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Programme Overview*

*The provided programme overview is preliminary in nature, and it may undergo revisions.

Tue – 14 November

08:00 – 14:00 – Registration

09:00 – 11:00 – Assembly

10:00 – 13:00 – Technical Tours

14:00 – 15:30 – Lunch

15:30 – 16:00 – Welcome Ceremony

16:00 – 16:30 – Keynote – Khalid H. Al-Jamea, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, Digitalisation to Solve the Sustainability Balance

Introduced by: Harsha Ratnaweera, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and DOSCON, Norway 

16:30 – 17:00 – Coffee Break & 1-to-1 Networking time + InnoHub presentation

  • Alejandro García, Vinci Energies, Spain – The Emergence of Artificial Intelligence in Water Management

17:00 – 18:30 – Technical Presentations’ Session 1 

Moderator: Harsha Ratnaweera, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and DOSCON, Norway 

  • Joan Pere Avariento Vicent, FACSA, Spain – IT Road Map Strategies to create a Spatial Digital Twin 
  • Henrik Refstrup Soerensen, Utilizero ApS, Denmark – Digital Twins for Integrated real-time control of wastewater collection systems and water resource recovery facilities
  • Daniel Mediano Guillén, Aganova SL, Spain – Connecting with transport pipelines: Pathways for digitalisation  
  • Bruce Johnson, Jacobs, USA & Imre Takacs, Dynamita, France – Applications of Digital Twins in Practice:  Full Scale Pilot Results

18:30 – 20:30 – Welcome ReceptionSponsored by AQUALIA 

Wed – 15 November

08:00 – 09:00 – Registration

09:00 – 09:30 – Keynote – Fernando Cortabitarte, Acciona, Spain, Digitalisation Impact in the Challenges of the Water Sector

Introduced by: Cathy Xiaojun Liu, Kemira, Germany 

09:30 – 10:45Technical Presentations’ Session 2 

Moderator: Cathy Xiaojun Liu, Kemira, Germany 

  • Friso Postma, Vitens, The Netherlands – The Vitens digital twin distribution: from idea to reality in an agile way 
  • Berry Drijsen, Xylem, France – How utilities in different digital maturity stages significantly improved network management 
  • Nico Caradot, KWB & Regina Gnirss, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Germany – Data-driven asset management: How Berlin is leveraging data to allocate rehabilitation investments

10:45 – 11:45 – Coffee Break & 1-to-1 Networking time + InnoHub presentation

  • Lucas León, INLOC Robotics, Spain – SEWDEF®-AI: Maximising the value of sewer CCTV inspections for Cost-Effective Maintenance
  • Lorena Rodríguez, Baseform, Spain – Saving time, water and money through data analysis
  • Yuliya Panchy, Hovering Solutions, Spain – Combining Autonomous Aerial Robots and Artificial Intelligence for Underground Pipeline Digitalisation and Pathology Analysis

11:45 – 12:45 – Interactive Session

Moderator: Piers Clark, Isle Group Ltd, UK

Topic: Navigating the Digital Waters: A Live Journey Towards Transformation


  • Oliver Grevson, AtkinsRéalis, UK
  • Rebekah Eggers, IBM, USA
  • Henrik Refstrup Sorensen, Utilizero ApS, Denmark

12:45 – 14:00 – Technical Presentations’ Session 3 

Moderator: Piers Clark, Isle Group Ltd, UK 

  • Cristina Diez Santos, Open Hydro, Spain – Unlocking Water’s Hidden Value: Leveraging Reservoir Emissions Data for Competitive Advantage and Net Zero Success 
  • Manuel Menendez, MITECO, Spain – Lessons from the first phase of Spain’s water cycle digitalisation project 
  • Jeff Sparks, HRSD, USA – Full Scale Digital Twin with Integrated Hybrid Model Predictive Controller for Ammonia Based Aeration Control

14:00 – 14:45 – Lunch & 1-to-1 Networking time + InnoHub presentation

  • Guillermo Navarro, Arsondata Metering, Spain – Solving the big challenges of an efficient and profitable metering system
  • Joan Galtés, BELGICAST Internacional, Spain – Smart Hydrant for non-revenue water in municipalities

15:45 – 16:15 – Keynote Wim Audenaert, AM-Team, Belgium, The water industry in the digital era: meeting challenges with innovation

Introduced by: Nicolas Caradot, KWB, Germany 

16:15 – 17:15 – Live Demonstrations’ Session 1

Moderator: Oliver Grievson, Atkins, UK 


  • Jorge Muñoz, Qatium, Spain – Qatium: easy-to-use, open water management platform
  • Raul Navas, BuntPlanet, Spain – Innovation and Usability in Water Digitalisation: SiWA LeakPlus in Action 


  • Joana Costa, EPAL, Portugal
  • Mikel Maiza, Vicomtech, Spain

17:15 – 18:15 – 1-to-1 Networking Session

18:15 –  until late – Pintxo Challenge

Thu – 16 November

08:00 – 09:00 – Registration

09:00 – 09:30 – Keynote – Jorge Helmbrecht, Idrica, Spain – Digital sustainability: looking into the future 

Introduced by: Janelcy Alferes Castano, VITO, Belgium 

09:30 – 10:45 –  Technical Presentations’ Session 4 

Moderator: Janelcy Alferes Castano, VITO, Belgium 

  • Diego Naranjo Roldan, Aqualia, Spain – Operational Center, sensorics and Artificial Intelligence in the Water cycle-aWA (Aqualia wáter analytics) 
  • Francesco Giuseppe Ladisa, Flowserve, Spain – Pioneering a Sustainable Future: Embracing Digital Predictive Technology in the Water Industry
  • María Pedro Monzonís, Global Omnium, Spain – Integration of turbines in the supply network. A practical case for smart solution for drinking water

10:45 – 11:45 – Coffee Break & 1-to-1 Networking time + InnoHub Presentations

  • Ulrik Højbjerre, Grundfos, Denmark – Grundfos – a Digital partner 
  • Victor Ollivier, Purecontrol, France – How Purecontrol’s Real-time & Predictive AI solutions helps Water Utilities reducing OPEX & footprint
  • Jordi Raich, Badger Meter, Spain – Innovative solutions to manage drinking water distribution networks
  • Ricardo Munguía, Ferrovial Construction, Spain – How to digitise the construction of water facilities

11:45 – 12:45 – Live Demonstrations’ Session 2 

Moderator: Oliver Grievson, Atkins, UK 


  • Joan Carles Guardiola, Idrica, Spain Interactive demo of Xylem Vue powered by GoAigua platform 
  • Ramon Dolz, Baseform, Portugal – Outcome-driven demo of the Baseform analytics software for water and wastewater 


  • Wim Audenaert, AM-Team, Belgium 
  • Eva Martinez Diaz, Isle Utilities, Spain 

12:45 – 14:00 – Technical Presentations’ Session 5 

Moderator: Eva Martinez Diaz, Isle Utilities, Spain 

  • Lucas León, INLOC Robotics & Celia Ortega, Canal de Isabel II, Spain – Canal de Isabel II and SEWDEF®: A Case Study on Leveraging AI in Sewer CCTV Inspections for Cost-Effective Maintenance and Advanced Data-Driven Asset Management 
  • Guy Lecurieux Lafayette, Greencityzen, France – Data-driven operation of water networks – Feedback from the deployment of 5,000 sensors in Marseille’s wastewater and stormwater networks 
  • Frank Kizito, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda – GIS technologies for enhanced water utility operations in Kampala, Uganda 

14:00 – 15:45 – Lunch & 1-to-1 Networking time + InnoHub Presentations

  • Xavier Cantarero, Hach Lange Spain, Spain – Integration of Advanced Control Algorithms in a Controller, RTC on Field Transmitter SC4500
  • Carles Pellicer-Nàcher, DHI & Henrik Refstrup Sørensen, Utilizero ApS, Denmark – Go faster, aim higher, and become stronger with TwinPlant by DHI
  • Mikel Maiza, Vicomtech, Spain – HydroTwin: Digital twin for an optimum management of the Segura River basin
  • José Manuel Baraibar & Jesús de Paz, Viuda de Sainz, Spain – Vircore, a common data environment for industrial water projects

15:45 – 16:15 – Keynote – Rebekah Eggers, IBM, USA, Harnessing the power of data and AI to operationalise digital solutions for current and future challenges of the water sector 

Introduced by Enrique Cabrera, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. Spain

16:15 – 17:15 – Interactive Session

Moderator: Enrique Cabrera, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Topic: Cybersecurity Unplugged: Interactive Insights for a Secure Future


  • Regina Gnirss, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Germany
  • Frank Kizito, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • Alfonso López-Escobar, EMASESA, Spain

17:15 – 18:15 – Closing Ceremony

20:00 – 00:00 – Gala Dinner sponsored by Acciona

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As a B2B event, the Digital Water Summit is the ultimate platform for forging valuable connections. Engage with industry leaders, experts, and like-minded professionals, fostering collaborations that will drive transformative change. Our programme is designed to inspire. You’ll have access to captivating Plenary Keynote presentations, featuring visionaries who will share their insights on water’s digital future. Dive into Technical presentations that showcase ground-breaking projects and research. Explore InnoHub presentations, highlighting the latest breakthroughs from pioneering start-ups and tech companies. Witness Live demonstrations, experiencing digital solutions in action. Engage in Interactive Sessions, exchanging ideas and best practices.

We understand the importance of connections, and that’s why we’ve curated numerous networking opportunities throughout the event. Forge partnerships and build a network that will serve you well beyond the summit.

But it’s not just business; it’s also about enjoying the experience. Connect with fellow attendees during our social activities, creating lasting collaborations. The official App of the Summit will be launched soon, stay tuned!

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