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University of Southampton Celebrates World Water Day 2013

Published: 5 April 2013
World Water Day: Water Cooperation

This year the University of Southampton joined the global community in celebration of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and UN World Water Day. The full day celebration, organised by the University of Southampton’s Multidisciplinary Research Week in association with the Sustainability Science at Southampton USRG, gave the opportunity to reflect on the different dimensions of water cooperation, and brought new ideas and innovative approaches from different sectors of society.

University of Southampton Celebrates World Water Day and International Year of Water Cooperation 2013
World Water Day

It was the first year that the University of Southampton formally celebrated the international World Water Day and the full day of thematic events->Water Quality; Energy & Water; and Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation- certainly provided new insights into challenges, benefits and future opportunities for ‘water cooperation'. The entire day touched on all the multifaceted challenges re. water resource management and it was clear that a interdisciplinary approach is critical to bringing solutions to this pressing societal challenge.

The day involved academic, post graduate and political leaders, and included inspirational presentations, interactive demonstrations and the screening of the seminal award winning documentary ‘Flow- For Love of Water'.  

Key messages from the day (incl. facts from the UN World Water Day), can be found here.


See the latest videos, interviews, pictures, tweets and views from the floor at World Water Day, University of Southampton!

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Water Quality: Addressing Global Problems at Source-

  • ‘Water quality: addressing global problems at source', by Dr Jim Wright, UoS.
  • ‘Human Capital and Water: Assessing the direct relationship and the impact of urban dimensions', by Sylvia Szabo, UoS.
  • ‘WaterAid', Presentation by Alice Dibblin, UoS and lead volunteer for student WaterAid group.


  • Screen-printed potentiometric sensors for chloride measurement in soils.' by Dr Nick Harris & Dr Andy Cranny, UoS.
  • ‘Collaborative Catchment Scale Water Quality Management Using Integrated Wireless Sensor Networks'  by Huma Zia, UoS.
  • ‘The Aquatest System demonstration (The Aquatest Research Programme)', by Rob Matthews, University of Bristol.

Energy and Water: Energy for Development-

  • Energy and Water: Energy for Development', by Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, UoS.

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)-

 The World Water Day celebrations was organised by Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 in association with: Sustainability Science at Southampton; the ESPA ASSETS project; and the ESPA Deltas project. The day was in support of the Southampton local Water Aid group. 

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