Workshop

Trieste, 30 November – 4 December 2015

Monday 30 November: (Cafeteria, Adriatico Guest House, AGH)

  • 18:00 – 19:00 Registration
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception – R. Murenzi, TWAS; A. Vacchi, FIT

Tuesday 1 December: (Giambiagi meeting room, Adriatico Guesthouse-AGH, lower level 1)

  • 08:30 – 09:30 Registration (continuation)
  • 09:30 – 09:40 Welcome remarks – Romain Murenzi, TWAS Executive Director
  • 09:40 – 10:00 Brief introductions by participants
  • 10:00 – 10:20 Setting the scene on science diplomacy, with Q&A – Peter McGrath, TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme
  • 10:20 – 10:45 Overview of sustainable water issues – Michela Miletto, UN World Water Assessment Programme, Perugia, Italy
  • 10:45 – 11:10 Coffee/tea break – Group photo (AGH terrace)
  • 11:10 – 11:30 Benefit Sharing: A strong tool to motivate States to cooperate – Jordanian transboundary water management, the case of the Jordan River and Yarmouk River. Maysoon Eid Hasan Al Zoubi
  • 11:30 – 11:50 Presentation: Water & Gender – GenderInSITE
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Presentation of DrinkAdria project – Enrico Altran manager of CATO (Area Council for Eastern Integrated Water Service of Trieste)
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (AGH cafeteria)
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Aims/mechanisms of workshop / Split into breakout groups – Peter McGrath; TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Presentation from IMR E&T s.r.l. – A commercial water purification system
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Breakout Group session I: Analysis by thematic groups: Basic research, Deployment (engineering/technology), Policymakers
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee/tea break
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Breakout Group session I: Analysis by thematic groups: Basic research, Deployment (engineering/technology), Policymakers (continued – including preparation of presentations)
  • 19:00 Dinner (AGH cafeteria)

Wednesday 2 December: (Giambiagi meeting room, Adriatico Guesthouse-AGH, lower level 1)

    • 09:00 – 09:30 Presentation on application of electrochemical methods for water and wastewater treatment. IMR E&T s.r.l.
    • 09:30 – 11:00 Plenary discussions I: Analysis by thematic groups (30 min. per group: 20 min. presentation plus 10 min. Q&A)
    • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break
    • 11:30 – 12:30 Breakout Group session II: Analysis by water issue
      Assignment to breakout groups – Start of breakout group session

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (AGH cafeteria)

Afternoon site visit sponsored by AcegasAps Amga and dinner sponsored by IMR E&T s.r.l.

  • 14:00 Depart for site visit, e.g. Acquedotto Randaccio (local water treatment centre)
  • 16:30 Transfer from site visit to Trieste city centre
  • 17:00 Free time in Trieste city centre
  • 19:00 Dinner in city centre restaurant
  • 22:00 Transfer back to Adriatico Guest House

Thursday 3 December: (Giambiagi meeting room, Adriatico Guesthouse-AGH, lower level 1)

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Groundwater in the FVG region – Bruno della Vedova, Università degli Studi di Trieste
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Communicating with the public – Ed Lempinen, TWAS Public Information Officer
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Breakout Group session II: Analysis by water issue (continued – including preparation of presentations)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Plenary discussions II: Analysis by water issue (30 min. per group: 20 min. presentation plus 10 min. Q&A)
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch (AGH cafeteria)
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Breakout Group session III: Policy development exercise
    Introduction to policy development exercise and organization of breakout groups
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee/tea break
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Breakout Group session III: Policy development exercise (continued – including preparation of presentations)
  • 19:00 Dinner (AGH cafeteria or nearby restaurant in Grignano)

Friday 4 December: (Giambiagi meeting room, Adriatico Guesthouse-AGH, lower level 1)

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Lecture – TBD – Expert to be identified
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Plenary discussions III: Policy development exercise (30 min. per group: 20 min. presentation plus 10 min. Q&A)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Plenary discussions IV: GenderInSITE ( 20 min. presentation plus 10 min. Q&A)
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Conclusions, recommendations, way forward – award of certificates
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Lunch (AGH cafeteria)

BREAKOUT GROUP SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Breakout Group session I – Analysis by thematic Group

Groups comprising practitioners of
(i) Basic researchers,
(ii) Deployment specialists (including engineers), and
(iii) Policymakers
will be tasked with thinking across all forms of water management (supply and demand, sustainability, recycling and reuse, water for agriculture, industry and domestic use, sanitation, environmental pollution, etc) to determine – especially from the perspective of the developing world – what should be the goals of development in the water sector, e.g. over the next 25-50 years; what resources/capacity exists to help reach those goals; what technologies are the most useful in certain situations; what other technologies are emerging; and what are the gaps – especially in relation to your own group’s expertise, but also thinking about what could be provided by the other two thematic groups; what about other issues such as access to water, gender, efficiency of water use, etc.

Breakout Group session II – Analysis by water Sector

Groups will be created with expertise in different water sectors:
(i) Sustainable management of supply and demand, including by sector (agriculture, industry, domestic);
(ii) Safe drinking water and sanitation; and
(iii) Pollution and run-off, e.g. from agricultural and industrial use of water.
This time the groups will be asked to think across the different thematic areas (R&D, policymaking, deployment) to identify needs and gaps in sectoral water resource management over the next 25-50 years.

Breakout Group session III

Participants will be divided into 3 or 4 groups (depending on personal preferences), each containing at least one policymaker, a scientist and an engineer/technical person. The aim is to develop a white paper on a sustainable water policy for a hypothetical developing country. Different hypothetical countries will be devised with different science diplomacy challenges (e.g. with neighbouring countries), as well as different current water budgets, natural resources, expected economic and population growth, industry vs agricultural contribution to GDP, etc.
The groups will identify challenges and investment opportunities taking into account a 100-unit budget. The policy white paper must detail what percentage of these units should be devoted to different investments, (e.g. x% in research and development, y% on importing water (or perhaps –y% on exporting water), z% on investing in foreign technologies, and so on).

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