Boosting Research and Innovation in the Water Sector: The Impact of EU-funded actions

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The "Boosting Research and Innovation in the Water Sector: The Impact of EU-funded actions" brought together water-related EU funded actions to discuss innovation in the water sector and address the different aspects and challenges in order to maximise impact.

Participants in different EU programmes and initiatives shared their achievements and experiences. They highlighted key enabling factors and barriers for research and innovation actions to reach the market, as well as to support policy making. Other relevant stakeholders such as investors, regulators, policy makers, innovation hubs, industrial partners and SMEs also joined the discussion and brought forward their views and perspectives.

The event has been organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), in collaboration with the EIP Water. It took place on 29 September as a side event of the EIP Water Conference 2017 in Porto.

Documents and outputs of the event:

Questions? Contact Evdokia Achilleos and Giulio Pattanaro.

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The posters from the EU-funded projects present at the event can be found below: 

  • AMBER - Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers
  • AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies 
  • AquaNES - Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered processes for water treatment systems
  • Bingo - Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – A better future under climate change
  • BIOMETAL DEMO - Biometal demonstraton plant for the biological rehabilitation of metal bearing wastewaters
  • BRIGAID - BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience
  • CENTAUR - Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk
  • demEAUmed - Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities 
  • DESSIN - Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enablig Innovation in the Water Sector
  • ECWRTI - Reuse of Waste Water form the Textile Industry
  • FREEWAT - FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management
  • iMETland -  A new generation of Microbial Electrochemical Wetland for effective decentralized wastewater treatment
  • IMPREX - IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes
  • INCOVER - Innovative Eco-Technologies for Resource Recovery from Wastewater
  • INNOQUA - Innovative Bio-based on-site Sanitation system for Water and Resource Savings 
  • INTCATCH - Development and application of Novel, Integrated Tools for monitoring and managing Catchments
  • INTEGROIL - Demonstration of a Decision Support System for a Novel Integrated Solution aimed at Water Reuse in the Oil & Gas Industry
  • KINDRA - Knowledge Inventory for hydrogeology research
  • MARSOL - Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought
  • MASLOWATEN - Market uptake of an innovative irrigation Solution based on LOW WATer-ENergy consumption
  • MOSES - Managing crop water Saving with Enterprise Services
  • NAIAD - NAture Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration
  • POWERSTEP - Full-scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration
  • R3WATER - Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment
  • REGROUND - Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticls for the Reclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations
  • REMEB - Eco-friendly ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) based on recycled agricultural and industrial wastes for waste water reuse
  • RESCCUE - RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas - a multisectorial approach focusing on water
  • RUN4LIFE - Recovery and utilization of nutrients 4 low impact fertilizer
  • SAID - SmArt water management with Integrated Decision support systems
  • SALTGAE - Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry
  • Saraswati - Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India
  • SIM4NEXUS - Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe
  • SMART-Plant - Scale-up of low-carbon footprint material recovery techniques in existing wastewater treatment plants
  • SMARTWATER4EUROPE - Demonstrating innovative Smart Water Network (SWN) for sustainable water supply, reliable quality control, energy optimization and improved customers' interaction
  • SUBSOL - Bringing coastal SUBsurface SOLutions to the market
  • SYSTEMIC - Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
  • WADI - Innovative Airborne Water Leak Detection Surveillance Service
  • WATERINNEU - Applying European market leadership to river basin networks and spreading of innovation on water ICT models, tools and data
  • Water2REturn - REcovery and REcycling of nutrients TURNing wasteWATER into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture
  • WEAM4i - Water & Energy Advanced Management for Irrigation
  • WIDEST - Water Innovation through Dissemination & Exploitation of Smart Technologies
  • ZERO BRINE - Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: a circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from saline impaired effluent (brine) generated by process industries


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