Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Update on the Fall Conference

The 2013 International WaTER Conference is already shaping up to be a huge success! Oral and poster abstracts are being reviewed and sessions are being formed for a variety of presentation topics, including: market-based solutions, capacity-building in the WASH sector, groundwater and well drilling challenges, geogenic contamination and mitigation, climate change impacts on water resources, role and experience of NGOs, social / behavioral change and assessment, and service-learning projects in developing regions. Participants are expected to attend from at least 15 developing nations, and will share with us their research, experience and rich culture. 
One of the scores of entries submitted in 2012 K12 student art and poster competition

This year's Conference (September 23-25, 2013) will be held at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel, the largest hotel in Oklahoma. Among its many amenities are on-site dining, salon and spa services, and a 60,000 square-foot fitness center (open 24 hours) that boasts a state-of-the-art weight room, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor and outdoor tracks, and aerobics. Because the hotel and Conference sessions are all in the same venue, participants will have ample opportunity to network with their peers, arrange association meetings with members, or gather informally at the outdoor courtyard in the center of the Conference space. 

International travel scholarship recipients (2011 Conference), pictured with Dr. David Sabatini and Ashley Walker of the WaTER Center

The Conference will continue its tradition of K12 student involvement as well, drawing in students via its art and poster competition which was such a hit two years ago. As a bonus, this year's Conference will be attended by Deepika Kurup, the Discovery Education 3M 2012 Top Young Scientist Award winner, a high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire, whose winning project was on increasing the efficiency of oxidation used to disinfect drinking water in developing countries.

To register for the Conference, visit WaTER Conference Registration.

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