Water Security and Climate Change

Scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.

The availability of water affects many of mankind’s social and economic actions and is an essential component of ecosystems. Hence, water security is one of the major challenges faced by society today, on both a global and local level. Additionally, impacts of climate change and water-related hazards are increasingly decisive for well-being, poverty, conflict or peace and have become a key component of social development.

Water security as well as climate change are cross-cutting elements of recent global agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Science should and can play an important role in contributing to the achievement of these goals.

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) strives to go beyond science and build bridges between various disciplines and sectors as well as different groups of stakeholders. Serving as a platform for discussions about water secure societies, by providing a stimulating environment with the intention of yielding innovative ideas and grounds for implementation, the WSCC is continuing a series of successful conferences in Bangkok, Cologne and Nairobi.

In 2019, WSCC is convened by the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí on behalf of the Exceed network, which consists of more than 90 universities worldwide.

Keynote Speaker 2019

Mukand Babel

Dr. Mukand S. Babel is a Professor of Water Engineering and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Dr. Babel is leading the Climate Change Asia (CCA) initiative at AIT for catalyzing capacity for action to address climate change issues in the region. His professional experience in teaching, research and consultancy spans over 35 years.

Mark Smith

Dr. Mark Smith is Deputy Director General – Research for Development of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and a scientist with areas of specialisation in agriculture, forestry and hydrology and a focus on how to make systems change for sustainable development more effective, practical and scalable.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm currently serves as Lead Scientist for Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy, and has an appointment as Chair and Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Registration fees

Early Bird

until 8 September 2019

Regular

from 9 September 2019
AUDIENCE 2

60 USD

60 USD

YOUNG SCIENTIST* 1

120 USD

145 USD

REDUCED** 1

145 USD

175 USD

STANDARD 1

175 USD

225 USD

¹ Registration fee covers for the participant:

  • Admission to all scientific and social events during the conference
  • Conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome Reception on 27 October 2019
  • Gala dinner on 29 October 2019

* must prove student or PhD status.
** Institutions located in DAC-List countries.

² Registration fee of 60 USD covers:

  • Admission to all scientific events during the conference
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks without lunches

Guest Ticket:
Additionally, we offer a special ‘Guest Ticket’ for  60 USD accompanying persons which includes the participation in the conference reception, dinner and a guided city tour (San Luis Potosí).

Dates

19 Aug 2019
Notification of approved abstracts
30 Nov 2019
Full paper submission deadline

VISA INFORMATION

COUNTRIES THAT DON’T NEED VISA

Nationals of the following countries or regions do not require a visa to travel to Mexico and request their admission as a visitor without permission to perform paid activities.

Argentina Costa Rica Peru
Australia Czech Republic Sweden
Barbados Ecuador United Kingdom
Brazil France United States
Canada Germany Venezuela
Chile Italy
Colombia Luxembourg

In the immigration filter, they must present:

  • Valid passport or identity document that is valid under international law.
  • FMM filled. (This form is delivered at the point of entry to Mexico)
  • The immigration authority may request the foreigner to verify the reason for his trip, using any of the following documents:

a) Hotel reservation, return tickets (itinerary), tour tickets (itinerary).

b) Mandate letter in Spanish of the company, subsidiary or foreign subsidiary stating that the foreign person is employed by it and that the payment of the services they will provide in the national territory will be borne by the same.

c) Letter of organization or public or private institution in which you invite the foreign person to participate in any unpaid activity in national territory, state the purpose of the visit and the estimated time of stay. In case the organization or institution covers the travel and permanence expenses of the foreign person in the national territory, a responsive letter must be attached.

d) Letter of invitation or acceptance from any institution belonging to the National Educational System to carry out courses, studies or research or training projects for a maximum period of one hundred and eighty days.

COUNTRIES THAT NEED VISA

Nationals of the following countries or regions must obtain a visa to travel to Mexico. For recreational purposes, business or any unpaid activity in Mexico that does not exceed 180 days, they must apply for a visitor’s visa without permission to perform paid activities at any Mexican consulate.

Argelia Iran Togo
Bangladesh Kenya Turkey
Cameroon Malawi Tunisia
China Nepal Vietnam
Egypt Nigeria Yemen
Ethiopia Pakistan Zambia
Ghana Palestine Zimbabwe
India Sudan
Indonesia Thailand

The foreigner who presents any of the following documents will not require a Mexican visa:

a) Document proving permanent residence in Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area, as well as in the member countries of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia and Peru).

b) Valid and active visa from Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area.

c) APEC Business Traveler Card (ABTC) adopted by Mexico.

This information was retrieved from: http://www.sectur.gob.mx/guia-de-viaje/visa/

¿HOW DO I GET MY VISA?

  • Cost: $ 36.00 (thirty-six dollars); in accordance with the provisions of art. 22 of the Federal Rights Law, this value must be canceled on the day of the interview (bring just the required amount, 50 or 100 USD bills will not be accepted).
  • Validity: 180 days for each visit.
  • Maximum period to resolve the visa application process: 10 business days.

Documents required:

  • Valid and valid passport or identity document, in original and copy.
  • A photograph in color of the front with the face visible and without glasses, passport size and white background. The measures must be at least 32 mm x 26 mm with a maximum of 39 mm x 31 mm.
  • Original and copy of the document proving your legal stay, if the person is not a national of the country where he is applying for a visa.
  • Any of the following documents, to certify that he foreign visitor will not carry out a paid activity in the country:

A. Rooting:

  1. Original and copy of the properties registered in the name of the applicant with a minimum age of two years and proof of stable employment with a minimum age of two years,
  2. Or original and copy of the properties registered in the name of the applicant with a minimum age of two years and document proving ownership or participation in business issued by the competent authorities of each country with a minimum age of two years.

B. Economic solvency:

  1. Original and copy of documents proving that it counts with employment or pension with monthly income free of liens greater than the equivalent of 100 days of general minimum wage in force in the Federal District, during the last three months and proof of stable employment with a minimum seniority of one year, or
  2. Original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with average monthly balance equivalent to 300 days of general minimum wage in force in the Federal District, during the last three months.

C. Invitation from a public or private organization or institution:

  1. Original of the responsive letter of an organization/public or private institution that invites the foreign person to participate in any unpaid event or activity in national territory. The letter must contain the following information:
    • Applicant’s full name and nationality
    • Name of the organization
    • Official registration number, as applicable
    • Object of the private or public organization or institution
    • Full address and contact details of the organization or institution
    • Information about the activity that will be carried out or the project in which the foreign person will participate; the activity must be related to the purposes of the organization or institution that invites
    • Estimated duration/approximate date of completion of the activity to be carried out
    • Commitment to take care of the maintenance of the foreign person during their stay in Mexico and their return to their country of origin or residence
    • Copy of official identification with signature and photograph of the undersigned letter
  2. In order to prove that it has resources to comply with the obligation the private organization/institution that invites will submit original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with average monthly balance equivalent to 1,000 days of minimum wage in force for the Federal District, during the last 12 months.
  3. Documents with which the foreign person proves that he has the experience, capacity, skills or knowledge necessary to develop the activity for which he is invited, in original and copy.

D. Participation in an event sponsored or sponsored by the Federal Public Administration as well as by autonomous constitutional bodies.

Original of the letter of the agency or autonomous constitutional body that invites the foreign person to participate in an event derived from international commitments made by the Mexican State for the celebration of events. The letter must contain the following information:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • Nationality
  • Name of the Public Administration unit, Federal or autonomous constitutional body
  • Information about the event in which the person will participate
  • Duration and date of the event
  • Signature and position of the Federal Public Administration official or autonomous constitutional entity responsible for coordinating the event
  • Letter or note from the institution of the sending country

You can obtain more information at the Mexican consular office closest to your place of residence or where you plan to submit your application. To identify this office, see the following links:

Embassy: https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/embajadas-de-mexico-en-el-exterior
Consulate: https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/consulados-de-mexico-en-el-exterior

Please have in mind that under no circumstances does Mexico give visas at ports of entry into the country.

Organized by

UASLP – Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
The Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) has been honored as one of the best public universities in Mexico. It upholds high values and an important role for our higher education in the country. Our institution accumulates more than 390 years of history as the Escuela de Primeras Letras (School of First Letters) in 1624 and the Colegio Guadalupano Josefino in 1826. Later, in 1860, the Instituto Científico y Literario (Scientific and Literary Institute) marks the transition until it becomes our actual autonomous university in 1923, as the first self-governed university in the country.

The UASLP is considered the most relevant academic pole in North-Central Mexico. Today, the UASLP amounts to about 32,000 students and 3,400 academics who interact along the 100 Bachelor´s degree programs and 90 graduate programs offered. The institution’s educational offer includes eight campuses distributed throughout the main cities of state of San Luis Potosí.

Our academic staff has a strong commitment on research. As many as 521 researchers are acknowledged by the National Researchers System (SNI), ensuring the highest quality and current relevance of academic programs for disciplines as diverse as engineering, medical, economic, humanistic and natural science areas. A strong network of 23 libraries, information centers and comprehensive learning centers offer their resources on site and on line. The UASLP integral education model is additionally complemented with a strong sport, cultural and humanistic offer for students.

CNRD – Centers for Natural Resources and Development
The Centers für Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) is a worldwide university network promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs). In teaching and research, CNRD pursues transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management which is necessary for understanding and solving the most pressing problems of today.

CNRD aspires to create a worldwide network of postgraduate courses related to natural resources management and development with an interdisciplinary and intercultural orientation. To achieve this objective there are a variety of initiatives, starting with CNRD semester scholarships for Master’s students. The teaching capacities of the members of CNRD are strengthened through individual and didactic staff support and curriculum development workshops. The other CNRD activities in Education include joint development of teaching material and e-learning modules on the four main CNRD topics is supported by CNRD and lecturer exchange between all universities involved.

The CNRD network fosters interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges related to the SDGs. The CNRD-exceed partners engage in consortia to develop competitive research proposals. These proposals target most interesting national and international calls and aim at strengthening the research capacities as well as widening the research portfolio at the partner universities.

Along with education and research, the third pillar of activities within CNRD exceed is capacity development (CD). In addition to generating knowledge by conducting problem-oriented (applied) research, the key role of the universities is to enhance individual capacities, e.g., in post-graduate education. There is a global network of experts providing sound, science-based governance advice and transferring scientific knowledge into applicable management strategies, as well as, contributing to close the gap between academic education and the constantly changing demands experts and decision-makers face in their day-to-day business.

SWINDON – International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries
The primary goal of the Braunschweig Competence Centre and its international cooperation partners is to promote capacity building, knowledge transfer, and to develop core proposals for sustainable water management. The latter includes technologies for manifold use and reuse of water. For instance two thirds of fresh water worldwide is currently used in agriculture that literally drains away into the ground. Here, treated wastewater could be recycled and reused for further application, e.g. in agriculture. The water utilized in the industrial sector could also be recycled and reused.
Overall research fields include Sanitary Engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Water Quality, Waste Management, and Water Governance.

The global project network of exceed-Swindon consists of 29 full member institutions in 15 countries on 4 continents. Each of these institutions is represented by a renowned scientist who has his research focus on water problems. The network considers cooperation, education, and knowledge transfer within the water research and management area to be an indispensable condition for solving present and, in particular, further water-related problems. The mission, first of all, is to inspire and promote exceed-Swindon members in being an international community of academic and practice-oriented professionals, graduated students concerned with water, and a global source of knowledge.

FSC – Food Security Center
The Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, is part of the DAAD program EXCEED – Higher Education in Development Cooperation. Food Security is one of the strengths of the University of Hohenheim since its foundation in 1818.

The FSC’s mission is to provide innovative and effective scientific findings to reduce hunger and achieve food security, contributing towards the major goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs),in particular to zero hunger (SDG 2) and no poverty (SDG 1).

FSC promotes and ensures an excellent education and training of young international scientists.

Within its international networks in the field of food security, FSC utilizes a multi- and transdisciplinary approach through teaching, conducting research, and providing policy advice in coopera­tion with national and international development organizations and partner institutions.

FSC is partner of the BMZ special initiative „ONE WORLD – No Hunger“. The center provides accompanying research for this program.

In cooperation with

EXCEED – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation

 

The program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” (Exceed) is composed of five higher education institutions in Germany (Technical University Braunschweig, University of Hohenheim, University of Kassel, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and Ludwig-Maximilians-University München) and their partners in developing countries. Exceed was established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2009 and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since its inauguration.

The main objectives of the program are:

  1. Bringing together research and training at higher education institutions in Germany and developing countries with a direct link to the post-2015 development agenda.
  2. Deepening and expanding education and research on issues of relevance on the topic of development cooperation.
  3. Establishing competence centers for development cooperation at higher education institutions that can serve as “beacons of excellence” by conducting research that are internationally attractive and competitive.
  4. Strengthening North-South as well as South-South cooperation in higher education and research.
  5. Expanding policy analysis and consultancy on issues of development cooperation in developing countries and Germany.

Each of the five Exceed centers concentrate on different topics relevant for the post-2015 development agenda. The centers in cooperation with their partners in developing countries have established Masters and Doctoral degrees, initiated joint research projects, exchanged researchers, published papers and carried out international conferences – thereby contributing to the post-2015 development agenda. Since the 2nd funding phase, the individual centers have started joint activities to further enhance the contribution of Exceed to development cooperation.

By clicking the respective links, you will find further information on the individual Exceed centers, their projects and their partners:

Funded by

Team

Organisation

Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT Germany
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Janina Rösch TH Köln – ITT Germany
Nora Lucidi TH Köln – ITT Germany
Alexander Klein TH Köln – ITT Germany

Scientific Committee

Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Reiner Doluschitz University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Jan Frank University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT Germany
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico

Local Organisation

Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Ana Luisa Pérez Soriano UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Maria Eugenia Almendarez Garcia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico

Selection Committee and Session Hosts (Alphabetical Order)

Marcos Algara Siller UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Catalina Alfaro UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Mukand Babel Asian Institute of Technology Thailand
Christian Birkel University of Costa Rica Costa Rica
Antonio Cardona UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Sudeh Dehnavi TH Köln – ITT Germany
Reiner Doluschitz University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Rishiraj Dutta Asian Institute of Technology Thailand
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Heinrich Hagel University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Johannes Hamhaber TH Köln – ITT Germany
Muhammad Khalifa TH Köln – ITT Germany
Jenny Kopsch-Xhema University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Mirja Michalscheck Wageningen University and Research The Netherlands
Mahsa Motlagh TH Köln – ITT Germany
Alexandra Nauditt TH Köln – ITT Germany
Udo Nehren TH Köln – ITT Germany
Luz Maria Del Razo UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Jorge Leon Sarmiento The Nature Conservancy USA
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Justyna Sycz TH Köln – ITT Germany
Trinh Duc Tran VAWR –  Center for Training and International Cooperation Vietnam
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT German

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wscc2019@uaslp.mx

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