Ongoing e-Conference: Joint Action
e-CONFERENCE on JOINT ACTION TOWARDS WATER KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
Taking action to bridge the gap between policy-makers and water researchers in Africa
Join us for the second virtual conference on joint action towards water knowledge management from 18 to 22 March 2013.
The upcoming e-Conference will be opened by Dr. Inga Jacobs, the Executive Manager: Business Development, Marketing and Communication at the Water Research Commission, who has extensive experience in the KM sector. You can read more about her here.
Hosted by the NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE), in conjunction with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, this e-Conference takes place during the United Nations’ World Water Day on 22 March 2013 as part of the UN International Year for Water Cooperation.
Following from the first e-Conference in November 2012, the upcoming e-e-Conference will focus on the need for joint action towards water knowledge management, and challenges and problems that are being faced. Specific aims are to
- Improve partnerships and visibility;
- Identify possible projects; and
- Explore thematic collaborations.
The November 2012 e-Conference identified the difficult relationship between policy-makers and knowledge producers, whether due to time constraints or different usage of knowledge, as a major stumbling block. All participants agreed that it is up to all stakeholders – researchers, policy-makers, and society – to contribute their knowledge in order to improve the well-being of the southern African water sector.
According to Mr Nico Elema, regional programme manager of SANWATCE, an e-conference is a discussion on a specific theme among a group of people conducted via the Internet among e-participants: “It is an interesting alternative to the traditional format of seminars and workshops as it saves mission costs and provides more flexibility to participants to schedule their participation.”
“We are very excited about the opportunity to connect with likeminded people in the water sector in the region,” he says. “We are looking forward to lively debate, which in turn will stimulate skills development and growth within the sector.”
All discussions and presentations will take place on the online platform AquaKnow.net, a collaborative workspace and content management system.