On 21st October in Lisbon, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), with the support of Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), launched a new initiative: LIS-Water, Lisbon International Centre for Water.
LIS-Water will be the first international centre of excellence for water in Portugal. The initiative, to be coordinated by LNEC, also includes Cranfield University (UK) and by Sorbbone Business School (France).
LIS-Water will be a Centre of Excellence in public policy, regulation and management of water services and resources dedicated to research and innovation, brainstorm and strategic advice, education, training and capacity-building, industry support and social participation.
The launch ceremony took place at the LNEC. It was chaired by the Portuguese Minister of Environment, Eng. João Matos Fernandes, who announced one of the Centre’s future projects:
“I can announce that, by the Ministry of Environment’s solicitation, LIS-Water will develop a Human Resources Capacity Building National Programme on ‘Water supply services and sanitation of residual and pluvial waters’, in partnership with organisations from the sector, destined to the current 16 000 water professionals, which are naturally an invaluable national asset that is important to motivate and continuously support.”
Find more information on LIS-Water at lis-water.org, on Facebook (@LISWater) or Twitter (@_LISWater). The project has received funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme.