Belmundo 2016 – Water Talks - Take your chance to present your research or ideas on water to a broad audience!

Dear master students,

Dear PhD students,

Did you know that in Ghent, March is also known as the North-South month? It is the month of Belmundo, a series of activities that promotes international solidarity. The theme of Belmundo 2016 is ‘water’, so the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering is an obvious partner, co-organizing one of the four headline activities, the Belmundo Water Talks, on Wednesday 23 March 2016, in the Vooruit arts centre in Ghent.


Four renowned speakers will present their vision on the global water problems, and their contributions towards solving them. Some information about the panel:

Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros is a Mexican scientist who currently is the director of the UNESCO Water Division in Paris, and Secretary to the International Hydrological Programme. She was awarded the 2010 Global Water Award of the International Water Association and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Tony Allan is Professor Emeritus of King’s College London. He introduced the ‘virtual water’ concept, or the quantity of hidden water needed during the entire production process. This concept is key to calculating the water footprint. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the Nobel Prize for Water.

Rajendra Singh, better known as the water man of India, contributed to the restoration of many rivers in India through his modern vision on rain water harvesting. He is connected to The Flow Partnership and cooperates globally with any organisation or community that wants to restore the natural water cycle. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize.

Korneel Rabaey is a professor from our Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and is a leading international expert on reuse and upcycling of waste and wastewater. Through his research, he aims at closing the cycle for valuable resources in our wastewater.

Barbara Debusschere, science journalist with the Flemish newspaper ‘De Morgen’, will moderate the session.


We do however also expect you to contribute! Before (18:30 – 20:00) and after (22:00 – 23:00) the Water Talks, you have an opportunity to present your research or ideas on Water in the South to a broad audience. To this end, we organize a poster session in the Vooruit, accompanied of course by the traditional prize for the best poster! Consider the poster as an excellent exercise in science communication and try to explain your research or experience in an understandable manner to non-scientists.

Is your research related to Water in the South, or would you like to expose some of the water problems in your home country and are you willing to interact about this with the public, then send an email to with the title of your poster and a short abstract about the topic (max. 250 words). Do you already have a creative idea for your poster, do let us know as well! Deadline is 8 February.

  • The organisation will select 20 posters from the entries. These students will be notified by 15 February at latest.
  • Before the end of February we will organise a short workshop on poster design and will give you some hints about adequate science communication.
  • Deadline for your final poster is 10 March. We will take care of printing your poster.
  • Selected students are expected to be present on 23 March from 18:30 to 20:00 and from 22:00 to 23:00, and to answer any questions from the visitors.
  • The winner of the poster prize will be honored during the Water Talks.