From the 22nd to the 24th of April 2024, WATERVERSE held its 3rd Plenary Meeting in Paderborn (Germany). The meeting moved also to the village of Etteln for the pilot 2 demonstration. As the project reached its midpoint, the meeting was a pivotal moment for partners to share their main achievements and outline future activities.

During the first day of the meeting, attendees reviewed the project’s progress, focusing on the development of the WDME. Discussions centred on how this ecosystem could facilitate better data sharing and decision-making processes in water management across Europe.

During the last two days of the meeting, partners discussed practical applications for the preparation for the demonstration of Pilot 2. This session allowed partners to explore various use cases, demonstrating the real-world applications of the WDME, and collecting valuable feedback to refine the system. During the rehearsal day, partners assisted the operators from the pilot’s partner in getting acquainted with the WDME tools and services provided, in preparation for executing the scenarios during the Evaluation/Demonstration day.

The meeting progressed with the WDME demonstration, which involved evaluating its tools and services across specific scenarios and gathering feedback from the participants.

Adding a cultural dimension to the plenary meeting, partners also visited the Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum, the world’s largest computer museum. This excursion provided a historical perspective on the evolution of computing technology, from Turing machines to today’s advanced CPUs, highlighting the rapid technological advancements that could further influence the WATERVERSE project.

We extend my profound gratitude to Hasan, Maximilian, Douglas, and the rest of the HST team for their exceptional organization of both the plenary and pilot events for WATERVERSE. Additionally, we would like to thank the FIWARE team for its invaluable assistance and support during the preparation and evaluation of the DE pilot.

The meeting in Paderborn not only underscored the project’s current successes but also set the stage for the next phases of development. With the collaborative effort of all partners, the project is well on its way to transforming how water-related data is managed across Europe.

For more information about the project Pilot 2, visit the official webpage.