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Date 07.09.2020 - 11.09.2020
Location Munich, Germany

7 September: EWA Reception

It has become a tradition that EWA will host a reception in Entrance West:

Time: 17:00 - 18:00

Enjoy the nice atmosphere at the end of the first day of IFAT with fellow water professionals at the Joint Stand before heading for other nightly highlights in Munich!

See the program of all the open EWA activities here:

EWA Activities

8 September: EWA Research Meet and Greet

NEW DATE: 8 September 2020 EWA Research: Meet and Greet

Due to the postponement the EWA Meet and Greet Event: Research and Innovation in the European Water Sector  is scheduled for 8 September. You will with the possibility to interact with the following representatives:

  • Pavel Misiga, Head of unit "Circular Economy & Biobased Systems at DG Research, the European Commission (tbc)
  • Dr Christian Alecke, Federal Ministry of Eduation and Research, Germany (tbc)

Please come to the networking area in Hall B4!

NEW DATE: 9-10 September: 20th EWA Symposium on "Integration of the Water Sector in the Circular Economy"

20th EWA Symposium: "Integration of the Water Sector in the Circular Economy"

Venue: Hall C2 stage 2

Symposium Program


Wednesday 9 September 2020 (9.30-11.30)

Session 1 “Value of water”

The current and future transition towards the implementation of the principles of the circular economy offers opportunities and challenges to reconsider, not only in Europe, the management of the whole water environment. In the expected, sustainable reorganization of the water sector, at first the value of water should be taken into account. The opening session of the Symposium will combine some aspects and perspectives related to the value of water with harmonised contributions from USA, Japan, Europe, and South Africa.

Wednesday 9 September 2020 (11.45-13:45)

Session 2: “Water Reuse in Agricultural, Industrial and Urban Areas”

The importance of water reuse has increased significantly not only in Europe during the last decade. The water reuse is one of the ways how to respond to increasing water stress. Reused water can replace ground- and surfacewater and increasingly scarce drinkingwater. The European Union is now finishing special regulation on water reuse in agriculture, however, there are many projects going on in Europe and in the overseas for water reuse in the water management in urbanized areas, sport grounds etc. The session will combine the knowledge in technology but also in public perception of recycled water from Europe, USA and Canada.

Thursday 10 September 2020 (9.30-11.30)

Session 3 “Sludge management and Use”

With the treatment of wastewater increasing globally, cleaner water is being discharged into our freshwater and marine ecosystems. However, while solving one challenge, the issue of large quantities of sewage sludge being produced arises, especially in countries with high wastewater treatment coverage. How this sludge will be managed and used is the quintessence of circular economy and our knowledge on possibilities to recover valuable resources from sludge is constantly growing. This session will present examples and know-how on different phases of sludge management from around the world. 

Thursday 10 September 2020 (11.45-13:45)

Session 4: “Blue and Green Infrastructures in Urbanized Areas”:

Cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding because of rapid urbanization, installation of complex infrastructure, and changes in the precipitation patterns caused by anthropogenic climate change. Blue and green infrastructures are considered among the most sustainable solutions to increase the resilience of urban water systems. New developments as well as good practices are being presented in this session. They range from nature based storm water solutions, integrating urban water management with spatial city planning and design, to water treatment innovations, reuse of greywater, design, operation, and maintenance.


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9-10 September: 3rd World University Challenge

3rd World University Challenge

When: 10:00 - 13:00

Where: At the DWA Joint Stand in Entrance West

Prove your skills and compete against fellow international student!

Program will be out in due course!

How to apply for the University Challenge; please follow this link.

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