Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 OU International WaTER Conference

The WaTER Center will host the 2017 OU International WaTER Conference in Norman, Oklahoma with the theme A Decade of Progress – A Vision for the Future.  We are particularly excited about the conference this year because, as our theme suggests, it will be a celebration of our 10th anniversary of the biennial WaTER Conference/Water Prize cycles.  

Making this celebration of water all the more exciting is the fact that the past prize winners will return to honor the current prize winner, all presenting during the conference and participating in a panel discussion.
Steven P. Luby, 2009
Ben Fawcett, 2011
Ada Oko-Williams, 2013
Peter Lochery, 2015

The 2017 prize recipient is Eric Stowe, founder and executive director of Splash.  Eric will accept the prestigious University of Oklahoma International Water Prize at the OU International WaTER Conference banquet, where he will give the plenary address.

Eric Stowe, 2017 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize recipient

The conference provides opportunities for attendees to join in this celebration by offering special activities, such as an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, increased workshop sessions, and the new Student Poster Competition. Collaborative gatherings and informative panel discussions will be provided, creating the chance to share experiences and discuss future WaSH challenges and solutions.

Conference participants experience hand-drilling techniques at a post-conference workshop
The OU International WaTER Conference is expected to gather together 200 WaSH experts, students and interested participants from an estimated 20 countries. The conference will be held Sept. 18-20. Registration will be available via our website mid-February.

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