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MDRW'13 - Full Day 5 - UN Water Day (In association with Southampton WaterAid)

Interdisciplinary Research Week 2014 at the University of Southampton

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (GMT)

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World Water Day: water cooperation


In support of WaterAid and the local Southampton WaterAid group.


This year we join the global community in the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. Water cooperation has multiple dimensions and a multidisciplinary approach and is therefore essential to grasp the many facets and blend them into a holistic vision. Come and celebrate.


Join us on Friday 22nd March for an exciting day of engaging speakers, dynamic demos and the showing of the seminal film Flow.


 Programme of the Day:

 Water quality: addressing global problems at source


09:00-11:00am |The Science Learning Centre, Building 29, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.


Presented by Professor Jim Wright, Dr Nick Harris, Sylvia Szabo from the University of Southampton; WaterAid and Professor Stephen Gundry from the University of Bristol


Professor Jim Wright will discuss his innovative work with the University of Bristol on the Aquatest Research Programme which aims to develop a user-friendly water quality test which can be used directly at the water source in developing countries. The talk will be accompanied by an interactive demo on the Aquatest device, provided by Professor Stephen Gundry from the University of Bristol.

Sylvia Szabo will discuss her latest research developments on the relationship between human capital and access to safe drinking water in developing countries.


A dynamic demo on innovative methods to monitor the chloride levels in aquatic environments will be available by Dr Nick Harris and accompanied by a poster display detailing post graduate work on collaborative networks in water quality management at the catchment scale.


Find out more about WaterAid’s programme to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, including WaterAid’s biggest ever corporate partnership- the HSBC Water Programme.


 Energy and Water: Energy for Development


11:00-12:00 | Building 7, Room 3031 (L/R F2), Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.


Presented by Professor AbuBakr Bahaj


Come and find out how the technologies of energy fit into the challenges of a sustainable water supply. From water wheels to how a solar canopy enables water storage for use throughout the year.


Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation


13:00-17:00 | Building 7, Building 44, Room 1041, Highfield Campus

Speakers: Professor Guy Poppy (ASSETS project), Dr Craig Hutton (Deltas project), Dr Kirsten Probst (German Development Agency, GIZ); Yvan Biot (Department for International Development (DFID)); Daniela Russi, (The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)- TEEB Water and Wetlands.

Ecosystem services describes the multitude of resources from nature, that humans benefit from, such as clean air, water, and food. As human populations grow, so do the demands on resources. Current ecosystem services research at Southampton seeks to improve the lives of more than one billion people living in poverty around the world by providing policy makers with tools to enable them to manage ecosystems sustainably, and reduce poverty.


13:00 Finger buffet and refreshments

13:30 Professor Guy Poppy will present the ASSETS project which is developing modelling and risk management tools to address issues linked with food security and nutritional health for the millions of rural poor living in the forest and agriculture landscapes in Amazonia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

14:00 Dr Craig Hutton will discuss the ESPA Deltas Project, highlighting research being carried out in Bangladesh to evaluate the effects of development policy decisions on people’s living conditions. River deltas are home to an estimated 500 million people globally living in significant poverty, with particular concentrations in coastal Asia and Africa. Both of Professor Poppy’s and Dr Hutton’s projects are working in close relationship with the local governments and global partners from whom we will have video statements.

15:00 Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 The external speakers of today’s event, Dr Kirsten Probst, ecosystem services expert of the German Development Agency, GIZ and a representative of a donor agency will specify the research needs of their organisations and highlight how scientific knowledge can benefit local populations.

16:00 Panel discussion and questions from the audience

16:50 Closure



'Flow' - For Love of Water: Documentary Screening

17:00–19:00 | The Bridge Bar, Building 42 (Students' Union)

Can anyone really own water?

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century - the world water crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.



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