– Thursday 15 June (PM)
The field of dams (including design, construction and operation) is experiencing a lack of capacity (worldwide) when it comes to the number of well experienced engineers as well as new young engineers. This is relevant to the entire dam industry including water dams, hydropower dams and tailings dams. ICOLD has already taken initiatives through the two Committees; ZX2 – Young Professionals Forum and Z – Capacity Building.
The objective of this workshop is, to contribute to these initiatives by allocating time for an open discussion and dialogue on how ICOLD can help in retaining and attracting the number of people in these industries (water and tailings dams) as well as how to increase the level of knowledge within this group to improve dam safety. This group of people includes everyone working with dams; dam owners, consultants, contractors, experts, authorities and regulatory bodies.
The workshop will be in three blocks:
1) Introduction and what do we mean by Capacity Building?
2) How to retain and attract people? What do people want? How do needs differ between countries, regions, age groups, gender etc.?
3) How to increase the level of knowledge, experience, and skills?
Focus during the workshop will be to get everyone’s ideas and opinions heard by allowing for discussions in different forms. The “result” will be documented as a road map with suggestions on how to continue the work on Capacity Building within ICOLD.
Several parties will take an active part in this workshop; ICOLD technical committee Z – Capacity Building, XY2 – Young Professionals (or still Young Engineers?), L – Tailings Dams and Waste Lagoons, US committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Universities, Companies and special guest Dr. Katarina Graffman (anthropologist).
A program of the short course is available here.