Water and sanitation engineering from emergency towards development


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.

Admission conditions

University or equivalent degree. Prior experience in the domains of water supply, wastewater treatment, health and/or sanitation is welcome.


"Certificate of Participation" issued by the Continuing Education Department, CHYN and ICRC(Wathab Service).


23 to 30 June 2018
The course will be held in:
Centre d'Hydrogéologie et de Géothermie de l'Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2007 Neuchâtel


The deadline for application is 30 March 2018

Online Registration


CHF 2000.-, including all lunches and 4 evening meals.


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


Deadline for application

Extended  deadline for application 
30 March 2018


23 to 30 June 2018


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Université de Neuchâtel
Centre d'Hydrogéologie et de Géothermie
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH-2000 Neuchâtel


Dr. Ellen Milnes
Centre d'hydrogéologie et de géothermie (CHYN)

Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94

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Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermy of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC - Wathab Service)

Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC, Loughborough University, GB)

World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva)

Other important international NGO's according to their availability

(Possible modifications according to the availability of the speakers.)