The biannual International Symposium on Aqua Science and Water Resources (ISASWR) originated with Dr. Nakamichi Yamasaki, who is an engineering professor at Osaka University in Japan. He recognized that many of today's environmental and related social challenges could be addressed by using water as a focal point.
The first ISASWR brought together scientists, engineers, sociologists, and administrators for the purpose of addressing global issues on a local scale. The second ISASWR focused on low carbon energy in bringing together researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss energy's connection to water resources and climate change.
The third ISASWR continued the interdisciplinary theme of the first two while shifting the focus from technical to perceptual modalities regarding water and water-related challenges. In an effort to eliminate travel costs, encourage greater international participation, and reduce the symposium's carbon and water footprints, the third ISASWR was held online as a virtual event from November 3-5, 2011.
Approximately 80 presenters and attendees participated in the live virtual event, which included people from 11 nations and five continents. They included scientists, planners, engineers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, policy-makers, managers, and educators. Although the live event has concluded, you may view the abstracts, videos, and backgrounds of the various presenters on the Archived Presentations page.