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Science & Technology Process

Overview

The Science & Technology process is a new process that was included in Korea's 7th World Water Forum bid document. Focusing on the importance of science and technology in addressing water issues, this process aims to encourage the exchange of water-related cutting-edge technologies and information, and thus close the technological gaps between developed and developing countries. As a newly introduced process, the science & technology process promises to meet expectations through thorough preparation and to achieve success through wide participation, so that the process can be continued in future Fora.

Uniqueness of the Science and Technology Process (STP)

The Science and Technology process has been newly introduced to the 7th World Water Forum in order to propose and develop a new framework devoted to introducing applicable technology and providing a place to share the right partner and solutions for water throughout the globe. The launch of the STP in the World Water Forum will enhance its scope attracting diverse stakeholders who hold tangible water technologies and best practice cases. Furthermore, it will enable participants to share and exchange know-hows and practical plans for implementation of solutions.

Goals and Objectives

The Science and Technology process aims toward the "implementation" of innovative and applicable technologies, by building sound and effective linkages in the water sector between science, technology, policy and practice. In line with the goals of the STP, the process has the detail objectives on

improving
the understanding of the roles of science and technology in solving the global water challenges based on practical cases and know-hows
designing
guidance on the use of science and technology to implement and innovate water policies and realities
providing
practical pathways to actors in business and policy makers to find the proper partners to make synergistic effects to implement solutions

Main Focus Areas for the Science and Technology Process

Main focus 1 :
Efficient Water Management
Main focus 2 :
Resources Recovery from Water and Waste-Water System
Main focus 3 :
Water and Natural Disasters
Main focus 4 :
Smart Technology for Water
Main focus 5 :
Understanding and Managing Ecosystem Services for Water

Services for Water

Five Main Focuses were selected as the prior and comprehensive key areas for the STP. Each Main Focus will be composed of several Sub-Focuses that will elaborate each theme and that process will be led by the working group of the STP.

Special Programs

Three special programs are planned under the Science and Technology Process.

White Paper
Strategic Insights and Foresights
Based on expert consultations, the defined Main Focuses will be delivered by covering the leading edge and methods of appropriate science and technology development and application. It will be delivered based on thorough research, providing practical cases and foresights to policy-makers and furthermore global investors.

CEO Innovation Panel
Gaining momentum behind science, technology and innovation
The CEO Innovation Panel will bring together business leaders from in and outside of the water sector – promoting innovation in water, by conducting panel discussions with various professionals, such as water industry CEOs, leading scientists, technology experts and government representatives. It will bring an innovative momentum to not only the Science and Technology Process, but also to the 7th World Water Forum.

World Water Challenges
Linking problem owners and solution providers
By defining the World Water Challenges, problem owners will be invited to submit specific cases and situations that are emblematic for the defined challenge and that need to be addressed urgently. The World Water Challenge of the STP will encourage solution providers to share their know-hows and best practices on tackling the defined water challenges. The best solution provider will be selected to present their cases and solutions at the 7th World Water Forum.

Working Group

The working group of the Science and Technology Process is composed of 5 Design Groups and several Session Groups.

Design Group
Design Group is responsible for developing each Main Focus by elaborating sub- Focus areas and coordinating Session Group. Throughout the whole process, members are expected to communicate closely each other to coordinate session group members and the contents of the sessions.
Design Group is also in charge of reviewing the plans of the session submitted by the session group members and responsible to submit reviewed version to the Science and Technology Process Commission.
Concluding Sessions that will encompass session contents organized by session group members under each Main Focus and it will be planned and organized by the Design Group members.
Each Concluding Session report will also be written by each Design Group members led by the Design Group Coordinator.

Design Group Coordinator
Design Group Coordinator will be in charge of leading communication between Design Group members, and organizing the concluding session. Also the integrated concluding session linked to the Thematic Process will be coordinated by the Design Group Coordinator.

Session Group
As a new process, the Science and Technology Process is expected to be composed of innovative and creative sessions with high quality contents. Sessions can be developed to clarify the roles of Science and Technology in developing the implementing tools for solving global water challenges. Session Groups are responsible for designing and organizing the sessions.

Design Group List

Science and Technology Process

Design Group List
Main Focus 1(7 Org.) Main Focus 2(6 Org.) Main Focus 3(7 Org.) Main Focus 4(6 Org.) Main Focus 5(5 Org.)
Efficient water management Resource recovery from water and waste-water management Water and natural disasters Smart technology for water Understanding and managing ecosystem services for water
American Water Resources Association
(AWRA)
*Coordinator
UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
*Coordinator
Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation
*Co-Coordinator
K-water
*Co-Coordinator
Non-point sources Management Research Center
*Coordinator
UNEP International Water Association
(IWA)
Korea Environment Institute (KEI)
*Co-Coordinator
Smart Water Grid Research Group
*Co-Coordinator
USACE
Ministry of transport and nature of Germany Public Utilities Board(PUB) International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) Environmental Quality Protection Foundation (EQPF) ASTEE
Korea Environment Corporation
(KECO)
Korean Society of Water and Wastewater Asian Development Bank(ADB) UNESCO International Hydrological Programme Korea Water Resources Association
Korean Society on Water Environment Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research DHI University of Athens & GWP-MED
International Water Association
(IWA)
SUEN (Turkish Water Institute) League of Arab Center for Eco-smart waterworks system  
Texas A&M   Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) Kyoto university    

How to Participate

We are now on the process of collecting 1st draft of Session Proposals by November 15th. Please download the session proposal template below and submit it to the designated Design group Coordinator under the Main Focus you are interested in.

Detail contact information of the Design Group is included in the session proposal template.