1st Water DTU Seminar held the 28th-29th October...

Water DTU will each autumn host an internal DTU seminar for knowledge sharing. The first seminar will take place October 28th-29th 2014 in Glassalen, building 101. 

The seminar will be held over two half days with presentations, workshops, poster session and networking. 
On October 28th the DTU departments currently involved in Water DTU will present their perspective on water related research and give examples of projects, where synergies across departments have added additional value. The day will end with a poster session and a reception to stimulate networking. 
On October 29th the seminar will host workshops on selected topics on water related research and education at DTU. The workshops will create input for further collaboration opportunities under the Water DTU umbrella.

Workshops held October the 29th

These workshops will identify cross-departmental synergies that can potentially be activated. Perhaps your own expertise can be even better exploited in collaboration with others, perhaps others have skills that can add value to your idea, or perhaps can we inspire each other to brand new ideas across departments at DTU? Your next break-through discovery, successful research application or out-of-the-box student project related to water may be formed here. The Water DTU task force has selected five workshop topics to start the quest:

Sensor Technology is fundamental to gather information on water in cases spanning from industrial production processes to  environmental or climate related measurements, i.e. from managing and optimizing efficiency in consumption and recycling to assessing resources’ quality as well as depletion and replenishment. Sensor technology also includes the sample preparation, the signal acquisition and transmission as well as analysis, evaluation and  remote sensing.

Treatment technology
Water recovery is everywhere, and its global importance is rising! To answer the threats to water supply, there is need for new efficient water treatment technologies: from the large scale reuse of megacity wastewater streams and treatment of challenging industrial food process water to the local scale development of the water self-sufficient home. This workshop explores the challenges and potential for developing future water treatment technologies with DTU expertise.

Water resources need to be managed efficiently and jointly with other resources (“water-energy-food nexus”) to avoid loss of life, property, and international conflicts. Water shortages and floods are major threats to security and sustainable development worldwide. Severity and frequency of floods and droughts are expected to increase as a consequence of global climate change. Decision support tools used in water management must become more reliable, they must operate in real time and they must be able to predict socio-economic impacts to effectively address the challenges faced by the water sector. To this end, decision support tools must be informed with sensing data from various instruments and platforms, including ground-based, manned and unmanned airborne and satellite-borne observations.

Water in Smart Livable Cities may become a driver that shapes urban infrastructure and architectural engineering. Dynamic on-line control of water systems in cities, industry and households may become integrated with control of district heating systems and intelligent energy systems for exploitation of wind and solar energy to mitigate climate impacts. Automatic flood warning systems may contribute to climate adaptation, and blue-green multifunctional areas may become crucial elements in urban planning.

Packages of elective courses may encourage students focused on water to work across departments and also attract more students to water related activities. DTU offers a wide range of courses that are directly related to water but also many courses that are relevant in relation to water. The challenge that we'll address in this session is how to enlighten our students with these opportunities - one idea is to provide relevant interdisciplinary elective courses for all relevant (MSc) programs - how do we communicate this and how do we gather the information. Interdisciplinary projects are also relevant and will be discussed in the other four workshops. Please bring further ideas!

Participants will be able to participate in workshops on two different topics, and to interact with each other on output from all workshop topics after the lunch break.