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2018/06/22 Dresden, Germany
Following up on discussions in the Joint Academic Committee (JAC), currently enrolled students and their supervisors of the Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste convened on 20 June 2018 to take stock of the progress of their research to date.
The full-day PhD Symposium took place at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and witnessed also the attendance of supervisors and JAC members to allow all involved to get an overview of the status of ongoing work.
In its third year running, the PhD programme jointly offered by UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden is the first international PhD programme addressing integrated resources management in a holistic way. It is home to 10 young researchers from seven countries, most of them in the developing world. In line with UNU-FLORES’s research agenda, their dissertation research topics are focused on solving current challenges related to the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus.
|PhD Candidate||Dissertation Research|
|Parvathy Chandrasekhar (India)||Temporal Dynamics of Soil Hydraulic Properties Due To Agricultural Management Practices|
|Agossou Gadedjisso-Tossou (Togo)||The Impact of Soil Variability on Crop Water Productivity and Food Security of Irrigated Agriculture in West Africa|
|Solomon Hailu Gebrechorkos (Ethiopia)||Assessing and Synthesising Climate-Related Data for Integrated Water-Soil Management in East Africa|
|Mahesh Jampani (India)||Integrated Evaluation of Wastewater Irrigation for Sustainable Agriculture and Groundwater Development|
|Janis Kreiselmeier (Germany)||Quantification of Soil Pore Dynamics through Periodic Field and Laboratory Measurements|
|Andrea Müller (Chile/Germany)||Decision Support Framework for Water (Re)Use in Water-Scarce Regions Involving Sustainability and Risk Assessment|
|Thuy Nguyen (Viet Nam)||Water Quality Monitoring Network Design for Rivers|
|Sridhar Patra (India)||Effect of Conservation Agriculture Practices on Soil Hydraulic Properties and Carbon Dynamics in Indo-Gangetic Plains of India|
|Anika Reetsch (Germany)||Integration of Organic Waste into Biomass Production in Smallholder Farming Systems, Tanzania|
|Sekela Twisa (Tanzania)||Sustainability of Rural Water Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa: Application of Geoinformation Technologies|
During the symposium, each PhD candidate was given a time slot of 45 minutes for a presentation and subsequent discussion. The day was structured in a way that facilitated general discussions to highlight interlinkages.
The academic work of the PhD researchers focusing on various aspects of the nexus of water, soil, and waste has started to produce first results in various stages of publication in peer-reviewed journals. The first graduates from the joint programme are also expected in 2018.
|Under Scrutiny: Aquifer Pollution in Wastewater Irrigation Systems
In his recent publication “Spatio-temporal Distribution and Chemical Characterization of Groundwater Quality of a Wastewater Irrigated System” published in the journal Science of The Total Environment (Elsevier), PhD researcher Mahesh Jampani analysed the dynamics of groundwater quality and the impacts of seasonality of the wastewater irrigation on the peri-urban agricultural system.
The Symposium culminated in an informal get-together as part of the evening programme.