BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialgues meets AquaNES


Wastewater treatment plant „Schönerlinde“ © Ulf Miehe/KWB

Inspired by Nature:
Natural and Engineered Systems
in Water Management

on 9 April 2019, 9 am – 5 pm
at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
entrance via Markgrafenstrasse 38, 10117 Berlin

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Water management requires intensive cooperation across sectors and disciplines. Yet, bringing oneself to thinking beyond the individual silo is a hard and continuous process; especially as the natural and economic environments become more and more unpredictable. BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues is the leading platform in Germany to bridge the gap between research and practice, across sectors. This year it partners with the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project AquaNES. The project demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of combined natural and engineered systems for water treatment systems (cNES).
During the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues conference, AquaNES presents the innovations that emerged from the collaboration of utilities, industry and academia. A panel discussion with representatives from water utilities and the private sector beyond the AquaNES network allow for a multi-faceted exchange on water management challenges, including those that crystallized from past BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues. The event addresses interested representatives from the private and public sectors, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other interested stakeholders.

Preliminary Program____________________________________________________________

8:30 Registration
09:00 Welcoming Remarks
Thomas Stratenwerth
, Head of Division, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management, Federals Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
09:20 Jörg Simon, Chairman of the Board, Berliner Wasserbetriebe (tbc)
09:30 Keynote Address
Leaving no one behind in access to water and sanitation –
The potential of nature-based solutions
Stefan Uhlenbrook
, Coordinator and Director, United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO WWAP)
10:00 Addressing water management challenges with cNES
Thomas Wintgens
, Coordinator, AquaNES
10:30 Coffee Break & Networking
From Research into Practice – Lectures followed by Q/A:
11:00 Ozonation combined with natural filtration processes – water quality gains
Regina Gnirss, Berliner Wasserbetriebe
11:30 Flexible use of modified retention soil filters to treat wastewater treatment plant effluent and combined sewer overflow
Andrea Brunsch, Erftverband
12:00 Tailored ICT tool for optimised operation of a managed aquifer recharge site
Axel Aouret, Geohyd Antea Group
12:30 Realising combined natural engineered systems (cNES) –
Insights from public perceptions and governance
Heather Smith, Cranfield University
13:00 Lunch
AquaNES Responses to Water Management Challenges:
International demonstration cases for combined natural and engineered systems
13:45 Parallel Dialogue Series I

Membranes to complement bank filtration

Room I

Solutions for rural communities, remote locations and emerging countries

Room II

Managed aquifer recharge – pros and cons of advanced oxidation processes for pre-treatment
Room III
14:15 Rotation


Parallel Dialogue Series II

Resilient bank filtration: operational & design concepts

Room I

cNES performance assessment challenges – tools and methods to manage water safety
Room II
Creating multifunctional cNES

Room III



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You can learn more about the projects in the Gallery.

15:00 Coffee Break
From Research into Practice –
Panel Discussion Followed by Q&A



Made to last? Opportunities in current water management research in addressing pressing implementation challenges


Inspirational lecture
16:30 Combining natural and engineered systems for Water-wise Cities
Corinne Trommsdorff, Head of the IWA Water-Wise Cities Initiative
17:00 Farewell

Blue Planet 2019 Preliminary Program
Participation is free of charge.

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The BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues is a series of events initiated as a platform for dialogue in 2011 by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. Participants from business, research, politics and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to actively participate in the exchange of knowledge, ideas, concepts and experience on cutting-edge topics and issues in international water management and to discuss water management challenges in a solution-oriented manner. The participatory approach thus brings together proven experts and a broad spectrum of different stakeholders of the international water industry and promotes their mutual exchange of knowledge as well as goal- and action-oriented cooperation. In addition, the diligent selection of topics promotes the nexus between water, food and energy management.

Learn more about BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues 2018.

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