stage

16 of Europe’s finest water innovations have made it to the final of SPLASH – the PWIW innovation competition and are hoping to win the grand prize on the SPLASH Innovation Stage within the venue.

Many of these innovators and a host of further start-ups will be exhibiting in the Start-Up Showroom near the stage.

B2B matchmaking

Connect with business partners with our complimentary 3-day matchmaking service WaterMatch. Registration is open until September 23.

Innovation Dinner

On September 27, the magnificent Palácio da Bolsa will be our exclusive venue for a special evening together in the halls of the Porto Chamber of Commerce. See where pioneering adventures were decided upon and help the World Smile Association, to whom all funds will be donated.

You’re also warmly invited to a Welcome Reception being held from 7pm on September 26 in the old market hall downtown, as well as the Networking Breakfast from 9am on September 27 looking out over the Douro river in the conference venue.

Read more

Site visits

Friday September 29 offers the chance to visit up to two of the 6 site visits on offer

Water Innovation Lab

From September 24 to 29, students and young professionals from all over the world will be experimenting with new ideas in a retreat close to Porto. We’ll all get the chance to learn from them in the exhibition and the conference when they join us on September 28.

Read more

Other Events @ PWIW

Rounding up the Porto Water Innovation Week will be the Mayors & Water Day and the Water & People, culminating in the Aquaporto festival on September 29 and 30, which last year say 20,000 people flock to the City Park.

Venue, hotels, travel

Held at the Alfândega Congress Centre, Porto’s former custom’s house at the river, a variety of areas provide a rich and inspiring programme for local and international delegates.
Plan your trip with these useful tips

Opening times

September 26
Daytime                 Side meetings, Alfândega
19:00                       Welcome drink, Ferreira Borges Market

September 27
from 08:00            Badge pick-up, Alfândega
09:00-10:30         Networking breakfast, Alfândega
10:00-19:00         Exhibition
10:30-18:30         EIP Water Conference
19:30                        Innovation dinner (ticketed), Palácio da Bolsa

September 28
from 08:00            Badge pick-up, Alfândega
10:00-19:00         Exhibition
09:00-16:30         EIP Water Conference

September 29
Morning/afternoon  Site visits

September 29
09:00-10:00         Networking breakfast, Alfândega
10:00-17:00         Exhibition

10:00-17:30         Mayors & Water conference

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