1st International Conference on Water Security

17 - 20 June 2018 | Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

The 1st International Conference on Water Security will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2017

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Water Security at community, regional, national and global scales is emerging as a primary sustainability challenge in the 21st century for societies. It is a determinant of food, energy, economic and political security. To understand, project, address and plan for this challenge, one needs to understand exposure to climate driven hazards, as well as socio-economic trends, and the cultural and political context. Technologies ranging from model based scenarios and prediction to remote sensing, to social media, to treatment systems and innovative financing and governance systems are being proposed to assure security.

The 1st International Conference on Water Security will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are. The conference provides a forum for in-person meetings to complement the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field.

Accepted submissions will supplement presentations from our invited speakers. In addition, we plan to have workshops to further promote scientific interaction. Attendance will be limited for the workshops (places on each workshop are available on a first-come, first-served basis and attendees must be registered for the conference prior to booking their place), so that we can nurture effective participation with the goal of ending up with tangible ideas to synthesize and report at the end of the meeting. These ideas will be circulated broadly through the journal as well.

Abstracts and proposals are invited for:

Coverage includes the following topics:

  • Regional themes: an integrated assessment of threats to and progress towards water security in key regions (possible regions: High Mountain - Andes, Himalaya-Hindukush, Central Asia, Tibet, Alps & Rocky Mountains; S. Asia; SE. & E. Asia; Africa; Island States; Latin and Central America)
  • Institutions, infrastructure, economics and water governance as vehicles to achieve water security
  • Climate, renewable energy, economic development and demographic change: challenges or opportunities for regional water security
  • "One Water" as a pathway to urban water security: can the Singapore experience be scaled globally?
  • Technological innovation for water security: emerging directions and prospects
  • Agriculture and water security: opportunities for mutually beneficial outcomes

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