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AquaCircular Conference on October 7-8th

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26 august 2021, 14.00 to 17.30: WEBINAR – Poop tell no lies, Progress and developments of WBE surveillance in South Africa

In order to contain this fast-spreading pandemic rapid action is critical, and preparedness measures must outpace the rate of transmission. Due to resource limitations, developing countries may not be able to afford mass-screening programmes to identify new infections. Surveillance of wastewater offers an opportunity for near–real-time outbreak data and has potential utility as an early warning for resurgence of the outbreak. To date, the wastewater-based epidemiology approach has been successfully piloted in developed countries where there is wide coverage of waterborne sanitation, such as the Netherlands, France, United States of America, etc. The concept of screening municipal wastewater and environmental water quality as an epidemiological tool for viruses is not a new concept, and has been used to help inform broader infectious disease epidemiological surveillance and mitigation efforts such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Environmental surveillance has also been used and recommended for other infections, such as typhoid, early warning of hepatitis A and norovirus outbreaks, as well as for antimicrobial resistance, with modelling techniques used to assist both the design and interpretation of those efforts. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is also commonly used in the surveillance of licit and illicit drugs and various chemical contaminants which may impact human ...
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9-27th of August: AySA Hosts 2nd Hackathon for Latin American Water Solutions

Watershare Member, AySA, and Latin American Regional Hub Leader, is hosting their 2nd Hackathon this year from the 9-27th of August. Read more here! (Only in Spanish).  
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AQUA≈360: Water for All Emerging Issues & Innovations I 31st August 2021 – 2nd September

The University of Exeter is proud to announce its digital international Conference, called aqua360, on 31st August 2021 – 2nd September. This virtual event aims to fosters cross-fertilisation of ideas to secure safe and sufficient water and sanitation for all. The goal is to support sustainable, resilient, energy-efficient and smart water management to address climate change, rapid urbanisation and water pollution. More information: http://www.aqua360.net Flyer 1 and Flyer 2 with more information about this conference.  
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Workshop: Securing water and energy for food security: in support of Aspiration 1 of the African Union’s Agenda 2063

WATER RESEARCH COMMISSION AND WATERNET AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2021 Date: 27 May 2021 Time: 11:00 to 12:55 (CAT) Webinar Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aHHs2pRmRJKM90MdFr_M_g Agenda 2063, the continent's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into a global powerhouse of the future, also addresses issues related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a pathway towards sustainable development. Agenda 2063 encapsulates Africa's Aspirations for the future and identifies critical Flagship Programmes that can boost Africa's economic growth and development and lead to the rapid transformation of the continent. Thus, the webinar will reflect on African research, development, and innovation activities to improve access to clean water and sanitation, zero hunger, and access to affordable and clean energy. The three goals address Aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063, "Prosperous Africa, based on Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development", and the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7. The three form the water-energy-food WEF) nexus.
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Watershare 3rd Strategic Meeting on Sewage Surveillance on May 25th

Watershare members and guest speakers will convene for a 3rd Strategic Meeting on Sewage Surveillance for COVID19 on May 25th. Our members and partner experts will share updates from across the globe, and discussing the latest on variants monitoring and translating data for public health authorities. Our member and invited guest speakers include: Dr. Laurent Moulin, Head of Research Department, Eau de Paris, France Prof. Gertjan Medema, Principal Microbiologist, KWR, The Netherlands Prof. Tamar Kohn, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) Dr. Katharina Jahn, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) Leo Heijnen, Scientific Researcher, KWR, The Netherlands Prof. Peter Vanrolleghem, modelEAU – Université Laval, Québec, Canada Assoc. Prof. Bilge Alpaslan Kocamemi, Marmara University, Environmental Engineering Department, Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Istanbul, Turkey Stay tuned for a summary of the outcomes and get in touch if you are interested to learn more or collaborate!
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KWR will be hosting a webinar on May 20th

On the topic of AquaConnect (Dutch only) on reuse of wastewater and brackish groundwater during periods of drought in the Netherlands, but find more information here in English: https://www.wur.nl/en/news-wur/Show/Wageningen-research-on-reuse-of-wastewater-awarded-six-million-euros.htm
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Operators Without Borders Training — May 6 from 13:00 to 17:00 (GMT – 3)

It is a pleasure to invite all  ALOAS/Watershare/COFES/AIDIS members to the "PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEMS (ICS) FOR WATER AND SANITATION ORGANIZATIONS", which will take place virtually on Thursday May 6 from 1 to 5 pm (Argentina local time). Organized by AySA and dictated by the prestigious Canadian organization Operators Without Borders in conjunction with ALOAS, Watershare, SGBATOS and the Embassy of Canada. OWB helps public water and sanitation services in developing countries to recover from natural disasters and other kind of conflicts by training and mentoring water and wastewater operators. The objective of this activity is to train and form a team of 60 professionals and technicians from the water sector in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide assistance to drinking water and treatment plants in emergency and catastrophic situations and prepare the teams for eventual contingencies. The deadline for registration is Friday, April 30. Places are limited (60 participants) Registration: relaciones_internacionales@aysa.com.ar, indicating organization of membership. Language: English with texts in Spanish
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14th April – Watershare webinar: NextGen Circular Water Solutions from Across the Globe

Time: 9.00-10.30 In the transition towards the circular economy, the water sector worldwide is taking initiatives to close the water cycle further, reuse water, and recover energy and nutrients from wastewater. Within the EU H2020-project NextGen, several Watershare partners demonstrate circular water solutions within Europe and China, India, and South Korea. In this webinar, Watershare partners present their NextGen activities such as IVL-TSWO on sponge irrigation in India, IVL-JIEI on high efficiency and energy-saving wastewater treatment in China, KIST on advanced materials for water purification in South Korea, and NTUA on sewer mining in Greece. An excellent opportunity to learn from each other. Please register here.
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