Delft, The Netherlands, 12 Nov 2019

SDGs, Open Science and IHE Delft

At IHE Delft, we celebrated #WorldScienceDay for Peace and Development with the release of our updated booklet on how we're working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Across the Institute we work on many of these - yes, with a focus on water, but also linking to SDGs on food, energy, sustainable cities, climate, peace and partnerships.

The focus of this year's World Science Day for Peace and Development was on Open Science - and the notion of leaving no-one behind. Open Science means easier access to knowledge and data, and that puts more people in the driving seat.

At IHE Delft, our work on SDGs incorporates a strong open element. We use open data (including earth observation data) in our water accounting research and teaching, and use a network of Open Urban labs in our problem-based training and education. Likewise, openness, access and participation form a key aspect of our research and capacity development activities - building communities of practice, and engaging citizens in water science, governance and management. This approach is particularly crucial within the context of water, water-related conflict and peacebuilding, and is reflected strongly in our contribution to the Water, Peace and Security partnership.

You can find out more about how we're addressing the SDGs - and how we use open science to do it - it our new booklet, IHE Delft and the Sustainable Development Goals.


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