Water technology for a human centric green transition
Sea, Urban, Industrial Mining and Regulatory Aspects
Friday 22 September
14.00 – 17.00
AUDITORIUM TOP 3
As part of the European Commission’s New Innovation Agenda, the role of experimentation spaces (Enabling innovation through experimentation spaces and public procurement) have been widely emphasised. Recent Horizon calls refer to the need of studying and analysing regulatory frameworks that facilitate experimentation by innovators and enable learning and adaptation.
With this half a day workshop the intension is to raise awareness on the progress CIRSEAU cluster Living Labs have made, additionally, to highlight the role of sea-mining/water experimental and regulatory aspects and initiate the co-creation of a water regulatory sandbox positioning paper.
Pitching Living Lab projects from CIRSEAU cluster:
14:30-15:30 Panel: WoLL’s as regulatory sandboxes – Opportunities and bottlenecks
Aim: Identifying opportunities and analysing bottlenecks towards enabling regulatory sandboxes for constellations as Living Labs.
Panel opening: Andrea Guerrini, President Wareg-European Water Regulator
Moderation: Andrea Rubin, Water Europe
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 Co-creation workshop
- Reflection on the panel from the audience;
- Co-creation of an elevator pitch for each LLs presenting from a multistakeholder background;
- Kickstart the advocacy process and provide input for WoLLs as regulatory sandboxes.
Moderation: ENoLL, support We&B and Water Europe
Senior Strategic Advisor and Innovation Officer
Zsuzsanna BódiSenior Strategic Advisor and Innovation Officer
Zsuzsanna Bodi, Senior Strategic Advisor and Innovation Officer, is seeking for ways to make Open Innovation models and co-creation methodologies sustainable, business ready and continuous growth stimulating. As former Living Lab practitioner and Association Director, Bodi has worked with ENoLL’s worldwide Living Lab community. Working with and for this valuable network has allowed Bodi to gain a keen appreciation for and a deep insight into the most recent research findings and future aims of the Living Lab and Open Innovation phenomena. Bodi holds a French MBA-MAE degree in Management and Business Studies (Université Jean Moulin, Lyon). Previously she obtained a M.Sc. in Engineering and Management degree at the Technical University of Budapest and has strong focus on User Centered Product Design. Throughout her 15 years’ experience as a Programme manager, she gained knowledge from her work on 25+ national and European projects focusing on the multi stakeholder and end-user engagement, citizen driven and co-creation aspect of the following topics and areas: Deep Tech, Space Entrepreneurship, Future Internet; Smart Cities and Mobility; Cross-border, Cross-sector Collaboration, Game design & serious gaming; STEM Learning Analytics; Big Data; Climate Change; Design and Creative Industries.
Koen VervoortSenior Strategist
Starting his professional career in 1994 as frontline manager at Mc Donald’s, Nike and IKEA, he moved to the open innovation sector. Living the labs since 2006 @ i-City, IBBT, iMinds, City of Things & iMec. Sharing knowledge & experiences with internal and external clients as an User Involvement Evangelist. Working as an internal & external challenger in order to constantly improve the way of interacting, supporting & cooperating with (international)(large) panels of users & stakeholders in (complex) ecosystems. Keeping an eye on the quality of (large) quantitative surveys. Managing thematic monitors (e.g. digimeter, Smart City Meter) from A to Z. Setting up cross border cooperations between different panels. In 2020 he joined the ENoLL office to help the network grow.
Commissioner of ARERA
Andrea GuerriniCommissioner of ARERA
Andrea Guerrini is Commissioner of ARERA, the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (www.arera.it), President of WAREG, the Association of European Water Regulators (www.wareg.org) and ARERA delegate at NER, the OECD Network of Economic Regulators. From 2016 until his nomination in ARERA in August 2018, he was President of ASA S.p.A. the Operator of the City of Livorno (www.asaspa.it). Mr Guerrini is professor of Performance Management, Planning and Control in the Department of Business Economics at the University of Verona, where he has been researching and teaching water utilities and regulation. He is the author of numerous publications, including monographs and articles for international reviews. In 2014 he wrote a book on “Water management in Italy: Governance, Performance and Sustainability” and in 2018 a book on “Management of water services companies. An operational manual for management and control”. He has been leading research projects financed by the European Union and he was one of the founders of the Water Management and Technology Research Centre. Prof. Guerrini has been drafting the tariff methodology for drinking water services for the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.
Director of Operations WaterEurope
Andrea RubiniDirector of Operations WaterEurope
Andrea Rubini is a highly experienced professional in the water and energy sectors, specializing in the impact of climate change on urban, rural and industrial ecosystems. With a master's degree in Water Resources Engineering, he possesses over 35 years of international expertise in this field. For the past 25 years, Andrea has been actively involved in European lobbying efforts in Brussels, gaining a deep understanding of EU policies, research and innovation, and funding programs. His notable contributions include working as a policy advisor at the Delegation of the Presidency of the Lombardy Region at the EU and the European Commission (DG REGIO), where he contributed shaping the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). In addition, Andrea has held significant positions at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and worked as visiting professor at prestigious universities across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Presently, Andrea holds the position of Director of Operations at Water Europe, the European Technology Platform for Water, located in Brussels. In this role, he oversees the Collaboration and Implementation programs within the organization. Furthermore, he represents Water Europe in important partnerships and serves on the Executive Boards of Water4All and A.SPIRE/Process4Planet. In Water4All, Andrealeads the Pillar D dedicated to the implementation of Innovation though Water-Oriented Living Labs.
Partner & Consultant at Water, Environment and Business for Development
Beatriz MedinaPartner & Consultant at Water, Environment and Business for Development
Beatriz is a partner and consultant at Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B) as an expert in the field of socio-environmental studies. Beatriz is MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alcalá de Henares and Master on Science, Environment and Health Communication degree from the Universtity of Pompeu I Fabra. Working experience over the last 15 years in the field of socio-environmental innovation, including addressing social engagement processes and sociological analysis in environmental issues. Additionally, she has published topic related academic articles and chapter books at scientific recipients.
Scientific Project Leader at European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Sven SchadeScientific Project Leader at European Commission, Joint Research Centre
My career focuses on multi-disciplinary interoperability, open innovation, and regulatory learning. The underlying interests include (i) research on public governance and citizen science, (ii) policy, especially digital transitions, Responsible Research and Innovation, and public sector reforms; and (iii) the uptake of emerging technologies, including virtual worlds, artificial intelligence and others. Since September 2013, I have been working as a scientific officer for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), where I was already employed for three years as a post-doc (2009-2012) and six months as an intern (2005). Before re-joining the JRC, I worked at the European Environment Agency (EEA) as project manager for the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). In my early career, I spent ten years with the Institute for Geoinformatics (IfGI) of the University of Muenster - where I completed my diploma and PhD studies (in 2004 and 2009, respectively) and contributed to numerous national and European-level research projects in the area of geospatial information science. At IfGI, I was employed as a member of the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) and between 2006 and 2009 I also worked as technical consultant for Geospatial Partners s.r.l. Among other, I am council member of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Advisory Board Member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and of the Geo-for-all initiative, co-organiser of several scientific symposia, and have authored and co-authored more than 100 publications in the fields of next-generation knowledge infrastructures, semantic interoperability, and citizen science.
Business Development Officer at Circular Materials
Riccardo MomoliBusiness Development Officer at Circular Materials
Riccardo Momoli holds a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Padova. With a decade of experience, he has worked in Norway's Oil & Gas sector, first as an Offshore Chemical Engineer and later managing key accounts and innovation transitions from lab to platform. For the past five years, Riccardo has supported startups, helping them forge partnerships and introduce deep tech solutions to the market. Since 2019, Riccardo has been an integral part of the Circular Materials team, contributing to its establishment. Today, as Circular Materials has grown to a team of 17 employees, Riccardo is dedicated to creating valuable partnerships by co-developing and piloting Supercritical Water Precipitation technology across different sectors of the raw materials value chain.
Sandra Casas, PhD
Head of Water Technology Research Line at Water, Air and Soil Unit
Sandra Casas, PhDHead of Water Technology Research Line at Water, Air and Soil Unit
Chemical Engineer (UPC, 2006) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (Specialised in Environmental Engineering) (UPC, 2011). She works at Eurecat since 2018, in the Sustainability Area. She is currently the Head of the Water Technology Line, within the Water, Air and Soil Unit of the center. Her main lines of research include water treatment technologies including conventional systems as well as advanced membranes and electrochemical processes. She has experience in water reclamation and reuse systems as well as zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and salt recovery systems. She has participated in more than 30 R&D projects, has published more than 10 scientific-technical publications and has contributed to various international conferences.
Guillermo Zaragoza, PhD
Head of Solar Thermal Applications R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería - CIEMAT
Guillermo Zaragoza, PhDHead of Solar Thermal Applications R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería - CIEMAT
Dr Guillermo Zaragoza is a senior researcher in Spanish Research Centre CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research), currently head of the Solar Thermal Applications R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), Spain. He is also co-leader of the “Desalination and Photosynthesis” R&D Unit of CIESOL (joint centre of University of Almería and CIEMAT), and the Spanish representative in the Executive Committee of the Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies of the International Energy Agency. His main research is focused on the application of solar energy to desalination in the water-energy-food nexus. In particular, his main expertise is membrane distillation, having worked during several years with solar-powered membrane distillation at pilot scale. He has coordinated CIEMAT’s participation in 11 EU R&D&I projects and participated in more than 20 international R&D&I projects and contracts with companies, leading the “Solar Desalination” research activities at PSA-CIEMAT. Guillermo Zaragoza has a PhD in Physics, has held academic positions at the University of Oxford and the Spanish Research Council, as well as the greenhouse technology research facility of Cajamar Foundation. He has a long academic record, with more than 110 documents listed in Scopus (h-index=36, >3436 citations), 5 books and 11 book chapters. He has extensive experience in international R&D projects (>40) and teaches in a master course on Solar Energy at the University of Almería, as well as in international courses on Solar Desalination organized by the European Desalination Society, of which he has been board director. He is ambassador of the Water Europe platform and leader of the Working Group on Renewable Energy Desalination.
CEO of Sweden Water Research
Henrik AspegrenCEO of Sweden Water Research
Since August 2019 I work as the CEO of Sweden Water Research, the joint R&D company of NSVA, Sydvatten and VA SYD. Together these publicly owned regional utilities provide water services to around 1 million people in the western part of Scania in Sweden. I have worked within the water and environmental sector for 35 years in a number of management positions firstly at the municipal Water Authority of the city of Malmö and later at the joint water authority VA SYD and has had the opportunity to participate in a time when municipal water services have changed from being a specialized local municipal matter to being organized in regional collaborations with a broader mission where water is seen as a limited resource that we all have to conserve. I have conducted active research at Lund University in parallel with my operative work where in 1995 I defended my thesis. Since 2014 I am adjunct professor at Lund University with a research focus on how the urban water system should be changed in order to adapt to global challenges and opportunities for creating water-wise cities