Inspired by Nature: Combining Natural and Engineered Systems in Water Management

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BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues attracted a record number of attendees this year again! Almost 200 representatives from the private and public sectors, academia, and non-governmental organizations came together in April to discuss the potential of combined natural and engineered systems in water management. The conference was hosted in cooperation with the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project AquaNES which demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of combined natural and engineered systems for water treatment systems (cNES).
During the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues, AquaNES presented the innovations that emerged from the collaboration of utilities, industry and academia. Various formats such as workshops, a project gallery, and a panel discussion, allowed for a multi-faceted exchange on today’s water management challenges.


Presentations of the speakers:

Addressing water management challenges with combined Natural & Engineered Systems
Thomas Wintgens, FHNW School of Life Sciences, AquaNESproject coordination

Ozonation combined with natural filtration processes – water quality gains
Regina Gnirss, Berliner Wasserbetriebe

Flexible use of modified retention soil filters to treat wastewater treatment plant effluent and
combined sewer overflow
Andrea Brunsch, Erftverband

Tailored ICT tool for optimised operation of a managed aquifer recharge site
Axel Aurouet, Antea Group

Realising combined natural engineered systems (cNES) – Insights from public perceptions and
Heather Smith, Cranfield University

Inspirational Lecture
Combining natural and engineered systems for Water-wise Cities
Corinne Trommsdorff, Head of the IWA Water-Wise Cities Initiative