Summer Course - Visual Methods for Water Communication

This Summer Course will equip you to communicate techno-scientific issues related to water to broader audiences, including the general public and addresses the call to science and water professional to outreach beyond technical and scientific audiences for a greater impact on society.

For whom?

Advanced students and water professionals with different backgrounds (engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences).

Course content

The course consist of lectures (L) and one workshop (W) and two special events (E). The course approach is based on hands on training and inquiry learning: after an introductory lecture students will be immediately involved in the three workshops, coached by researchers/lecturers and communication experts to acquire practical skills on water communication.

During the lectures, students will have the opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge on visual methods and communication, as well as to reflect on the practical work they are doing in the workshop. During the course there will be a field trip to shoot video and aerial images in a location near Delft.


L1: Introduction to the course (E. Fantini, IHE)

L2: Introduction to case study (tba, IHE)

L3: Water from Above: how changing the viewing perspective let you understand reality from a different perspective (P. Paron, IHE)

L4: Making Data telling stories (Joanne Craven, guest lecturer)


W1: Video storytelling (R. Postma, guest lecturer).

Special events (open also to students attending other courses)

E1. “Movies and Show and tell night”: screening of video documentaries on water issues; students will be invited to practice their presentation skills by sharing visual/artistic products to introduce their country and their work. This year we would like to open the movie night to all summer courses, by screening videos related to the other summer courses

E2: Final presentation: students will present and discuss their outputs (videos and photos) first in class and then open to the public.

Courses activities, events and outputs will be shared through social media throughout the week.


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