Aug 25, 2011

Global Water Conference Attracts Corporations, NGOs, Educators to Montana

Headline speakers represent NASA, Harvard University, the Human Needs Project, UNESCO, Microsoft and more

A NASA astronaut and aquanaut, a Harvard University professor of nutrition and epidemiology and an actress fighting to improve sanitation in the slums of Kenya are among those expected to speak at the upcoming Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference in Bozeman, Mont., next month.

Convened by nonprofit water education organization the Project WET Foundation, Sustaining the Blue Planet will bring together educators, NGOs, corporations, government agencies and international organizations to increase the reach of effective education that leads to sustainable action in solving water problems.

NASA astronaut Richard R. Arnold, II will give the opening lecture Sept. 14, providing his view of the "Blue Planet" from above the Earth and under the ocean. Harvard professor Dr. Frank Hu will lead a Sept. 15 panel presenting new research about hydration and childhood obesity with the International Chair on Cardio-metabolic Risk. In addition, Danish actress Connie Nielsen will discuss her work Sept. 16 with the Human Needs Project in the dense settlements of Nairobi, Kenya.

In all, close to 100 presentations exploring five themes will be offered: innovations in water education; water, sanitation and hygiene; technology and water education; water education in corporate sustainability; and priority water topics. Presenters come from more than 20 countries and represent organizations such as UNESCO, Intel, Microsoft, Google, USAID and NASA, as well as colleges and universities both in the U.S. and abroad. The Project WET Foundation will also unveil its new Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide, Generation 2.0 and accompanying teacher portal as well as its new web experience for children,

Evening receptions will recognize a new partnership between the National Park Service and the Project WET Foundation, the artistic achievement and educational philosophy of the "One World, One Water" sculpture currently on view in Bozeman and the contributions of conference signature sponsors Nestlé Waters, UN Habitat and Abbott.