WATSAN - Water and sanitation engineering from emergency towards development

Summary

The main objective of this course is to train qualified and motivated engineers and scientists who are active (or intending to become active) in the wash-sector in humanitarian contexts. The participants should be able, at the end of the course, to plan, implement and monitor water and sanitation emergency programs and design an emergency response in the context of humanitarian operations as well as to better understand the institutional context of humanitarian situations.

The training covers a wide range of technical aspects required to efficiently handle emergency situations with approaches aiming towards development. The training thereby facilitates integration of engineers and scientists in humanitarian operations and makes the participants aware of the close links between public health, water and sanitation in disaster-stricken populations.
 

The training course is subdivided into a theoretical online part (4 hours/week during 4 weeks in September 2021) and a practical field part (6 days in October 2021). During the theoretical part, issues are covered from basic concepts in hydrogeology, water resource management, groundwater exploration and exploitation, water quality and treatment, sanitation in emergencies to wash and its link to public health and epidemic management. During the practical course, all the theoretical assets are combined with hands-on exercises in all fields, from assemblage of an emergency water treatment and distribution, water and bacteriological analysis, well testing and geophysical exploration in parallel with simulation exercise which focuses on developing intervention strategies during emergency response in a wider institutional framework.

 

Objectives

  • identify, formulate and analyse issues of public health, water and sanitation;
  • pass on technical concepts and discuss them with health professionals as well as with industrial leaders, politicians, local and national administrators;
  • plan, implement and monitor a water and sanitation emergency programme in the context of a humanitarian operation;
  • better understand the institutional context of a humanitarian situation and design an emergency response.

Target audience

  • The course is designed for engineers and scientists interested in a humanitarian engagement in the domain of water and sanitation.

Admission conditions

University or equivalent degree.
Prior experience in the domains of water supply, wastewater treatment, health and/or sanitation is welcome.

 

Degree

"Certificate of Participation" issued by the Continuing Education Department, University of Neuchâtel (Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC-Water and Habitat Unit).
 

Date

September - October 2021

 

Registration

Deadline for application extended to 23rd July 2021
Online Registration
https://forms.unine.ch/formulaires/WATSAN_2021

Fees

CHF 1600.-, including all lunches and 2 evening meals.
The University of Neuchâtel has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.
 

Informations

Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)
University of Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94
ellen.milnes@unine.ch

 

Deadline for application

Deadline extended to 23rd July
 

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The University of Neuchâtel has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.

Date

Online course

4 hours/week between
1st-30th September 2021
Exact dates to be specified
 

Practical field course

2nd -7th October 2021

Language

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Place

University of Neuchâtel
Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel

Coordination

Dr. Ellen Milnes
Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)

Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94
ellen.milnes@unine.ch
 

Speakers

Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermy of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC - Water and Habitat Unit)
 

Swiss humanitarian aid unit (SDC- HA)

Center for Disease control (CDC)

United Nations High commissioner for refugees (UNHCR)

Other international NGO's according to their availability

Possible modifications according to the availability of the speakers.