Here’s an update and reflection from S4W-Nepal staff from a recent conference where they had the opportunity to present on some recent data collection and research efforts they are engaged in. Keep a look out for additional information about some of this exciting and important work soon :)

Fig1Figure 1. Group photo including Smartphones4Water team with national and international participants of the symposium.

The Kantipur Engineering College (KEC) hosted its ‘2nd International Conference on Engineering and Technology’ on September 26, 2019. The main objective of the conference was to enhance the research ability of undergraduate/graduate students and young researchers. The conference incorporated a broad range of engineering disciplines, including information and technology, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Each discipline was covered in special sessions and symposiums.

Smartphones4Water Nepal (S4W-Nepal) organized a symposium entitled ‘Sustainable Water Resource Management.’ The symposium included six technical presentations and one special presentation. Three of the presentations were from research that S4W-Nepal initiated in the Kathmandu Valley; the topics were calculation of drinking water quality index of the Bhaktapur Municipality, groundwater level variability, and the status of stone spouts. The other informative presentations covered water-induced disaster management, sustainable urban drainage systems, and water security. The special presentation was by some of our colleagues from TU Delft titled ‘Academic life at TU Delft and their research in the Kathmandu Valley.’

Overall, the conference was a wonderful platform to share our ideas, research findings, and the use of the citizen science approach with national and international participants, visitors, and guests from diverse backgrounds. All of us from S4W-Nepal were honored to be a part of the conference and were overwhelmed by the opportunity to present the research works that we, including our citizen scientists, have invested a lot of effort in. We look forward to future opportunities and platforms like this which will help us continue to enhance our research ability, presentation, and communication skills.

Fig2Figure 2. Presentation entitled ‘Groundwater Quality Assessment of Bhaktapur Municipality by using Drinking Water Quality Index’ by Priya Silwal, one of our staff members.

Fig3Figure 3. Special presentation by our colleagues from TU Delft.