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World Water Day 2024: water for peace and achieving SDG6

Event organised by ICE

22 March 2024
12:00 - 13:15 GMT

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The ICE London ECN (Early Careers Network) are delighted to present this online seminar to celebrate World Water Day. 

Hear from the expert presenters who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting peace through access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and showcase some inspiring projects and research working towards achieving UN SDG 6. 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is about “clean water and sanitation for all”. The goal aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. It is one of the 17 SDGs established by the UN General Assembly in 2016. 

This seminar will feature a presentation by Dr David Werner, from Newcastle University, on his research titled “A suitcase laboratory for advanced water microbiology”. 

Next we’ll hear from Nancy Stone and Melissa Campbell from non-profit organisation Just a Drop. This talk will pick up the theme for World Water Day 2024 to share some stories of how bringing safe water and sanitation to people can help to stabilise communities affected by conflict. They come fresh from visiting projects in Uganda, where conflict comes in different guises, from insurgency to rivalry over land rights, to domestic conflict as well as the conflict between the needs of nature versus people.

Small scale local rural water supply solutions remain low tech, but key issues are long term sustainability as well as enabling communities to have a voice to advocate for their rights, and improve gender equality.  As well as access to safe water for household needs, Just a Drop are also seeing how important water is for livelihoods to improve prosperity, building in resilience for people to be able to handle climate related shocks and unrest.  They will share some design updates that are being implemented and those for which further innovation is needed. 

This will be followed by a third and final presentation, given by Amelia Paszkowski, a water specialist working for the World Bank in Hanoi, Vietnam, whose work centres around enhancing communities’ resilience to water hazards in Vietnam, with a main focus on the Mekong Delta.

This event will be held online and will include a short Q+A session following each presentation. 

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear and learn from some of the people behind these valuable and worthwhile projects as we stride towards achieving UN SDG6.  


Dr David Werner

Dr David Werner

Newcastle University

professor of environmental systems modelling

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Dr David Werner

Dr David Werner is professor of environmental systems modelling at Newcastle University. His research group is developing innovative methods to rapidly survey, map, and communicate waterborne hazards. This includes the development of a suitcase laboratory for molecular microbiology, and the use of environmental DNA for faecal pollution source attribution and quantitative microbial risk assessment. He works with academic, charity, and industry partners in the UK, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Brazil, India, Nepal, and Thailand.

Nancy Stone

Nancy Stone

Just a Drop

water resources specialist

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Nancy Stone

Nancy Stone is a water resources specialist at the Environment Agency in the Solent and South Downs Area.

A keen conservationist alongside balancing of the needs of people, Nancy has a passion for protecting and improving our freshwater environment - rivers, lakes, groundwater and wetlands - and the natural world and wildlife that these habitats support. Nancy has worked in the public & private sectors in the UK and also for international NGOs particularly in East Africa.

Since 2015 Nancy volunteers her spare time with Just a Drop as a project advisor in Water, supporting rural water and sanitation projects in Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Nicaragua and India. She contributes her specialist skills in hydrogeology, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation, water quality and gender equality in WASH. 

Amelie Paszkowski

Amelie Paszkowski

World Bank

water specialist

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Amelie Paszkowski

Amelie is a water specialist working for the World Bank in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her work centres around enhancing communities' resilience to water hazards in Vietnam, with a main focus on the Mekong Delta.

Prior to moving to Vietnam, Amelie completed her PhD at the University of Oxford, which looked social vulnerability to flood and erosion hazards in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh. She continues to work on research projects alongside her work at the World Bank, advancing research and knowledge on resilience across Asia's most important deltas.

Her initial background was in geography and oceanography, and she completed a subsequent Masters degree in water engineering, which led her to gain work experience as a water engineer at Buro Happold.