IFAT Eurasia came to a succesful close!
Facts & Figures
- IFAT Eurasia attracted almost 10,500 visitors from 84 countries
- 215 companies exhibited and represented 339 brands
On March 30, 2019, the third edition of IFAT Eurasia held at the Istanbul Expo Centre (IFM) in Turkey ended. The environmental technology fair convinced with its strong internationality: the 10,467 trade visitors came from 84 countries (2017: 68 countries) to find out about trends in the water, sewage, waste and recycling sectors. Compared to the previous edition, the international participation has increased by 60 percent when compared with the last edition and reached to 16 percent in the total visitors
Technical Scientific Programme
On the very first day of the trade fair a panel discussion titled “Last stop open sea? The role of circular economy in the fight against marine littering” was hosted by Roland Knitschky of the German Association of Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) in cooperation with a representative of ISWA. On the podium were representatives of the WWF, ISWA, BDE, PlasticsEurope, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey and the General Director of Istanbul Water and Sewage Administration (ISKI). They deal with the issue of a well-functioning waste cycle for the reduction of the "littering" of rivers and oceans in the region.
In addition to the technical supporting program, the DWA was also responsible for the German Pavilion, where visitors could exchange know-how with 16 german exhibitors.
University Challenge Eurasia
To promote young talents DWA's University Challenge Eurasia brings students from various universities in Turkey and its neighbouring countries together to solve a task with defined problems in the field of sustainable water management. This time a team of students from Kazakhstan took part in the challenge but however the prize went to the team from the Istanbul Technical University. They won an incentivetrip to the IFAT in Munich, Germany in May 2020 to be part of the Young Water Professionals Program and the World University Challenge.