Wetsus Congress 2017: Synergy in research and innovation

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On October 9 and 10, the annual Wetsus Congress will be held in City Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Monday, October 9, we kick off with a morning program with keynotes from different perspectives on our congress theme Synergy in Research and Innovation. Among the speakers are Robert-Jan Smits, (European Commission, Director-General Research & Innovation), prof. Jean Fréchet (KAUST University, Saudi Arabia) and prof. George Hawkins (Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water, USA).

Preliminary program Monday October 9:

9.30 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 12.00 Plenary session: Synergy in Research and Innovation

Chair: Johannes Boonstra, Executive Board Wetsus

· Wetsus developments, prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus
· Research & Innovation: drivers for EU's competitiveness, Robert-Jan Smits, Director-
  General Research & Innovation, European Commission
· Water, energy, and related research at KAUST, prof. Jean Fréchet, Vice President for
  Research, KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
· Moonshot for water – how to innovate with public health and public money on the line,
  prof. George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water, USA
· The sea water-based battery in future perspective, pitch by Marcel Mulder Award winner
  2016, Jan Willem van Egmond MSc.
· Marcel Mulder Award Ceremony, drs. Ed Nijpels, President Supervisory Board Wetsus

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch and visit exhibition floor

14.00 – 16.00 Plenary session

Chair: prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus

Visions on innovation
· Maintain the basics, prof.dr. Emmo Meijer, Advisory council for science, technology and
  innovation (AWTI)
· Water, Polders and the Dutch Research and Innovation System, prof.dr.ir. Wim van
, Vice President, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Business innovations for societal challenges
· Advances in Blue Energy Development, dr.ir. Rik Siebers, REDstack
· Pathway to Restoring the Earth’s Hydrological Cycle, ir. Kees Hoogendijk, co-founder of
  The Vital4Life Foundation, Energy4Life, The Climate Neutral Group, Face The Future, the
  Tree To Be Foundation and Tree To Be B.V.
· Upscaling resource recovery, ir. Roelof Kruize, CEO Waternet
· Water is Energy: New Research Programs for Water Treatment from the U.S. Department of
, dr. Peter Fiske, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

16.30 Networking reception

Preliminary program Tuesday October 10:

9.30 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary session

· Welcome, prof.dr.ir. Cees Buisman, Executive Board, Wetsus
· Keynote: Wireless electrochemistry: from materials science and analytical chemistry to water
, prof.dr. Alexander Kuhn, Institute of Molecular sciences, University of
  Bordeaux, France

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions

1) Bio(in)stability of drinking water

-speakers tba

2) Energy from CO2 and water
- prof.dr. Stefano Brandani, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
- Reactive Gas Electrosorption: innovative CO2 capture concept, Louis Legrand MSc,
  Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

3) Novel metal extraction technologies
- Driving Forces for Metal Extraction to Ionic Liquids: The Interplay of Thermodynamics,
  Mechanism and Yield
, prof.dr. Mark Kobrak, Department of Chemistry, Brooklyn
  College of The City University of New York & Department of Chemistry, Graduate Center of
  the City University of New York, USA
- Metal Ion Extraction with Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents, ir. Dannie van Osch,
  department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Institute for Complex
  Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
-Sustainable extraction process for the recovery of heavy metals from (waste) water
  with ionic liquids,
Enas Othman MSc, Wetsus/University of Twente, The Netherlands

4) Nano-battle with micro pollutants
- Pillared clays for the elimination of pesticide residues from drinking water, prof.dr. Petra
, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- TiO2 nanotube arrays and its potential in photocatalytic removal of micropollutants,  
  Yin Ye MSc, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
- Advances in the Field of Advanced Oxidation Technologies/Nanotechnologies for the
  Treatment of Cyanotoxins, Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides and Other Contaminants of Concern,
  prof.dr. Dionysios D. Dionysiou, UNESCO Co-Chair Professor of “Water Access
  and Sustainability” and Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA

5) The Triple Helix concept in applied water technology: an open discussion about the
     innovation triangle

- The CoE (Centre of Expertise)-Movement, why does the Dutch government invest in these
  centres and what is their added value for applied research?,
Miriam Korstanje, Platform
  Bèta Techniek, The Netherlands 
- How does the triple helix effect work out in water technology projects?, Länk Vaessen
  Centre of Expertise Water Technology, The Netherlands
- Triple Helix Project ‘The removal of pesticides from greenhouse water in Berlikum’, from idea
  to product in 1.5 years with a multidiciplinary team,
dr.ir. Mateo Mayer, Easy Measure BV,
  The Netherlands 
- CEW project poster pitches by students from NHL and Van Hall Larenstein University of
  Applied Sciences

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and visit exhibition floor

14.00 – 15.00 Plenary session

· Keynote: Why do bacteria make electricity? prof.dr. Daniel Bond, BioTechnology Institute
  and Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota, USA

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea

15:30 – 17:00 Parallel sessions

6) Microbial extracellular polymers: a nuisance or an opportunity?
- dr.ir. Bastiaan Blankert, Oasen
- Extraction of alginate-like extracellular polymers from Nereda® sludge, ir. Paul
, Royal HaskoningDHV
- Application of extracellular polymers produced from wastewater as natural flocculants,
  Victor O. Ajao MSc, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands

7) Groundwater sensoring
- Anthropogenic pollution of groundwater for drinking water production: how to predict,
  dr. Peter van der Maas, WLN, The Netherlands 
- Relating active distributed temperature sensing measurements to groundwater flow velocities
  in an experimental setup,
Wiecher Bakx MSc, Wetsus/Deltares/Arcadis, The Netherlands
- Field testing of fibre-optic distributed sensing for groundwater monitoring, dr. Athena 
, Silixa Ltd., Hertfordshire, UK

8) Proteins from water
- Protein from water: plenty of potential and ditto motives, prof.dr.ir. Willy Verstraete,
  Ghent University, Belgium
- From food waste to blackworm based fish feed, Bob Laarhoven MSc, Co-founder Dutch
  Blackworms, Wetsus/Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
- Microbial cleantech for the water cycle and food production chain, prof.dr.ir. Siegfried
, University of Antwerp & Ghent University, Belgium

9) Natural nanostructures in water
- On the stability of pre-nucleation clusters in aqueous solution, prof.dr. Paolo Raiteri,
  Curtin Institute for Computation and Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, 
- On the Pre-Nucleation Cluster Pathway, dr. Denis Gebauer, Department of Chemistry,
  Physical Chemistry, University of Konstanz, Germany
- Crystallization Pathway of Calcium Carbonate in Water, dr. Zhaoyong Zou, Max
  Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Germany
- Local environment of ACC and the effect of hydration: dr. Anders C.S. Jensen, Max
  Planck Institute of colloids and interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Germany

10) University of Applied Sciences projects - water technology
- AlgaeLinkages: Production of microalgae on greenhouse drain water for the production
  of poultry feed,
dr. Lolke Sijtsma, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, The
- The Frisian Urban Sanitation Programm in Mozambique, dr.ir. Jos Schouwenaars,
  Regional Water Authority Wetterskip Fryslân, The Netherlands 

17.00 Drinks

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