DIGIWATER - Digitalisation of water industry by innovative graduate water education

The European Water Association is very pleased to be partnering in the DIGIWATER project: 


DIGIWATER brings together six universities, six SMEs and a European umbrella organisation for water, consolidating the lessons learned from decades-long experience in the field.

The ambition is to develop innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teach and stimulate entrepreneurial skills contributing to reduce the knowledge gap between professionals in the water sector and enabling faster uptake of innovations.

Results from extensive stakeholder analysis will form iteratively improving models for teaching and learning approaches that will also be shared beyond the project partners.


The coordinator for this project is Harsha Ratnaweera, member of EWA Management Committee (MC) and professor at the Norwegian Institute for Life Sciences

You can find more information on this project on the official website


In more details:

Water professionals often lack information technology skill sets and the perspective to appreciate the opportunities of digitalisation, while technology entrepreneurs rarely grasp the nuances of complex water systems, which is making the water professionals conservative, cautious and/or late adopters.

As global change brings local upheaval to crumbling water infrastructure, water professionals must update their analytic strategies used for planning investments, with constant, real-time observations of water quantity and quality data. The water sector can learn vital lessons from how the digital technologies disrupt other industries by “leapfrogging” and thus it holds enormous potential to solve water challenges and achieve the SDG6.

The project focuses on how to achieve these goals in preparation of the decision makers of tomorrow, and the innovators and engineers by utilizing the collaborations between six universities and six SMEs and one international NGO.

The project aims (1) to develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning by using multidisciplinary curricula integrated with digital learning tools and virtual facilities with access in cloud systems and Problem Based Learning; (2) to stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff using Innovation Camps and (3) to facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge by creating inter-stakeholder courses integrating academic, corporate learning and professional development for external specialists.

The ambitions of the project is to foster digital innovation in the water sector by showcasing in water and parallel sectors (e.g. energy), building IT skill sets to water professionals, mainstreaming technology entrepreneurs into water sector, connecting the water sector with related industries and resource issues, and shift future water leaders from late to early adopters of new innovations and ideas.