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Louwes Lecture: 5 years Water Course & book 'The World of Water'

Thursday 14 April 2016
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

This 4th official Louwes Lecture on Water Use and Management will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Water Course. We will also present the book ‘The World of Water’ and hand out the first copies to the Philippine Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda and Hanna Swaab, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Sustainable water use and management in the Philippines

The results of five years of collaboration in the Philippines have been compiled in the book  ‘The World of Water’ that will be presented on Thursday 14  April, 2016 to the Philippine ambassador. The research studies by students of Leiden University and the Philippine Isabela State University on community-based management and why fishers do not believe in the protection of fish, among others, are inspiring examples of interdisciplinary and intercultural research .

Louwes Lecture and book presentation 

The 4th Louwes Lecture will be held by Dr. ir. Gerhard van den Top, Chairman (Dijkgraaf) of the Regional Public Water Authority Amstel, Gooi en Vecht under the title ‘Living with water in the Dutch Delta: an international reference case in water governance’. Preceding the lecture our honoured guest, the Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands, His Excellency Jaime Victor B. Ledda, will be present to elaborate on the importance of the collaboration between the Philippines and the Netherlands and, together with Hanna Swaab, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, he will officially receive the first copies of the book ‘The World of Water’.

Water is life

‘The World of Water’ is a book of colourful images and culture. It shows the challenge of intercultural and interdisciplinary research that the University of Leiden and the Philippine Isabela State University took up together. The book has a clear message: Water is life. Gerard Persoon, Scientific Director of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology , proudly states: "Water is the source of all life and, therefore, education and research in the field of water are crucial. In the Netherlands, we take many things for granted; we hardly ever experience floods, and there is always running water from the tap. None of these things are commonplace for Filipino students. To study water use and management together is an extraordinary and enriching experience."

The Water Course in the Philippines

Since 2011, every January the international course Water and Water Management – ‘the Water Course’ – in the Philippines is organised by Isabela State University, Leiden University and the Mabuwaya Foundation, with support of the Water Board Rijnland. In this one month course, 14 Leiden University students and 14 Philippine students of the Isabela State University participate to learn about water and environmental issues and gather practical experience in interdisciplinary, international teams. Their background is diverse and includes anthropology, biology, forestry, agriculture and civil engineering among others. The students visit (inter)national organisations in Manila and Los Banos and conduct a short field study on a theme related to water management.

Louwes Fund

The Louwes Lecture and the Water Course are part of the activities of the Louwes Fund, a  legacy of agriculturalist and politician Hendrik Jan Louwes, established for young research talents to study water and food at Leiden University and the University of Oxford.


To attend the event you can register before 13 April by sending an email with full name of attending guest(s) to Sheryl Lynn Callister-Baas:  s.l.baas.2@umail.leidenuniv.nl.

More information

Directions to the venue by car and public transportation: Van Steenis.
For more information, material or interview requests you can contact Sheryl Lynn Callister-Baas: s.l.baas.2@umail.leidenuniv.nl.


Programme 4th Louwes Lecture 14 April, 2016

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