Event Details & Theme
STOP TALKING, START DOING!
This theme challenges us all to bring our skills and knowledge to the water sector ‘work bench’ in order to implement practical and relevant solutions to shared challenges. It also reminds us all that we need to work together across disciplines, professions, academia and practice to come up with innovative solutions that solve problems and address skills gaps that water and sanitation sectors face all over Africa.
The Official Conference Handbook
The Conference Handbook was provided to all conference delegates in in hard copy form in the conference registration packs. However, digital versions of the Conference Handbook are available for your convenience.
Date and Venue
Following three very successful conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2013 the 4th YWP-ZA Biennial Conference will join with the 1st African YWP conference, to take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. We will be welcoming participants to our conference from all over Africa from 16-18 November 2015 in what promises to be the most interactive event yet. The conference is expecting to attract over 450 delegates from across Africa and all disciplines.
Conference Themes & Objectives
The conference theme is “Stop Talking, Start Doing!” This theme aims to bring academic research together with professionals working in implementation contexts in order to facilitate an awareness of how to apply knowledge and solutions in situations where they can make a difference. In addition, it will create a platform for researchers and practitioners to get to know each other and start building the cooperative relationships essential for generating relevant solutions.
The conference will thus provide a forum for young researchers and practitioners across the water sector to present and discuss their work and ideas. Participants will meet peers within water and wastewater science, governance, engineering, technology, management and other areas of the water sector. This conference aims to showcase career pathways and further young professional capacities in a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral environment, encouraging discourse on current and future water concerns.
Recruitment & Exhibition
The conference will include an interactive exhibition hall to highlight new technologies, innovative concepts, and soft skills tools that all YWPs can use. This also brings YWPs in contact with potential employer organisations. Organisations in the ‘water field’ are invited to participate in the exhibition as a product / service exhibiter and to meet the talented young professionals at the conference. Interested organisations are requested to contact the Secretariat for further information.