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Water and sanitation engineering course

21-03-2014 Event

The Centre of Hydrogeology of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC - Wathab Unit) propose the course on water and sanitation engineering with the aim to enable the participants to acquire the basic technical skills required to conduct their activities as water and sanitation engineers (Watsan).

Event Info

Where: University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

When: 23.08.2014 - 30.08.2014

The main objective of this course is to train qualified and motivated engineers and scientists who are active (or intending to become active) in the wash-sector in humanitarian contexts. The participants should be able, at the end of the course, to plan, implement and monitor water and sanitation emergency programs and design an emergency response in the context of a humanitarian operations as well as to better understand the institutional context of humanitarian situations.

The training covers a wide range of technical aspects required to efficiently handle emergency situations with approaches aiming towards development. The training thereby facilitates integration of engineers and scientists in humanitarian operations and makes the participants aware of the close links between public health, water and sanitation in disaster-stricken populations.

The training course is subdivided into a theoretical part and a practical part. During the theoretical part, issues are covered from basic concepts in hydrogeology, water quality and treatment, geospatial data analysis, refugee camp planning, well construction and rehabilitation, waste water and solid waste management to environmental sanitation assessment: all courses include exercises and case studies. During the practical part, field work is carried out during three days: a water treatment and distribution network is constructed and water and bacteriological analysis, well testing and geophysical exploration are carried out.


  • identify, formulate and analyse issues of public health, water and sanitation;
  • pass on technical concepts and discuss them with health professionals as well as with industrial leaders, politicians, local and national administrators;
  • plan, implement and monitor a water and sanitation emergency programme in the context of a humanitarian operation;
  • better understand the institutional context of a humanitarian situation and design an emergency response.

Target audience

  • The course is designed for engineers and scientists interested in a humanitarian engagement in the domain of water and sanitation.


The deadline for application is 31st May 2014. Registration form

For more information 

Centre d'hydrogéologie et de géothermie
Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94