Refresher Course Training on IT Tools and Citizens Scientist Projects to Improve Measurements for Water Sustainability and Food Security

For whom?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 03 August 2020
End: 07 August 2020
Deadline IHE application: 30 June 2020 - 23.59 (CET)

VAT is not included in the course fee

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Coordinator: Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez
Counterpart Institution: Escuela Colombiana de IngenierĂ­a Julio Garavito
Open to: Alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean region
Application deadline: 14  May 2020



The Latin America and the Caribbean region has a large number of problems and conflicts on water resources. Although there are enough water resources, the clear conflict between users, hydropower, mining and other developments in the region is threatening the sustainability of the food production. In some areas where farmers have important agricultural production, nowadays, there is lack of interest on agricultural practices as well as the feeling that natural resources are part of the responsibility of government and not users. Climate change has created some concerns in certain regions, especially due to the recent droughts and flood extremes.

The expected extremes have raised and important stress over different regions. The national plans do try to contemplate climate change in the integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plans, however, in consensus among the citizens and actors in the IWMR systems are not clear. Knowledge of the information of these local territorial organisational plans (POT) require still the involvement of citizens in the process, especially on the understanding the systems as well as in taking the decision. Via providing the citizens participation in the studies and analysis have shown to be an important step towards the sensibilization and participation of communities in water resources plans.



The main objective of this Refresher Course is to provide a basis for technologies and experiences where the participation of citizens have been used in combination with relatively new IT technologies for understanding watersheds and giving opportunities to the citizens to participate.



The Programme is designed to provide knowledge systems and ways to build participation among citizens and institutions. How to use open source IT tools for data collection and information sharing. The context of the course will emphasise water solutions that provide basic principles from Water Science and Engineering modelling for land and Water development, maily for Food Security and optimal Water Resources management. This programme aligns with the current needs of all the region and will improve the social and hydroinformatics capacities for the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at ECIJG and the participants from relevant organisations in the LAAC region. Additionally the programme will provide resources  to promote an understanding of how mobile phones apps have been used to identify water demand and supply conflicts. 



This Refresher Course will promote social hydroinformatics (i.e. citizen science) knowledge at the level of educational institutions and engineers in the region. The main expected output will be a number of local and regional water resources experts trained in the use and setup of citizen science and models for improving decision made in agriculture and water resources, contemplating the variations expected in extremes due to climate change.


Target Audience 

This Refresher Course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean region and neighbouring countries. The purpose is to disseminate latest knowledge on topics which are relevant for for the countries and institutions in the region, as well as potentially relevant for the following sectors: Water Science and Engineering modelling for land and Water development, mainly for Food Security and optimal Water Resources management.

The course is related to the following IHE Delft MSc programmes and specializations:

            - Water Management,  specializations: 

  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Conflict Management 

            - Water Science and Engineering specializations:

  • Hydrology & Water Resources
  • Hydroinformatics;
  • Ecohydrology;

- Double degree programme with Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria

Short Courses:

  • Climate Change Analysis for Water Resources
  • Hydro-climatological analysis for hydrological extremes, from drought to flood.
  • Agricultural management practices using hydrological extremes information


Application Procedure

  • Click the button below ‘apply now for’.
  • Make an account using the email address known at IHE Delft or use your current account to log in.
  • Complete the application process and upload your CV and a copy of your passport
  • By selecting 'scholarship' in the question 'How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses?' you will automatically apply for an Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) fellowship, IHE Delft will handle this.
  • Submit your application. When pressing the 'Submit' button, your application will be sent to IHE Delft. You will not receive a confirmation of receipt. However, you can check the status of your application on your personal page. If the status is submitted or verified, it has been received.
After the application deadline, IHE Delft makes a selection of all eligible applicants. IHE Delft will inform the selected candidates by email. Approximately two months before the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection.
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellowships
The Netherlands Government has provided full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each Refresher Course. Note that 50% of the total needs to be female alumni. These fellowships include:
  • Air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport to the candidate’s home country to the Refresher course country and vice versa. Please note that travel costs made to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed,
  • Transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa in the country of the Refresher Course. No other travel costs are refunded,
  • Health insurance,
  • Accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 10 days in total, depending on the date of arrival in and departure from the hosting country,
  • Direct visa costs (related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are not refundable)


​Fellowship Eligibility

You can apply for a fellowship if you meet the following criteria. You: 
  • are a national of, and work and live in one of the current OKP Latin American or Caribbean countries. Check the OKP country list on the following link
  • work for one of the following types of national and/or local organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. (You may not work for: A bilateral or multilateral organisation; A non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.)
  • must be in a position to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.
  • graduated or completed a course funded by OKP, NFP or NICHE


Self Paying Participants

The course is open to a limited number of self-paying participants who are working in the area, or with background and/or experienced and  lived in neighbouring countries of the course. Since there are limited places, priority will be given for the professionals with a close link to the OKP requirements. The tuition fee of the course is Euro 250, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and field trip (if applicable). All other costs such as meals, hotel and travel costs are borne by the participant. Discounts on accommodation can be available through the partner Institution.

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