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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Future Water Association Water Dragons Entries
- 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: 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.
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!
The conference “Nordic solutions for robust societies” will take place on 23-25 October in Norrköping, Sweden. It will welcome all climate change adaptation practitioners in the fields of science, coming from local communities, governments and municipal administration, ministries and national authorities, politics, businesses, industry and NGOs.
The conference aims to:
- exchange ideas of adaptation methods and opportunities across many sectors
- increase knowledge of the latest climate science developments
- discuss how to integrate solutions for adaptation and mitigation
There will be many diverse sessions during the conference, which will highlight, discuss and be inspired by Nordic adaptation solutions. Examples of these sessions are as follows:
- The Climate models of the future – design and communication
- The role of the citizen in adapting to climate change: how to engage residents in developing robust, attractive and low-carbon societies
- Sharing and learning from successful (or not!) local adaptation actions
Interested? Click here for the full programme.
Developing a Smart, Resilient, Digital Society
Low Carbon Britain 2018 is a unique conference and exhibition that will address Great Britain’s current carbon reduction position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector along with towns, villages and cities can reduce their carbon emissions. The current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference.
Smart water management, from smart meters to reducing water consumption, is also going to be part of the areas covered by the conference. In particular, water is one of the themes on which smart and future cities shall be built.
More information and registration instructions can be found here:
On Friday 2nd November, EIPCM (The European Institute for Participatory Media) hosted the first contest design sprint bootcamp at their offices in Berlin, Germany. There were 13 participants who developed and uploaded 13 new ideas to the POWER platforms of Leicester and Milton Keynes, and generated 27 comments overall in just one day. We consider this a big success for the POWER project and the contest.
Some moments from the Bootcamp:
Following the success of this first Design Sprint Bootcamp, further bootcamps will be forthcoming in the near future. The first of these will be in Sofia, Bulgaria on 18th November, co-organized by POWER and United Ideas for Bulgaria (the organisation that is providing hands-on assistance in Sofia). Participants can develop their own idea proposals that solve sustainability issues on local level and upload them onto one of the POWER platforms.
The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) will celebrate its 18th Conference in Barcelona on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November.
This year, the topics will be:
Direct democracy – this direct dimension is essential in a democratic system. A democratic town or city must be able to provide its citizens with these channels for participation and decision making. The following topics will be discussed and debated:
- Benefits of and the problems caused by direct democracy channels
- Successful cases and implementation problems
- Interaction of direct democracy with other kinds of participation channels
- Direct democracy and digital technology
- The problem of competences in relation to direct democracy
Citizens’ initiative – citizen initiative can play a significant role in the construction and improvement of the community itself, and can even serve to redesign the relationship between citizens and public institutions. The topics under discussion will be the following:
- Citizen initiative, in its different versions
- Interaction between citizen initiative and institutional initiative
- Community empowerment
- Common urban assets and the community management of public services
- Citizen initiatives and social movements
- Citizen initiatives and digital technology
Ecosystems of inclusive democracy -it is essential to think of local democracy as an ecosystem in which different kinds of mechanisms and instruments coexist and interact. Subjects include the following:
- The legal regulation of local participation
- Systems of legal guarantees for participatory mechanisms
- Digital channels and their interaction with other instruments
- Interaction between instruments of participation
- The inclusion of different communities, through different instruments
- Participatory budgeting
The conference is open to any interested in the implementation of participatory democracy at a local level, such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Local government representatives
- Members of research centres
- Activists and people involved in social movements (such as those participating to the POWER water communities)
- Representatives of NGOs with an interest in participatory democracy
You can also present your products/services by having a stand within the exhibition area.
Interested in making your voice and opinion heard? register today!
Digital Social Innovation for Sustainability – Design Jam & Idea Contest
Our communities are facing sustainability problems that need to be addressed. The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, funded by the European Commission under the project “Political and social awareness on water environmental challenges” (POWER), is looking for ideas for solutions to sustainability challenges that local communities face and provides effective support to implement them. Learn more about the contest at: http://www.power-contest.org.
In this context, the De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), is organising and hosting a “Design Jam for Sustainability” event, free of charge and open to all members of the public, be they students, innovators, creators and visionaries. Develop your ideas into prototypes in just 4 hours! You will learn how you can create a prototype of your idea that is just real enough to get an authentic response from potential users, and you will do it really fast!
The design jam is based on Google’s innovation methodology and will help you find new approaches to societal challenges. We will not only show you how to gather feedback from users who interact with your solution, but also show you how to submit your validated concept to the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities where you can win support for the implementation of your idea.
Participants will be provided with a free lunch. Places are limited, so sign up today!
Registration is available here.
Learn how to co-create innovative solutions to sustainability issues.
The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, funded by the European Commission under the project “Political and social awareness on water environmental challenges” (POWER), is looking for ideas for solutions to sustainability challenges that local communities face and provides effective support to implement them.
Within this context, researchers from the EU H2020 POWER project are organising a one day Design Jam for Sustainability in Milton Keynes, UK. Open to all members of the public, you will learn how to co-create innovative solutions to sustainability issues, create a prototype of your idea that is just real enough to get an authentic response from potential users, and we will also show you how to submit your validated concept to the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities where you can win support for the implementation of your idea. Learn more about the contest at: http://www.power-contest.org.
So… Innovators, Creators and Visionaries… join our hands-on design jam to learn how you can make use of Google’s proven innovation methodology that helps you to solve problems through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas with users in a very short time.
Refreshments are provided for all participants, but places are limited. Sign up now here.
Managing Yesterday’s Infrastructure Using Tomorrow’s Technology is the theme and the challenge being explored at Future Water Networks 2018, a Future Water Association event.
How can new intelligent technology help to reduce water leakage, wastage and sewer flooding? This challenge, and how to overcome it, will be explored at Future Water Networks 2018.
The conference will open on 3rd December with the third heat, of the highly regarded Water Dragons which will take place in front of a live audience and judges from across the sector where the focus will be on innovation in the ‘Wastewater network’. Companies pitch their innovative product or service to the ‘Dragons’, who cross-examine the presenters, focusing on three key areas:
- Have they clearly identified the potential size and value of the market?
- Have the presenters thought through how their innovation would be implemented?
- No innovation operates in a vacuum – how will its introduction impact on existing operations, working practices and systems?
The winner of Water Dragons will be announced after the event, during a dinner which will also include a keynote speaker from the industry.
On the 4th December speakers from a number of the water companies, regulators and the supply chain will challenge current thinking.
There will also be an exhibition area available during the event, where products and services can be demonstrated and explained.
Do you work in the water sector? Are you involved in policy and decision making in this sector? You need to be here!
Interested? Click here!
ICT 2018 Imagine Digital Connect Europe
ICT 2018 Imagine Digital Connect Europe will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.
In an open and participatory event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, citizens can join science community members, policymakers, and fellow ICT-enthusiasts to discuss the future in a digital Europe.
The Conference programme will feature influential speakers and debates around the EU’s digital policy. The programme will involve relevant parties from industry, research and public bodies. The ‘Imagine18’ campaign will reach out to generations ranging from teenagers to the elderly to learn how citizens feel about the digital revolution and its effects on daily life.
As part of the ICT 2018 Exhibition programme, EU-funded research and innovation successes will be presented to the public. Visitors will also have the chance to meet the innovators behind these projects.
The Innovation and Startups forum will bring together market-oriented innovators and investors, and will present marketable research and innovation results from EU-funded projects.
The ICT4Water cluster, supported by EASME and DG CNECT, is a “hub” for EU-funded research projects in the field of ICT applied to the water sector across various management areas, cycles and value chains. Currently, its members are immersed and engaged in the deployment of the “Action Plan for a Digital Single Market of Water Services”.
ICT4Water will be present at ICT 2018, an event organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union that will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. In addition to showcasing some of its projects (including POWER) for the whole duration of the event, ICT4Water has also organised a networking session on 6th December.
The main goal of the session is to follow-up on ICT4Water project main outcomes aligned with digital water strategy depicted in the Action Plan as well as EU-funded projects pushing for specific actions. Four projects present their results which create impact in diverse activities of the water value chains using different ICT solutions. Topics presented range from Serious Game, Decision Support Systems, Awareness, and Real time monitoring covering different water value chains.
Get more information here.
Distribution of seedlings in communal gardens in Jerusalem
Today we’re handing out plants to community gardeners in Jerusalem.
In The Photo: the dedicated activists
Water saving activity with children in Jerusalem
Today, we met at the garden community garden on the tribe and we were taking cocoons and seedlings that were shared by the children. Thank you, for the hardworking gardeners who have held the cocoons to each garden separately and worked for the good of all community gardens.
More info here
7th European Conference on Sustainability Energy and the Environment
7th European Conference on Sustainability Energy and the Environment
“Independence & Interdependence”
The technological and logistical advances of globalisation have enabled us to become independent and empowered as never before, but at the same time made us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. While technologies allow us to communicate with those on the other side of the world, they can also make us detached from those immediately around us, and in some cases alienated, or lonely. And yet this increased interconnectedness offers great opportunities to work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and reminds us of our responsibilities towards each other. Our independence is contextualised in the relations we enjoy with others; in our families and communities, shared institutions, in our wider societies, geographical and political entities, and finally as a part of the one world we all share.
The conference theme for ECSEE2019 is Independence & Interdependence, and we hope and expect this important thematic lens to encourage wide reflections on the importance and interrelation of such concepts as autonomy and identity, rights and responsibilities, and power and control; and within a variety of contexts from politics and geopolitics to energy, sustainability and the environment; and from education, technology and logistics, to culture and language; from psychology and security, to considerations of equity and justice.
In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex and Birkbeck, University of London, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2019.
Kwame Akyeampong, University of Sussex, UK
Anne Boddington, Kingston University, UK
Eddie Bruce-Jones, Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
Evangelia Chrysikou, University College London, UK
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Tom Houghton, Curtin University, Australia
Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Cranfield design jam
On Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 the POWER team led a 4-hour design jam in Cranfield University in Bedford. We had a total of 15 participants who submitted 15 new ideas and whose submissions generated 25 new replies and numerous new likes.
All submissions can be found here.
10th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development – ICESD 2019
The 10th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development – ICESD 2019 – will be held during February 13-15, 2019 in Milan, Italy. ICESD 2019 brings together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environmental Science and Development to a common forum.
The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Environmental Science and Development. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Paris and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Environmental Science and Development and related areas.
Prof. (LU) Prof. (UoS) Prof. (UoJ, visiting) Dr Dr Miklas Scholz, cand Ing, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, DSc, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA, VINNOVA Fellow, Marie Curie Senior Fellow, holds the Chair in Civil Engineering at The University of Salford (UoS, UK), is also a Professor in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University (LU, Sweden) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (UoJ). He has published three books and 206 journal articles. Prof. Scholz has citations of more than 3978, resulting in an h-index of 31 and an i10-Index of 91.
Keynote Speaker II
Khalil Hanna is currently a full Professor of Chemistry at the Graduate Engineering School of Chemistry of Rennes (France). He earned his PhD (2004) in Environmental Science and Technology from INSA de Lyon. His research interests focus on iron-mediated reactions for soil and water treatments and an improved understanding of sorption and heterogeneous redox reactions taking place at oxide/water interface. His research group in Rennes is engaged in elucidating molecular-scale reactions at mineral surfaces, and in translating molecular-level information to observations made at the larger scales using thermodynamics and reactive transport modeling. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed original research articles in top international journals (h-index=31 and over 3000 total citations). He has developed several programs and collaborations with international research institutes, and has been invited to give talks and seminars at numerous prestigious universities and international conferences. He also serves as a guest editor of the international journals including Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer), and as an Associate Editor of Applied Geochemistry (Elsevier).
Keynote Speaker III
Prof. Valentina Busini has her expertise in safety engineering and bioengineering. In particular, with regard to industrial safety, she usually works on the analysis of the consequences of industrial events related to emerging risks, such as the CFD modeling of heavy gas dispersion in complex environments, and the definition of methodologies for the evaluation of industrial accidents triggered by natural events (the so-called NaTech events). As far as bioengineering is concerned, she has focused on the interactions between materials and biomolecules, both for biocompatibility studies and for the development of protein separation processes.
This year 2019 the program has top-level speakers in the field of water. The Conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia), Damià Calvet, will be in charge of presenting the inaugural lecture, which will focus on climate change and its impact on the guarantee of water supply in Catalonia.
Conference cycle: Aigua i món (Water & World)
The well-known TV3 meteorologist, Tomàs Molina, will star in the second paper this year, which will take place on Thursday 4 April in the morning, in this case at 11 am. His presentation will focus on the extreme weather phenomena, paying special attention to our country and the aggravation of these phenomena as a consequence of climate change.
Aigües de Sabadell will also address this edition one of the most important problems in the world: pollution of rivers, seas and oceans. And it will be done by two specialists in the field, such as Damià Barceló and Miquel Paraira. Barceló is the director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), as well as a renowned and renowned professor and researcher. Paraira is a scientist and director of Water Quality of Aigües de Barcelona Barcelona.
Finally, in the last presentation of the year, the journalist and writer from Sabadell, Plàcid Garcia-Planas, will be in charge of reviewing the history of our city, valuing water as an indispensable element from the point of view of industrial textile power as for the growth and dignity of the citizens themselves.
Damià Calvet, Conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
Friday 14 February. 18h. Aula de l’Aigua (Carrer de la Concepció, 14, Sabadell)
Remember that you can watch it live on this site.
The 2019 International Conference on Advances in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (2W2T 2019). 2W2T 2019 is the workshop of EGESD 2019, will be held together during March 08th-10th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. 2W2T 2019 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies to a common forum.
2W2T 2019, aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies. The conference will feature original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies, etc.
All the papers will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 experts, and the review results comes out within 25-30 days. If the paper needs revising, the revised version should be submitted again for peer review.
All accepted papers after proper registration and presentation will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be indexed by Ei Compendex, Scopus, CPCI, IET, CNKI and other major database.
Topics of the conference
Water resources integrated management
Water resources sustainable development
Water resources and Environmental Management in Mega deltas
Impacts of global and regional climate change
Instrumentation and measurement
Watershed assessment and monitoring
Water quality and protection
Industrial water treatment
Environmental impact assessment
Agricultural water pollution
Crop water consumption
Virtual water use
Water Quality Assessment
Water Environment Protection
sustainable use of water resources
unsustainable patterns of water consumption and use
water demand and consumption
water recycling and reuse
Fresh Water Security
Ground Water Monitoring & Modeling
Water and Environment
International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development (EGESD 2019)
The International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development 2019 will be held during March 08th-10th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. EGESD 2019 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development to a common forum.
EGESD 2019, organised by International Association of Applied Science and Engineering (IAASE), aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development. The conference will feature original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development, etc.
Topics of the International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development
Global environmental change and ecosystems management
Climate and climatic changes
Environmental restoration and ecological engineering
Ground water remediation
Environmental systems approach
Limitations of green energy generation
Sustainable coal use and clean coal technologies
Green Energy in Transport
Integration of renewable energy sources in buildings
Income generation with green energy
Green energy and energy access
Green energy and social benefits
Increasing energy access with clean resources
Rural Development through Green Energy
Wastewater and sludge treatment
Agricultural and Food Science
Air pollution control
Sustainable materials for buildings