Posted on 28 October 2017
On Monday 30 October the Opening Ceremony will take place of the Amsterdam International Water Week and on Tuesday 31 October the two-days AIWW Conference on circular economy and resilient cities will start. And also on Tuesday, AquaTech Amsterdam will open its exhibition floor for four days, showing the latest water technology to over 20,000 expected specialists from all over the world.
The AIWW Conference focuses on the future water demand when the world population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Some 300 dedicated delegates, including CEO’s of utilities and industries, and representatives of some 30 large cities will discuss the water issues they face.
The solutions will not only be technical, it is also about innovation, knowledge and skills, management, citizens involvement, transparency. New coalitions and solutions are needed to create a resilient and circular water environment in high-density living areas.
The organisers of the conference want to stimulate new coalitions but are aware that singing a paper at a conference is not enough. New coalitions need to mature. Therefore it is expected that several Amsterdam Agreements will be signed to accelerate real breakthroughs. Case owners, experts, suppliers and investors signing an Amsterdam Agreement will pledge to continue their work in the coming years until they have reached their goals.
The Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is a platform for new alliances and fresh ideas. The conference includes many roundtables and the trade exhibition Aquatech includes several stage and special thematic pavilions for professionals to meet on specific solutions, such as desalination, circular economy, storm water, pumps and valves and smart ICT-driven utilities management.
Highlight of the Aquatech Amsterdam exhbition will be the Innovation Avenue where cutting edge technology from all over the world will be displayed in the field of clean drinking water, sludge dewatering, algae detection systems, surface water treatments.
The avenue has been designed for visitors of the trade fair to walk along the corridor (in hall 7) and experience the inspiration that drives true innovation.
A record number of 900 exhibitors will show their latest products and services.
For delegates and visitors of the AIWW there is a packed programme that includes:
● Key note speaker at the Opening Ceremony is Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, vice president Laura Tuck of the World Bank Group, vice president Soili Hietanen on sustainability & energy of Metsä Group and director-general environment Daniel Calleja Crespo of the European Commission.
● A special programme for young water professionals who have their own ‘hangout’ on the exhibition floor (hall 7)
● Netherlands Water Pavilion right at the heart of the Innovation Avenue (also in hall 7) with some 20 Dutch water technology suppliers showing the latest technologies on energy and resource recovery from water flows. Visitors are invited to come to the hospitality lounge.
● Circular Economy pavilion showing the energy and materials Dutch water treatment plants currently recover from their water flows.
● Launching event of Floodex Europe on 31 October addressing the issue of flood prevention, urban water management and handling of storm water (in the Europa Foyer)
● Always a spectacular event to attend is the KNW Drilling & Tapping Championship with teams – including women, managers and trainees - from around the world competing for the fastest pipe fits.
Access to the Aquatech Amsterdam is free of charge if pre-registered.
Worth a special mention at the AIWW Conference:
● The leaders forum with special sessions on industry, utilities and cities, addressing circular economy and resiliency (on Tuesday 31 October)
● Many case sessions and solution workshops on topics as water management innovations, new ICT, peace & security, impact investments, climate adaptation, update from the High Level Panel on water and financing of big water actors (on Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November).
● The Sarphati Sanitation Solutions Workshop will discuss the bankability of business cases of drinking water and toilet supplies and services in fast growing towns in developing countries (on Tuesday 31 October). The name of the workshop refers to the awards that will be handed out at the opening ceremony.
Participation in the conference is NOT free of charge.
Meet the Dutch water sector
Meet the Dutch water sector at the Netherlands Pavilion booth 07.430 (hall 7). See the day-by-day programme on this website.
Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you posted on this event all week.
Read also on this website:
● AIWW 2017: Walk the water technology Innovation Avenue, 25 October 2017
● Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: Setting the stage for a circular economy, 20 October 2017
● Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: Count down is on, two weeks to go
● AIWW Conference: Real cases and workshops on how to replumb cities, 29 June 2017
● AIWW2017: Netherlands Water pavillion: participants and programme
● Amsterdam International Water Week 2015: Look back on an impelling Amsterdam International Water Week, 12 November 2015
Amsterdam International Water Week 2017