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December 2019
ICT4Water Quarterly Newsletter

This newsletter covers the presence of the ICT4Water cluster at the Amsterdam International Water Week which was held from November 4-8 in Amsterdam. The participation of the ICT4Water cluster and its members in this major water industry event was a successful occasion to make new connections, strengthen the existing ones and understand main trends in the sector.  

Next to the AIWW you can read news from the ZERO BRINE project and the announcement of the upcoming EU Water Innovation conference.

The annual event of 2020 will take place in June and a save the date message will be sent out soon. We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful 2020.

The ICT4Water team


The Director of EASME Julien Guerrier key note speaker at the Aquatech Innovation Forum

AQUATECH innovation Forum was a one-day interactive conference concerning the key developments in the digitalisation of the global water market that took place on November 4. Participants came from Europe, USA, Asia and Australia representing water utilities, the industry, academia and municipalities.

The Director of EASME, Julien Guerrier, was the key note speaker at the closing session of the Forum “Shape the future agenda: closing remarks”. In his speech, Mr Guerrier conveyed the following three messages:
• First, the European Commission is investing in water digitalisation through calls for proposals and the ICT4Water cluster.
• Secondly, this support will continue in the future and the water sector could lead by example in the double transition for digital and climate .
• Finally, digitalisation is a means to an end, which is sustainability. And all actors involved in the process need to strike a balance between the benefits and the potential negative externalities of digitalisation on the environment.


ICT4Water booth at AIWW well visited

The ICT4Water cluster was occupying a booth at the exhibition area. Five projects (HYDROUSA, NEXTGEN, SIM4NEXUS, RESCCUE and STOP-IT ) where represented and hosts from HYDROUSA and NEXTGEN welcomed visitors, explained about the cluster, their projects and provided demonstrations of their innovatie solutions.

Very fruitful discussions took place in the ICT4Water booth. Projects had the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their work with key players in the field like IBM, Water Foundry and Innovyze. Most of the audience came from water companies from all over the world and their interests were varied, such as those interested in applying the ICT tools to their products, implementing new low-cost desalination systems and rainwater recovery. Nature-based systems attracted much attention as a provider of low-energy and efficient solutions.

Next to that, the booth proved to be a good vehicle to bring together researchers from the various member projects who used the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, results and experiences.


Assembly of the Action Group leaders

The assembly of Action Group leaders discussed about the activities to be carried-out by each group in 2020 and beyond. Even though not all groups have already identified specific activities to carry-out, a common framework for the key features of such activities was agreed upon. Activities should:

• Fit with the mission of the Action Group as described in the ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan;

• Be relevant for several projects and provide the opportunity to engage several individuals from the cluster;

• Be easily communicated as one endeavour and make clear what the benefits for members who participate in these activities are.

This first meeting of the Action Group leaders follows-up the Cluster’s Annual meeting of June 2019, where the groups were defined and their members identified. Regular meetings –both virtual and physical- will be organised throughout the year to advance with the activities.


ZERO BRINE workshop at European Water Innovation conference

11 December 2019 • Zaragoza • Spain

From Waste to Resource: Redesigning the value chain of water and minerals in process industries. ZERO BRINE is hosting a side meeting at the 5th European Water Innovation Conference at 11 December 2019 in Zaragoza. Join us and register today here


EU Water Innovation Conference 2019

Ctrl+SWAN invites you to attent the EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (EUWIC) that will be held on December 12, in Zaragoza, Spain. It will carry the theme: "Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts" #EUWIC #CleanWaterEU
The European Commission aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society. This high-level event will feed innovators minds with best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.

For more information about the Conference, please see here while for Registration, please see here.


ZERO BRINE Online Brine Platform

Interested in brine stream valorisation? The ZERO BRINE Online Brine Platform is a digital tool to connect brine producers, mineral users and technology providers seeking circular business opportunities! More information here.

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The projects in the ICT4Water cluster received funding from the European Union’s LIFE or Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.