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International Cooperation and Regional Clusters: Innovation in Water efficiency

The FP7 Water Efficiency in European Urban Areas project invites you to the ‘International cooperation and regional clusters: innovation in water efficiency’ event on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at the Committee of the Regions (Rue Belliard 101) in Brussels.

The full-day event (09.00 - 17:30) will see representatives from different regions present the main results of the 3 year project, through a ‘Cluster Showcase’, ‘Panel Discussion’ and ‘Open Forum’ sessions with a focus on boosting dialogue and collaborative activities both within Europe and internationally to support project continuation.

The main objectives of the event will be:

  • to raise awareness of the regional clusters contribution to innovation
  • to boost collaborative dialogue amongst participant regions and international stakeholders currently involved in the project
  • to discuss further opportunities for future projects to enhance water efficiency and management strategies based on the learning from the successes of WE@EU.

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REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON MAY 10TH


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Time

Item

Presenter and wrap up

08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

 

09:30

Welcome:

I. Ayala, Member of the European Parliament


Opening:

F.J. Zarazaga-Soria, PC of WE@EU

S. Bowyer, Chief Executive, Opportunity Peterborough and The Water Cluster

A. Kroll, Project Officer, European Commission DG. RTD

Chair:

 

R. Elelman, Director NETWERCH20 and member Advisory Board WE@EU

10:00

Key notes:

Public policies for inspiring the innovation economy and tackle water crisis,
M.A. Dickinson, CEO Alliance for water efficiency, USA

Clusters as tools for improving European competitiveness
J. Freitas, Policy Officer, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Unit GROW F2 – Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, European Commission

 

10:40

Clusters Showcase

“Five success stories from WE@EU clusters and its contribution to innovation uptake”

-  Objective: To raise awareness on the clusters role and importance for innovation and support to SMEs, through five success cluster stories by WE@EU partners.

-  Speakers:

A. Jones, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University from The Water Cluster UK

U. Marchaim, Head of Dpt. Biotechnology and Regional Affairs, MIGAL

C. Pietri, Vice President Ea Ecoentreprises

A. Theuma, Paragon Director

C. Presa, Project manager at ZINNAE Aragonese water cluster

 

Chair:

 

 

P. de Jong, EU Liaison Officer for Wetsus, ERRIN Water working group coordinator, and member Advisory Board WE@EU

11:30

Coffee break - networking

 

12:00

Panel Discussion

 

“Smart (and Successful) specialization for innovation. A regional perspective on cluster policy in Europe”

-  Objective: To promote the use of regional action and resources (with a focus on RIS3 strategies) for innovation through clusters by EU, Regional and national policy representatives .

-  Speakers:

E. Gil, Director of the Regional Office of Aragon in Brussels, Spain

A. Valency, Chairman of the Kinneret Water Authority , Israel

Emmeline Allioux, Director of the Representation Office of the Region Povence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, France

M. Sapiano, Chief Technical Officer – Water, Ministry for Energy and Health, Malta

J. Carson, Senior European Policy Officer, East of England Local Government Association (Brussels office)

 

Chair:

 

R. Elelman, Director NETWERCH20 and member Advisory Board WE@EU

13:15

Networking Lunch

 

14:30

Open Forum

“WE@EU capitalisation within Europe and beyond”

-  Objective: To showcase success innovation stories by WE@EU community: project continuation within Europe and beyond”

-  Speakers:

M. Green, WE@EU and ESCP-4i Energy in Wate

A. Minaya, International Affairs Director, Centro de Competencias del Agua de Perú

M.A. Dickinson, CEO Alliance for Water Efficiency , USA

Chair:

 

K. Hiscock, Cluster Manager at The Water Cluster

 

15:30

Breakout Session

“Impact and legacy of RoK projects on water. Future regional and urban commitments, by ERRIN”

-  Speakers:

SWAM, L. Huertas, Regional Office of Murcia in Brussels, Spain

Urban Water Agenda 2030, P. de Jong,

Chairs:

 

P. de Jong, EU Liaison Officer for Wetsus, ERRIN Water working group coordinator, and member Advisory Board WE@EU

16:30

Closing remarks

S. Bowyer, Chief Executive, Opportunity Peterborough and The Water Cluster

F. J. Zarazaga-Soria, PC of WE@EU

 

17:00

End of the Conference