VII Summer School in Sustainability: Water Resources, Consumption, Waste, and Change

VII Summer School in Sustainability: Water Resources, Consumption, Waste, and Change

ICS-ULisboa e Online
11/09/2023 to 15/09/2023
10:00 - 17:30
Portuguese, with possibility of using English


Water is the greatest natural resource available to humanity, but only 3% of it is fresh water and, of this percentage, only 1/3 is accessible for everyday use. The increasing use, not always in a responsible way, of this resource, the periods of drought that follow each other more and more assiduously, and scientific predictions about the impacts of climate change on this vital asset, force us to reflect on the daily practices of citizens, the public sector, the private sector and, in particular, agriculture.
The VII Summer School in Sustainability - a partnership between Observa/ICS-ULisboa, Zero and APRH - has as its main objective the promotion of reflection on sustainability in the management and use of water availability in Portugal (present and future) and its integration in decision-making with managers and technicians from different organizations (local government, NGOs, companies, educational institutions...).

We invite you to join us in advanced in-depth lectures and discussions on sustainable water resource management that will be carried out by central agents and people responsible for this change.


  • Members of associations
  • Administrative staff
  • Company professionals
  • Researchers and scientists
  • Master's and Doctoral students
  • Other people interested in the field

The approval of 5 ECTS is subject to the participation of students in a minimum of 80% of sessions.


Module I - Diagnosis, politics, institutions, and trends

1st Session - 11th September, 10 am - 1 pm

Luísa Schmidt (ICS-ULisboa)

João Guerra (ICS-ULisboa)

Susana Fonseca (ZERO)

Susana Neto (APRH)

Conselho Nacional da Água (National Water Council)  
Climate Change and hydric availabilities

Rui Rodrigues (LNEC)

2nd Session - 11t September, 2 pm - 5.30 pm

Water governance in Portugal - a rundown

Luísa Schmidt (ICS-ULisboa)

Diretiva-Quadro da Água (Water Framework Directive) | Planos de Gestão de Região Hidrográfica (Hydrographic Region Management Plans)

Simone Pio (APRH)
3rd Session - 12th September, 10 am - 1 pm

Hydric resources: availabilities and usage

Water management: a complex problem Rodrigo Oliveira  (IST-ULisboa)
New water sources (reusing/desalination)  

Module II - Stimuli and catalysts for change

4th Session - 12th September, 2 pm - 5.30 pm

Water and agriculture: availabilities, losses, future scenarios

Cláudia Brandão (DGADR)
Water for human consumption: quality, losses, price Vera Eiró (ERSAR)
Losses in Water Supply Jorge Gonçalves  (APRH)
5th Session - 13th September, 10 am - 1 pm

B-WaterSmart - reusing in residential context

Filipa Newton (ADENE)
Reusing of residual waters Elisabete Vale (Águas do Tejo Atlântico)
Reduction of losses Joana Custódio (Águas de Santo André)
6th Session - 13th September, 2 pm - 5.30 pm

Water, soils, and agroecology

Marta Cortegano (Terra Sintrópica)
Sustainable vineyards  
Agroecological practices in Montado  

Module III - Water Governance Challenges

7th Session - 14th September, 10 am - 1 pm

Water governance – Current and future challenges

Susana Neto (IST-ULisboa)
Albufeira Convention - the Iberian context Amparo Sereno (U. Lusíada)
Water management and governance Afonso do Ó (UAlg|WWF)
8th Session - 14th September, 2 pm - 5.30 pm

Visit to a Sewage Treatment Plant with reusing - Fábrica de Água de Alcântara (Water Factory of Alcântara)

9th Session - 15th September, 10 am - 1 pm

How to communicate water?

Susana Carvalho (Earth Watchers)
Waterscapes as cultural landscapes Ana Pastor (Segovia One Health – Univ. Segovia)
Water, secutiry, and risk  

Module IV - Evaluation and final conference

10th Session - 15th September, 2 pm - 5.30 pm

Final conference

Pedro R. Jacobi (Univ. São Paulo)
Debates and end notes  



The applicants to the School should:

  • be interested in the topic and/or;
  • perform functions related to water and the sustainable use of water.


Applications: Until 05/09/2023

Applications through the ICS FenixEdu platform:
To create a registration, please access
In case you already have a registration, you can recover the access at
In case you already have a student number at ICS, you should use your Campus account credentials. You may recover your access to this account at

The School has a cost of € 345.

This amount includes the application, enrolment and attendance fees and the issuance of a certificate in Portuguese.


Public Sector 255 €
Students/NGO 225 €
ICS Community (students, researchers, staff) under the Regulamento das Escola do ICS-ULisboa 195 €


Places: 35

Entidades organizadoras: Observa / ICS-ULisboa | Zero – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável | APRH - Associação Portuguesa dos Recursos Hídricos