International Water & Waste Management Workshop at IFAT 2022

Internationaler Workshop Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft auf der IFAT 2022

On 31 May 2022, during the IFAT Trade Fair in Munich, the Chemie Cluster Bayern (Bavarian Cluster for Chemical technologies) and the Umwelt Cluster (Bavarian Cluster for the environment technologies) organise, together with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI), the Walloon Export and Foreign Investments Agency (AWEX), the GREENWIN Competitiveness Pole (Walloon Cluster for the environmental technologies), the H2O-Cluster (Wallonia), the AXELERA Cluster (Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes Clusters dedicated to the chemical and environmental technologies) and the Dutch Water Alliance, the IW²MW – International Water & Waste Management Workshop dedicated to R&I collaborations/partnerships and Business Networking. In this context, BayFOR will moderate the pitching and networking sessions and inform about EU funding opportunities for water and waste topics.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry from different regions and countries in Europe to develop joint European proposals within calls with a special focus on waste and water management  technologies. This event will also give the participants an overview of the business collaboration and partnership opportunities with ecosystems from Bavaria (Germany), Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne (France) and the Netherlands.

Water and waste management faces multiple challenges due to urbanization, climate change and population growth, adding complexity and dynamics to the issue.  To overcome these challenges, the European Green Deal wants to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, ensuring:

  • no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050
  • economic growth decoupled from resource use
  • no person and no place left behind

The European Green Deal and the transition to climate neutrality, including Waste and Water Management, will bring significant opportunities for economic growth, job creation and technological development in Europe.

Within this context, the EU offers different funding opportunities for projects which support the implementation of environmental policies. The workshop will give the attendees an overview of the different funding schemes which can be used to set up RDI partnerships. The Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR), the NCP-Wallonia and EIT Raw Materials will assist you during the workshop to identify the right funding opportunities for your planned research and innovation project.


Morning Session – Introduction speeches + Topic: WATER

09h30 - 09h35: Welcome Speech by the Walloon President Minister, Mr E. Di Rupo   
09h35 - 09h55: Prof. Jiri Wanner: General Overview about the topic
10h05 - 12h15: Pitches & Networking with creative coffee break
12h15 - 13h15:  Walking Lunch for both topics WATER and WASTE

Afternoon Session - EU Funding Schemes and Waste

13:15 - 14h00: Presentation of the funding schemes on WASTE and WATER Topic (National Contact Point Wallonia, SPW-Research, BayFOR & EIT Raw Materials)
14h00 - 14h15: Presentation of clusters (Bavaria, Wallonia, Rhône-Alpes, Netherlands)
14h15 - 14h25: Peter Kurth, President Federal Association of the German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Industry: Recent challenges & innovation potential in waste management
14h25 - 16h45: Pitches & Networking with creative coffee break
16h45 - 17h30: Networking with Drinks & Snacks Date


Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 9:30 to 17:30 hrs (CEST)


This event will take place at the IFAT Trade Fair (Münchner Messe). In order to attend the workshop, you need to buy an IFAT entrance ticket: Tickets for IFAT 2022—prices and purchase

Hall A5 / south, 1st floor, Room A52

Participation fee

The event is free of charge.

Contact at BayFOR

Dr Thomas Ammerl
Head of Unit Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy
Phone: +49 89 9901888-120

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