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

Agenda BlueTech Forum 2019.

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Day 1 - Wednesday, 5th June 2019

17.00: Experience the Botanical Kew Gardens - Networking Garden Tour

Enjoy a guided tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train and learn about Kew's flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work, all the while bonding with your peers in the most exciting and casual atmosphere! Since the 18th century, the Botanic Gardens of Kew have been closely associated with scientific and economic exchanges established throughout the world in the field of botany, and this is visually reflected in the richness of its collections. The tour passes iconic landscape and architectural features of the gardens, as well as the gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) which have been considerably enriched through the centuries. Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.

18.30: Opening Networking Reception - Three Course Standing Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful Three Course Standing Dinner and celebrate the start of the British summer with a selection of luscious dishes including fresh salads & vegetables, locally sourced meats and fish - perfect for al fresco dining! Enjoy a glass of locally sourced craft beer & light summer wines. There will be Pimm’s of course, and local strawberries served with Devon Cream. All this in the wonderful Nash Conservatory which was moved brick-by-brick to Kew in 1836. The perfect setting to network with peers, speakers and potential partners.

Income from all events held at Kew Gardens support Kew’s vital conversation, education and research programmes. We are proud to host BlueTech Forum 2019 in this historical and unique venue.

19.00: Brave Blue World Trailer Preview

Attend the first official preview of Brave Blue World - a stunning documentary that challenges commonly held assumptions about water.

Day 2 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

07.30: Networking Finger / Fork Buffet Breakfast

Start the day by connecting with your peers over some freshly roasted coffee or English tea in the Nash Conservatory. BlueTech's team will be ready to welcome you and assist you in making those valuable business introductions.

08.30: Conference Opening

A welcome from BlueTech’s co-hosts Divya Inna, Client Relations Manager, BlueTech Research and Tom Ferguson, VP Programming, Imagine H20.

08.35: Opening Address

Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research

Paul will provide an introduction to this year's Forum before diving into the highlights from recent research reports on fast-growth niche markets, rapidly evolving technology areas, and emerging crises and market drivers.

08.50: Thought Leadership Roundtables

Our thought leadership roundtable sessions are facilitated by our Technology Assessment Group (TAG), BlueTech Research Analysts and industry experts.

Moderators will provide brief introductory primers on their topic followed by a facilitated discussion. We will also invite “conversation starters” to each of the tables to ensure a lively debate and discussion.

These bite-size interactive briefings will provide intelligence in an easy-to-digest format, setting the stage for informed discussions throughout the day, and will allow you to interact with fellow delegates.

Each topic will have 4 rotations, allowing you to join the 4 most relevant discussions to you.

Topics will focus on:

1. What is the optimum level of leakage and how do we get there? Is “No drop left behind” a realistic approach?
2. Big Data Gold Rush – Who will be the winners and losers in the data monopoly game.
3. Decision support tools, machine learning and the AI continuum.
4. The “Economic” case for the Circular Economy. “The future is made of the same stuff as the present” – Simone Weil.
5. Managing Brine on the salty planet.
6. Decentralised – the Route to Smart?
7. A glimpse into the future of membranes.
8. Bringing lead edge technology to market – the long and winding road to disruptive innovation.
9. Beyond Regulation: Corporate Sustainability, Compliance & Regulations – Aspirational goal setting versus compliance regulation.
10. The role of water management in the smart city revolution.
11. Big Picture Solutions – “If the problem cannot be solved, enlarge it”. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
12. Biomimicry – Are the answers in nature?
13. Resource Recovery – Essential for a Sustainable Future.

10.20: Networking Coffee Break
10.50: Keynote Address: Biomimicry - Are the answers in nature?

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. Regularly booked as a keynote speaker on innovation, his TED talk has had over 1.8 million viewings and his book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the latest version of which was opened by the King of Jordan in 2017.

11.05: Innovation Showcase Roundtables

12 Innovation Showcase companies will have 1 minute to pitch their case-study and convince you to join their table to learn more.

The companies will introduce delegates to the technology concept, its value proposition, the problem it solves, the influencers on the choice of technology, the experience gained during implementation, and the impact on future rollout.

Confirmed showcase companies include:

Acuva -low cost UV-LED disinfection systems
Customem - Adsorbent biomaterials for targeted binding of micropollutants in wastewater, enabling the circular economy
ElectroScan - Electric currents to detect leaks in non-conductive sewer pipes
FCC Aqualia - Sustainable Algae Biorefinery for Agriculture and Aquaculture
iota Services® - Intelligent engineering solutions for water and sewerage networks
PowerTech Water - Electrochemical water treatment platform to tackle all aspects of water purification

12.45: Networking Lunch - Two Course Fork Buffet Lunch

Network with your colleagues on the lawn of Kew Gardens over a Two Course Fork Buffet Lunch.

14.00: Keynote Address: Water & the Circular Economy

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 disseminates real life examples of circular economy; a member of the Cities and Circular Economy for Food systemic initiative and the thought-leader on Water and the Circular Economy. Before joining the Foundation, Nick worked for many years as an environmental engineer. His experience includes urban regeneration and landscaping projects for Arup in London, Lebanon and Singapore; solar irrigation and aquaculture in Uganda and Ethiopia; post-conflict and disaster relief work in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq and Indonesia. He has a Masters in renewable energy, is a chartered member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a member of RedR.

14.25: End User Innovation Needs Roundtables

This session will be facilitated in an interactive roundtable format where industrial and utility end-users will be invited to identify key innovation challenges in their business, opportunities, and required solutions.

This session will also detail their experiences of working with technology companies and provide example case studies.

Confirmed companies include:

16.00: Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
16.45: Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource

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 research experience studying water quality and urban water systems. He has served on the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board for Drinking Water as well as the State of California’s Expert Advisory Panel for Direct Potable Water Reuse. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards including the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research. Sedlak is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource and serves as editor-in-chief of the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

17.00: BlueTech Innovation Awards Ceremony

Companies taking part in the Innovation Showcase will receive nominations and votes from the Technology Assessment Group (TAG) members to win one of two BlueTech Awards: Best Technology Innovation Award and Best Market Strategy.

17.15: Closing remarks
17.30: Closing Food & Cocktail Reception

After a full day of intensive networking and insightful discussions this closing food & drinks reception gives you the perfect chance to relax and connect with your peers in a casual setting

Enjoy delicious local artisan produce such as roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, quail's eggs, Scottish smoked salmon, bangers & mash, wines and local craft beers - a perfect wrap-up for the day.

All Day: 1-1 Networking Meetings

We emphasise the importance of networking and forging new business relationships with other attendees in a 1-to-1 setting throughout the BlueTech Forum event. Closer to the event you will gain access to our full delegate list so you can pre-arrange private meetings and allocate your precious time to connect with the most valuable contacts.