Track 7 Topic 2: Collaborations in building competences - inter, trans or post-disciplinary learning

Track contributions

Q1. What organizational, policy changes (i.e.., steps, approaches, and strategies) are required from public, private, academia and civil society sectors to foster innovative and/or inter-, trans-, and post-disciplinary learning (ITP-disciplinarity) in educational and training programmes? Q2. What are the potential challenges and opportunities to do so? Get inspired by the presentations and the material shared in the chat room, and share your views and recommendations on this topic!

Started 11 months ago

Public institutions, international organizations and universities when addressing large audiences may fail to deliver their messages on sustainable water management and water heritage preservation, because of weak communications based on holistic perspectives.

New and fertile potential connections to promote water awareness education have been stressed by the Council of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Program (UNESCO-IHP) through the Resolution n.XXIII-5. This Resolution emphasizes the role of water museums, education and interpretation centres to stimulate holistic and transdisciplinary approaches on water heritage and management.

Today water museums and interpretation centers are called to action not only to guarantee the correct transmission of the dense historical layers encapsulated in inherited “liquid assets”, but also o stimulate innovative solutions and visions for better preservation of this crucial resource based on inherited local water knowledge and values. Indeed water museums can play an innovative role in reconnecting humanity to the material and non-material heritage of water (including scientific, social, cultural, ecological, artistic and spiritual dimensions related to the liquid element – which are the most attracting to young generations).

In spite of their great potential implications for contributing to SDGs’ implementation and more sustainable water management, many of these museums operate in isolated contexts, without institutional connections to universities and research centers and with insufficient funding, especially (but not only) in low income countries. In this frame, it is important to highlight the need of reinforcing the dialogue among museums, decision makers, water planners, water-related heritage professionals and UNESCO’s antennae to foster innovative transdisciplinary learning to make an impact on large audiences.


Thank you for contribution. Today (14:00-16:00 CEST), you will give a pitch on your findings and we will discuss the lessons learned and recommendation in the live session with the Track-7 participants.