The international World Water Week (WWW) conference in Stockholm September 1 to 6 is focusing on water cooperation and building partnerships. The UN General Assembly declared that 2013 is the "International Year of Water Cooperation," and the organizers of WWW responded by asking some key questions: "Why do we need to cooperate? On what? For what aim? At what level? With whom? And how?"
To answer these questions, the conference brings together scientists, policymakers, business innovators and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from different sectors around the world. Such an environment stimulates discussion and the creation of partnerships to find solutions for water-related issues.
As an active supporter of the International Year of Water Cooperation, Elsevier will have a strong presence at the conference; colleagues from Reed Elsevier, Elsevier's parent company, will also present prizes for the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge.
Highlights of the week include:
- Thought-provoking discussions. For the opening plenary session, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will give the keynote speech, which will be followed by presentations from global leaders, who will elaborate on partnership building and implementation. That will set the scene for intense week of discussions in more than 100 sessions led by experts in the field.
- Workshops on water research. The workshops are the scientific backbone of the week, enabling individuals from around the world to present their findings. Many sessions will focus on how the latest knowledge from science can be applied into practical solutions for policy and practice.
- Inter-regional discussion. A regional focus day will zoom in on specific regional water challenges in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For the first time, this year's World Water Week will also have a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. To increase the cooperation among regions, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) will host an inter-regional dialogue.
- Young Professionals' Day. On September 4, a day of activities will focus on young professionals, including a seminar, an inter-generational dialogue and opportunities for career coaching with water professionals. Elsevier's presentation will focus on scholarly publishing. The entire week offers a chance to find young talent and people new to the field that can go on to spark innovation in water.
- Exhibitions. The exhibition area provides the opportunity to interact with about 50 exhibiting organizations, companies and young water professionals. The exhibitors are non-commercial and are meant to compliment the sessions.
- Prominent prizes. To honor those who bring solutions to the world's water challenges, the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award will be bestowed at award ceremonies throughout the week.
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Elsevier and water research
[caption align="alignright" width="187"]Christiane Barranguet, PhD[/caption]Elsevier publishes 32 percent of the world's scientific literature in the field of environmental sciences, including water resources, helping experts share knowledge of today's most sophisticated methods and technologies while understanding the underlying issues that affect the water supply. This content includes four of the top six journals in Thomson Reuters' Water Resources category, including Water Research, the journal with the highest Impact Factor.
In response to the challenges laid down by the UN General Assembly and to tie in with the International Year of Water Cooperation, Elsevier launched four new journals in 2013 that aim to bring together policy, industry, science and government: Water Resources and Economics; Water Resources and Industry; Water Resources and Rural Development; and Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology. Find out more about Elsevier's Aquatic Sciences journals at elsevier.com/aquatic.
In March, Dr. Christiane Barranguet, Executive Publisher of Aquatic Sciences at Elsevier, added to the debate with her article in The Scientist titled "Opinion: The Water Crisis," about the effects worldwide of a shortage of potable water.
More information on Elsevier's contribution to the International Year of Water Cooperation can be found on A World of Water Resources.
Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
awards prize money to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation where it is presently at risk. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified needs and advance related issues such as health, education or human rights. Read more about the challenge, including past winners, in thisElsevier Connect article.
On the evening of September 3, Youngsuk "YS" Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier, will present the 2013 RE Environmental Challenge first prize of $50,000 and second prize of $25,000 to the winners who will be in attendance at the 2013 World Water Week conference. In addition, a $15,000 WASH Alliance prize will be awarded for the first time. For more information on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Brown is Marketing Communications Manager for Elsevier's Aquatic Sciences journals (@AquaticSciences), based in Oxford, UK.
Emmy Stevens, Corporate Responsibility Associate for Reed Elsevier, is managing the 2013 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge. She is based in London.