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Innovation drives practice - practice drives innovation


March 30, 2017

14:00 - 17:10

CongressForum, Hall 2.2

The dialogue between science and industry has always been a key strength in the water management sector. The Berlin water industry is a good example of the symbiosis between innovation-driven practice and practice-driven innovation. New challenges, new scientific knowledge, new technical and regulatory requirements and new standards require innovative responses from science, research, technology and everyday practice. Berlin shows what an effective symbiosis of theory and practice can look like. The city and the region serves as a research and innovation platform for urban water management. This is demonstrated by the special challenges involved in managing Berlin‘s water cycle.

Practice-oriented highlights from the cooperation between the Technical University Berlin, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin, and Berliner Wasserbetriebe will be presented – driven also by national and EU-wide research programs.

We will then look at the cooperation between research and practice in the Netherlands from the perspective of our Dutch neighbors. Are there lessons we can learn from their experience – in particular with regard to evaluating the effectiveness of water research programs?

Contact person:

Regina Gnirß, Berliner Wasserbetriebe


Dr.-Ing. Bodo Weigert, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH


Ulrike Franzke, Berliner Wasserbetriebe

Dr.-Ing. Ulf Miehe, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH

Dr. Pascale Rouault, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Jekel, TU Berlin

M.Sc. Raja-Louisa Mitchell, TU Berlin

PhD Gerard van den Berg, KWR Watercycle Research Institute