Addressing 21st century water challenges
On the 26th of April, experts on water from the seven universities of Circle U. come together for a scientific symposium. This is a first event for our research communities to meet and an opportunity to address a central theme in Horizon Europe.
There is no life without water. Water is a driver for development: it is vital for human nutrition and health and essential for ecosystem management, agriculture, energy, economic development, peace, and security. Yet, billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Solutions require an interdisciplinary approach
The current challenges related to water are multi-dimensional, multi-scale and complex, and intertwined with many other challenges on the sustainable development agenda. Addressing these complex challenges demands multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, and expertise from different scientific disciplines.
In Circle U. there are nearly 200 researchers from different disciplines working on water-related issues. The water issue will be addressed from different angles notably but not exclusively Climate and Global Health, which are two of the three Knowledge Hubs of Circle U.
The expertise available in the Circle U. Alliance yields excellent opportunities for consolidating the science base needed to address the current water challenges. Yet, such expertise must be better mapped and linked in order to empower the capacities of Circle U. in addressing these challenges. This symposium is a first effort in this direction.