Forum to address future world water challenges

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UK’s largest consortium of water researchers will welcome business, NGO and government leaders to discuss water security.

On World Water Day, we're pleased to announce the upcoming event, 'Water in a changing world'. The major forum will focus on the future of innovation, ecosystems and resilience for water security. Organised by the GW4 Water Security Alliance, it will bring together industry, government and charity leaders to discuss pressing global challenges on water resources. The invitation-only event will take place on 28 June 2018 at the Watershed, Bristol.

Academic and water leaders from a variety of sectors will discuss the global water research challenges their organisations must address over the next 25 years. They will also plan new collaborative research activities.

Panel discussion topics include:

  • consumer behaviour and its impact on water
  • biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems
  • water sustainability in the context of climate change

The GW4 Water Security Alliance is the UK’s largest water research consortium. It brings together a £50 million research portfolio and over 200 water researchers with long-standing expertise. It's four members are renowned worldwide for their areas of specialism. Bath draws on expertise in water technology and engineering, water analytics and water cycle analysis. Bristol is known for its research in modelling the water environment and uncertainty quantification. Cardiff specialises in interdisciplinary science on water for people and ecosystems. While Exeter addresses a wide range of challenges across the full urban water and hydroinformatics.

The GW4 Water Security Alliance was recently awarded £2.1m by the Natural Environment Research Council to establish the UK’s first centre for doctoral training dedicated to freshwater bioscience and sustainability.

Professor Jan Hofman, Director of the Water Innovation and Research Centre in Bath said: “The coming decades will be extremely challenging for water security in terms of global population growth and climate change. Sustainable water management and governance need disruptive innovation and multidisciplinary approaches. The Water Security Alliance is an inspiring collaboration that can deliver truly new solutions. It is very exciting to be part it.”

Dr Sarah Perkins, Director of the GW4 Alliance said: “The GW4 Water Security Alliance has developed a strong reputation for delivering research, doctoral training and equipment at scale. But a global issue such as water sustainability can only be addressed through effective collaboration between academic, industry, charity and government partners. We are delighted to provide a forum to bring these experts together.”

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