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Flagship Workshops


During the congress there will be one flagship workshop per day.

All Flagship workshops are open to all registered delegates with no additional fee required

MONDAY 14TH May, 15.10 – 18.10 FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP 1

Utility Efficiency- click here to read more

TUESDAY 15TH  May,15.10 – 18.10 FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP 2- Smart Cities

Modelling and Managing Smarter ‘Cities of the Future’ - click here to read more


Water, Climate and Energy Task Group -  Click here to read more

THURSDAY 16TH May, 15.10 – 18.10   FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP 4

Technology & Innovation- Click here for more information.

Utility Efficiency

MONDAY 14TH  May,15.10 – 18.10  FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP 1

Chair: Joe Higgins – Veolia Water Ireland
Utility Efficiency: A range of speakers will present energy saving technologies being utilised in water treatment. Europe-wide references will illustrate the efficiencies being gained in industrial water and wastewater treatment through advances in processes and automisation. 

This area will be discussed through sessions titled:
- Improving Energy Efficiencies Through New Technologies
- Optimising Electrical & Automation control of Water System to Improve Energy Efficiency.

14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon Plenary
15:00 -  15:10 Delegates move to afternoon parallel sessions
15:10 – 16:35 Flagship Workshop – Utility Efficiency                                                                        Improving Energy Efficiencies Through New Technologies
  Chair:        Joe Higgins – Veolia Water          
15:10 – 15:35  Aur elie Grelot – Biothane Systems International . AnMBR Technology
15:35 – 16.00 Pavel Chudoba- Veolia Voda Czech Republic – References for energy efficiency in Eastern Europe. Water2Energy Concept
16.00 – 16:25 Joe Higgins – Veolia Water Ireland. Innovative Technologies for Utility Optimisation
16:25 – 16:30 Q & A
16:30 – 16:50 BREAK
16:50 – 18:10 Flagship Workshop – Utility Efficiency                                                                        Optimising Electrical & Automation control of Water System to Improve Energy Efficiency
  Chair:    Declan Meally SEAI          
16:50 – 17:10 Schneider Electric -  Pascal Bonnefoi. Energy efficiency without sacrificing performance in water treatment plants. 
17:10-17:30 Mark Coyne – Dalkia. Virtual Water Power Plants, Demand side participation in water industry
17:30-17:50 Martin Wager – Cogenco. Integrating CHP into the Water Industry
17:50 – 18:10 Declan Meally – SEAI (Sustainable energy Authority Ireland) Application of ISO5001 in the Water Industry


Smart Cities

TUESDAY 15TH  May,15.10 – 18.10  FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP 2

 Modelling and Managing Smarter ‘Cities of the Future’

TUESDAY 15th May – 15.10 – 18.10

Chair: Paul R Brown, Executive Vice President, CDM Smith

Co-Chair: Colin Harrison, Distinguished Engineer – Smarter Cities, IBM

How can we transform our cities into more resilient and sustainable urban environments? How do we manage the interconnected functions of urban systems? How can we make better economic decisions for adaptation to climate change?

Please join us to learn about integrated simulation tools that bring new value to decision-making for water resources and water utilities. We will present examples of real-world solutions based on applied research and pilot applications developed at innovative technology centres in Dublin, Singapore and worldwide. As a workshop participant, you will:

•              Engage in live demonstrations of sustainable urban water planning and simulation tools

•              Gain understanding of these tools and approaches used in managing complex water environments

•              Share information and possible solutions for your own needs

•              Contribute to a vision of the most important emerging trends, technologies and opportunities

WCE Task Group


The Water, Climate and Energy Task group are coordinating this flagship workshop. This afternoon is broken into two sessions.

Session 1. Water and Energy: leading edge technologies for water-energy neutrality

Facilitator: Ger Bergkamp, International Water Association


15.10   Introduction by Paul Reiter, International Water Association


Panel discussions

15.30   Panel – Experiences of water utilities and technology providers 

Eric Fievez, Suez Environment, France

Norbert Jardin, Ruhrverband, Germany

Ruud Schemen, Unie van Waterschappen, The Netherlands

Paul Reiter, International Water Association

Focus: How can we accelerate the take-up of innovations for water-energy neutrality?


Interaction with the audience


16.30   Closing

Wednesday 16 May 2012 : 16.50 – 18.00

Session 2. Water and Energy – city wide implementation of water-energy neutrality

Facilitator: Ger Bergkamp, International Water Association


City-wide application of water energy efficiency and alternative energy production

David Perry, CDM, USA


Panel discussions

17.10   Panel – Experiences of utilities and cities in water-energy applications

            Samir Jazouli, Veolia, France*

Charles Ainger, MWH, United Kingdom

Ray Earle, Ireland

David Perry, CDM, USA

Focus: What initiative is needed to accelerate broad transition to urban water-energy neutrality?


Interaction with the audience



18.25   Concluding remarks (Paul Reiter, IWA)


18.30   Closing

Tech & Innovation


Technology and Innovation: Green Cities ~ Clean Waters

THURSDAY 17th May – 15.10 – 18.10



Chair: Alan Hooper, Vice President, CDM Smith

Through presentations and panel discussion, this half-day flagship workshop will provide IWA delegates with improved understanding of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as innovative, ‘green technology’ approaches to urban stormwater management, based on real-world experience in the implementation of SUDS programs. There will be ample opportunity to participate in open discussion of the challenges and benefits of ‘green infrastructure’ and to provide insights from different perspectives and experiences.

Workshop participants will obtain first-hand information and insights from practitioners in urban stormwater management and protection of water quality in urban waterways. The information will be of use in understanding innovative and ‘green technology’ approaches to stormwater management and assessing the potential benefits ranging from energy savings and carbon footprint reduction, to aesthetics, recreation, property values, and the creation of ‘green collar’ jobs.