6-11 November 2017

Valencia, Spain

An intensive, six-day course, aimed at increasing your ability to design and run innovation initiatives to transform urban water management systems to rely more on a circular model. Changes in water consumption, the use and reuse of water from different sources, waste-water treatment and the circularity of the model will be some of the topics covered.

You will be involved in a highly innovative atmosphere by means of serious games, visual tools, co- creative methods and participatory activities. In the mornings, you will gain new insights by interacting with international experts and working on your own challenges. In the afternoon, teams of participants will each be assigned a real-life case with the task of devising a real solution by applying the new framework and the relevant tools. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to design and run innovation processes for your own challenges.

What we offer:

Participants will improve some critical skills in systems innovation and will gain the skill sets needed to design and manage innovation initiatives that seek to transform systems such as to reflect a more circular model in urban water management. In particular, the participants will:

  • Use a systems approach and the relevant visual tools to understand and depict the complexity of the sociotechnical system at hand.
  • Work with future scenarios, changes and strategies by using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods.
  • Sharpen and make use of their creativity and complex problem-solving skills to come up with innovative and tangible solutions to systemic challenges.
  • Develop business models for a circular economy framework by using game tools.
  • Be exposed to a high-quality first-hand interaction with international experts on the field and with other participants as this will foster cross-pollination.

 Who can take part?

The target groups are practitioners somehow involved in or affected by the new challenge of transition to a CE at the regional level. This edition of the Innovator Catalyst is in particular aimed at professionals in the water management domain, such as managers of facilities and utilities, etc. More specifically, the course targets:

  • Policy-makers in regional and local governments and institutions.
  • Urban planners working for/in regional/local governments.
  • Water utility and recycling facilities.

In addition to the aforementioned prioritized target audience, the course is also open to innovators and academics interested in deepening their knowledge and exploring the opportunities that that a circular economy and innovation offer the water management sector.

Fees and registration

Course fee: EUR 2,000.

  • Course fees cover participation in the workshop, workshop material, food during the workshop and any site vists.
  • A 50 % discount on the regular fee is available for Climate-KIC partners, public institutions, Climate-KIC alumni and NGOs.
  • Participation can be cancelled free of charge until four weeks before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. 50% of course fees are payable in case of cancellation later and up until one week before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. Full fees apply in the case of cancellation less than one week before the course.

Grant application

Grant applications are possible for participants of EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) including residents of the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Grants cover the participation fee, workshop material, food during the workshop and any site vists.


Please note that there is a limited number of places and applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2017.

For further equiries please contact Celsa Monros: celsa.monros@climate-kic.org