The edition on 25th February 2021 focused on Smart Water for Resilient Cities. The event addressed the following topics:

  • Topic section I: Innovative Asset Management Processes
  • Topic section II: Water Utilities in Smart Cities

Click here to view the agenda. Re-watch the sessions here. A full report of the event is available here.

Speaker presentations & video links:

Keynote speech: Claudia Castell-Exner, President, EurEau

Closing keynote: Paul Fleming, Global Water Program Manager, Microsoft USA

Topic Section I: Innovative Asset Management Processes

Introduction: Regina Gnirß, Head of Research and Development, Utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe

Identification of sewer damages by using intelligent image analysis: Daniel Sauter, Research and Development, Utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe

From data to decisions: new tools and methods for sewer asset management: Mathias Riechel, Project Leader & Scientist, Berlin Center of Competence for Water

Innovative tools for asset management strategies:


Dr.-Ing. Robert Stein, Managing Director, STEIN Infrastructure Management GmbH

Dr. Agnes Janda, Department Head for Sewer Infrastructure, Gelsenwasser AG

Guidelines for the assessment of wastewater networks:

Video | Presentation

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Kerres, Department of Civil Engineering, FH Aachen

Prof. Andreas Hartmann, Managing Director, Stadtentwässerung Braunschweig GmbH

Status Quo: Physical modelling of sewer failures: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Bosseler, Scientific Director, IKT – Institute for Underground Infrastructure

IoT networks and sensors: A look into the future of Smart Sewer Systems: Lena Heinrich, Managing Director Isle Germany, Isle Utilities

Synopsis of Break-Out Session I

Topic Section II: Water Utilities in Smart Cities

Smart City Strategy

Prof. Jochen Rabe, CEO, Berlin Center of Competence for Water

Walter Kling, Dept. Managing Director, Vienna Water

Project Presentation: Digital-Water.City

Dr. Nicolas Caradot, Project Coordinator, Berlin Center of Competence for Water

Dr. Sofia Housni, DWC Project Leader, SIAAP – Greater Paris Sanitation Authority

How can open-source standards boost the development of smart solutions?


Rebekah Eggers, Americas Technical Innovation Leader, IBM Global Markets, Energy, Environment & Utilities, IBM North America

Dr. Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Program Director of Watershare, KWR Water Research Institute, Netherlands

How to support circular economies with innovative wastewater treatment: Prof. Francesco Fatone, IWA Fellow/Full Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Digital water governance: What are the challenges associated with digitalization in the water sector?

Video |Presentation

Dr. Ulf Stein, Coordinator Water Studies, Ecologic Institute gGmbH

Gerardo Anzaldúa, Senior Fellow on Water Policy and Innovation, Ecologic Institute gGmbH

Smooth Operators: Building Utilities’ Resilience to Climate, COVID and other Crises: Julie Perkins, Officer-in-Charge of the Secretariat, UN-Habitat’s Global Water Operators‘ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)

Synopsis Break-Out Session II

Summary of the event