Conference on the occasion of the 60th anniversary

The impact of IHE Delft in a changing landscape

  • 24 Apr 2017
  • 09:00 - 18:00
  • Theater de Veste, Vesteplein 1, Delft
Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

The Institute is organizing a 60th anniversary conference on 24 April 2017. The theme of the conference is 'The impact of IHE Delft in a changing landscape'.

As a celebration of our 60 years of water education, this conference will explore how the Institute is adapting and must further adapt to the changing geopolitical, economic and cultural global landscape, to meet challenging water related issues in a development context. 

The conference will bring together our partners and donors, alumni, students and PhD fellows, beneficiaries and staff for a lively and forward-thinking discussion about the role of the Institute in this changing landscape.

We will look back to our origins, map the course and approach to date and project forward, presenting our ideas on our future role and how we ensure we - with our partners in the Global South - remain relevant, resilient and responsive in effecting positive change.

The programme includes a lively mix of speakers and the panel discussions provide an opportunity for audience input.

Following the conference will be the official opening of a photographic exhibition ‘Alumni in Action’, featuring images of our alumni on three continents, Africa, Asia and the Americas, creating impact through their work. The photographs were taken by our cultural ambassador, Gil Garcetti, who will be present and will briefly describe the experience of putting together the exhibition.

This event is for invited guests only.


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9.30 – 12.30 hrs | MORNING SESSION

Fritz Holzwarth, Rector a.i. 

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands

‘Water and Deltas: Shared Vision of Bangladesh and the Netherlands’
M.A. Quassem, former DG MoWR and alumnus & Shah Alam Khan, Professor at BUET
Facilitated by Chris Zevenbergen, Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems and Shahnoor Hasan, PhD Fellow 

‘An Evolving Partnership to Better Meet Water and Sanitation Needs’
Marco Schouten, Vitens Evides International
Interviewed by Klaas Schwartz, Associate Professor of Urban Water Governance      

‘Putting Evidence to Work: Research reality in an NGO
Irene Guijt, Head of Research, Policy and Practice at Oxfam        

‘Conditions for Achieving Societal Impact - Best Approaches and Lessons Learned’ - Panel Discussion
Moderated by Michael McClain, Professor of Ecohydrology 

Question & Answer Session


13.45 – 17.15 hrs | AFTERNOON SESSION

Welcome Back and Recap of Morning Session 
Michael McClain, Professor of Ecohydrology

‘Message from UNESCO'
Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO 

‘The Netherlands Response to Future Water Challenges’

Kees Rade, Director of Climate, Water, Food Security, Energy and Natural Resources / Ambassador for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Musical Interlude

‘Africa's Future - Impact Through Capacity Development’
Lapologang Magole, Chairperson WaterNet Board; University of Botswana, interviewed by Chidiebere Nnebuo, former Chair of the Student Association Board

‘The Future Role of the Institute’
Charlotte de Fraiture, Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for Land and Water Development

‘Reflections’ - Panel Discussion
Moderated by Michael McClain, Professor of Ecohydrology

Question & Answer Session

Close and Farewell
Johan Aad van Dijk, Business Director a.i.


17.15 hrs | RECEPTION 

Opening Photo Exhibition – ‘Alumni in Action’