Bridging the water

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Virtual Living Lab “Durban Challenge – Improving water and wastewater catchments”

Are you interested in global water management issues and the role you could play in solving them?


In this online exchange, organized within the collaborative ‘Bridging the water’, we will bring students together in a virtual environment. By studying and reimagining the water and wastewater catchments, you will get acquainted with the approach of ‘living labs’ as an innovative practice. You will discover new ways to implement solutions in real life and what role you could play in implementing them on a global scale. Participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the living lab.

This will take place in three sessions on: Thursday 20 May, 3 June, and 17 June 2021, 09:00-11:00 CET.

During three online sessions, students, practitioners and lecturers from the Netherlands and South Africa will meet and share knowledge and skills to find solutions for water and wastewater catchments. These cases will be virtually discussed from varying perspectives, and you are invited to contribute to this!

Each time we will start with an inspiring plenary session and after that you will work in intercultural groups on the water and wastewater catchment challenges of Durban, South Africa.

To be able to fully participate, some prior knowledge on water issues is useful.

Kindly note that your commitment for each session is highly important as for each session we will assign a bit of homework and discussions after each session.

When you have participated actively in all three sessions, you will receive a certificate of participation.

We look forward to meeting you digitally!


Deadline for registration: 12 May 2021

Date/timeLearning goals
Thursday 20 May 2021

9:00-11:00 CET
Learning goal:
• Understand the catchment problems of the city of Durban and its surroundings
• Understand the problems in the context of urbanization, leapfrogging, population growth
• Understand the role of a (virtual) living lab in finding solutions for the problems
• Evaluate the opportunities, risks and possible solutions for Durban/EWS
Thursday 3 June 2021

9:00-11:00 CET
Learning goal:
• Apply technical methods to the case study.
• Come up with interventions and calculate the effects.
Thursday 17 June 2021

9:00-11:00 CET
Learning goal:
To present interventions in the catchments to an audience that will have to work with and implement the ideas.

Time investment:

6 hours online labs (3 sessions x 2 hours each)

1-3 hours extra per week to do research and communicate with fellow participants


Once you have registered you will receive an invitation to join each session on MS Teams. 

If you require any further information, please contact Londiwe Dlamini at

Bridging the Water is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme.