a non profit research institute based in Rome, in collaboration with
the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council - WSSCC, and
the funding of the Italian Cooperation, launched this e-conference,
aiming at involving the community of those working in promoting water,
sanitation and hygiene for the urban poor, and that of those who are
fostering the production of new scientific and technological knowledge
on water processes and uses.
purpose of the e-conference is to understand how scientific
and technological research can contribute in a greater measure to
the improvement of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene and to the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals regarding the access
Considering the many new challenges arising and the global trends
towards a reduction of resources for supporting development processes,
there is an urgent need for new ways to analyse and solve water
ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION
Dealing with these challenges, the conference will focus on the
• What contribution are the participants’ organisations
making to the development of scientific and technological research
on water, sanitation and hygiene? In the case of scientific institutions,
what are the themes that are being tackled?
do participants judge the current state of advancement of scientific
and technological research on water –performed by themselves,
or by other institutions they know?
• Do participants
deem the communication activities performed by water research entities
– their own or the other ones they know – sufficient
and adequate? If not, why? How could it be improved?
do participants judge the current level of collaboration of water
research entities with other private, governmental or university
research institutions, with government bodies, with business companies,
with NGOs, with UN organizations, etc.? Why? How could it be improved?
do participants see the future of scientific and technological research
on water? In particular, what are the most promising research strands
and directions for the resolution of the world’s population
water access problems?
In the participants’ view, to what extent are current problems
of access to water to be attributed to the scarcity of water resources
and/or to the limited capacity of making drinkable water from groundwater
or surface water, and to what extent are they instead due to institutional
and political conflicts and problems in the distribution and management
of water resources? What are the consequences for the scientific
and technological research agenda, and how far are scientific findings
and technological solutions in strict sense still important to improve
access to water (vis à vis the management and governance
arrangements that are currently receiving increasing international
HOW THE E- CONFERENCE WORKS – HOW TO
TAKE PART IN THE E-CONFERENCE
e-conference will be a non-moderated one, and it will function as
a mailing list, open only to the subscribers. The conference coordinators,
Gianfrancesco Costantini and Alessandra Cancedda, will ensure the
relevance of participants for conference purposes.
Participation will be primarily based on the sending of postings
on the topics suggested by the background paper or arising during
it will be be possible to send:
papers focusing on the conference themes;
- documents and links relevant to conference themes (i.e. research
reports, case studies, websites, etc.);
and documents may also be sent to the conference coordinators, before
the starting of the e-conference at firstname.lastname@example.org,
so as to be posted on the web page.
subscribe the e-conference it is requested to send to email@example.com
a short CV or biographical note (name and surname, professional
activity and affiliation, city and country, e-mail address)