The Innovation Workshop on Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment, organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA), co-organized with and supported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), will take place from 27 to 29 September 2023 at the JRC in Petten, Netherlands.
The 3-day workshop will be a unique experience in pulling collective intelligence to innovate on water quality monitoring and assessment challenges, and to look ahead on how to build momentum and support to go further down the road together.
The following selected challenges will be put forward at the workshop:
- Data to Action: Transforming data into actionable insights for water stewardship
- Empowering citizen scientists to improve water quality, from monitoring to action
- Empowering women in Kenya access clean water through earth observation technologies
- Melding AquaWatch & Global Indigenous Knowledge (MAGIK)
- Routine Monitoring of Antimicrobial Resistance in Water
The workshop will be designed around:
- SDG Innovation Bootcamp: to (1) learn and practice challenge shaping to improve value proposition, (2) build community to gather key human capital, (3) set up impact business, and (4) peer-review to refine the challenges.
- Hack Day: to (1) work together on exploring and defining innovative ideas and solutions to address the challenges, (2) cross-pitch the ideas and (3) pitch the final take to collectively address the challenges.
- Plan Ahead Together: to collectively plan the next steps of the activities/projects at the interface of community resources and the support of established partnerships.