The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) organized three days training for health extension agents on WASH aspects.
The trainings took place in five different places namely Arbaminch, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle and Sheno where students engaged in the summer community outreach program. EIWR, the five partner universities and regional health offices selected 100 health extension agents (3 male and 97 female) , 20 health extension agents for each training site. The training focused on Water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion and community empowerment and WASH related regional context, problems and recommendation were also included in the training.
EIWR organized a four day workshop for the institute students with Professor Hartmut Eckstädt. He is a renewed professor from University of Rostock, Germany. He gave lectures/seminar in advanced wastewater treatment (wastewater discharge in sewers and waste water treatment)
The presentation/lecture was held from 9th of December to December 19 at Addis Ababa University Akaki Campus. The four days workshop mainly focused on:
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in collaboration with Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) organized and delivered a research methods planning course to EIWR students. The course was a part of the project entitled “Advanced Education for Global Food Security – Teacher Exchange”, which was aimed to support staff exchange between SLU and Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The course was held from 17 – 28 November 2014.
Three Swedish researchers were visiting the Institute and gave seminars and group/individual student consultation. Three seminars were presented; one on philosophy of research, second on nutrient cycling and lab techniques, and finally on hydrological analysis and SWAT modeling. In addition, copies of Hans Rosling and Johan Rockstrom presentation videos were watched by students on 20th of November for inspiration. The Video presentations were focused on data management in social development and environmental protection. Meanwhile, the critical component of the course was helping both the PhD and MSc students’ transition from the course component of their degree programs to the independent research component. And this was executed by consulting individual/group of students on their research plan.
The involvement of senior staff from Sweden in this course made a substantial contribution to the thesis research planning for about 20 students. There was also a good chance to involve more senior academics in the network of thesis supervisors that the PhD and MSc students could get access to for their entire study period. The course/workshop served as a catalyst for establishing connections to SLU’s expertise as well as EIWR and students to foreign experts.
Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) in collaboration with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) organized a one day workshop on “Water Management and Food Security” on March 12, 2014. Five seminars (Water and Livelihood, Climate change impacts on water resources, Climate change adaptation in water sector, Watershed management and livelihood and Land use change and water resources) have been conducted with experts in the field and based on the presented seminars and interactive discussions held with participants afterwards future directive research topics were identified. Participants of the workshop includes graduate students of EIWR and Center for Development Studies (CDS), delegates from different sector organizations (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy; Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization; Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Addis Ababa University; Water and Land Research Centre).
The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources organized a half day seminar on “Modern Methods of Wastewater Management” on December 18, 2014. The seminar speaker was Professor Hartmut Eckstädt from University of Rostock, Faculty for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Department of Hydraulics and Sanitary Engineering. ProfessorHartmut explained his own personnal experiance with examples on methods of wastewater mangement and actual devlopments in sanitary enginerering. The seminar was attended by around 40 students and was followed by discussion with questions from students.
Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources in collaboration with Research Coordination and Facilitation (RCF) professors hosted a series of Seminars on specific matters in conducting research. The Seminars were designed to help MSc and PhD students conceptualize and structure their proposal as well as research project. The Seminars titles were “Qualitative Research Methods and use of openCode” by Dr Mitike Molla on December 12, 2013, “How to Read, Review, and Critically Appraise a Published Article” and “Tool Designing” by Dr Fikre Enquoselassie on December 13 and 24, 2013 respectively, “Research Ethics” by Dr Adamu Addissie on December 26, 2013, and “Data Template Managing using EPi Info Ver 3.5.3” by Dr Abera Kumie on January 2, 2014.
On October 30, 2013, the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources hosted a half day seminar on “Water Security in the Ethiopian Highland: How can Land Management help as the Climate Changes?” The seminar was presented by Professor Kevin Bishop from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala University, Sweden. The Seminar focuses on a complex understanding of the forest water relationship. In his presentation Professor Kevin discussed causes of water quality problems, forestry effects on water quality among others. Over 29 EIWR PhD and MSc students were in attendance and the presentation was followed by questions and answers and an interactive discussion.