The Role of Technology

Reaching SDG 6.1: Access to Safe Water

Nieuws - 25 september 2019

The TU Delft Global Drinking Water programme would like to announce The Role of Technology conference, supported by the International Water Association (IWA). A pre-event to generate input for the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2019 in Colombo (Sri Lanka), with the aim to address the role of technology in reaching Sustainable Development Goal 6.1. The event will take place from 25 – 26 of November 2019, at TU Delft, the Netherlands.

Access to safe drinking water is still one of the most critical public health issues facing the world today. The scope of the conference is to discuss the role that technological advances in water treatment, sensoring, crowd sensing and computational models can play in this digital era. Explicitly addressing the challenging context in the Global South, in order to identify local solutions.

We proudly announce the confirmed speakers for 25 November: keynote speaker Dr. Silver Mugisha, Managing Director of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda, Dr. Marco Schouten, CEO of Vitens Evides International (VEI) in The Netherlands, and the winner of the TU Delft Global Drinking Water Best Paper Award 2019: Dr. Mohammed Hossain from Bangladesh (UNICEF consultant).

Dr. Silver Mugisha

Dr. Marco Schouten

Best Paper Award Winner 2019 Dr. Mohammed Hossain

As the first author of the paper "Sediment color tool for targeting arsenic-safe aquifers for the installation of shallow drinking water tubewells", published in Science of The Total Environment in 2014, Dr. Mohammed Hossain is proclaimed as the winner of the TU Delft Global Drinking Water Best Paper Award 2019. During the ceremony on 25 November, he will be awarded in person. On behalf of the Best Paper Award Committee, Prof. Dr. Luuk Rietveld (TU Delft) will read out the jury report, followed by a presentation of Mohammed Hossain on the improvement of access to safe water supply in Bangladesh by the sediment color tool.


Monday 25 November 2019 (TU Delft | Bouwcampus)

09.00 – 09.30             Registration 09.30 – 09.45    Opening
09.45 – 10.15             Keynote speech by Dr. Silver Mugisha
10.15 – 10.45             Upscaling technologies for SDG#6 by Dr. Marco Schouten (VEI)
10.45 – 11.15             Coffee and tea
11.15 – 12.30             Technology session
12.30 – 13.30             Lunch with exhibition
13.30 – 14.00             Ceremony Best Paper Award 2019 and presentation by winner Dr. Mohammed Hossain
14.00 – 15.30             Thematic break-out sessions:

  • Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (Prof. Dr. Gertjan Medema – KWR)
  • Intermittent Supply (Dr. Nemanja Trifunovic – IHE Delft)
  • Water supply, social processes and behaviour (Dr. Lisa Scholten – TU Delft)

15.30 – 16.00             Report out
16.00 – 16.45             Panel discussion
16.45 – 17.00             Closure
17.00                          Drinks and bites

Tuesday 26 November 2019 (TU Delft | Aula)

08:45 – 12:30             The African Water Corridor challenge: (re)using every drop
12:30 – 16:45             Impact Day
16:45                          Drinks and bites

Scientific Committee The Role of Technology

  • Dr. Edo Abraham (Delft University of Technology)
  • Dr. Giuliana Ferrero (IHE Delft)
  • Dr. Ir. Doris van Halem (chair, Delft University of Technology)

Dr. Edo Abraham

Dr. Giuliana Ferrero

Dr. Ir. Doris van Halem

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