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The XVIth World Water Congress International Scientific Committee (ISC) welcomes proposals for special sessions that aim to incorporate science and policy for the water challenges facing our world. Governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental organizations, as well as private sector, who wish to organize special sessions on relevant topics during the Congress must submit a Special Session Proposal by November 15th  2016.

A special session is a special type of parallel session comprising one or two modules with a particular title and content, under the responsibility of a particular institution or consortium of institutions. Special sessions are fully integrated into the Congress programme and are open to every registered Congress participant. Such sessions must not require special funding from the Congress. Participants in these sessions, including coordinators and speakers, must be fully registered at the Congress. The coordinators have the right to invite speakers and participants to the sessions at their own expense, possibly with a specific sponsor. Special sessions will take place within the normal time schedule of the Congress, whilst trying to avoid an overlap with similarly themed sessions. Although ordinary congress participants may attend special sessions, the special sessions themselves are responsible for encouraging participants to attend their own session.

Special Session Proposals must be prepared in English and submitted through the Special Session Submission Platform. Special Session Proposal should clearly describe the proposed program in under 750 words and include: (a) a description of the sessionís topic/theme; (b) a description of the sessionís objectives, justifications, and projected outcomes; (c) a description of how the session will be organized and managed; (d) an explanation how the session incorporates a science-policy dimension; (e) who is proposed to speak/present at the session (including who has already committed); and (f) description of resources that could be committed to realizing the session. Special Session proposals should not include graphs, charts, diagrams, images, references, or citations unless they are fundamental to the session. Special Session proposals will be reviewed and selected by the International Scientific Committee by December 2016.


 

   
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