Online ICT4Water Cluster Annual Meeting 2020 on June 16
On 16 June, the ICT4Water cluster Annual meeting gathered nearly 150 professionals from the smart water community and over 30 member projects to work together on the digital transformation of the water sector. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s annual meeting took place online. The event was organised by EASME with the support from DG CONNECT and comprised of presentations from keynote speakers and interactive panel discussions. The host of the event was Sotirios Kanellopoulos, EASME Project adviser H2020 Eco-innovation.
In her welcome speech, Carmen Mena Abela (EASME Head of Sector Eco-Innovation). noted that “a lot has been achieved in the last year, but the momentum is even more favourable for the ICT4Water cluster”. ICT4Water projects are employing digital solutions as a means to achieve a greener value chain in water management, agriculture and water-intense industries. Thus the twin digital and green transitions embraced by Europe are the core of the cluster’s mission. She underlined that the cluster fits perfectly in the COVID recovery plan but it will also need to adapt to the new objectives of the Commission and need to continue delivering tangible results contributing to the welfare of the people in Europe and the environment.
The event hosted several presentations and panel discussions, grouped in three sessions:
1) ICT4Water in the EU policy context
2) ICT4Water and COVID-19
3) ICT4Water, Action Plan and Action Groups
You can read more these session further in this newsletter or on the ICT4Water website.