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Conference // BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues – Inspired by Nature: Combining Natural and Engineered Systems in Water Management

On April 9, 2019, the project consortium AquaNES, funded by Horizon 2020, will present its innovations at the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues Conference. There will be lectures, interactive workshops with the conference participants and project tables with the 13 AquaNES projects. Stefan Uhlenbrook from the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO WWAP) will be the keynote speaker. Corinne Trommsdorff from the IWA will be received as another speaker at the conference.

Water management requires intensive cooperation across sectors and disciplines. Yet, bringing oneself to thinking beyond the silo is a hard and continuous process; especially as the natural and economic environments become more and more unpredictable.

BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues is the leading platform in Germany to bridge the gap between research and practice, across sectors. This year it partners with the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project AquaNES. The project demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of combined natural and engineered systems for water treatment systems (cNES).

During the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues conference, AquaNES presents the innovations that emerged from the collaboration of utilities, industry and academia. A panel discussion with representatives from water utilities and the private sector beyond the AquaNES network allow for a multi-faceted exchange on water management challenges, including those that crystallized from past BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues. Representatives from the private and public sectors, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other interested stakeholders come together for this unique conference format.

What does BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues stands for?

BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues…

  • … addresses the geopolitical role of water
  • … facilitates the transfer from water-related research into practice and therefore bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • … is the leading platform in Europe for the transdisciplinary and transboundary exchange on water-related global challenges.
  • … allows for the mutual exchange on necessary research and development as well as implementation problems.
  • … aims at developing solutions to water-related policy issues.
  • … brings together stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as academia to discuss trends, find partners and develop solutions for water management problems.
  • …provides a point of entry into the water debate for practitioners and academics from Berlin and beyond.
  • … is an opportunity for the German water industry to introduce its state-of-the-art technologies.
  • … is a platform to discuss standards, tools, and the water-related policy landscape.
  • … serves the goal of bringing together the worldwide demands in the field of water with the solutions and implementation skills of the German Water industry.
  • … shares environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for challenges such as water stress, the deterioration of freshwater quality, the contamination with micropollutants as well as the improvement of the global access to drinking water
  • … does not shy away from asking uncomfortable questions

Conference Programme

Please find the full programme here.

The participation is free of charge.


Registration is now closed. Please register for the waiting list here.

More Information

Date: 9 April 2019

Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften


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