The Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) 9th Annual Symposium will focus on water themes in disaster response, a particularly relevant issue in light of the rising frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

The event will feature discussions and breakout sessions on the role of innovation and diplomacy in addressing water concerns in humanitarian emergencies. The symposium will kick off with a keynote address on Puerto Rico’s disaster response, followed by three breakout sessions led by various water experts on the intersection of gender and water, infrastructure and investments, and coastal adaptation. Finally, the Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. Confirmed experts include Dr. Kenneth Strzepek, professor of Water Management and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr. James Cullis, a native South African who runs a water consulting firm in Cape Town and is currently working on the crisis.

The conference has a track record of bringing leading thinkers, policymakers, business executives, scientists and academics to discuss pressing water concerns. With previous speakers including CEO of Mammoth Trading Richael Young, Senior advisor USACE at the Institute for Water Resource Dr. Jerry Delli Priscolli, and Director at E-Water and MacArthur Fellow Dr. Kartik Chandran, this Symposium serves as a nexus for new ideas and thinking about water.

This conference is open to students, professionals and anyone interested in this growing issue, we hope to see you all there!