Research Award for Young Scholars 2011

The Center on Law and Environment (PDMA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are co-hosting a Research Awards for Young Scholars, which will take place at the XIV World Water Congress, from 25-29 September, 2011 in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. 
The World Water Congress is an event that is held every three years under the auspices of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) in different cities around the world. The central theme of the XIV Congress is “Adaptive Water Management: Looking to the Future”.  
As we enter an era of drastically heightened pressure on water resources combined with greater exposure to extremes (drought and floods), managers and decision makers (from users to agencies, to global water initiatives) must reconfigure conventional approaches that have assumed bounded variability in hydrologic, water demand, and institutional terms. This new conception of water management seeks to better integrate scientific, engineering, social, and institutional perspectives. It requires new understanding of multiple factors that influence how water is used and managed and of what we must do to innovate.
Considering this context, the objective of the World Water Congress is to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and to present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water sciences around the world.  Given the link between the theme of the conference and IDRC core portfolio of work, its Climate Change and Water program considers the IWRA conference as a strategic opportunity to highlight the research results from relevant projects in the field that would contribute to and learn from the Congress discussions. The main objective of the competition is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research on water issues.  
PDMA and IDRC invite young researches to submit papers exploring the challenges of innovation in the field of impacts of climate change, in particular on the water sector, including water resources and water services and systems. Among the range of crosscutting issues related to climate change and water, the Research Awards for Young Scholars will focus on the proposed topics for the IWRA Conference:
i. Adaptive water management;
ii. Water resources and global change;
iii. Governance and water law; and
iv. Knowledge systems. 
Each of these subjects will alter the way water is managed; together, they will require fundamentally new priorities for technology and infrastructure, management and policy, allocation and pricing, laws and institutions, and above all, a new future outlook for water resources professionals.
Interested scholars must submit their papers before June 20, 2011. . The best 4 papers selected by a committee of specialists in the field will be granted a R$ 3,280.00 award (aprox. USD 2,00,00). Authors (one per paper) will be invited and fully funded to participate and to present at the IWRA Congress. The awardees will be announced on 1 August 2011.
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