More opportunities for skills development in the VA industry

More opportunities for skills development in the VA industry
More opportunities for skills development in the VA industry

The high pressure of change on the VA industry contributes to constantly high demands on the supply of skills. With the aim of promoting development in the area, the Water Research School was started in 2017 as a collaboration between Svenskt Vatten’s research cluster and Sweden Water Research, and with partial funding from FORMAS. The results of the research school so far show a very positive effect on research in the water area in Sweden and a strong network for around 70 doctoral students from all over the country. Now two more initiatives in the area of ​​funding are granted via FORMAS’ call Research schools for sustainable community building.

– This will strengthen collaboration within Swedish water research, continues Anna Norström.

Both further development and new initiatives

The project AquaClim is a direct development of the existing Water Research School and receives support from Swedish Water. Lund University is the initiator and through the project it is intended to build interdisciplinary competences in current and future experts in order to transform the water sector in this way. A large focus will be on issues related to climate change, as well as on creative communication with a broad stakeholder base. In addition to six participating universities, several VA actors are involved in the process.

Örebro University, together with Karlstad University, also receives funding for an initiative that Svenskt Vatten supports. This project includes a multidisciplinary research school with a focus on Manage increased amounts of water in sustainable community building. Sustainable water use is represented within the project by several water challenges, including drinking water supply, stormwater management and risk and preparedness in case of flooding.

Promotes sustainable community building

The call for research schools for sustainable community building is an initiative within the framework of FORMAS’s national research program for sustainable community building and is aimed at interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and challenge-driven research schools. With less than ten years to go before the Agenda 2030 goals are to be achieved, a large investment is being made in new ways to develop knowledge and new skills. The granted projects are expected to start in the first quarter of 2023 and run for a five-year period.

The article is in Swedish

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