Call for content

Water is a basic human right and should be available to all. Water for food, water for hygiene and water for drinking. The less we have to worry about the availability, quality and cost of water the better human lives and human societies become. Our aim is to promote water research that contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We invite researchers, practitioners, policy makers, students, and volunteers to join us on 15 March 2022 at the Water Summit for Global Development to discuss how multidisciplinary science, technology, policy and innovation can improve access to water. And how we can achieve this together.

The Water Summit aims to build and foster strong interdisciplinary relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders in the water sector. During the Water Summit, we will welcome the international water community at the campus of Delft University of Technology for a full day of inspiration.

Catching up with urbanisation

An additional 2.5 billion people are projected to live in urban areas due to global population growth and increased urbanisation by 2050 (United Nations, 2018). This would mean that 68% of people worldwide would live in cities. Urbanisation has resulted in job creation and economic growth but also comes with significant challenges. In many areas, urbanisation has outpaced the supply of public services such as water and electricity. Aging infrastructure and water resources are coming under increasing pressure. New technologies and sustainable water management practices are needed to ensure that current and future water demands for all can be met. Therefore, catching up with urbanisation is the thematic focus of the 2022 Water Summit for Global Development.

Call for abstracts

The 2022 Water Summit for Global Development in Delft targets a broad audience in research and practice, so three types of abstracts will be considered for review:

  1. Research Abstract: outputs of scientific research for platform or poster presentation.
  2. Best Practices Abstract: (interdisciplinary) case studies, overarching innovation, policy and practice in water for platform or poster presentation.
  3. Water Summit Activity: proposal to organise a workshop, Dragon’s Den, student challenge, hybrid activity involving online participants or exhibition during the Water Summit.

In all cases the abstract should be no longer than 2 pages, including visuals and reference lists. A format can be downloaded here, kindly indicate whether your abstract should be considered for Research, Best Practices or Water Summit Activity. It is encouraged that abstracts explicitly refer to its relevance for achieving global water access, as well as, potential linkages to this year’s theme “catching up with urbanisation”. Contributions will only be accepted if at least one of the authors registers to the Water Summit as a participant.


Abstract should be uploaded here no later than January 9, 2022. Authors will be informed no later than January 31st, 2022.

Scientific committee

Doris van Halem, PhD, MSc (TU Delft, Drinking Water Quality & Treatment)

Sergio Salinas, PhD, MSc (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Water Supply Engineering and Desalination & Water reuse)

Edo Abraham, PhD (TU Delft, Water Resources Management)

Frank van Laerhoven, PhD (Utrecht University, Governance)

Dr. Sara Marks, EAWAG Water Supply and Treatment Group Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Regula Meierhofer, EAWAG Group Leader Safe Water Promotion Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development