#BlueTechForum2019 – Innovating Towards Resilient Water Systems | 5th & 6th June 2019 | Kew Gardens, London, UK

BlueTech Forum 2019 – Innovating Towards Resilient Water Systems

BlueTech Forum is synonymous with water innovation and enables its attendees to stay one step ahead of the market. The Forum is a chance to broaden your horizons, expand your business network, and discover strategic business opportunities.

Roundtable briefings, keynotes and case studies

This year’s sessions illustrate how the future of the water sector is being shaped by the trend of Circular Economy and how we should adapt our strategy to thrive in this new environment.

An exclusive opportunity to network with industry thought leaders combined with the access to unique BlueTech Market Insights create a carefully crafted agenda for the Forum.

Different people, new technologies, real global advances

While being business-focused, the BlueTech Forum maintains an intimate and convivial feel to it which prompts conversation and building of long-lasting relationships.

We believe that life is too short for ‘just-another-water-conference’ and aim to facilitate genuine progress which comes into play in the real world.

2019 Speakers Include BlueTech Forum

Will Sarni

Michael Pawlyn

Pioneer of Biomimicry

Michael Pawlyn is an architect and innovator who has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry. He established his firm Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high-performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project…


Jens Kolind

Nick Jeffries

Insights & Analysis Team, Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Nick works in the Insight and Analysis team of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, a group of scientists, engineers and other technical specialists, that strive to provide evidence of the benefits of a circular economy as well as insights into the transition pathways. His roles at the Foundation include: managing the case study program that...


Ralph Exton

David Sedlak

University of California at Berkeley

David Sedlak is the Plato Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He has over 25 years of...


Jim Hanna

Paul Bruijn

Senior Global Lead Environment, HEINEKEN

Paul Bruijn works at HEINEKEN Global Supply Chain, since 1989 and has degrees in mechanical engineering and biology. He contributed to the 2010-2020 sustainability agenda “Brewing a Better World”. More recently he has been involved in the development and execution of our next sustainability agenda “Drop the C” and “Every Drop”....


Venkee Sharma

Ben Burggraaf

Head of Energy at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Ben Burggraaf received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University in 2003 and became a Charter Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2008. He worked at Corus/Tata Steel for 12 years. Initially working at the research & development department facility in the Netherlands, analysing...


Hans-Ulrich Buchholz

Hans-Ulrich Buchholz

Environmental Compliance, Corporate QEHS Group at L’Oréal

Hans-Ulrich Buchholz is working at L’Oréal corporate QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) department as water and waste water expert. His responsibility is water and waste water management of L’Oréal’s Operations worldwide in order to evaluate and to reduce the impact of the industrial activities, especially on local water resources....


Recent Interviews WaterWorld Magazine

A collection of recent interviews by Angela Godwin. Courtesy of WaterWorld Magazine.

Toni McCrory

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Emrah Ercan

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Everything You Need To Know BlueTech Forum 2019

BlueTech Forum focuses on strategic investment opportunities in industrial water and wastewater including mining, oil & gas and food & beverage. This high-level event explores technology trends in water re-use, decentralized treatment, energy and resource recovery, smart water, water-as-a-service and innovative business models.

You will learn about the emerging technologies necessary to future-proof your technology portfolio, will understand how macro drivers link with themes to create technology market opportunities and identify the best thematic areas for strategic investment and acquisition.

You will get a chance to participate in intelligence briefings led by market sector experts, network with industry peers and thought leaders, and identify the leading industry solutions on the horizon.



1-to-1 Meetings




Networking Dinner




Roundtable Briefings


Innovation Showcase


Kew Gardens

Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes and iconic architecture from every stage of the Garden’s history.

Their collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the Gardens and inside their glasshouse.

News Stay Up-to-Date

Water 4.0: lessons in innovation from history

Urban water and sewerage systems have evolved over millennia and learnings from the past have much to teach about the next wave of innovation. Professor David Sedlak from University of California Berkeley shares his thoughts with Paul O’Callaghan, chief executive of...

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Biomimicry – sourcing water technology answers in nature

The natural world has always provided inspiration for creative minds, but biomimicry in water technology engineering and design is delivering real-world benefits. Architect Michael Pawlyn shares his explorations with BlueTech Research chief executive Paul O’Callaghan....

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