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EVENTS - 2013

Young Water Professionals Southern Africa, 16-18 July 2013

The YWPs Programme was created to counteract a perceived loss of knowledge brought about by the impending retirement in the water industry. The Programme provides a range of activities, services and initiatives to young professionals and students and connects with employers, academic institutions and other professional associations to ensure that the future needs of the sector are understood and addressed and that inter-generational dialogue is created to form links between senior professionals of the sector and the incoming young professionals. The programme includes the following aims:

  • Connecting people in order to provide opportunities for YWPs to meet and communicate
  • Career development opportunities for young water professionals through the organisation of workshops and online initiatives
  • Sector support to help employers with the recruitment and retention of YWPs
  • Programme development to ensure that the programme remains relevant to the needs of YWPs
  • Engagement of YWPs in IWA and WISA programmes and other water related initiatives

The conference aims to provide a forum for young researchers and practitioners across the water sector to present and discuss their work and ideas. Participants will meet peers within water and wastewater science, governance, engineering, technology, management and other areas of the water sector. This conference also aims to further career development and young professional capacities in a multi-disciplinary environment, encouraging discourse on current and future water concerns.

This year’s 2013 SA YWP conference is hosted by the University of Stellenbosch which is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. From 16-18 July 2013 delegate will engage on key water challenges and articulate our voice as young water professionals. The conference aims to attract between 350 and 450 students and young professionals (who are under the age of 35, or who received their qualifications less than five years ago) working in the water and wastewater sector in South Africa or other African countries. These YWP’s come from the following backgrounds:

  • Universities
  • Provincial and national water departments
  • Water engineers, managers and educators
  • Water and social scientists, biologists and hydrologists
  • Resource economists and management agencies
  • Representatives of water boards and industry
  • Policy-makers, consultants, stakeholders and relevant NGO’s

Conference Topics

  • Water distribution and demand management
  • Management, governance and institutional affairs
  • Community water supply and sanitation
  • Mine water and industrial wastewaters
  • Hydrology, water resources and their management
  • Plant commissioning and operation
  • Health-related water microbiology
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Anaerobic and sludge processes
  • Wastewater reuse and recycling
  • Sustainable knowledge transfer
  • Water care and water science
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Transboundary water issues
  • Oxidation and disinfection
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Water-linked ecosystems
  • Membrane technology
  • Nutrient management
  • Environmental health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Groundwater
  • Biomimicry