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Event Review: Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany

Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities

Event: Jun 27, 2018 Location: Vancouver, Canada

On June 27, 2018, innovative water technology solutions for smart cities were discussed during a GTAI lunch briefing at the Waterview in Vancouver.

Pioneering environmental policy and a supportive legal framework have helped establish Germany as one of the leading markets for sustainable water technologies. With a world market share of 11 percent and an expected growth of almost 12 percent annually until 2025, Germany offers attractive opportunities for innovative water technologies. Climate change, urbanization, and digitalization are only some of the drivers creating demand for new solutions that guarantee higher efficiency and water quality standards.

The water industry in the new federal states of Germany has undergone a massive modernization program. As a result, many Eastern German companies and research institutions have gained considerable expertise, in upgrading drinking water supply and wastewater treatment plants. Knowledge transfer is highly important, and facilitated by a number of initiatives. Universities like the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin are very active in water technologies research and the training of future water management professionals. Next to collaboration opportunities with partners from academia, industry and research, the German market offers a huge potential for U.S. water technologies and other companies.

In the beginning, the guests were warmly welcomed by Acting Consul General Rudolf MeyYvonne Denz (Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce), and moderator Angelika Geiger (GTAI San Francisco). A comprehensive market overview was presented by GTAI expert Annika Förster, who also highlighted business opportunities for Canadian companies in Germany. As head of chair "Environmental Process Engineering" at TU Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven-Uwe Geißen is at the forefront of innovative research in the water technologies sector. Next to the university’s water-related activities and projects, he introduced networks of the German water sector and cooperation opportunities for German and Canadian companies. During the networking sessions, the event facilitated a knowledge exchange between experts from both countries.

Our Partners

GTAI and its partners: Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce + Vancouver Economic Commission + Saxony-Anhalt Investment and Marketing Corporation + Saxony Economic Development Corporation + Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland | © Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce + Vancouver Economic Commission + Saxony-Anhalt Investment and Marketing Corporation + Saxony Economic Development Corporation + Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland bild-partner-vancouver

Agenda

09:00AM

Registration & Networking

09:30AM

Welcome & Opening Words

Rudolf Mey, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver

Yvonne Denz, Senior Vice President, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

09:50AM

Climate Change Impacts on the Urban Water Sector – Uncommon Business Opportunities

Annika Förster, Manager Energy, Building & Environmental Technologies, Germany Trade & Invest

10:15AM

Trends and Perspectives in Industrial Water Management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven-Uwe Geißen, Head of Chair "Environmental Process Engineering", Technische Universität Berlin

10:40AM

Questions & Answers

10:50AM

Networking

Moderator: Angelika Geiger, Director, Germany Trade & Invest San Francisco


Picture Gallery

Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Welcome to "Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany - Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities" | © GTAI
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Rudolf Mey, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver | © GTAI
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Angelika Geiger, Director, Germany Trade & Invest San Francisco | © GTAI
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Yvonne Denz, Senior Vice President, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce | © GTAI
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Annika Förster, Manager Energy, Building & Environmental Technologies, Germany Trade & Invest | © GTAI
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany, Breakfast Seminar Vancouver Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven-Uwe Geißen, Head of Chair „Environmental Process Engineering“, Technische Universität Berlin | © GTAI


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