WASSER Berlin International Set for May

Taking as its heading “wat + WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL,” the congress supporting WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL will be taking place May 2-5.

For the first time, all the relevant water industry associations have succeeded in combining their expertise to organize a joint event. The organizers’ aim is to focus on the latest topics and take a close look at practical matters in a way that has not been realized up to now. Over a period of four days, under the aegis of the DVGW, which this year will fully incorporate the wat event in the congress, more than 120 high-profile experts representing research, politics and industry will deliver their reports on all the issues concerning the water industry at 18 tracks under a variety of headings.
     
Eric Heymann of Deutsche Bank Research will open wat + WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL with a speech presenting the latest global water industry investment statistics. This will be followed by a plenary session attended by leading political figures from Germany, Russia and China which will discuss the water industry’s prospects over the next 10 years.
     
As a result of the fully integrated approach taken during planning of the program, the individual topics will span all disciplines, including sectors or processes. Headings will include “Water prices in Germany,” “Pesticide residues and the protection of rivers and lakes” and “Reducing CO2 in the wastewater disposal chain”. Under the heading of research and development and taking optimizing costs and demographic shifts into account, discussion will focus on the parameters defining the condition and remaining life cycle of pipelines. The congress tracks titled “Climate change,” “Water treatment” and “Protection of rivers and lakes” will discuss environmental policy aims. Attention will also be drawn to current efforts to further improve energy efficiency, using geothermal systems for example, as well as to energy-efficient use of drinking water and wastewater. Other current topics will include “River management,” “Wastewater treatment” and “Implementing modern water supply and wastewater disposal standards on an international scale.”

A new matchmaking service will set up a direct link between the congress and exhibition. Information will be made available specifically indicating which companies are represented at the fair who have products and services associated with individual lecture tracks. The short distances at the event will make it possible to directly combine theory and practice.
   
The first WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL congress took place in 1963. Its aim was to address all aspects of water and of managing it in sensible ways. Representatives of every discipline involved, from politics, engineering, science and research, were gathered to document the latest developments and to highlight problems and their solutions. Since then WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL has become an increasingly important event. In 2009 close to 7,000 people attended the supporting programme of congress events.

The 29th International No-Dig is a further highlight at WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL 2011, where there will be a unique presentation of the latest in trenchless technology both at the congress and at the pipeline construction displays of the International NO DIG. Ever since 1982, trenchless construction methods have represented an environmentally sound, low-cost alternative wherever underground pipelines are modernized or installed.

More details are available at www.wasser-berlin.com.
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