Palinsesto Convegnistico
  • Venerdì 10 Novembre 2023
  • 10:00 - 13:00
  • Memo
  • Agorà Tiberio - Water Cycle Area pad. B8
  • italiano
  • a cura di Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & UTILITALIA, Italian National Institute of Health, Po River Basin Authority, ASSOARPA, Marche Polytechnic University, H2020 ULTIMATE Consortium
  • with speeches and posters from the Call for Papers 2023

In a context of water resources scarcity in Mediterranean basin and beyond, the interface between sea- and inland-water has become more and more critical and strategic to provide safe fit-for-purpose water resources that should be sustainable from economic and environmental point of view, for example considering the water-energy nexus and the brine management. Seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers is negatively affecting groundwater quality and increasing water stress in highly populated and productive areas. A risk-based approach is needed to manage the land to sea interface concerning the bathing water quality, where safety planning should be consolidated and applied based on cross-sectoral partnerships.

Session Chairs

Alessandro Bratti, General Secretary of the Po River Basin Authority
Francesco Fatone, Marche Polytechnic University
Luca Lucentini, Italian National Institute of Health
Renato Drusiani, UTILITALIA (Italian federation of energy, water and environmental services)
Giuseppe Bortone, ASSOARPA (National Association of Regional Environmental Protection Agencies)


10.00-10.15 European initiative to support market-ready sustainable and innovative solutions for desalination
Francesco Matteucci, European Innovation Council (EIC) Programme Manager for Energy & Environment

10.15-10.30 Overview of the Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe funding in the context of desalination
Giulio Pattanaro, European Commission, REA.B.3, Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Environment

10.30-10.45 The new Emilia-Romagna Water Plan 2030: research and innovation between sea and inland water
Patrizia Ercoli, Head of the Water Protection and Management Area, Directorate General for Land and Environment Care, Emilia-Romagna Region

10.45-11.00 Tara BWTP, the most important Italian application in desalination for potable water production
Andrea Ferone, Engineering & Technical Director, SUEZ

11.00-11.15 Desalination approach & saline water management for reuse in Horizon2020 ULTIMATE
Camillo Palermo, Chiara Giansanti, ASA Livorno

11.15-11.30 Desalination plants and technical, economic and environmental sustainability: full scale case studies
Pietro Tota, ACCIONA

11.30-11.45 Origin and dynamics of the polluting loads conveyed by the Po River basin and by the other basins to the Adriatic Sea
Elena Barbieri, Alessandro Scibona - Po River District Basin Authority

11.45-12.00 The source-to-sea approach towards Bathing Water Safety Plan, combined sewers overflows and urban runoff: state of play, Rimini case study and national perspectives
Luca Lucentini, Italian National Health Institute
Giuseppe Bortone, ASSOARPA and Fabrizio Mazzacurati, HERA

12.00-12.15 Seawater intrusion in surface waters and coastal aquifers: monitoring, quantifications and managed aquifer recharge and antisaline solutions
Francesco Tornatore, Po River District Basin Authority (TBC)

SESSION: Critical raw materials from brines in EU-funded projects

12.15-12.30 Sea4VAlue ( – mining values from brine
Hannah Arpke, EURECAT – Spain (TBC)

12.30-12.45 SeaRCULARmine ( – creating a sustainable approach to mineral extraction
Alessandro Tamburini and Fabrizio Vicari, University of Palermo and ResourSEAs

Speeches selected from the Call for Papers

12.45-13.00 Discharge mode of urban wastewater in marine coastal areas depending on internal transition water volumes: effects on the bathing water quality
Carmine Fiorentino, Maurizio Mancini, University of Bologna, Italy


1. Coupling hydro-stratigraphic and numerical 3d models with in situ sensors to improve the environmental sustainability of groundwater containment systems and assess full scale remediation strategy
F. Canova, G. Prassede, D. Caragnini, P. Frattini, G. Buongiovanni, M. Pellegrini, G. Bonfedi - Eni Rewind