Water Europe Newsletter, September 2019: Interview with Veronica Manfredi, EC Director for Quality of Life


A new season is well on its way, and after a short break to catch our breath, Water Europe is busy again shaping and streamlining its activities, and efforts to make water heard, and more important on the EU agenda.

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WE interview Veronica Manfredi
Why should people join the EUWIC2019 conference?
What are the opportunities and the role of water in the new Commission? These questions and more, answered by V. Manfredi.

In This issue

Interview with Veronica Manfredi

Interview with Jan Hofman

aqua3S project officially launched

The programme of the EUWIC2019 is getting its final shape

WKE19: Deadline for projects’ ideas submission extended


Jan Hofman,
Leader of the newly launched WG ‘Water Security’ shares his insights with us

Why is it important to have a new Working Group dedicated to the theme of ‘Water Security’?

Water Security is an umbrella for addressing the multitude of water-related challenges and issues. It is related to the capacity of a population to safeguard access to adequate quantities of water of acceptable quality, for protection against water-related disasters and for preserving ecosystems.


aqua3S project officially launched!

The H2020 project aqua3S has officially started its activities. On the 25th and 26th of September 2019, the kick-off meeting of the project was held at the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) premises in Thessaloniki, Greece. aqua3S is a new project that will create strategies and methods, enabling water facilities to easily integrate solutions regarding water safety. aqua3S combines novel technologies in water safety and security, aiming to standardise existing sensor technologies complemented by state-of-the-art detection mechanisms.


The programme of the EUWIC2019 is getting its final shape

The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (EUWIC) will be held on December 12, in Zaragoza, Spain. It will carry the theme: “Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts”. The European Commission aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society. Water Europe and its members are expected to make their present felt at the event’s programme.


Water Knowledge Europe 2019: Deadline for projects’ ideas submission extended until 10/10

Only one month separates us from Water Knowledge Europe 2019 and an exciting agenda of speakers and sessions is already in place. Representatives from the European Commission, SPIRE, EASME will be present to share tips on the new H2020 calls, while other funding opportunities will be also presented in the event’s programme. Do you also want to play an active role in the event? Check the list of our 38 water-related selected calls and submit your project proposal until the 10th of October.



Agenda 2019

23-24 October 2019
WE Board Meeting, Lisbon

30-31 October 2019
Water Knowledge Europe 2019,
Water Europe Brokerage Event for H2020 projects

4-8 November 2019
Amsterdam International Water Week & Αquatech Amsterdam

20-22 November 2019
GSTIC 2019 ‘Societal Challenge-Water’

12 December
EU Water Innovation Conference 2019, Zaragoza – Spain

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