Scotland’s James Hutton Institute will host the first of the new series of Audiences at the Institute’s spectacular Craigiebuckler campus home of world-leading environmental research.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions, filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership.
Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity.
This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.
The theme of the September 11 event is “The Philosophy of a Hydro Nation”.
Wednesday’s panelists include:
He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, the Secretary General of OECD, and many other international and national organisations.
Biswas has been the author or editor of 81 books and published over 680 scientific and technical papers, with his work having been translated into 37 languages.
Biswas has received the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain.
He is a regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and is a television commentator in three continents.
Kathleen Stosch holds an MSc in Environmental Management and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and has collaborated on a number of projects with Scottish Natural Heritage, the James Hutton Institute and The Esk Rivers and Fisheries Trust.
The Hydro Nation scholars programme is part of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation strategy. The objective of the strategy is to develop the economic, environmental and social value of Scotland’s water resources.
Stosch's current PhD research focuses on quantifying and optimising the multiple benefits that catchments can provide in terms of their ability to support food, water and energy security while at the same time evaluating how attempts to manage these catchment goods and services in light of future environmental change might impact water pollution, biodiversity and livelihoods of catchment dwellersDean Muruven currently holds the position of Global Policy Lead Freshwater for WWF's International Freshwater Practice. He represents WWF at global policy fora connected with UN Sustainability Goald (SDGs) and climate change agendas. Previously Muruven has been the water source areas programme manager for WWF South Africa. The programme was a flagship for the WWF freshwater team in South Africa, achieving national recognition at the highest political level. Prior to joining WWF, Dean held positions as a mining and sustainability consultant for a number of mining companies and consultancies working across Africa.