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View from above of the DVGW joint stand at IFAT 2022 in Munich

7 February, 2024

DVGW at IFAT Munich 2024

Meet our experts and benefit from interesting presentations and exciting programme items!
DVGW at IFAT Munich 2024; © DVGW/SX Heuser

The DVGW as conceptual partner of IFAT Munich is looking forward to welcoming you from 13 to 17 May 2024! Look forward to stimulating dialogue, interesting presentations and refreshing drinking water during hot discussions! 

You will meet our experts and partners from

  • DVGW (Departments Drinking Water and Research)
  • DVGW Berufliche Bildung (Department Trainings)
  • DVGW CERT GmbH (Certification)
  • DVGW Nachwuchs (our organisation for Young Professionals)
  • rbv (our partner in the field of pipeline construction)
  • KDW (Digital Water Management Competence Centre)
  • Bodenseewasser-Versorgung (Association of water suppliers and municipalities around Lake Constance in Baden-Württemberg)

We look forward to seeing you at our DVGW joint stand, right at the West Entrance, EW 02.

You can expect these programme items:

1. Solution tours

This year, the DVGW once again offers solutions tours dedicated to current challenges in the water industry. These current challenges will be explained in a keynote speech, after which interested parties can visit the exhibition stands of the solution providers. In 2024, the focus will be on the following topics: 

Innovative technologies for assessing the condition of buried pipelines, Monday, 13 May 2024, 1 pm 
Increased water temperature in the distribution network, Tuesday, 14 May 2024, 1 pm
The protection of critical drinking water infrastructures, Thursday, 16 May 2024, 3 pm 

2. DVGW Welcome Lounge

The DVGW Welcome Lounge invites representatives from politics, authorities and companies as well as water and hydrogen enthusiasts to visit the exhibition. The event will start with a reception and an introductory presentation by a representative of the DVGW Managing Committee at the DVGW stand – the DVGW Welcome Lounge –, where guests can inform themselves about the wide range of topics covered by the DVGW and the focal points on the technical, scientific and water-related political agenda. Following that, guests will be given the opportunity talk to selected partners and make personal contacts during an exclusive tour of the exhibition. 

Four young men discuss a task at a table with a laptop
World University Challenge at IFAT 2022 © SX Heuser

3. Young Professional Programmes

3.1. World University Challenge 
The WUC will take place during the IFAT exhibition on 15 and 16 May in a special area in the immediate vicinity of the DVGW and DWA stands. The WUC is a joint project of the two associations under the lead management of the DWA. 

18 international teams, each comprising 3 students studying water-related topics, are planned to compete against each other in a technical competition, with a focus on practical applications. A panel of full-time and honorary experts from both associations will judge their performance. 

The opportunity to network and exchange opinions and information with international experts and peers is always a highlight for everyone involved. 

3.2. “Junger DVGW” kick-off event 

The founding of the "Junger DVGW" youth organisation is a milestone in the history of the DVGW. The “Junger DVGW” professionally promotes the industry’s young talents with a focus on practical relevance and provides an opportunity for young people to create and expand their industry network.  

The inaugural ceremony will take place on 13 May 2024, with the main agenda item being the election of the Executive Board, which operates at the federal level and has a seat and vote on the DVGW Supervisory Board.  

The aim is for the Young DVGW to develop into a strong group of young people who have a say in shaping the future of the energy and water sectors, and who set the course for and mould future generations. The DVGW and the entire industry will thus become more visible and more attractive for young people in search of a career. 

3.3. Young generation forum
The first joint DVGW, DWA and RBV “Young Generation Forum” will start with keynote speeches on 14 May. Topics include

- Water supply
- H2/energy transition
- Wastewater
- The importance of pipeline construction 

This event is targeted at university students, trainees, young professionals and IWA members. Keynote speeches will be followed by a moderated discussion. We are looking forward to a great audience and a lively discussion with the young IFAT visitors. 

4. H2 spotlight area

What could be the role of hydrogen in the municipal circular economy? Come and visit our Hydrogen Spotlight Area, where you can experience the virtual world of hydrogen by looking through a HoloLens. You will see a projection of the DVGW research landscape that has been set up. Find out which materials stemming from a municipal circular economy can be used to produce hydrogen, or how carbon produced in a hydrogen production process can be put to use elsewhere, e. g. in soil improvement for agriculture. Are you interested in learning how the oxygen produced by water electrolysis can be utilised in drinking water treatment? Have you ever heard a silent refuse truck? Come and visit us in Hall 4, and dive into a world of innovative ideas, accompanied by our co-exhibitors. Follow our presentations. At the IFAT - in the H2 Spotlight Area.

Two young men with VR glasses; (c) DVGW/ Tatjana Kurda
Augmented and virtual reality open up new perspectives, including in the utilities industry © Tatjana Kurda

5. VR in the water industry (Spotlight Area)

Would you like to take a look at the facilities that the Lake Constance Utilities are planning as part of the " Source of the Future. Water for Generations" project around lake Constance? Or even walk the sites yourself? 3D models and virtual reality make it possible! 

During the opening hours of the exhibition, visitors can pick up VR glasses and controllers in the "Spotlight Area" opposite the DVGW joint exhibition stand and walk through the design and as-built 3D models of the "Source of the Future" project, seeing and experiencing the planned and existing buildings and the built-in system technology.

Technological approaches to the treatment of PFAS-containing water © DVGW


The new Drinking Water Ordinance has been keeping water utilities extremely busy in recent months and will continue to dominate the daily work of German water utilities in future. Most new and amended limit values clearly affect PFAS, which are of toxicological relevance. The treatment of water containing PFAS requires introducing some changes that the suppliers concerned will have to cope with. The TechLIFT will present new technological approaches to treating PFAS-containing water that will be discussed with a panel of water utility representatives and other experts. 

  • Wednesday, 16 May 2024, 1 pm, Green Stage 
  • Thursday, 17 May 2024, 9.30 -10.20 am, Green Stage
Group photo with the members of the delegation and representatives of DVGW and DWA; (c) photo: DVGW / SX Heuser
Visit of a Chinese delegation at IFAT © DVGW/SXHeuser

7. Information events for foreign delegations powered by the German Water Associations DWA and DVGW

Presentation language: English
Free for foreign IFAT guests, junior staff or career changers

Are you new to the branch or wish to receive a first overview of the German water sector? Then you are in the right hands with the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) and Drinking Water (DVGW). Take yourself one hour and you will get an insight in strength, potentials and challenges of the German water market, facts and figures about drinking and waste water, legal bases, standards, technologies, human resources, benchmarks and access strategies. In the diversity of Germany there is creativity – but also confusion. We provide clarity on the German water industry.

Drinking Water Treatment:  

DVGW e. V. provides an overview of the water supply in Germany for international guests – including current statistics, developments in recent decades and its specific characteristics. One highlight is the excursion into German drinking water treatment, in particular regional differences in the treatment of groundwater, dam reservoir water or bank filtrate. 

Groups please register in advance at DVGW. Your DVGW guide is Jarno Banas.

Water and Sewage management 

Take one hour of your time to gain an insight into the strengths, potential and challenges of the German water market in general. You can expect facts and figures on water management and wastewater treatment, legal bases, standards for technologies, human resources, benchmarks and access strategies. Germany's diversity harbours creativity - but also confusion. We provide clarity in the German water industry. 

Groups please register in advance at DWA. Your DWA guide is Roland Knitschky. 


  • Monday, 13.05., 4:30 – 5:30 pm, in conference room B12 (DWA)
  • Tuesday, 14.05., 9:15 – 10:15 am, in conference room B11 (Chinese consecutive translation, DWA)   
  • Tuesday, 14.05, 10:30 – 11:30 pm & 2:00 – 3:00 am, booth EW02 (DVGW) 
  • Wednesday, 15.05., 4:30 – 5:30 pm, in conference room B13 (DWA)
  • Wednesday, 15.05.,10:00 – 11:00 am & 2:00 – 3:00 pm, booth EW02 (DVGW) 
  • Thursday, 17.05., 11:00 – 12:00 am, in conference room B13  (DWA) 
  • Thursday, 17.05., 9:30 – 10:30, booth EW02 (DVGW) 

Flyer: Information events for foreign visitors and delegations

Powered by the German Water Associations DWA and DVGW
Presentation language: English
Free for foreign IFAT guests, junior staff or career changers

About IFAT

In its own words, IFAT is at the same time a solution platform, a networking event and a knowledge hub, and brings together the most important international industry representatives from politics, business and science. As the largest international trade fair for the water, wastewater, recycling and municipal technology sectors, IFAT Munich offers innovative ideas and solutions for all aspects of private-sector and municipal water management — in ten halls and with many exhibits.

For further information please contact
Sabina Kaspers
Head Office / Policy, Press and PR

Phone+49 228 9188-632