Call for solutions – Emerging Academic Program

Call For Solutions – Apply now to take part in the 6th World Water Forum  (12-17th March 2012) in the Emerging Academic Program!

The 6th World Water Forum is looking to invite advanced Master’s and PhD students from around the world to present their solutions-based work and participate as fully engaged members of the Forum. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to work with high level experts from academia, the public sector, and private industry. They will take part in networking events with other young professionals and water experts from around the world. So don’t wait to  fill in the form to apply!

Deadline : 15th January 2012

Here’s the presentation document for more information : 6th World Water Forum Call for Applications


Meet the selection committee !

Applications will be examined and selected by a committee of 3 water experts and Forum’s representatives.

Dr. Alex Bielak:

Senior Research Fellow and Knowledge Broker - United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH) and Senior Advisor to the Chair - UN-Water


In addition to his role as Knowledge Broker for the freshwater programme and lead for Knowledge Management and Mobilization at UNU-INWEH, Alex also serves as Senior Advisor to the Chair of UN-Water.

Alex was Environment Canada’s first-ever Director, Science and Technology Liaison with a mission of communicating science knowledge to targeted audiences and linking science with policy development. Prior to that Alex spent over a year as A/Director General, S&T Strategies Directorate, where he set up the Directorate and led the team developing EC’s new Science Plan. A NATO Scholar, he previously held senior positions with Canada’s National Water Research Institute, NGOs, and other federal and provincial government departments.

Alex is a dynamic and widely published speaker and an alumnus of the Banff Centre’s inaugural Science Communications Residency. His expertise is sought in Canada and internationally as an authority on science communications, and knowledge translation and brokering.

Alex holds a PhD degree in Freshwater Biology from the University of Waterloo and has served on numerous Boards and Committees. He was recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multi-Media at McMaster University. This will facilitate Alex participating in the collaborative graduate diploma program,Water Without Borders, between UNU-INWEH and McMaster, as well as participating in the supervision of graduate students.  He was honoured for his professional and volunteer activities with a University of Waterloo Science Faculty “Distinguished Alumni Award” on the occasion of UW’s 50th Anniversary, and in July 2011 was recognized for his contributions to the Canadian Rivers Institute by being inducted as its first Honorary Member.

For selected recent key publications please see:


Úrsula Oswald Spring

Úrsula Oswald Spring is a professor and researcher at the Regional Centre of Multidisciplinary Research at the National University of Mexico (CRIM-UNAM). She was the first General Attorney (Ombudswomen) for Environment in Latin America and the first Minister of Environmental Development in Mexico in the State of Morelos. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology with speciality in Environment (1978), a Master in Psychology (1972) and BE in Philosophy, Psychology and Anthropology (1969) from University of Zuerich, Switzerland. She is the first MunichRe Chair on Social Vulnerability (2005/2006) at the United National University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). She is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of AFES-PRESS. She is founding member and was Secretary General of the Colegio de Tlaxcala, a PhD programme on sustainable regional development. As President of IPRA (1988-2000) and Secretary General of CLAIP (Latin American Peace Research, 2002-2006) she linked the concept of Human, Gender and Environmental Security (HUGE) with peace studies, non-violent conflict resolution and sustainable productive processes.

She is also a founding member and Chair of the Advisory Commission of the Peasant University from the South in Mexico and has advised for the last 35 years women, indigenous, peasants and social vulnerable groups. She has written 33 books on poverty alleviation, sustainability, water, hydrodiplomacy, peace studies, conflict resolution within indigenous and minorities, environmental education, food sovereignty, genetic modified organisms, social vulnerability and women.

She was acknowledged with the price Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in 2005, the merit on environmental research in Tlaxcala 2005 and 2006, the Woman of the Year 2000, the Woman researcher University price and the 4th Decade of Development from the UN. She was involved in peace and conflict resolution in Central America, Middle East, Gernika-Spain, Chiapas and in several African countries and is editor ofPeace and Environment in the Encyclopaedia on Life Support System-UNESCO. She is co-author of: the Policy Memorandum by Scientists regarding the UN Security Council’s first discussion on Climate Change: Climate Change and Human Security (15 April 2007). She is co-editor (with H.G. Brauch, P. Kameri-Mbote N. Behera Chadha, J. Grin, C. Mesjasz et al.) of three major reference books in Springer’s HEXAGON Series on: Vol. III: Globalization and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century(2007/2008); Vol. IV: Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts(2008); Vol. V: Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks(2008/2009). For more information visit her personal website.


Dr Nyende Byakika

Stephen is a civil engineer specializing in Water Resources Management with experience in both public and private sector organisations. He holds degrees from Makerere University in Uganda, and obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from Vaal University of Technology in South Africa. He currently lectures at Tshwane University of Technology in
South Africa in the field of water resources engineering. Stephen’s research interests focus on development of decision support tools for malfunctioning water distribution networks, as well as the challenges relating to unsustainable management of water resources due to growing populations, increased pollution and the effects of climate change. He
has worked for the Directorate of Water Development and with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda (NWSC), providing him with an in depth knowledge of the water sector, and the real challenges that water resources developers face. Stephen has worked with a diverse range of stakeholders including Non-Governmental
Organisations, scientists, and industry representatives, and is an Ambassador of HydroAid to Uganda, an Italian-based Water for Development Management Institute. Stephen is extremely passionate about youth engagement in the water sector, and is the Africa representative of the International Water Week young water professionals program.


Jean Bapstiste Geissler 

Jean-Baptiste Geissler is Project Officer at the 6th World Water Forum. He is responsible for organizing the mobilization of the youth (from elementary school to young professionals) and coordinating the works of expert groups. His goals are to put coherence in all of these projects, offer good opportunities to voice the youth concerns and solutions, and to set up permanent structures that will help ensuring follow up with other major events, and the following forums.

Jean-Baptiste studied Urban Policy (Sciences Po) and Local Economic Development (LSE) and developed his interest on water through these perspectives. He then worked as a consultant for the World Bank Institute before joining the 6th Forum team.