The 5th edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 4 – 8 November 2019. On this page you find important practical information on the Conference. You can also download the PDF.
Registration and collection of delegate badges
AIWW Conference 4 – 5 November
The opening hours of the AIWW Conference registration/information desk are as follows:
- Sunday 3 November: 16:30 – 18:30 (QO Hotel)
- Monday 4 November: 08:00 – 16:30 (located at entrance E – at RAI)
- Tuesday 5 November: 08:00 – 16:30 (located at entrance E – at RAI)
Delegates are requested to have their badge visible in the Conference area. Coffee/tea during the conference days, as well as lunch will be provided to all delegates.
Free RAI wifi is available (no password needed).
For any assistance, please approach the conference secretariat team located in the Forum Lounge, Entrance E, ground floor.
Side events and excursions 6 – 8 November
During the International Water Week you can take part in several excursions in and outside Amsterdam. The costs for each excursion are € 90,- (excl. taxes). If you want to join any of the excursions, please indicate this on your registration form.
The shuttle busses for the excursions will depart from entrance D, at RAI Amsterdam. Please assemble at the registration desk in the Elicium RAI 20 minutes before departure time.
The opening hours of Side Event and Excursion registration (located at entrance D – at RAI) are as follows:
- Wednesday 6 November, 08:30 – 14:00 (Entrance D Elicium)
- Thursday 7 November, 08:30 – 13:00 (Entrance D Elicium)
- Friday 8 November, 08:30 – 13:00 (Entrance D Elicium)
Conference Hotel: QO Amsterdam
The QO Amsterdam hotel is located alongside the Amstel river in Amsterdam. This hotel combines luxury, technology and sustainability in a living building shaped by nature. Guests can enjoy fresh food and drinks at the on-site bar and restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.
The QO Hotel offers special rates for Conference delegates.
Meet and Greet, Sunday 3 November
All delegates are welcome to join the festive Meet & Greet at the QO Hotel, with opening speeches by Menno Holterman (Chair Managing Board AIWW Conference) and Chrysoula Papacharalampou (Young AIWW Ambassador), theatre by South African group Bambisanani and music by several artists.
Meet and Greet
Sunday 3 November
16.30 – 17:00 Walk-in
17:00 – 18:30 Opening words and performances
QO Hotel, Amsterdam
AIWW Conference Programme 4 & 5 November
The AIWW Conference provides access to the latest solutions and strategies, connecting city, industry and utility actors to help them redefine key areas for action and investment. The programme focuses in particular on the crucial opportunities with integrated water management, the circular economy, digital technologies, and blue-green solutions for city resilience.
In the Conference programme flyer you find a schedule with time, sessions and locations.
High-level Conference Contributions
Participants will hear contributions from an outstanding line-up of influential speakers, including:
- Ban Ki-moon, 8th UN Secretary General
- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
- Stuart Orr, Global Freshwater Lead with WWF
- Veronica Manfredi, European Commission, Director for Quality of Life
- David Nabarro, Professor of Global Health Imperial College London
- Rich Sorkin, CEO and co-founder Jupiter Intelligence
- Julien Guerrier, European Commission, Director of the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) (tbc)
AIWW Conference Leadership Programme
The dedicated Leadership Programme within the AIWW Conference will bring together senior city, utility and industry representatives. Each segment has its own needs, but optimal solutions will come by working in partnership with other segments. The leaders will be stimulated by an array of influential contributors and be connected with financiers. Through interactive workshops and sessions, the participants will work on practical cases and identify integrated and bankable solutions.
Official Opening Ceremony
Delegates are welcome to join the festive Opening Ceremony of the AIWW:
Monday 4 November
16:30 at the Auditorium
We kindly request delegates to RSVP to the Opening Ceremony. You can open the invitation and RSVP through the RSVP buttons.
AIWW Conference App
The Amsterdam International Water Week App is now available in the Google and Apple stores. You will find an overview of the programme, speakers and other practical information about the event. To download, type in the keywords ‘AIWW2019’ in the Google or Apple store and download the App.
Future Water Leaders
Future Water Leaders (FWL) are independent young water professionals from all over the world who feel the urge to contribute to international events where they can make an impact. All of them are specialized in themes that are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). They are playing a role in AIWW in several ways.
Public event, 3 November
Prior to the Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 programme, Future Water Leaders will organise a public event in Amsterdam.
10.00 – 15.00
De Jaren and De Balie
The event will kick-off at De Jaren at 10.00 with Menno Holterman (CEO Waternet) embarking on a Waternet boat with musicians. The rest of the programme will take place from 11.00 onwards at De Balie (pictured above) and will include art, theater and music. The event is meant to engage not just water professionals, but also the citizens and tourists of Amsterdam. Check out times and exact details.
“Our goal is to accelerate progress with adaptation around the world. Water is at the heart of this.”
Ban Ki-moon, 8th UN Secretary-General
Additional instructions for session chairs and presenters
For oral presenters
- Refer to the latest conference programme to confirm your presentation date and time.
- If you are presenting, submit your powerpoint presentation via a USB stick to the secretariat team at the speakers’ room at least 1 hour before your scheduled session. The speakers room will be open on Monday 4 November and Tuesday 5 November, from 08.00 am onwards. If you cannot submit prior to your session, please contact the conference secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) and send them your powerpoint presentation via email.
- Arrive at the session room at least 15 minutes before the session start time to meet the session chair, and to familiarise with the room setup.
- Keep to the time allocated for your presentation. You are encouraged to keep your powerpoint slides to a maximum of 10 slides. Please be concise in your delivery.
- Refer to the latest conference programme to confirm the date and time of the session that you are moderating.
- Please arrive at the session room at least 15 minutes before the session start time to meet with the presenters, and to familiarise with the room setup.
- During your session, a member of the secretariat team will be present in the room to provide technical assistance if required.
- Please exercise diligence in time keeping, and ensure sessions start and end on time.
Conference Dinner, Monday 4 November 2019
Monday 4 November
20:15 – 22:00
Transportation to Scheepvaartmuseum
Transportation to the Scheepvaartmuseum is arranged by boat. All boats will departure from RAI harbour (behind the Auditorium). The first boat will depart at 19.10 hrs. All delegates are asked to use their own means of transport for returning to their hotel accommodation. CS Amsterdam is within walking distance of the Scheepvaartmuseum.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is housed in ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal). This historic building dates from 1656 and was designed by Daniel Stalpaert as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam.
The Arsenal was built in the Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world. Goods from all over the world could be bought right here. Today, over 350 years later, the Arsenal remains an imposing and impressive building with a great deal of character. It exudes history, making it the perfect location for The National Maritime Museum, which has been housed here since 1973.
Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition, 5 – 8 November
Aquatech is the world’s leading trade exhibition for process, drinking and waste water. The exhibition is unique concept in Europe with a 100% focus on water and featuring 900+ market leaders, innovators and new pavilions, like the Desalination Pavilion, Smart Water Networks Pavilion and Industrial User Experience.
Why visit Aquatech
- Complete product overview in the field of drinking water, waste water, process water, and industrial water use
- International delegations and over 70 different nationalities
- Aquatech Innovation Award featuring innovations that are not only crucial for the water industry, but for the entire world
- Knowledge exchange (Aquatech Innovation Forum and International Water Week conference)
- Captains of industry gather at the Industrial Leaders Forum
Dates and location
Aquatech Amsterdam 2019 will take place from 5 – 8 November, 2019 in the RAI Amsterdam. Opening hours are:
- Tuesday 5 November 10:00 – 18:00
- Wednesday 6 November 10:00 – 18:00
- Thursday 7 November 10:00 – 18:00
- Friday 8 November 10:00 – 17:00
All registered delegates will be able to enter the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition with their delegate badge.
Directions to RAI Amsterdam
Directions by train
The RAI has its own train station, RAI Amsterdam, which is located a stone’s throw from the RAI complex and is easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. When leaving the station, follow the signs for RAI Amsterdam. For further information, you can consult the NS (Dutch railways) travel planner.
Directions by tram, metro or bus
Tram 4 runs between the RAI (Europaplein stop), Amsterdam’s city centre and Amsterdam Central Station. You can reach the RAI from the Amstel railway station by taking Metro 51 and Bus 65. Metro 51 also runs to Amsterdam Central Station. Metro 50 runs regularly between the Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Gein stations and stops at the RAI Amsterdam station. Check the route planner for more info on public transport.
Directions from Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located a mere 15 minutes from RAI Amsterdam whether you travel by car, train, taxi or bus. The Schiphol.nl website provides specific information including: up-to-the-minute flight information, connecting transport facilities to RAI Amsterdam and business facilities.
When arriving November 1st – 3rd, please be informed that no train service will be available from Schiphol in the direction of Amsterdam Rai.
Please check the Dutch Railway (NS) website for the latest information.
Directions by car
The RAI is immediately signposted on roads signs on the ring road drivers end up on after approaching Amsterdam from the A1 motorway (Amersfoort/Amsterdam), the A2 (Utrecht/Amsterdam) or the A4 (Den Haag [The Hague]/Amsterdam). RAI Amsterdam is situated right next to the ring road (Exit 9). The RAI’s car parks are signposted immediately after leaving the ring road.