The Norman Transcript

September 12, 2013

OU to host WaTER conference

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center at the University of Oklahoma will bring together researchers and advocates from around the world to focus on the life-sustaining resource of clean water.

The WaTER Center will address technical and non-technical water and sanitation issues at the 2013 International WaTER Conference, scheduled for Sept. 23-25 at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center and Hotel in Norman.

The center reports that more children die each year due to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene than AIDS and malaria combined. This is not due to water scarcity but rather poverty, inequality and government failures that result in poor or dangerous water quality.

The conference will include local and international speakers, breakout sessions and poster and paper sessions in the fields of social entrepreneurship, behavior change, water technologies, climate change and hydro-philanthropy in the developing world.

The highlight of the conference will be a lecture and presentation by OU International Water Prize winner Ada Oko-Williams, former associate director at Water and Sanitation for Africa and current assistant director at the Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development program, a U.S. Forest Services International Programs/USAID program.

The conference also will feature water and sanitation experts Richard Taylor, University College, London; Tamara Baker, iDE, Cambodia; Feleke Zewge, Addis-Ababa University, Ethiopia; Frank Kansiime, Makerere University, Uganda; and Hans Mosler, EAWAG, Switzerland.

A panel discussion Sept. 24 will include “Climate Change and Water: Challenges Across Sectors,” with a question-and-answer session following. Individuals can register online at waTER.ou.edu or by phone at 325-2379. The deadline to register online is Sept. 20.