Events

Jun
2
Sat
2018
Leicester Riverside Festival 2018
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day

Leicester Riverside Festival is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens.

leicester riverside festival 2018

Riverside is one of Leicester’s biggest free festivals featuring activities on and off the water. Highlights on the river include colourful boats from across the region, canoe demonstrations and boat trips. This year sees the welcome return of the ever popular and exciting charity dragon boat racing on Sunday, and it is free to try on Saturday.

On land, the festival continues to build on its reputation for great live music by showcasing some of the best bands and artists on the main stage. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family, including children’s activities, art and craft market, street entertainers and children’s funfair plus a variety of tempting food stalls.

Once again there will be an environmental focus to the festival with the involvement of various groups, bringing together workshops, displays and vegan catering; helping to raise awareness of environmental issues.

There are a number of new and exciting activities and events for 2018:

Art on the River – Artists, painters and photographers will be displaying and selling their work along the river railings; A fantastic opportunity to see local art in a beautiful setting along Western Boulevard.

Castle Gardens hosts an all new Broken Records Swing Festival, with live bands and swing dance lessons throughout both days.

A fun packed weekend not to be missed! Download the 2018 brochure here.

Jun
4
Mon
2018
Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

As part of its dissemination activities the POWER project will be presenting at the Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018 conference.

Constanta – Sustainable Energy City 2018

The title of the presentation that will be discussed during the conference is:

POWER – Citizen Engagement in the Sustainable City of the Future

The conference is full of interesting talks and discussion of innovative projects. In addition, starting at 12.30 on the 5th of June, just before lunch, a new chapter will be introduced at Costanta. The organisers will envisage the signature of the POWER letter of intent with a number of Romanian cities.

The letter of intent is a formal document, with no obligations, where cities can state their will to join the Follower cities network of the POWER H2020 project. In this way, they declare their intention in using the POWER Water Communities and taking actions for water conservation, one of the biggest issues facing humanity in the modern world.

 

About Costanta efforts for sustainability

The future looks green for Romania cities, with more sustainable projects planned and waiting to be completed. Everyone in the country can get involved in sustainability actions, at any level. Constanta is the largest city on the Romanian coast, and is special because of its size, location and sustainability effort. No city in Romania cares more for recycling, with Constanta recycling 40% of its waste for the last four years.

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018
Jun 4 – Jun 8 all-day
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018

By 2050, Europe’s energy sector should have made the switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables to be carbon neutral. This transition to clean energy is now moving at a significant speed, but still more needs to be done at EU and national level but also by all citizens. Find out how we can all ‘Lead the Clean Energy Transition’ at the 13th Edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), – Europe’s largest event promoting sustainable energy.

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018

Organised every year by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME), EUSEW 2018 takes place 4-8 June.

Over 50 sessions at the Policy Conference

With over 50 sessions hosted by representatives from the European institutions, as well a range of different stakeholders from throughout the EU, the Policy Conference promises to feed a lively debate around energy islands, consumers, smart cities and regional development, digitalisation, renewables, transformation of the energy system, energy storage, finance and efficiency. The Policy Conference takes place between 5 and 7 June in the Charlemagne building and the Residence Palace in Brussels. Programme and registration can be found here.

The full range of activities

A Networking Village provides one-to-one networking sessions, project pitches, interactive presentations and exhibitions. And, of course, all this is complemented with a two-month series of Energy Days events held throughout Europe.

Check out the interactive Energy Days map to find an event near you.

More than just an event…

The EU Sustainable Energy Week is also a strong community – so why not follow us on Twitter: @euenergyweek #EUSEW18 or Facebook: EU Sustainable Energy Week and keep up to date on the latest news. For more information, photos or interviews, contact our media department by telephone or email: Aude Rabault – Media Relations Officer – +32 (0)2 334 18 48 – aude.rabault@mostra.com

About EUSEW

Every year the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. This year’s tagline is ‘lead the clean energy transition’, and it will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope.

Jun
5
Tue
2018
World Environment Day 2018
Jun 5 all-day

World Environment Day 2018

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

world environment day 2018

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.

Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. To change the future, we all need to play our part. Whether it is a bottled soft drink, a bag from the supermarket or a spoon in a coffee shop, single-use plastic has become embedded in our daily lives. The low cost, convenience and lightness of these products have revolutionized the packaging of goods. However, the catastrophic environmental cost of this convenience is now becoming increasingly clear.

This year, with India as host, World Environment Day is calling on people across the world to help Beat Plastic Pollution. Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, threatening marine and human life and destroying our natural ecosystems. We want to work with education partners to help them reconsider their plastic habits, generate solutions and raise awareness. To Beat Plastic Pollution, we need everyone to step up and think deeply about how they can not only reduce, reuse and recycle, but seek to inspire new behaviour. Our aim is to use World Environment Day to reduce the amount of plastic dumped into our oceans, which is currently around a truckload every minute. This pack is an invitation to collaborate with UN Environment – work with us to take action and inspire teachers, pupils and parents alike, to help turn the tide on plastic!

Jun
8
Fri
2018
World Oceans Day 2018 – How to get involved
Jun 8 all-day

World Oceans Day 2018

World Oceans Day 2018 is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.

world ocean day 2018

Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:

  • Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
  • Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
  • Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

It’s fun and easy! Head over the official website and learn more:

The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated World Oceans Day globally since 2002. We do so with a team based in the US and also advisors and volunteers in dozens of countries. We are a collaborative organization and work in partnership with hundreds of organizations, including World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many other networks from all sectors. Thank you to the Government of Canada for proposing the concept of a World Ocean Day, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and to the United Nations for officially recognizing 8 June as World Oceans Day, since late 2008. World Oceans Day® is trademarked to protect it from those who might have commercial or counterproductive interests. All information, materials and resources on this site and associated with World Oceans Day are free to use to those who are celebrating World Oceans Day as a way to bring about a healthier ocean and a better future. 

Aug
10
Fri
2018
Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden @ Brody Community Garden
Aug 10 @ 15:00 – 16:00

Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden

We will meet in the garden every other week to welcome Shabbat, with songs, stories, and music with Eliezar Rozner. Please bring musical instruments and healthy snacks! The event is appropriate for children, families, and adults.

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Aug
14
Tue
2018
Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden @ Brody Community Garden
Aug 14 @ 15:00 – 16:00

Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden

We will meet in the garden every other week to welcome Shabbat, with songs, stories, and music with Eliezar Rozner. Please bring musical instruments and healthy snacks! The event is appropriate for children, families, and adults.

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Sep
7
Fri
2018
Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden @ Brody Community Garden
Sep 7 @ 15:00 – 16:00

Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden

We will meet in the garden every other week to welcome Shabbat, with songs, stories, and music with Eliezar Rozner. Please bring musical instruments and healthy snacks! The event is appropriate for children, families, and adults.

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Sep
16
Sun
2018
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition – Shaping Our Water Future @ Tokyo Big Sight
Sep 16 – Sep 21 all-day

Five days of critical discussions into the future of sustainable water management.

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the full water cycle.

The International Water Association

Over 9815 leading water professionals from 98 countries came together between the 16th and the 21st September 2018 to shape our water future.
The main topics were:

  • Water Utility Management
  • Wastewater Management
  • Drinking Water and Potable Reuse
  • Urban Water Systems
  • Communities, Integrated Planning and Enabling Environment
  • Large Scale Water Management

Attracting water professionals from over one hundred countries, the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition provided a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends in leading practices, innovative technologies and pioneering science. Connecting people from across water and environment fields it showcased successful examples of delivering clean water to growing populations, cleaning up polluted river systems at scale, industrial water management, public – private partnerships for service delivery, new policies and regulations, and benchmarking of water and wastewater service providers. The Congress presented the collective knowledge and know-how through leading keynote speakers, open discussions, presentations, poster sessions, showcasing latest technologies, dialogues on emerging issues, leadership forums and workshops.

The 2018 World Water Congress & Exhibition

Want to find out more about this year’s congress and the next one in Copenhagen in 2020? Click here!

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018
Sep 16 – Sep 21 all-day

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018

16 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 / TOKYO / JAPAN

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018

The global event for water professionals.

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 brings over 5,500 water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries and offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway.

Contribute to a better water future with your work

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 Programme Committee  is looking for contributions under the session themes to present global best practice, advances in fundamental science, innovative research, policy developments, and solutions to challenges faced by water professionals worldwide. Presenting is a valuable opportunity to meet members of the community of world-leading water professionals.

Check the Call for Papers for the 2018 World Water Congress & Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

IWA is inviting proposals for events and sessions (scientific sessions, interactive workshops, training events, regional fora), and abstracts of scientific/technical/policy papers related to the Congress Themes. For reference, check the template of a session and abstract proposal. Please submit your proposals before 1 October 2017.

THEMES

Sep
18
Tue
2018
World Water Monitoring Day 2018 – Get involved!
Sep 18 all-day
World Water Monitoring Day 2018 - Get involved!

World Water Monitoring Day 2018

World Water Monitoring Day was established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) as a global educational outreach program. The program, subsequently named the “World Water Monitoring Challenge” and “EarthEcho Water Challenge,” aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.[1] Roberta (Robbi) Savage, ACWF’s President and CEO created WWMD, and Edward Moyer was the first WWMD Coordinator.

A simple test kit enables everyone, children and adults, to sample local water bodies for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Information on puirchasing low-cost test kits is available from the current sponsoring organization, EarthEcho International, and the results of monitoring events are then shared with participating communities around the globe on the sponsor’s website.[1]

World Water Monitoring Day was originally celebrated annually on September 18. This date was initially chosen to be a month later (October 18) to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted by the Congress in 1972 to restore and protect the country’s water resources. In 2007, the date was changed to facilitate participation in parts of the world where temperatures reach freezing conditions at that time.

In 2006, ACWF transferred the coordination of the event to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). The collective goal was to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012. In January 2015 the management of World Water Monitoring Day was transferred to EarthEcho International.

2008 saw students from Indonesia[2] to Arkansas[3] taking part in water sampling to bring attention to the importance of water quality.

As of 2018, EarthEcho International encourages participants to conduct their monitoring activities as part of the “EarthEcho Water Challenge” during any period between March 22 (World Water Day) and December of each year.[1]

Sep
20
Thu
2018
Ninth annual Granicus Digital Engagement Summit @ RIBA Venues, London
Sep 20 all-day

Granicusprovides technology and services that empower government and public sector organisations to create seamless digital experiences for the people they serve.  Granicus connects 12 million citizens in the UK and 185 million globally, creating a powerful network for enhanced government transparency and citizen engagement.

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Nearly 300 people working in public sector communications and digital transformation met in London on 20 September for the ninth annual Granicus Digital Engagement Summit. A further 450 viewers tuned in to watch the livestream. From crisis communications management to storytelling best practices; bravery on social media to outcome-focused email marketing, the packed agenda left attendees feeling inspired and equipped with new ideas and case study examples to help strengthen connections between public services and the people they serve.

Sessions included:

  • Creating active citizenship using digital communications: tips for making the most of your online communities
  • The future of local government
  • Insights from behavioural science: what we can learn from applied psychology

Want to read more? Click here!

Sep
21
Fri
2018
Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden @ Brody Community Garden
Sep 21 @ 15:00 – 16:00

Istraeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the Brody Community Garden

We will meet in the garden every other week to welcome Shabbat, with songs, stories, and music with Eliezar Rozner. Please bring musical instruments and healthy snacks! The event is appropriate for children, families, and adults.

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Sep
22
Sat
2018
Milton Keynes Rowing Regatta 2018 @ Caldecotte Lake
Sep 22 all-day

Following the success of previous years’ Milton Keynes Rowing Club (MKRC) Regattas, a further event is being held in 2018. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 22nd September on the picturesque Caldecotte Lake. As with previous years’ events, this will be an open event, run under British Rowing rules of racing.

A fun day out! Unlike many events, spectators can see the entire course from the club house, which makes for excellent viewing of the day’s racing. There will be an all day barbecue, hot and cold drinks and there is the legendary MKRC Cake stall too!

Want to know more? Click here!

Sep
29
Sat
2018
World Rivers Day 2018 – Get Involved!
Sep 29 all-day
World Rivers Day 2018 - Get Involved!

World Rivers Day 2018

 

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
~ Mark Angelo

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.

A brief history

In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo.

The proposal for a  global event to celebrate rivers was based on the success of BC Rivers Day, which Mark Angelo had founded and led in western Canada since 1980.  A World Rivers Day event was seen by agencies of the UN as a good fit for the aims of the Water for Life Decade and the proposal was approved.  River enthusiasts from around the world came together to organize the inaugural WRD event.  That first event in 2005 was a great success and Rivers Day was celebrated across dozens of countries.  Since then, the event has continued to grow.  It is annually celebrated on the last Sunday of every September.  Last year, several million people across more than 60 countries celebrated the many values of our waterways.

 

Oct
1
Mon
2018
2018 Climate Alliance International Conference
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day

Connecting cities – Local solution for global challenges

Connecting Cities strengthens network-based approaches to global challenges by connecting local and regional authorities from across Europe. Together, we can transform challenges into solutions!

Connecting cities

The Climate Alliance International Conference and General Assembly is held every year. This gathering of Climate Alliance members and other interested parties is the highlight of the Climate Alliance year and sees well over 200 representatives of local authorities from across Europe gather to delve into hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local level projects and initiatives. Local level administrative and technical staff as well as mayors and high-level local decision makers are in attendance, making for some very fruitful exchanges. In addition to a number of side events, excursions and working groups, the event incorporates the Climate Alliance General Assembly, where each member can have a say in network affairs. Importantly, this is where the resolutions used by the Secretariat for lobbying activities are also passed by the membership.

This year’s conference focuses on the idea of connecting – on partnerships and cooperation and exchange. These guiding themes have always been at the heart of Climate Alliance’s work. By emphasizing them, we are putting forth an approach that starkly contrasts the isolationist currents which characterize the political situation in so many countries today.

Some of this year’s sessions and workshops include:

  • Co-creating adaptive and resilient cities and regions – A multi-level approach, which will explore how local authorities can cooperate with different sets of stakeholders at various levels in order to take action on adapting to climate;
  • Energy transition in cities and regions – Implementing a local and people-driven energy transition,  which will tackle technological, financial and governance-related aspects of the energy transition with a focus on models of local energy production including public energy suppliers and energy cooperatives.
  • Water challenges in cities and regions – A circular economy approach. This session focuses on an integrated nexus approach for supplying, preserving and saving water, energy and materials across sectors. In this light, participants will look at the role of both municipalities and their residents.

And lots more.

Interested in finding out more? Click here!

The social and political consequences of digital platforms – POWER Industry Panel @ Escuela Industrial
Oct 1 @ 15:00 – 18:30
The social and political consequences of digital platforms - POWER Industry Panel @ Escuela Industrial | Barcelona | Catalunya | Spain

The social and political consequences of digital platforms – POWER Industry Panel

The combination of social, technological and political innovation might be a more effective solution to tackle the current environmental issues than traditional policy  mechanisms. In particular, the sustainable cities of the XXI Century will have had to resolve the many challenges related to water, from scarcity to flooding, from quality to conservation. The present Industry Panel aims at providing an insight on how technology can empower industry and municipalities. Specifically, we introduce and discuss how digital social platforms (DSP), such as the one provided by the EU-funded POWER project, can be exploited to enable large-scale social innovation, with particular focus on the water management.

Water governance in the digital age – how technology can empower industry and municipalities

Program of the Panel
Program of the Industry Panel
15.15 Welcome participants
15.30 Presentation of POWER – CUBIT
15.45 Introduction of discussion topic: The social and political consequences of POWER – Richard Elelman

16.25 Discussion session with participants of the audience – moderator: Richard Elelman
Topic: how governance analysis can be applied to the different municipalities

17.15 Introduction of second discussion topic: presentation by Selma Mergner about climate change adaptation and heavy rain
17.30 Discussion session with participants of the audience – moderator Wolfgang Hofstetter
Topic: how new technologies and in the specific the DSP can help in climate change adaptation for Industries and municipalities

18.15 Concluding remarks by POWER consortium – CUBIT
18.30 Close of the panel

Participation is free. Booking is recommended via Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/events/278073856249510/ 

LOCATION:
Recinte Escola Industrial
Carrer Comte d’Urgell, 217, 08036 Barcelona

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 and water governance.

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 and  experts 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 session will be run as a roundtable, as such experts from different fields will be discussion pressing questions about each topic and will be receiving questions from the audience and also from social media.

About our speakers:

Dr. Richard Elelman studied Politics in the UK before living in France, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Sudan and India. He is currently Head of Public Administrations at EURECAT-CTM, and is the founder and Director General of the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities, NETWERC H2O. The former Deputy Mayor of Figueres, he is a political analyst who has, in recent years, specialised in Environmental and Scientific Policy and the links between Public Administrations, the world of Research and Development, Diplomacy and Citizen Engagement. He has worked in collaboration with many supranational organisations as well as public authorities in different countries and is a regular speaker at numerous international conferences in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is at present a member of the EIP WATER Steering Group, the Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 BlueSCities project, the creator and leader of the Dubrovnik Declaration of Intent and is currently preparing the launch of the political mechanism, CONCENSUS.

Selma Mergner works for the City of Worms, Germany, on the protection of the environment with special attention to adaptation to climate change. She studied Sustainable Economy in the Master’s degree, in Bachelor’s degree Philology Románica, Business Administration and Pedagogy. Prior to her studies, she spent a year in Peru, where she completed a voluntary social year. Since November 2017 she has been implementing the concept of adaptation to climate change for the City of Worms. It consists of 48 concrete measures aimed at Worms in 13 fields of action (from urban planning, agriculture, biodiversity, forestry, industry, tourism, urban green areas and transport infrastructure to the protection of the population). Ongoing projects are being carried out in the fields of heat and heavy rain, health and awareness connected to climate impacts. These include the Regen // Sicher // Worms project, which aims to raise public awareness concerning the consequences of heavy rains. Another project is the KlimaFolgenDialog (Dialogue on Climate Change Consequences), in which companies focus on adaptation measures.

Oct
8
Mon
2018
European Week of Regions and Cities
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual Brussels-based four-day event during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics, can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. It is also an acknowledged platform for political communication in relation to the development of EU cohesion policy, raising the awareness of decision-makers about the fact that regions and cities matter in EU policy-making. The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest European public event of its kind.

European Week of Regions and Cities

6 000 participants and 600 speakers from all over Europe and beyond gather together in Brussels for a programme of some 100 working sessions, exhibitions and networking events on regional and local development. The programme is adapted every year to the specific context of the EU agenda. Participation to the event is free of charge.

Some of this year’s highlights include:

  • OPINION PIECE: How can Europe Get Closer to its Citizens?
  • European 2020 strategy: reducing urban poverty through design
  • Recipes for Happy Citizens and Thriving Business: The Finnish Model

Interested in finding out more? Click here.

Oct
9
Tue
2018
Climate resilient cities and infrastructures 2018 @ LE BOUCHE À OREILLE
Oct 9 all-day

The final event of the European Commission-funded project RESIN – Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures will take place on 9th October 2018 in Brussels.

RESIN city partners (Bratislava, Bilbao, Paris and Greater Manchester) will share their experience as users of the tools and methodologies that the project has produced, including a European climate risk map, a risk-based vulnerability assessment methodology, a database of all kinds of adaptation options, and an online decision support tool for planning and implementing adaptation actions. The tools will be demonstrated in real-time, project partners will share policy-relevant messages for adaptation action, and all participants will explore future pathways for research and practice.

Climate resilient cities and infrastructures 2018 - Final Agenda

A  closing panel will reflect on the prospects of cooperation between cities and regions to share holistic working methods and build long-term urban resilience in Europe, and will explore where adaptation research should go from here.

Interested? Learn more about the event on the project website

Oct
10
Wed
2018
Future Water Association’s ‘Water Dragons’ 2nd Heat @ Durham University
Oct 10 all-day

Future Water Association’s Water Dragons provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch their innovative products, services or processes to a panel of water sector specialists. Based on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, the Future Water Association has appointed a panel of Water Dragons – senior water industry executives – to sit in judgment on innovations presented by both Future Water Association members and non-members. The competition is open to all  companies with ideas that can help meet the challenges faced by the Water Utilities, Water Retailers, the supply chain and the Regulators.

The second heat of the Water Dragons 2018 is being hosted by The Water Hub, during which there will be two separate competitions with opportunities available for two categories of innovation:

  1. Future Water Association Water Dragons Entries
  2. The Water Hub Entries

The Challenge: How can we develop smarter ways to use water? Products, services or processes put before the Water Dragons must be able to demonstrate clear and distinct benefits and presenters will need to explain how their innovation can make or save money for their clients – the water companies.

In an 10 minute pitch, followed by questions from the Water Dragons, entrants must be able to:

  • Identify the Market need – what challenges is the innovation addressing?
  • Explain clearly and succinctly what makes your product, service or process innovative compared to alternatives.
  • Provide evidence on the potential savings and operational benefits your product or service could generate. The Dragons will be looking for forecasts based on sustainable assumptions.
  • Provide evidence that you have thought how best to market your product or service to prospective clients
  • Convince the Dragons that your product or service can fit into existing work practices and cultures

The two highest scoring pitches will be chosen to attend the Water Dragons final in the early part of 2019.

Interested? Got a good idea? Find our more here.

Imagine a Day Without Water
Oct 10 all-day

Imagine: No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.

Imagine a Day Without Water 2018 is the fourth annual day to raise awareness and educate USA citizens about the value of water; a national education campaign to engage stakeholders, public officials, and the general public about how water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment. It will take place on 10 October 2018, and includes events, resolutions, social media engagement and more across the country.

Imagine a Day Without Water - Logo

Anyone with a water story to tell can join in the effort….companies can host events and other activities to try and educate and engage the public and stakeholders about how essential water is to everyone and everything.

The 2018 event will be the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water. The Value of Water Campaign launched Imagine a Day Without Water as a USA national advocacy and awareness day in 2015, when 185 organisations signed up to participate. In 2016 participation doubled to 300, and in 2017 over 750 organisations took part.

Everyone can do their bit and are encouraged to join this day of action to secure a sustainable water future.

Interested? Take a look at the toolkit!


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