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POWER H2020 Industry Panel – A digital and social approach to local water issues

POWER H2020 Industry Panel – A digital and social approach to local water issues

Many ICT services are being developed to tackle social challenges but their deployment is hampered by the fact that both social and economic actors are often reluctant to adapt to new implementation tools, institutional arrangements and regulations. Broad-based innovation is required to overcome resistance to new approaches. POWER Water Community Platforms provide a tool to support this vital engagement. During the POWER H2020 Industry Panel we will be discussing opportunities of use for participants and receive feedback on usage of the platforms.

During the event, participants will be able to join the POWER project and become active members of the community and contribute to a direct participatory process. The sharing of knowledge, opinions, and best practices about different local issues will be facilitated and social innovation by the ‘network effect’ will be reached. We will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds to share their views on the digital platforms in an open dialogue and we will identify strengths and barriers of this approach.

The panel will be organised in 5 sessions of 30 minutes where POWER researchers and experts from other fields will be invited to discuss different topics. Questions from the audience will be nurtured as well as discussion through the DSPs.

9.30 Registration and welcoming
10.00 Flood risk
10.30 Non-potable water reuse
11.00 How to nurture user engagement from citizens and politicians?
11.30 Water scarcity & water conservation
12.00 Tools for managing your data and tracking performance indicators DSP Hub for professionals – DEMO

You can view the video of the live session here

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POWER Newsletter – January 2018

POWER at a glance

The project “Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges” (POWER) is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 programme. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 partners, including four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two innovative SMEs, two European organisations and four key demonstration cities. The project runs for 48 months, from December 2015 to November 2019, during which user-driven platforms for the expansion of POWER water networks will be set up. By engaging on a large scale with stakeholders, the project will deliver digital products and services to citizens involving awareness-raising and new policy initiatives.

Further information on


  • 4 new Water Communities for water challenges faced by cities
  • Watch a short movie about the benefits of urban wetlands
  • Read new publications about governance and water management in cities
  • Discover how towns can prepare for heavy rains with the project “Regen // Sicher” in the city of Worms
  • Learn more about restoring floodplains and wetlands as a good value solution to river flooding
  • Events to come

Watch a short movie about the benefits of urban wetlands!

The city of Leicester has published a short movie featuring the City Mayor to showcase Ellis Meadows, the urban wetlands implemented to minimize flood risks. This initiative is the result of collaboration between the City Council and the Environment Agency.

A creative vision led them to reconnect the river with its flood space, complemented by embankments that protect the residential areas behind it. The outcome of this cheaper alternative is a lower flood risk for residents, an extensive green space used as a recreation area, and multiple other benefits. Watch the film to see it with your own eyes!

The movie is hosted on High Water Films, a platform that offers valuable insights into the field of flooding and flood risk management, alongside a series of other videos about Natural Flood Management.

Events to come

POWER project workshops

Interested in learning more and contributing to the management of the water challenges in your city? The 4 demonstration cities of the POWER project are hosting workshops for local stakeholders:

  • Leicester – 2nd March 2018
  • Milton Keynes – 16th March 2018
  • Sabadell – 19th April 2018
  • Jerusalem – 25th April 2018

More information about the workshops’ programmes and how to register will be published in the coming weeks on the POWER website as well as on the Water Communities of each city (JerusalemLeicesterMilton KeynesSabadell).

8th World Water Forum

To bring together the world’s leading water experts to discuss the Forum themes and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

18th – 23rd March 2018, Brasilia, Brasil

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19th UK-IWA Young Water Professionals Conference – Towards a Resilient Water Future

For young professionals working on water to network, share skills, ideas and opportunities, and learn from each other.

16th – 18th April 2018, Cranfield, United Kingdom

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