dws-aiww2015-opening-ceremony-poster3-770pxOn Monday 2 November the Amsterdam International Water Week and Aquatech Amsterdam will officially start with a festive opening ceremony.

The ceremony kicks off a week with a packed international programme that has been lined up.

There are good reasons for a festive start of this year's edition. The organisers have managed to set up a fantastic programme, packed with events for water professionals seeking truly integrated water solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities.

Additionally, the ceremony will celebrate the silver jubilee of Aquatech Amsterdam.

dws-aiww2015-opening-scheme-circular-economy-350pxHot topics
The opening ceremony will be moderated by executive director Ger Bergkamp of the International Water Association.

In the presence of keynote speakers EU-commissioner Karmenu Vella and Dutch minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, he will set the scene by addressing the world's emerging water problems and zoom in on the hot issues of climate adaptation and economic growth.

This year's Amsterdam International Water Week has two main topics: circular economy and resilient cities.

The European Union is about to present its renewed, more ambitious, strategy on circular economy in support of sustainable growth.

Commissioner Vella is expected to disclose some of the implications of this new policy for closing the water cycle with resource recovery and water reuse.

Minister Schlutz van Haegen will address the issues of disaster risk reduction and resilient cities. Both issues are high on her agenda as the Netherlands aspires to a world leading role in flood prevention and integrated urban water management.

dws-aiww2015-opening-urban-utilities-poster-350pxAward ceremonies
During the opening ceremony the winners will be announced of both the Sarphati Sanitation Award and the Aquatech Innovation Award.

The 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Award will be handed out in two categories.

One award for a lifetime achievement to give poor people access to sanitation.

The second award is for a young entrepreneur with an innovative solution to solve the worldwide sanitation problem.

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The opening ceremony will be closed with a toast on the 25th anniversary of the Aquatech Amsterdam trade fair on water technology.

Since its start in 1964 the water technology exhibition has become a hot spot for water professionals, visiting Amsterdam every two years to see the latest products and solutions relevant to their field of work.

As with previous editions of Aquatech Amsterdam, the opening ceremony will also disclose the winners of the Aquatech Innovation Award.

Exhibitors can enter the competition with their most innovative products and services in five different categories. So in total  five category winners and an overall winner will be announced.

The festive opening ceremony takes place on Monday 2 November from 15.30 till 17.30. This registration is free of charge.

For the Aquatech Amsterdam trade exhibition water professionals can preregister for a free visit on the website.

For the two-day international conference on 3 and 4 November it is still possible to register. Several special rates are offered.

Make the connection: Come to the Amsterdam international water week!

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