Meeting of the DVGW-DWA Water Innovation Circle (WIC) – Water Research within the new BMBF framework programme FONA³
In the last WIC meeting before the summer break in Hennef, 28th of July 2015, the WIC members together with guests from science, utilities, water organizations and the German ministry for education and research reflected the conclusions of the last meeting with the German Minister for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka during the fair “Water Berlin International” in March 2015. Additionally, the perspectives of a more practice-focused water research within the new framework programme FONA³ was discussed.
Photo: Dr. Friedrich Hetzel (DWA, Hennef), Prof. Dr. Thomas Grünebaum (Ruhrverband, Essen), Prof. Dr. Matthias Barjenbruch (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rosenwinkel (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Dr. Josef Klinger (TZW, Karlsruhe), Dr. Christoph Donner (RWW, Mülheim), Prof. Dr. Harald Horn (KIT and EBI Karlsruhe), Dr. Helmut Löwe (BMBF), Frank Gröschl (DVGW), Sabine Thaler (DWA, Hennef), Dr. Wolfgang K. Walter (DVGW), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Günthert (Universität der Bundeswehr München), Prof. Dr. Mathias Ernst (TU Hamburg-Harburg), Dr. David Schwesig (IWW, Mülheim); (f.l.t.r.); Copyright: DWA
DVGW and DWA hand over Research Memorandum to the German Minister for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
During the international fair “Water Berlin International” the president of the “German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste DWA” Otto Schaaf and the vice-president of the “German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water DVGW” Dr. Dirk Waider handed over the jointly developed Research Memorandum to the German Minister for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka on 26th of March 2015. The DVGW-DWA Research Memorandum denominates the most important research areas in the German water sector for the coming years, i.e. “Substances”, “Systems” and “Technologies”.
Photo: DVGW-vice-president Dr. Dirk Waider (l.) and DWA-president Otto Schaaf together with the German Minister for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka; Photo: Tom Maelsa
DWA-DVGW Water Innovation Circle WIC Kick Off
During the first meeting of the DWA-DVGW Water Innovation Circle on 29th of January 2015, research needs and relevant research fields within the water sector were discussed. As an innovation and research platform the WIC is meant to act as a collection point for the applied research needs of the water sector. It will also facilitate the transfer of research results into the water sector.
Photo: Dr. Wolfgang K. Walter, DVGW Bonn, Dr. Gudrun Abbt-Braun, KIT and EBI Karlsruhe, Dr. Josef Klinger, CEO DVGW-TZW, Sabine Thaler, DWA Hennef, Dr. Friedrich Hetzel, DWA Hennef, Prof. Dr. Thomas Grünebaum, Ruhrverband Essen, Frank Gröschl, DVGW Bonn; f.l.t.r.; Copyright: DVGW, Uwe Hetzel
DVGW and DWA sign Memorandum of Understanding
The two leading water organizations in Germany, i.e. the “German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste DWA” and the “German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water DVGW” signed on 10th of December 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding focusing on the collaboration in the field of water research and development. On the basis of this MoU the jointly installed “Water Innovation Circle WIC” recently got operational. The WIC is a collection point for the applied research needs of the water sector but will also facilitate the transfer of research results into the water sector.
Photo: DVGW-CEO Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke, DVGW-President Dietmar Bückemeyer, DWA-President Otto Schaaf, DWA-CEO Johannes Lohaus (f.l.t.r.). Copyright: Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln (StEB Köln)
For the public benefit and in the interest of the whole water cycle the “German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste DWA” and the “German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water DVGW” pooled their knowledge and expertise in the field of research in the jointly installed “Water Innovation Circle”. Together, DVGW and DWA actually cover with its activities the whole water cycle. One of the key competences of DWA and DVGW is to constantly link stakeholders from science and research with practitioners. The focus is on engineering disciplines which in collaboration with other science fields create technical successful solutions.
For an impact-driven research the transfer of the achieved results and their implementation in e.g. technical applications is of crucial importance. The member structures of the two organizations gather all the stakeholders along the water cycle. An exchange between researchers on the one hand and suppliers, utilities, manufacturers, industry, funding bodies and administration on the other is ensured. With DWA’s and DVGW’s additional core competence in technical regulation and education an involvement of the water sector in research and the transfer of research results back into the water sector is guaranteed.
The German water sector is constantly challenged by new developments, be it for instance climatic variations or demographic changes. These challenges generally affect the water cycle as a whole. In order to maintain the high level in the German water sector, consistent and forward-looking research and development is constantly needed. It ensures innovation and must be geared towards sustainability. Research and innovation are the foundations we already have to create today, so that we still dispose of clean water bodies and drinking water of the highest quality tomorrow. The DVGW-DWA Water Innovation Circle will be a crucial part in this.
The WIC is a collection point for the applied research needs of the water sector but will also facilitate the transfer of research results into the water sector. The three main goals of the WIC are:
- Identification, definition and structuring of research and innovation necessities in the water sector,
- Support and acceleration of research transfer into the water sector,
- Network platform and inclusion of all relevant stakeholders and actors of the water sector.
www.water-innovation-circle.eu is a website of WIC, Water Innovation Circle, and is administrated by:
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