The IAHS 2017 Scientific Assembly event in Port Elisabeth, South Africa is coming up!
In two days, on Friday, July 14 2017, should you be interested in finding out more about the FREEWAT open source software, you are welcome to join the FREEWAT presentations within the "ICT tools for water management session".
The event will focus on "Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues”, particularly appropriate in the context of the aforementioned meeting, held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa and well in line with the IAHS Panta Rhei.
The importance of developing innovative Information and Communication Technology tools has been recently widely recognised in both water management and open science. The needs of including the stakeholders (water providers, customers, policy makers, scientists) in the full water management decision process (from model development to decision making) has become more evident. In this light, the European Commission strongly supports participatory approaches and evidence-based decision making in water resources management (see e.g. the ICT4Water cluster). In parallel, user-driven virtual water-science laboratories are being developed to encourage more openness in science. The aim is to facilitate sharing of new findings earlier in the discovery process, and to ensure reproducibility of computational experiments.