This year’s annual Innovation Conference is being held on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at Swansea University’s new Bay Campus. The theme is ‘Resilience through Innovation.’
The event will remind delegates of our 2050 Operational Vision priorities. We will communicate and celebrate with key stakeholders the innovative work undertaken by Dŵr Cymru in 2016 to deliver our Vision. We also aim to encourage potential partners to share their new ideas with us to stretch our thinking on innovation going forward.
We welcome Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, as this year’s keynote speaker. Sophie is the first holder of this statutory role established under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. In her new role, Sophie will champion sustainable ways of working throughout the Welsh public sector, ensuring that sustainability and the long-term interests of Wales are at the heart of future decision making. Although Dŵr Cymru is not directly within the scope of the 2015 Act, we recognise that we may have a key supporting role in its delivery.
Sophie will be followed by presentations from Dŵr Cymru and its partners to outline and review the innovation successes of 2016, particularly with regard to supporting our thinking on resilience, including a presentation from ARUP’s Director and Global Business leader, Mark Fletcher.
We expect around 300 delegates from the water and environment sectors and from leading UK universities. Registration for the event is by invitation only.
Last year’s event was opened by Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport. We showcased some of the projects we had worked on over the previous 12 months.