- Science and Education for Water Services

In 1998, the Capacity Development of Water and Environmental Services (CADWES) research team was formally established at Tampere University of Technology (TUT).

As its mission CADWES has defined "to produce usable knowledge and education, based on multi- and interdisciplinary research, on the evolution and development of sustainable use of water services and water resources in a wider institutional context: organisations, governance, management, economics, legislation, policy, rules and practices".


INVITATION/KUTSU Studia Generalia Tuesday 21 May at 13.00 RK218

INVITATION/KUTSU Studia Generalia Tuesday 21 May at 13.00
Venue: Tampere University, Hervanta Campus, Civil Engineering, Room RK218

Opening, Adjunct professor Petri S. Juuti, UNESCO CO-Chair;  Mr. John Butler, Director of Public Works for the City of Ashland in Wisconsin:
“An Alternative Asset Management Model for Water Distribution Pipelines”; Doctoral student Vesa Arvonen, The Finnish Association of Water Cooperatives (SVOSK):  “Water Cooperatives in Finland”

Registration to Tapio S. Katko: by Monday 20 May (for coffee/tea)

Studio General is organized by  CADWES research group at the Tampere University
in cooperation with Tampere Docent Association

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Welcome to Tampere World Water Day Seminar on 22 March 2019 at 12:00-15:00

EDIT 28.3.2019: Linkit esitysten materiaaleihin on lisätty alla esitettyyn ohjelmaan. / Links to the presentation materials have been added to the program below.

Maailman vesipäivää vietetään Tampereen ammattikorkeakoululla (TAMK, D1-02 auditorio) perinteisen seminaarin merkeissä perjantaina 22. maaliskuuta 2019. Tilaisuus on englanninkielinen ja avoin kaikille. Tervetuloa kuuntelemaan!

Tampere World Water Day Seminar Friday 22 March, 2019 in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK, D1-02 auditorium). Seminar is organized in English and it is open to everyone. Welcome!

”Water for all – Leaving no one behind”


12.00 Opening of the seminar, Mika Nieminen, Head of Environmental Engineering

12.05-13.15 ”Challenge of water services in developing economies: case of India
Doctoral student Laura Inha, TAU, Faculty of Built Environment (BEN), Hervanta
Campus, CADWES team

Presentation:  Tampere_WorldWaterDay_Challenges in Indias water services_Laura_Inha_22032019

13.30-14.15 ”How big a profit is acceptable for a water company? Case Tallinn Wa-
ter” Prof. Eija Vinnari, TAU, Faculty of Management and Business (MAB), Center Campus.

Presentation: Acceptable Profit for a Public Private Water Company_The Case of Tallinn Water

14.30-15.15 ”Global Well-being and Water” Prof. Meri Koivusalo, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET), Kauppi Campus

Presentation: Water and well-being in the world

Coordinated by UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Services (TAU)
Hosted by Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)

Tampere World Water Day seminar TAMK_22March2019_poster

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UNECWAS seminar presentations are available

On Friday 8 June 2018, group of water service experts and practitioners gathered at the sixth annual seminar of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Services to discuss and debate on resiliency and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure. Programme and presentations of the seminar can be found here.

Prof. Esteban Castro challenged us to rethink what we mean when we talk about resilience. There is a lot of scientific literature on resilience, but hardly any address the questions what & whose problems resilience is to solve, let alone the question Why resiliency?

Associate Prof. Klaas Schwartz presented a case study from a Dutch water Utility in Vitens giving an overview of the varied approaches to resilience in Dutch water sector. Approaches depend on e.g. scale and are strongly linked to water source.

In her presentation, Dr Sarah Ward  discussed the diversity of approaches to resilience in the water sector and research in the UK, concluding that resilience, like sustainability is a journey, not an end point.

The afternoon session was started by Adj. Prof. Petri Juuti who told about the Research and Innovation Cluster of Water Services (VEPATUKI). According to preliminary results, networks are in rather good shape in Finland.

Managing directors Petri Jokela (Tampere Water) and Jukka Meriluoto (Hämeenlinna Region Water Utility) discussed resilience from the perspective of the water utilities. According to them, the concept of resilience is not discussed too much in Finnish water sector, but more focus is put on similar concept such as reliability.

Jyrki Laitinen discussed ways of promoting resilience and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure especially in Finland and highlighted the role of good governance. According to Laitinen, we need attitude change in all water utilities – both big and small.


CADWES research team celebrates its 20th anniversary and in his presentation, Adj. Prof. Tapio Katko gave a glimpse of what has been done during these years and presented some key conclusions related to resilience. Adj. Prof. Katko continued Laitinen’s idea of the need for attitude change and asked whether the Finnish water sector would actually need an attitude change instead of structural change.


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