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Mary Beth Hartman
CES Conference & Outreach Coordinator
Phone:(954) 236-1203
Email: mhartman@fau.edu

Water Professionals Program

AboutCES is proud to have hosted the 13th annual IHE Delft Water Professionals Program (formerly UNESCO-IHE Water Professionals Program) from May 23 - June 7, 2018. Twenty graduate students from developing nations visited South Florida for a highly specialized program in solving water challenges. CES coordinated and led the two-week residency program that combined a mix of technical lectures and informative field trips throughout South Florida.

Based at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, the students are a part of the Institute’s Hydroinformatics for Water & Environmental Management program. The Institute incorporates the South Florida component into the student’s overall program as they understand the significance of learning from local scientists utilizing real life case studies. Partners from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), USGS and multiple other public agencies engage the students by using the Everglades and other significant restoration projects through a practical, hands-on approach. The students and their professors:

  • Visited Florida’s Everglades to learn about wetlands restoration and challenges;
  • Attended sessions by SFWMD & USGS scientists on modeling, climate change and policies;
  • Visited Lake Okeechobee to learn about water quality issues and storage; 
  • Investigated the SFWMD’s flood control, canal and drainage system;
  • Explored the Kissimmee River by boat to learn about the largest river restoration;
  • Presented their research interests at a symposium poster session at the SFWMD.  

While portions of the program expenses were generously sponsored by USGS, IHE Delft and CES (with extensive in-kind support from SFWMD), there were many components that are not covered. As a result, CES kicked off a fundraising campaign for this important and exciting program.

About IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education 

IHE Delft is a post-graduate institute with extensive expertise in transferring information and knowledge about the water environment and the associated infrastructure through education and training of professionals, particularly from developing countries in carrying out research, and in providing consultancy in capacity building for water sector organizations world-wide. For more information, go to: https://www.un-ihe.org/about-ihe-delft

 Last Modified 7/23/18