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Thursday, 24 November 2022
Climate change is playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives, both from a professional and personal point of view.
If you wish to understand the issues at stake and ask questions to an expert on water issues, IFS is pleased to organise a conference with the Director of the UNESCO International Centre dedicated to Water – ICIREWARD Montpellier (International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Water Systems Dynamics).
Eric Servat will give a 20-minute presentation in French on the theme: “Water Resources, a Global Issue, the Issue of the Century” to be followed by a question and answer session. Pierre Alzingre, founder of “Tous entreprenants”; will participate in the discussion.
Eric Servat holds a hydrologist degree. He has always been intrigued by the relationship between global changes and water resources, first in Africa and then in the Mediterranean region. He has extensive experience in high-level managerial and strategic management in the field of research and has been involved in many national and international structures.
Research Director at IRD and Associate Professor at the University of Montpellier, he directed the HydroSciences Montpellier Laboratory between 2001 and 2014. After creating the Montpellier Institute of Water and Environment (IM2E) in 2015, he is currently the Director of the recently created UNESCO International Centre on Water (ICIREWARD) in Montpellier (2021), and Director of the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers (OSU) of Montpellier.
He was Vice President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences between 2015 and 2019, and President of the French Committee of Hydrological Sciences from 2013 to 2020. He is Vice President of the French National Committee for Geospheric Sciences since October 2019. He also coordinates the Key Water Initiative of the I-SITE project “Montpellier University of Excellence”. He has coordinated several international programmes, in particular in the framework of a partnership with the Intergovernmental Hydrological Program of UNESCO and its emblematic program “FRIEND-Water” which includes more than 150 countries on all continents.
Eager to strengthen and develop links between the academic and socio-economic spheres, he has been Vice President of the Water Competitiveness Cluster (Aqua-Valley) since 2012.