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For its 2019 edition, B-IWA is glad to announce it will collaborate with the organisers of the 9th IWA Specialized Conference on Sustainable Viticulture, Winery Wastes and Agri-Industrial Wastewater Management, taking place in Mons/Bergen. Like every year, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant networking event, accompanied by the handing out of the B-IWA awards and an update on the latest research of our members. The program looks as follows (more speakers to be announced soon):

15h - 17h YWP workshop: How to be a good mentor?
With Hans Goossens (De Watergroep) and Diederik Schowanek (P&G), moderated by B-IWA president Ilse Smets
17h30 - 18h The Internet of Water - Koen Triangle (iMEC)
18h - 18h20 A review of current research topics in agricultural waste management and reuse - J. Rochard (Institut Français de la vigne et du vin)
18h20 - 19h15 Flash presentations by B-IWA members: the latest water research in Belgium, explained in layman's terms
19h15 - 19h30 B-IWA Awards
19h30 - ... Networking reception

This years' registration fees are intentionally kept low in order to allow for as many members as possible to join us in Mons:

BIWA members: €30 (for Young Water Professionals, this includes admission to the YWP workshop)
non-BIWA members: €75

We hope to welcome you for another pleasant networking opportunity!

4 Jul, 2019
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The 2018 BIWA Nocturnal will be something special... In search for continuous improvement and relevance of our yearly networking event, this year's Nocturnal will feature:

  • an afternoon Young Water Professionals session, where young entrepreneurs will be sharing their take on entrepreneurship;
  • a panel discussion with mostly policy makers taking up the role as panel members;
  • a short ceremony to award the BIWA research, development collaboration and life time achievement awards;
  • a relatively early ending, foreseen at 20h30, to allow for a nice walking dinner with plenty of networking opportunity.

With the topic Water: putting ideas into action, the goal of the whole event is to have a constructive discussion, steered by questions from water professionals, water academics and citizens (in the public) towards policy makers (in the panel), the latter shaping the Belgian water policy for the coming years. To ensure that we reach out to all stakeholders, this year's event is a collaboration with TNAV, VLAKWA and CIW.

We regard this event as a follow-up of the very successful closing event of the Thinkers Program of the Royal Academy of Sciences on “Water and Climate”, where a very representative delegation of all stakeholders (academia, industry, policy makers, young water professionals and seniors alike) were present and held brainstorm sessions during round-table discussions. On the basis of these brainstorms, a final text was written (it can be found here, unfortunately in Flemish) with recommendations to make Flanders (and Belgium) a region which is resilient to periods of too much or too little water. It will be interesting to learn which of these recommendations have been accounted for in the current and future water policies!

Finally, we are also honored by the confirmed presence of the new executive president of IWA, Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy, who will highlight the action focus of IWA in the coming years and link/compare this with (our) national water policies.

The prices for this event are as follows:

  • BIWA-member: €50. For YWPs, this includes attendance to the YWP sessions in the afternoon.
  • non-BIWA member €100.

We hope to meet you at the Botanical Garden in Meise (Bouchout Castle) to enjoy a fruitful afternoon and evening with us!

24 May, 2018
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The 3rd edition of the BIWA Nocturnal took place on the 16th of May, at a venue already familiar to some of us: the Colonial Palace in Tervuren. This 3rd event event specifically aimed to be a communication platform for policy makers and initiators of smaller scale and local water-related activities. The official title of the evening was 'top-down versus bottom-up: how to improve water quality and quantity'.

Speakers and discussion outcomes

The two main speakers of the evening were be Mr. Van Waeyenberge (AquaFed) and Mr. Dhont (CIW and VMM). Both showed great enthusiasm about being invited, and this enthusiasm was clearly reflected in their great presentations. Next to these two gentlemen, also Dirk Halet (Vlakwa), Lieven Demolder (Clean Energy Invest) and Victor Dries (Counsellor environment, Office of Vice-Minister president Liesbeth Homans) gave short presentations, describing some more specific cases of how they got (and get) citizens to be involved in their water projects. The panel discussion following these presentations opened up the floor for questions from the audience and was led by prof. em. Willy Verstraete. The main outcome of the discussion was two-pronged:

  • Scientists should reach out more to policy makers, preferably with specific numbers and examples, even with worst case scenarios, just to make the importance of water in all its contexts clear.
  • Interdisciplinarity is key if we actually want to change things. Technology providers and engineers alone can try all they want, if we don't know how people react, we are nowhere. Especially the involvement of people with a background in law, economics and social sciences can assure that we reach the impact we are striving for.

 The second part of the evening involved flash presentations, short impressions of presentations given at IWA conferences during the past year. The presentations can be found below.

BIWA Awards

A last part of the BIWA Nocturnal is classically the awarding of the BIWA Awards. This year, these were awareded to:

  • Research Award: PhD Youri Amerlinck, BIOMATH, Ghent University, for his paper entitled A realistic dynamic blower energy consumption model for wastewater applications.
  • Development collaboration Award: Embialle Mengistie Beyene (Jimma University, Ethiopia) and Tom Van Gerven (KULeuven), for their work on Chromium remediation from leather tanneries.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: prof. Patrick Meire, Chair of the Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, for an impressive career as an internationally recognised expert in Integrated Water Management and Ecosystem services and for bridging, on many occasions, the gap between research and application.

16 May, 2017
sites/default/files/1_BIWA Nocturnal Didier Dhont.pdf
sites/default/files/3_BIWA Nocturne Dirk Halet.pdf
sites/default/files/4_BIWA Nocturne Lieven Demolder.pdf
sites/default/files/5_BIWA Nocturnal Victor Dries.pdf
Flash presentations: 
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Thanks to the success of the first edition, it was decided to have a follow-up on the B-IWA Nocturnal event held in May 2015. From the round table discussions held at that very first edition, it became clear that education in the field of water can be the solution to a lot of water issues, also in a developed country like Belgium. Therefore, the topic of this second edition was an increased water awarenessThe event took place on May 18th, 2016 at the Botanic Garden of Meise.

Two speakers from different fields shared their experiences on the topic of water awareness, followed by a 4-member panel discussion, open to questions and suggestions from the audience. As we included a broad spectrum of speakers and panel members, many water professionals from industry, the cultural sector, policy and academia had an active say in the discussion. The speakers at this Nocturnal were:

  • Barry Heffernan (Technology Manager at Biothane Systems International)
  • Julie Van Overmeiren (Project Coordinator at GoodPlanet Belgium)

Additional panel members were:

  • Francesca Vanthielen (Co-founder of Klimaatzaak)
  • Toon Verlinden (Co-founder of The Floor Is Yours)

The lively discussions session was moderated by Inge Wallage, Communications and Engagement Director at IWA. Hereby we would also like to thank these people for their enthusiasm, involvement and continued effort to strive to an increased environmental and water awareness.

18 May, 2016
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After several years of successful happy hours and minisymposia, B-IWA wanted to launch a novel concept in 2015. We were very proud to announce the first B-IWA nocturnal, which took place on May 19th, 2015 at the venue of the Colonial Palace in Tervuren.

19 May, 2015
Flash presentations: