Water
Innovation
Labs

Equipping Young Leaders to Tackle Water Challenges Across the Globe

Water Innovation Labs develop future water leaders to think holistically, design innovatively, and communicate effectively across cultures. By uniting young researchers, innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, WIL creates a platform to build new relationships, accelerate knowledge sharing, build transferable leadership skills, and co-develop potential solutions to water challenges across the globe.

About WIL Programs

WIL is an opportunity to venture into the wild, offering inter-generational and cross-sectoral learning for an ‘on the ground’ level of collaboration between young leaders, mentors and facilitators. You will connect directly with visionary resource experts in water treatment technologies, policy development, and community level water management who will share their global knowledge in the water sector. Wherever in the world there is water, WIL exists to cultivate an unparalleled experience with facilitators and mentors that speak to each unique landscape. Our labs offer dynamic programming and challenges to ignite passion and spark innovative ideas and new skills to approach the future of water.

In the 21st century, water will be the marker of how countries flourish or fail. WIL is a transformative opportunity to expand your thinking with tangible experience of water projects and observing challenges firsthand.

Everything about WIL is designed to bring to the surface new thinking and solutions that can be implemented once you return to your place of work. Bottom line: you will leave the program with invaluable new connections you can turn to in the years ahead. Furthermore, you will experience an unforgettable learning environment and opportunity for hands-on practice, helping you to embed your new skills and insights developed at the Lab. Oh, and by the way, you’ll have a blast!

Why Get Involved
Why Get Involved

In the 21st century, water will be the marker of how countries flourish or fail. WIL is a transformative opportunity to expand your thinking with tangible experience of water projects and observing challenges firsthand.

Everything about WIL is designed to bring to the surface new thinking and solutions that can be implemented once you return to your place of work. Bottom line: you will leave the program with invaluable new connections you can turn to in the years ahead. Furthermore, you will experience an unforgettable learning environment and opportunity for hands-on practice, helping you to embed your new skills and insights developed at the Lab. Oh, and by the way, you’ll have a blast!

About WIL Programs

We focus on skill-building and knowledge-transfer along with supporting ideas that will transform over the course of the Lab into prototypes and actions. Everything about the Lab is designed to bring to the surface new thinking and solutions that can be implemented once you return to your home countries and/or organizations. Our labs offer dynamic programming and challenges to ignite passion and spark innovative ideas and new skills to approach the future of water. Participants leave the Lab with valuable global connections, incredible experiences from a deep learning environment and opportunities for practice and ongoing collaboration.

The Lab is build around 4 key components:

1 Field Tours and Community Visits

An opportunity to experience and observe water projects and challenges first hand.

2 Innovation Projects

Current water problems, innovation gaps, and community input will be the catalyst to form new project/company ideas that will be worked on throughout the program with peers & mentors.

3 Knowledge & Technology Transfer

In depth discussions sharing knowledge across research areas and/or water interest areas and exploring areas for research collaboration between Australia and Canada (and other participating countries)

4 Skills Development

WIL Australia focuses on Leadership Development, Capacity Building, and Facilitation Training to support participants in becoming innovators in the field.

WILs are designed to support and build the skills of young water leaders. For this reason, our target audience ranges between participants 20-35 years of age. However, if you are drawn to the Water Innovation Lab and fall outside of this age range, please be in touch by emailing us.

Who Are WILs For?
Who Are WILs For?

WILs are designed to support and build the skills of young water leaders. For this reason, our target audience ranges between participants 20-35 years of age. However, if you are drawn to the Water Innovation Lab and fall outside of this age range, please be in touch by emailing us.

PAST WILS
WILEurope Porto
September 24-29 2017

portowaterinnovationweek.eu/wil

Outcome Report Available Soon

WILEurope the Netherlands
April 23 – 28 2017

wil-europe.waterlution.org

Read the Outcome Report

WILEurope Scotland
October 4-9, 2015

Read the Outcome Report

WILCanada
September 24-29 2013

Read the Outcome Report

WILs MEDIA