17th EWA Hybrid Brussels Conference

Date 08.11.2022
Location VIVAQUA, Brussels

Climate change is already affecting Europe in various forms, depending on the region. It can lead to biodiversity loss, forest fires, decreasing crop yields and higher temperatures. It can also affect people's health.”[i]


It has been seen in the recent past that floods and droughts are more and more affecting European Union Members States and impact all citizens and all economic sectors. The 17th EWA Brussels Conference will focus on the Blue initiatives in the Green Deal and highlight the importance of transdisciplinary cooperation to guarantee a reliable and high qualitative access to water for all across the European Union.


After an introduction on the ongoing and new EU Water Initiatives at the European level by DG Environment, session 1 on Water and Soil Protection will show which strategy the European Union has chosen to achieve the objective of the Green Deal. And what is means for the water sector. It will focus on providing an overview of the current situation and regulation before discussing the impact of the EU Soil Strategy on water and the use of sewage sludge. During this session, the European Environment Agency, the European Investment Bank and the DG Environment will present their views on that topic.


Session 2 on Floods and Droughts in Europe will have a look at the past extreme events in Europe before discussing the necessary territorial management to improve the water availability. In this session, DG Research will present its view on drought prevention research as well as researcher from across the EU.


You can find the full program below ↓


[i] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20180703STO07129/eu-responses-to-climate-change


Registrations Details

This year edition will take place at 



Keizerinlaan 17-19

1000  Brussel


You can also participate online. 


To register for the event, please fill out the form below or send the form completed back to us.


The flyer of the event is available here.

Registrations Fees: 


Face-to-Face Registration Non Member: 195€ 

Face-to-Face Registration EWA Member: 175€

Online Registration Non Member160€

Online Registration EWA Member: 144€



10:00 – 10:05 Welcome address Raymond Erpelding, EWA President
10:05– 10:35 Ongoing and new EU Water Initiatives Veronica Manfredi, Director, Zero Pollution, DG Environment, European Commission
Session 1: Water & Soil protection Moderation: Peter Gammeltoft
10:35 – 10:55 Condition of the European Water Bodies: what must happen to achieve good status? Dr Riyong Kim, Head of Programme Biodiversity and Ecosystems (BES)
European Environment Agency
10:55 – 11:15 EU Soil Strategy 2030: impact on the water sector Andrea Vettori, Deputy Head of Unit Land use and management, DG Environment, European Commission
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break  
11:45 – 12:45 Impact of the EU soil strategy on water and the use of sewage sludge

  • Impulse:Evaluation of the Sewage Sludge Directive Keir McAndrew, WSP
  • Impulse: (Good) examples from different countries Christian Minelli, WAREG
  • Impulse: EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities: Milestone for Water & Soil Protection? Juan Bofill, Senior Water Engineer, European Investment Bank
  • Panel discussion  
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch  
Session 2: Floods and Droughts in Europe Moderation: Dr. Károly Kovacs
13:45 – 14:15 Consequences of extreme weather events for cities in Europe Prof. Patrick Willems, KU Leuven
14:15 – 14:45 Consequences from July 2021 flooding on flood risk management Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf , RWTH Aachen
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break  
15:15 – 16:20 Territorial management to improve the water availability

  • Impulse: Droughts in Europe – prevention research Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit Circular economy & biobased System, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
  • Impulse: Water efficiency in agriculture Julio Berbel, University of Cordoba
  • Impulse: Wastewater Reuse Prof. Dr. Thomas Wintgens, RWTH Aachen
  •Panel discussion  
16:25 – 16:30 Conclusions
Invitation to Network
Wendy Francken, EWA Vice-president
Raymond Erpelding, EWA President
  End of the Conference  

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