Call for proposals – Student and Youth submissions for W12 Congress

Do you study or work on issues of water and climate change?
Are you interested in or currently working on innovative solutions to the escalating global water crisis?
Or are you a registered student or youth between the ages of 18 to 30?

You are invited to submit an abstract for the inaugural W12 Congress poster session in January 2020!

The escalating water crisis is occurring globally and is increasingly affecting cities and city governments in particular. This crisis of water and climate change requires responses and actions that are innovative, creative and new. The W12 Congress is focused on finding solutions at the city level. We provide opportunities for youth and students to envision and begin to implement new realities and structures.

The W12 poster session in Cape Town on January 29 and 30, 2020 is an opportunity to showcase projects, research, social enterprise, activism, or other creative solutions to the water and climate change crisis. The poster sessions will reflect the dynamic make-up of the global W12 Congress. They are open to registered students as well as youth entrepreneurs, activists, and other voices of the future.

To apply, please submit an 800-word (maximum) abstract describing your poster’s topic and content to Judges will announce the semifinalists in November and finalists in January. The top submissions have the opportunity to win financial prizes to support their work.

There is no restriction on the departments, location, or focus of the poster projects. The W12 Congress features innovative solutions or approaches to water management in the context of climate change and its effects on cities.

50% of student finalists selected will be from South Africa.

*Youth are considered from ages 18 – 30. Students will be required to upload a copy of their identity document or student ID to verify eligibility.


Call for proposals posted – September 23, 2019
Abstract deadline – December 01, 2019
Finalists announced – December 10, 2019
Poster session – Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Award ceremony – Thursday January 30 2020

Submit your Proposal before 1st December 2019

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