The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) will celebrate its 18th Conference in Barcelona on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November.
This year, the topics will be:
Direct democracy – this direct dimension is essential in a democratic system. A democratic town or city must be able to provide its citizens with these channels for participation and decision making. The following topics will be discussed and debated:
- Benefits of and the problems caused by direct democracy channels
- Successful cases and implementation problems
- Interaction of direct democracy with other kinds of participation channels
- Direct democracy and digital technology
- The problem of competences in relation to direct democracy
Citizens’ initiative – citizen initiative can play a significant role in the construction and improvement of the community itself, and can even serve to redesign the relationship between citizens and public institutions. The topics under discussion will be the following:
- Citizen initiative, in its different versions
- Interaction between citizen initiative and institutional initiative
- Community empowerment
- Common urban assets and the community management of public services
- Citizen initiatives and social movements
- Citizen initiatives and digital technology
Ecosystems of inclusive democracy -it is essential to think of local democracy as an ecosystem in which different kinds of mechanisms and instruments coexist and interact. Subjects include the following:
- The legal regulation of local participation
- Systems of legal guarantees for participatory mechanisms
- Digital channels and their interaction with other instruments
- Interaction between instruments of participation
- The inclusion of different communities, through different instruments
- Participatory budgeting
The conference is open to any interested in the implementation of participatory democracy at a local level, such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Local government representatives
- Members of research centres
- Activists and people involved in social movements (such as those participating to the POWER water communities)
- Representatives of NGOs with an interest in participatory democracy
You can also present your products/services by having a stand within the exhibition area.
Interested in making your voice and opinion heard? register today!
Digital Social Innovation for Sustainability – Design Jam & Idea Contest
Our communities are facing sustainability problems that need to be addressed. The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, funded by the European Commission under the project “Political and social awareness on water environmental challenges” (POWER), is looking for ideas for solutions to sustainability challenges that local communities face and provides effective support to implement them. Learn more about the contest at: http://www.power-contest.org.
In this context, the De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), is organising and hosting a “Design Jam for Sustainability” event, free of charge and open to all members of the public, be they students, innovators, creators and visionaries. Develop your ideas into prototypes in just 4 hours! You will learn how you can create a prototype of your idea that is just real enough to get an authentic response from potential users, and you will do it really fast!
The design jam is based on Google’s innovation methodology and will help you find new approaches to societal challenges. We will not only show you how to gather feedback from users who interact with your solution, but also show you how to submit your validated concept to the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities where you can win support for the implementation of your idea.
Participants will be provided with a free lunch. Places are limited, so sign up today!
Registration is available here.
Learn how to co-create innovative solutions to sustainability issues.
The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, funded by the European Commission under the project “Political and social awareness on water environmental challenges” (POWER), is looking for ideas for solutions to sustainability challenges that local communities face and provides effective support to implement them.
Within this context, researchers from the EU H2020 POWER project are organising a one day Design Jam for Sustainability in Milton Keynes, UK. Open to all members of the public, you will learn how to co-create innovative solutions to sustainability issues, create a prototype of your idea that is just real enough to get an authentic response from potential users, and we will also show you how to submit your validated concept to the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities where you can win support for the implementation of your idea. Learn more about the contest at: http://www.power-contest.org.
So… Innovators, Creators and Visionaries… join our hands-on design jam to learn how you can make use of Google’s proven innovation methodology that helps you to solve problems through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas with users in a very short time.
Refreshments are provided for all participants, but places are limited. Sign up now here.
Managing Yesterday’s Infrastructure Using Tomorrow’s Technology is the theme and the challenge being explored at Future Water Networks 2018, a Future Water Association event.
How can new intelligent technology help to reduce water leakage, wastage and sewer flooding? This challenge, and how to overcome it, will be explored at Future Water Networks 2018.
The conference will open on 3rd December with the third heat, of the highly regarded Water Dragons which will take place in front of a live audience and judges from across the sector where the focus will be on innovation in the ‘Wastewater network’. Companies pitch their innovative product or service to the ‘Dragons’, who cross-examine the presenters, focusing on three key areas:
- Have they clearly identified the potential size and value of the market?
- Have the presenters thought through how their innovation would be implemented?
- No innovation operates in a vacuum – how will its introduction impact on existing operations, working practices and systems?
The winner of Water Dragons will be announced after the event, during a dinner which will also include a keynote speaker from the industry.
On the 4th December speakers from a number of the water companies, regulators and the supply chain will challenge current thinking.
There will also be an exhibition area available during the event, where products and services can be demonstrated and explained.
Do you work in the water sector? Are you involved in policy and decision making in this sector? You need to be here!
Interested? Click here!
ICT 2018 Imagine Digital Connect Europe
ICT 2018 Imagine Digital Connect Europe will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.
In an open and participatory event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, citizens can join science community members, policymakers, and fellow ICT-enthusiasts to discuss the future in a digital Europe.
The Conference programme will feature influential speakers and debates around the EU’s digital policy. The programme will involve relevant parties from industry, research and public bodies. The ‘Imagine18’ campaign will reach out to generations ranging from teenagers to the elderly to learn how citizens feel about the digital revolution and its effects on daily life.
As part of the ICT 2018 Exhibition programme, EU-funded research and innovation successes will be presented to the public. Visitors will also have the chance to meet the innovators behind these projects.
The Innovation and Startups forum will bring together market-oriented innovators and investors, and will present marketable research and innovation results from EU-funded projects.
The ICT4Water cluster, supported by EASME and DG CNECT, is a “hub” for EU-funded research projects in the field of ICT applied to the water sector across various management areas, cycles and value chains. Currently, its members are immersed and engaged in the deployment of the “Action Plan for a Digital Single Market of Water Services”.
ICT4Water will be present at ICT 2018, an event organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union that will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. In addition to showcasing some of its projects (including POWER) for the whole duration of the event, ICT4Water has also organised a networking session on 6th December.
The main goal of the session is to follow-up on ICT4Water project main outcomes aligned with digital water strategy depicted in the Action Plan as well as EU-funded projects pushing for specific actions. Four projects present their results which create impact in diverse activities of the water value chains using different ICT solutions. Topics presented range from Serious Game, Decision Support Systems, Awareness, and Real time monitoring covering different water value chains.
Get more information here.
Distribution of seedlings in communal gardens in Jerusalem
Today we’re handing out plants to community gardeners in Jerusalem.
In The Photo: the dedicated activists
Water saving activity with children in Jerusalem
Today, we met at the garden community garden on the tribe and we were taking cocoons and seedlings that were shared by the children. Thank you, for the hardworking gardeners who have held the cocoons to each garden separately and worked for the good of all community gardens.
More info here
7th European Conference on Sustainability Energy and the Environment
7th European Conference on Sustainability Energy and the Environment
“Independence & Interdependence”
The technological and logistical advances of globalisation have enabled us to become independent and empowered as never before, but at the same time made us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. While technologies allow us to communicate with those on the other side of the world, they can also make us detached from those immediately around us, and in some cases alienated, or lonely. And yet this increased interconnectedness offers great opportunities to work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and reminds us of our responsibilities towards each other. Our independence is contextualised in the relations we enjoy with others; in our families and communities, shared institutions, in our wider societies, geographical and political entities, and finally as a part of the one world we all share.
The conference theme for ECSEE2019 is Independence & Interdependence, and we hope and expect this important thematic lens to encourage wide reflections on the importance and interrelation of such concepts as autonomy and identity, rights and responsibilities, and power and control; and within a variety of contexts from politics and geopolitics to energy, sustainability and the environment; and from education, technology and logistics, to culture and language; from psychology and security, to considerations of equity and justice.
In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex and Birkbeck, University of London, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2019.
Kwame Akyeampong, University of Sussex, UK
Anne Boddington, Kingston University, UK
Eddie Bruce-Jones, Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
Evangelia Chrysikou, University College London, UK
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Tom Houghton, Curtin University, Australia
Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Cranfield design jam
On Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 the POWER team led a 4-hour design jam in Cranfield University in Bedford. We had a total of 15 participants who submitted 15 new ideas and whose submissions generated 25 new replies and numerous new likes.
All submissions can be found here.
10th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development – ICESD 2019
The 10th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development – ICESD 2019 – will be held during February 13-15, 2019 in Milan, Italy. ICESD 2019 brings together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environmental Science and Development to a common forum.
The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Environmental Science and Development. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Paris and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Environmental Science and Development and related areas.
Prof. (LU) Prof. (UoS) Prof. (UoJ, visiting) Dr Dr Miklas Scholz, cand Ing, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, DSc, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA, VINNOVA Fellow, Marie Curie Senior Fellow, holds the Chair in Civil Engineering at The University of Salford (UoS, UK), is also a Professor in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University (LU, Sweden) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (UoJ). He has published three books and 206 journal articles. Prof. Scholz has citations of more than 3978, resulting in an h-index of 31 and an i10-Index of 91.
Keynote Speaker II
Khalil Hanna is currently a full Professor of Chemistry at the Graduate Engineering School of Chemistry of Rennes (France). He earned his PhD (2004) in Environmental Science and Technology from INSA de Lyon. His research interests focus on iron-mediated reactions for soil and water treatments and an improved understanding of sorption and heterogeneous redox reactions taking place at oxide/water interface. His research group in Rennes is engaged in elucidating molecular-scale reactions at mineral surfaces, and in translating molecular-level information to observations made at the larger scales using thermodynamics and reactive transport modeling. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed original research articles in top international journals (h-index=31 and over 3000 total citations). He has developed several programs and collaborations with international research institutes, and has been invited to give talks and seminars at numerous prestigious universities and international conferences. He also serves as a guest editor of the international journals including Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer), and as an Associate Editor of Applied Geochemistry (Elsevier).
Keynote Speaker III
Prof. Valentina Busini has her expertise in safety engineering and bioengineering. In particular, with regard to industrial safety, she usually works on the analysis of the consequences of industrial events related to emerging risks, such as the CFD modeling of heavy gas dispersion in complex environments, and the definition of methodologies for the evaluation of industrial accidents triggered by natural events (the so-called NaTech events). As far as bioengineering is concerned, she has focused on the interactions between materials and biomolecules, both for biocompatibility studies and for the development of protein separation processes.
This year 2019 the program has top-level speakers in the field of water. The Conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia), Damià Calvet, will be in charge of presenting the inaugural lecture, which will focus on climate change and its impact on the guarantee of water supply in Catalonia.
Conference cycle: Aigua i món (Water & World)
The well-known TV3 meteorologist, Tomàs Molina, will star in the second paper this year, which will take place on Thursday 4 April in the morning, in this case at 11 am. His presentation will focus on the extreme weather phenomena, paying special attention to our country and the aggravation of these phenomena as a consequence of climate change.
Aigües de Sabadell will also address this edition one of the most important problems in the world: pollution of rivers, seas and oceans. And it will be done by two specialists in the field, such as Damià Barceló and Miquel Paraira. Barceló is the director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), as well as a renowned and renowned professor and researcher. Paraira is a scientist and director of Water Quality of Aigües de Barcelona Barcelona.
Finally, in the last presentation of the year, the journalist and writer from Sabadell, Plàcid Garcia-Planas, will be in charge of reviewing the history of our city, valuing water as an indispensable element from the point of view of industrial textile power as for the growth and dignity of the citizens themselves.
Damià Calvet, Conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
Friday 14 February. 18h. Aula de l’Aigua (Carrer de la Concepció, 14, Sabadell)
Remember that you can watch it live on this site.
The 2019 International Conference on Advances in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (2W2T 2019). 2W2T 2019 is the workshop of EGESD 2019, will be held together during March 08th-10th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. 2W2T 2019 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies to a common forum.
2W2T 2019, aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies. The conference will feature original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies, etc.
All the papers will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 experts, and the review results comes out within 25-30 days. If the paper needs revising, the revised version should be submitted again for peer review.
All accepted papers after proper registration and presentation will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be indexed by Ei Compendex, Scopus, CPCI, IET, CNKI and other major database.
Topics of the conference
Water resources integrated management
Water resources sustainable development
Water resources and Environmental Management in Mega deltas
Impacts of global and regional climate change
Instrumentation and measurement
Watershed assessment and monitoring
Water quality and protection
Industrial water treatment
Environmental impact assessment
Agricultural water pollution
Crop water consumption
Virtual water use
Water Quality Assessment
Water Environment Protection
sustainable use of water resources
unsustainable patterns of water consumption and use
water demand and consumption
water recycling and reuse
Fresh Water Security
Ground Water Monitoring & Modeling
Water and Environment
International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development (EGESD 2019)
The International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development 2019 will be held during March 08th-10th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. EGESD 2019 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development to a common forum.
EGESD 2019, organised by International Association of Applied Science and Engineering (IAASE), aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development. The conference will feature original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development, etc.
Topics of the International Conference on Environment, Green Energy and Sustainable Development
Global environmental change and ecosystems management
Climate and climatic changes
Environmental restoration and ecological engineering
Ground water remediation
Environmental systems approach
Limitations of green energy generation
Sustainable coal use and clean coal technologies
Green Energy in Transport
Integration of renewable energy sources in buildings
Income generation with green energy
Green energy and energy access
Green energy and social benefits
Increasing energy access with clean resources
Rural Development through Green Energy
Wastewater and sludge treatment
Agricultural and Food Science
Air pollution control
Sustainable materials for buildings
Leicester ConCensus Workshop
Invitation to the Leicester ConCensus workshop on Friday 8th of March
The Council of Citizen Engagement in Sustainable Urban Strategies (Concensus) is an initiative within an EU project in Leicester City Council. It is a great opportunity for you to represent citizens in local decision making.
You are invited to join a project workshop to discuss the topic of “Your River” and ideas for what could happen to the River Soar (and its tributaries) which passes through Leicester. Suggestions could be for better access more attractive areas, reduce the amount of litter and plastic waste along its banks, and increase leisure facilities along the river. The social platform will be utilised in order for you to submit your views.
This will also provide an opportunity to evaluate the social use of the Leicester Water Community website and provide new suggestions.
Details of the Workshop
Date: Friday 8nd March 2019
Venue: Room 1.13, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ (See attached location Plan)
Registration and networking from 14:00
Workshop start time 14:15
Workshop finish time approx. 16:30
Please bring a mobile phone, tablet or laptop as these will be required to access the Leicester Water Community website during the workshop.
Spaces for the event are limited. To book your place, please register here: ishttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-leicester-concensus-workshop-tickets-56562504975 by Monday 25th February 2019.
Please note: registration is required to attend. Any questions email: email@example.com
2019 International Conference on Water Pollution and Treatment Research
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
EuroSciCon is organizing meeting entitled “10th Edition of International Conference on Water: Pollution, Treatment & Research” is scheduled from March 14-15, 2019 at London, UK. EuroSciSon is the UK based independent life science Events Company with predominantly business and academic client base.
On behalf of Water Pollution 2019 Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite academics, counsellors, educators, environmentalist, policy makers, research scientists, self-help group facilitators, teachers, business delegates and Young researchers across the world to attend the conference.
The 2019 meeting promises to be a dynamic and informative event and going to explore the issues, innovations and integrated approaches towards water pollution and waste water management, the speakers are a multidisciplinary gathering of globally perceived specialists that speak on Water Sustainability: Case Studies & Practical Applications. This is 2-day Meeting and you can participate in a number of educational formats including General Sessions, Poster Presentations, and Workshops/Symposium, Meet-the-Professor Sessions, Oral Presentations, video presentations and other interactive and informal exchanges.
Topics will cover the latest advances in the Water, Environmental Health, Water Pollution, Adsorption Technology, Groundwater Pollution, Waste Water Technologies, Industrial water treatment, Urbanization, Water Quality and many more.
Track 1: Water, Environment and Health
Globally, 23% of all deaths and 26% of deaths among children under age 5 are due to unavoidable environmental factors. All these factors are manifold and far reaching. They include: Exposure to hazardous substances in the air, water, soil, and food, natural and technological disasters. These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. Poor environmental quality has its greatest impact on people whose health status is already at risk.
- Water: An Essential Element for Life
- Morphology of Water
- Nutrient Management
- Water Borne Diseases
- Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
- Harmful Effects of Water Pollution
- Water Supply and Sanitation
- Removal of Pharmaceuticals from Water
- Challenges of Water and Food Security
Track 2: Urbanization and Water Quality
Urban populations interact with their environment. Urban people change their environment through their consumption of food, energy, water, and land. And in turn, the polluted urban environment affects the health and quality of life of the urban population. Urbanization has negative consequences on health due mainly to pollution and overcrowded living conditions. It can also put added pressure on food supply systems.
- Effects on Water Resources, Water Cycle and Water Quality
- Urban Water Management
- Urban Stormwater Infiltration Systems
- Urbanization Causes Water Scarcity
- Smart Cities and Urban Water Supply Management
Track 3: Water and Climate
Climate change intensifies this cycle because as air temperatures increase, more water evaporates into the air. Warmer air can hold more water vapor, which can lead to more intense rainstorms, causing major problems like extreme flooding in coastal communities around the world.
- Climate Impacts on Water Resources and Water Crisis
- Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate
- Climate Change Consequences
- Challenges for Atmospheric Research
- Assessing and Managing Coastal Flood Risk
Improperly managed agricultural activities may impact surface water by contributing nutrients, pesticides, sediment, and bacteria, or by altering stream flow. Fertilizer and pesticide use, tillage, irrigation, and tile drainage can affect water quality and hydrology. However, agriculture is both cause and victim of water pollution. It is a cause through its discharge of pollutants and sediment to surface and/or groundwater, through net loss of soil by poor agricultural practices, and through salinization and waterlogging of irrigated land.
- Biochar Adaptation
- Retention, Release and Transport in Soils/Groundwater
- Biodiversity of Food and Agriculture
- Impacts and Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector
- Colloidal Interactions of Nanoparticles with Water, Sediment, Soils
- Soil Fertility and Biogeochemistry
Hydraulics and Hydrology are the key disciplines that allow for tackling the technological issues associated to the need for efficient usage of water and protection against related hazards. They contextualize the fundamental sciences of fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics and atmospheric physics for the purpose of achieving water-related technological advancements with positive impacts on human communities.
- Environmental Flows “Interactions between Hydrological and Biological Processes
- Advanced Models in Turbulence, Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer
- Hydrologic Risk and Uncertainty
- Novel Monitoring Techniques and Analytical Approaches in Hydroecology
- Waves and Currents
- Fluid Mechanics
Track 6: Water and Energy
Water energy resources include hydroelectric power from lakes and rivers, ocean energy in its various forms, and energy technologies that take advantage of saline water. Hydropower makes use of the kinetic energy water gains when it drops in elevation. Typically, water dammed in a lake or reservoir is released through turbines and generators to produce electricity, Hydropower has been a staple of electricity since the beginnings of the electric age. However, very little of this potential is currently slated for development.
- High Energy Costs Vulnerability
- Emissions of Greenhouse Gas
- Energy Production from Urban Water Cycle
Microplastics come from a variety of sources, including from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. In addition, microbeads, a type of microplastic, are very tiny pieces of manufactured polyethylene plastic that are added as exfoliates to health and beauty products, such as some cleansers and toothpastes. These tiny particles easily pass through water filtration systems and end up in the ocean and Great Lakes, posing a potential threat to aquatic life.
- Methods of Detection / Characterisation
- Fate and Effects in Marine and Freshwater Systems
- Effects of Emerging Contaminants in Tropical Environment
Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals. These chemicals are used in several types of consumer products, such as carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packing for food, firefighting foam, and other materials, such as cookware, that are resistant to water, grease, or stains. Therefore, many people have been exposed to PFAS and have these chemicals in their blood from non-drinking water sources. It affects growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children, lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, interfere with the body’s natural hormones, increase cholesterol levels, affect the immune system, increase the risk of cancer etc.
- PFASs in Surface, Groundwater, Drinking water and Marine Environment
- Impacts on environment and human health
- Retention, release and transport in soils/ groundwater
- PFASs interactions with soils and sediments
Track 9: Industrial Wastewater Management
Industrial Water treatment is used to accumulate most water-based industrial processes, such as heating, cooling, processing, cleaning, and rinsing so that operating costs and risks are reduced. Water treatment is also engaged to improve the quality of water contacting the manufactured product such as semiconductors, or can be part of the product e.g. beverages, pharmaceuticals, etc. In these cases, poor water treatment can root to defective products.
- Simulation and Optimization Techniques of Water Pipe Networks
- Wastewater Sludge Stabilization
- Wastewater Quality and Management
- Chemical and Microbial Risk
- Overview of Drinking Water & Wastewater Resilience
Track 10: Water Adsorption
Adsorption is one of the most systematic processes of advanced waste water treatment technology, which industry and academic researchers widely engaged for the removal of various pollutants. Activated carbon is one of the most widely investigated adsorbent in water treatment process. In recent years, the “adsorption” process has become more accepted as “Bio sorption” which uses biomaterials as the adsorbent, for contaminated water treatment. Magnetic adsorbents are an attractive solution for metallic and dye pollutants, particularly due to the simple magnetic separation process.
- Effect of Surface Chemistry on Adsorption
- Process of Adsorption
- Sedimentation and Filtration
- Low Cost Adsorbents
- Batch and Column Experiment
- Heat Pump System
Track 11: Water Microbiology
Water microbiology is the science that deals with microscopic living organisms in fresh or salt water systems. While aquatic microbiology can encompass all microorganisms, including microscopic plants and animals, it more commonly refers to the study of bacteria, viruses, and fungi and their relation to other organisms in the aquatic environment. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are widely distributed throughout aquatic environments. They can be found in fresh water rivers, lakes, and streams, in the surface waters and sediments of the world’s oceans, and even in hot springs. They have even been found supporting diverse communities at hydrothermal vents in the depths of the oceans. Humans have taken advantage of the role these microorganisms play in nutrient cycles. At sewage treatment plants, microscopic bacteria are cultured and then used to break down human wastes. However, in addition to the beneficial uses of some aquatic microorganisms, others may cause problems for people because they are pathogens, which can cause serious diseases. For example, viruses such as Salmonella typhi, S. paratyphoid, and the Norwalk virus are found in water contaminated by sewage can cause illness. Fecal coliform (E. coli) bacteria and Enterococcus bacteria are two types of microorganisms that are used to indicate the presence of disease causing microorganisms in aquatic environments.
- Freshwater Microbiology
- Biotic and Abiotic Characteristics
- Ecological Habitats of Microorganisms in Aquatic Environments
- Factors Affecting the Microbial Population
- Enumeration Mechanism
- Taxonomy, Physiology, and Ecology of Aquatic Microorganisms
- The Ecology of Microorganisms in Natural Waters
- Waste Disposal in Aquatic and Solid Media
- Biogeochemical Transformations
Track 12: Aquatic Ecosystem
Freshwater ecosystems cover 0.78% of the Earth’s surface and inhabit 0.009% of its total water. Ecosystems contain both the living plants and animals and the nonliving elements (water, sunlight, soils) on which they depend. Aquatic ecosystems (habitats and organisms) include our rivers and streams, ponds and lakes, oceans and bays, and swamps and marshes, and their associated animals.
Global-Scale in Aquatic Systems
River Restoration and Remote Sensing
Track 13: Water Resources
As the carrying capacity of the Earth increases greatly due to technological advances, urbanization in modern times occurs because of economic opportunity. This rapid urbanization happens worldwide but mostly in new rising economies and developing countries. Cities in Africa and Asia are growing fastest with 28 out of 39 megacities (a city or urban area with more than 10 million inhabitants) worldwide in these developing nations. The number of megacities will continue to rise reaching approximately 50 in 2025. With developing economies water scarcity is a very common and very prevalent issue. Global freshwater resources dwindle in the eastern hemisphere either than at the poles, or with the majority of urban development millions live with insufficient fresh water. This is caused by polluted freshwater resources, overexploited groundwater resources, insufficient harvesting capacities in the surrounding rural areas, poorly constructed and maintained water supply systems, high amount of informal water use and insufficient technical and water management capacities.
- Water Resources Engineering and Management
- Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
- Trend in Water Use and its Anticipation
- Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction
- Ground Water (Artificial) Recharge
Track 14: Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction
When disaster strikes, it usually manifests itself through water. Floods, landslides, tsunamis, storms, heat waves, cold spells, droughts and waterborne disease outbreaks are all becoming more frequent and more intense. The impacts and costs of these events are exacerbated by such factors as unplanned urbanization and degradation of ecosystem services. Reducing risk to, and improving the resilience of, water and sanitation services will be key to maintaining access during a climatically uncertain future.
- Early Warning System for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Rainfall-induced Landslide
- Dam Break
- Community-Based and Socio-Culture Approach on Disaster Risk Reduction
- Debris Flow
- Storm water Management
- Flood and Flush Flood Disaster Risk Reduction
The ecological stability of human settlements is part of the relationship between humans and their natural, social and built environments. Also termed human ecology, this broadens the focus of sustainable development to include the domain of human health. Fundamental human needs such as the availability and quality of air, water, food and shelter are also the ecological foundations for sustainable development; addressing public health risk through investments in ecosystem services can be a powerful and transformative force for sustainable development which, in this sense, extends to all species.
- Massive Extinctions from Human Activity
- Sustainable Forest or Sustainable Profit?
- National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans
- Capacity Development and Transfer of Marine Technology
- Ecology and Biodiversity Monitoring
- Methods and Models for Water Research
Track 16: Water Pollution: Ethics and Regulations
Common ethical principles in water use and water management should be accepted in all geographies, in all stages of economic development and for all time. We need to know that in implementing these principles there can be different strategies and methods, which will be appropriate for different situations. However, the ethical principles, which are having such policies, will be consistent throughout the world. According to water management in a political point of view, there are two main chains of thought on the question: should water be privatized? In this field track, we are going to discuss the laws & the ethical issues related to water pollution & its management.
- Government Efforts and Transnational Collaboration
- Disaster Risk, Climate Change and International Development.
- Risks and Possibility
- Foreign Legal Developments: Comparative Law and Policy
- Water Laws & Policy: Problems, Prospects and Consumer Perspective
- Monitoring and Preventing Water Pollution
2019 International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering
The 2019 International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering (ICESE 2019) will be held during March 20-22, 2019, in Leuven, Belgium. ICESE 2019 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environment Science and Engineering to a common forum.
The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Environment Science and Engineering. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Beglium and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Environment Science and Engineering and related areas.
Why you should attend
With members from around the world focused on learning about Environment Science and Engineering and its advances; this is your best opportunity to reach the largest assemblage of participants from the Environment Science and Engineering community. Conduct presentations, distribute information, meet with current and potential scientists, make a splash with new advancements and developments, and receive name recognition at this 3-day event. World-renowned speakers, the most recent techniques, developments, and the newest updates in Environment Science and Engineering are hallmarks of this conference.
Thank you to all schools that entered the POWER Banner Competition.
Judging was very difficult as all entries covered at least 1 of the 3 water topics (Flooding, Saving Water and Plastic and Litter), had large amounts of detail, artistic flare and beautiful colour schemes.
The panel of judges was made up of representatives from De Montfort University and Leicester City Council’s; flooding, parks and education teams.
Congratulations to students from:
- Church Hill C of E Junior School
- Dovelands Primary School
- Inglehurst Junior School
For their winning entries.
The winning entries have been converted into banners, which are currently on display in Watermead Country Park, Abbey Park, Humberstone Park, Spinny Hills Park, Westcotes Park on a 3 week rotation up until mid-June. Winning banners were awarded at this year’s Big Spring Clean event in Abbey Park on the 22.03.2019. A big thank you to all schools that attended this year’s Big Spring Clean event.
The INTESDA 4th Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
“Achieving Health Outcomes for WASH”
Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene will focus on food safety, public health nursing, sustainable development, waste management, cultural and societal impacts on health and educating communities on the importance of improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. It is hoped that today’s water crisis can be met with viable global solutions.
About WASH 2019
Water, declared a basic human right essential to the enjoyment of life and all other human rights by the UN, is inextricably linked to a nation’s health, economy and environment, yet today over 780 million people lack access to clean water and nearly 1.9 billion lack adequate sanitation. The stark contrast between developed and developing nations amplifies the current water and sanitation crisis. Multiple factors, most notably poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships, place developing regions like sub-Saharan Africa and Southern and Eastern Asia in a struggle for survival. Furthermore, social and environmental challenges like rapid urbanization, climate change, increasing agriculture water consumption, rising pollution levels, and the depletion of water, exacerbate the problem and intensify the competition for available water.
In addition to the lack of safe and potable water, inadequate access to improved sanitation facilities combined with poor hygienic practices contributes to impoverishment and spawns devastating health effects, especially in rural areas and urban slums in developing countries. Without effective sanitation systems, untreated human waste contaminates ground water, compromises other water supplies, and allows infections and diseases to spread. Over 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year as a result of diarrheal disease, and in India alone, approximately 600,000 children fall victim to diarrhea or pneumonia annually as a result of toxic water and poor hygiene. Regrettably, many of these incidents are preventable by using clean water technologies such as connections to public sewers or septic systems, toilets and latrines, and basic hygiene habits like hand washing with soap at critical times.
Without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation, the well-being of the human race is threatened, particularly in developing countries. As the world population increases, so does the demand for water. The technologies exist to rectify the water crisis, but progress is hampered by the lack of infrastructural investment by both the private and public sectors. Decision-makers at all levels must be involved to ensure the lives and dignity of the millions who depend on the rest of the world to intervene on their behalf.
With the theme Achieving Health Outcomes for WASH, this symposium will focus on food safety, public health nursing, sustainable development, waste management, cultural and societal impacts on health and educating communities on the importance of improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. It is hoped that today’s water crisis can be met with viable global solutions.
Public Session on the UN World Water Development Report 2019: Leaving no one behind
April 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The MEP Water Group and the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO are co-organising a public session on the new UN World Water Development Report: “Leaving no one behind: sustainable water management and governance from a European perspective”. The event will take place on the 3rd of April from 16h30 to 18h30 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The 2019 edition of the UN World Water Development Report seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, how improved water resources management and access to safe water and sanitation for all is essential for eradicating poverty, building peaceful and prosperous societies, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ on the path towards sustainable development.
Access to safe, affordable and reliable drinking water and sanitation services are basic human rights, as they are indispensable to sustaining healthy livelihoods and maintaining people’s dignity. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.
Exclusion, discrimination, entrenched power asymmetries, poverty and material inequalities are among the main obstacles to fulfilling the human rights to water and sanitation and achieving the water-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The main policy messages and findings from the report will be presented during the public session, followed by a high-level panel discussion.