The UN’s SDGs has a specific focus on alleviating water poverty, increasing access to sanitation, while developing international cooperation and support capacity building for water and sanitation-related activities in developing countries. With concern that we are heading towards a global water crisis, there is an urgent need to address the importance and necessity of innovative research and collaboration in paving the way towards a sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.
The 2019 workshop theme ‘Water in Society’, aims to deepen participants’ understanding of how research impacts on water and sustainability through cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, skills-sharing and networking. In order to achieve this, the three-day programme will include small group workshops, poster sessions by ECRs, talks by established researchers, and sessions with international and interdisciplinary perspectives on ‘Water in Society’. The workshop will be a unique opportunity for ECRs from across all disciplines to share knowledge, experiences and current projects from around the world.
Research areas may include (but are not limited to):
- human rights and the ethics of water;
- hydro-solidarity and hydro-politics and peacebuilding;
- sustainable urban management and development;
- water-energy-food nexus and circular economy; and
- water, environment and law.
In addition to developing specialized knowledge related to the theme, the workshop will also have a strong focus on networking and gaining an international perspective on:
- funding opportunities international projects;
- communicating your research;
- connecting to R&D industry for commercializing research ideas; and
- career paths for researchers.
By the end of the workshop, ECRs will have a greater understanding of the challenges and interdisciplinary solutions to avert a global water crisis, as well as inspiration for opportunities for collaboration within the U21 network.