Online Public Lecture: Water in the Future



The Institute of Science and Environment of USJ will hold an online public lecture titled “Water in the Future” on the 10th December 2020.

About the Talk:

The talk will focus on water-related issues such as increasing population, poverty, and climate change. Will these exacerbate existing water problems and create new ones? Will we have enough water in the future? Will we meet the UN SDG6 goals? How will our rivers and lakes look like in terms of pollution, biodiversity, and landscape? Which technical, economic, and institutional solutions do we have? Are they available and affordable? What can stakeholders and decision-makers do about it? What can each of us do about it right now? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this presentation.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Joaquim Pocas Martins is a professor and Director of the Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment Section of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. He is also the current Secretary-General of the National Water Council of Portugal and president of Ordem dos Engenheiros – Northern Region of Portugal. He held various important positions in the past – as a consultant to the World Bank, NATO, and the European Commission; CEO of water utilities serving up to 8 million people (1997-2013) and secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal (1993-95). With a degree in Civil Engineering (University of Porto) and Public Health Engineering (University of Newcastle), he authored over 100 technical and scientific communications and currently leading a worldwide report on the contribution of engineers to SDG6. Prof. Martins has over 40 years’ experience in the water sector, including lecturing and research, consultancy, management of water utilities, political responsibilities at government and municipal levels.


Date: Thursday, 10th December 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96241943947?pwd=R3lPKzBjNzhLZ0R2M09abjFMRitCZz09
Meeting ID: 962 4194 3947
Passcode: 174611

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