6th International Symposium on Capacity Development and Implementation Science

Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

IHE Delft is organizing the symposium 'From Capacity Development to Implementation Science' on May 26-29, 2020. This is the 6th edition of its international symposium on knowledge and capacity development for the water sector. Join the conversation using the #CapDevSymp hashtag.

About #CapDevSymp

The symposium calls attention to the strategic importance of knowledge and institutional capacity for policy, operational practice and education. This is urgently needed to address the current and growing challenges in water management for a sustainable, secure, just and equitable world. 

The online event will bring together scholars, decision-makers and practitioners to discuss the current and future role of capacity development and take a forward-looking and action-orientated approach. This is required to identify priority capacity development subjects and projects that increase resilience, equity and water security - by water themes, geographical areas, policy and implementation issues and education.

As in previous years, the symposium will act as a catalyst to build commitment among participants, leading to future action and collaboration.

Interacting with #CapDevSymp

As this edition of the Symposium takes place online, registered attendees will be able to access and interact with plenaries, panels, presentations, interactive group discussions, posters, abstracts and videos on the Symposium platform before, during and after the event. 

Registration for this Symposium has closed, but interacting is still possible, also by those who have not registered. 

The Symposium platform is accessible to everyone interested in the content of the Symposium, and we will make videos of the plenaries and selected webinars available to the general public soon after they happen, in our dedicated Symposium YouTube playlist

We encourage you to follow & interact with the event using the #CapDevSymp hashtag on all social media platforms, so you can join the conversation.

The key findings and recommendations of the Symposium will be summarized in the Delft Agenda. It can be reviewed and commented on during the conference: http://tiny.cc/2020DelftAgenda

Content of #capdevsymp

Plenary sessions will focus on implementation science, models for education and managing organizational change. There are also 8 tracks focusing on:
 
Track 1: Moving to an implementation science – IHE Delft Rector, Prof. Dr. Eddy Moors coordinates this track exploring the barriers and bridges to capacity development and the potential of implementation science.
 
Track 2: Capacity to operate under complexity and uncertainty – Associate Professor of Environmental Planning and Management, Dr. Leon Hermans and SIWI's Programme Director for Capacity Development, Dr Hakan Tropp, coordinate this track on operating within an increasingly complex and unpredictable global environment.
 
Track 3: Capacity for managing conflict and for negotiation – Senior Lecturer in Water Law and Diplomacy, Dr. Susanne Schmeier, and her team look at the potential for partnerships in resolving conflicts.
 
Track 4: Capacity in utilities and other institutions to achieve the “last mile” of the SDGs – Associate Professor of Water Supply Engineering, Dr. Nemanja Trifunovic, and Rand Water’s Asief Alli coordonate this popular track on institutional capacity and delivering the SDGs.
 
Track 5: Capacity for water financing – Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Economics, Dr. Yong Jiang looks at the challenges, opportunities and needs for developing sustainable water finance, together with Jaap Veerman, Senior Water Resources Specialist at ADB and Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment at PGGM.
 
Track 6: Accelerating knowledge sharing among organizations and in civil society – Associate Professor in Integrated River Basin Management, Dr. Wim Douven, leads this team focusing on collaboration, partnerships and reaching local communities.
 
Track 7: Enhancing education and training, and behavioural skills – Emanuele Fantini, Senior Lecturer in Water Politics and Communication, leads this team exploring the competences, collaborations and technologies we need for effective education and training for future water capacity.
 
Track 8: Using ‘big data’, ICT, AI and e-based tools – Senior Lecturer in Ecohydrological modelling, Hans van der Kwast, and his team are looking at the potential of data tools and reuse in specific applications.
 
Track 9 – Remote meetings – experience and participation
 
The programme of the event for participants can be downloaded from the right hand column. Follow & interact with the Symposium using the #CapDevSymp hashtag.
 
For the content, head to the Symposium platform. For more information about the Symposium, please refer to the Symposium website.

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