IFAT 2022- Innovation Forum


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3rd Water Management Innovation Forum

The Water Management Innovation Forum, an event dedicated to the guiding principle "From Research to Practice" and therefore highlighting current water management research priorities and their implementation, deals with the sustainable use of water as a resource. It is about closing cycles, climate neutrality and climate change adaptation.


Phosphorus reserves are finite. This requires concepts and technologies for recovering this chemical element from wastewater. The first lecture block is therefore dedicated to the question of how this should be done in order to close cycles in this way.

Climate neutrality is the topic of lecture block two. The focus is on the CO2 footprint of water management  and on measures to reduce it.

The third lecture block deals with measures to adapt to the consequences of climate change in order to reduce its impact. How can extreme water events be mastered with the help of artificial intelligence? What measures support flood risk management?


The Water Management Innovation Forum is organised by DWA in cooperation with the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) and supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU). The aim of the event is to promote exchange between research and practice.

Three sessions and a subsequent discussion await you at the forum organized by DWA. A separate registration is not necessary. Your trade fair ticket includes free entry.

Where: Forum Water/Wastewater Hall C3

When: Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 9:25h-12:00h


Ulrike Franzke, SteB Köln and chairperson of  Water Innovation Circle (WIC)

Dr. Helmut Löwe, BMBF Bonn

Session 1

Closing Cycles

Moderation: Dr. Christoph Donner, Harzwasserwerke GmbH, Hildesheim, Germany

  • Water-smart economies and societies
    • Speaker: David Schwesig, IWW Mühlheim, Germany
  • Networking and Transfer Project TransPhoR - Overview lecture on the measure RePhoR

    • Speaker: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Pinnekamp, FiW, RWTH Aachen

Discussion and end of session

Session 2

Climate Neutrality

Moderation: Dr. Friedrich Hetzel, DWA

  • Biogas recovery for sustainable urban water management in Cusco (Peru): improvement techniques and local framework conditions for implementation (WaCCliM)

    • Speaker: Eng. César Paniagua Chacón - SEDACUSCO, Empresa Prestadora de Servicios de Saneamiento Pública de Accionariado Municipal
  • CO2 footprint of wastewater treatment - where do we see ourselves?

    • Speaker: Arne Freyschmidt, M.Sc., Leibniz-University Hannover (ISAH)

Discussion and end of session

Session 3

Climate Adaption

Moderation: Dr. Maximilian Hempel, DBU Osnabrück

  • Creek D - Automated high-resolution recording of water morphological parameters of small water bodies to support flood risk management as well as the achievement of good ecological status

    • Speakers: Ellen Schwalbe und Robert Blaskow, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Joint project ZwillE - Digital twin for AI-supported management of extreme water events in urban areas

    • Speaker: Dr. Alexander Krebs, Atos Information Technology GmbH
  • Networking and transfer project Aqua-X-Net - overview lecture on the WaX measure
    • Speaker: Dr. rer. nat. Benni Thiebes, Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V. (DKKV)

Discussion and end of session