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Tuesday, October 23 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Challenges and innovations for sustainable access to good quality drinking water

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Organizing Institution:
  • INDICASAT-AIP at City of Knowledge, Panama

Water is the main source of life that every single person in the world needs to survive. All Latin-
American countries rely on its natural resources; much of the water used in these countries especially
drinking water is retrieved from those resources. However, there is a lack of detoxification studies for its
water and soil. Contamination due to agricultural activates seems to find its cause in extensive use of
pesticide and herbicide which infiltrate through the water from the soil and the contamination keeps
expanding and reaching the drinking water resources. These contaminants badly affect human health and
are a threat to many communities that live close to the agricultural fields.
The quality of the water and its sustainability is one of the major issues in the world that we as
scientist should solve. Mainly the water is brought in to our households via water supply systems that
connect the main water body of the city with everyone in the city. But the providing water to every
community and providing it constantly is hard. Hence, private drinking wells are solution for many
communities in the Latin American region and around the world. However, private drinking wells in many
states in the USA are not regulated and probably this scenario is repeated in many places in the world. And
thus agricultural activity contaminates water, and had become one of the biggest risks to decrease the
heath of the community
In this 75 minutes long thematic session, four international experts will dialogue with audience
about innovative strategies to determine contamination and provide treatment techniques to reveal the
footprint of toxic chemicals that are present but also could benefit the countries to develop innovative
bioremediation solutions that relieve toxic chemicals from the environment. They also will provide a focus
on the role of clean drinking water for Public Health. Finally, they will discuss about the innovation of
treating waste and sewage water into potable water to solve scarcity around the Latin American Region.

avatar for Amador Goodridge

Amador Goodridge

Investigador en INDICASAT
Educación académica:1993-1998 Tecnologo MédicoSchool of Medicine, University of Panamá. Tesis: Implementation of PCR technique for detecting Human Papilloma Virus DNA consensus sequence in cervix -uterine swaps samples.1998-2001 Maestría en Ciencias con especialización en Biotecnología... Read More →
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Zohre Kurt

Adjunct Faculty at INDICASAT-AIP; Researcher in Urban Risk Center at Florida State University Panama
Zohre Kurt received her bachelor degrees in Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering from METU in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She continued her studies in Georgia Institute of Technology where she got masters in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering... Read More →
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Kara L. Nelson

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
EDUCATIONPh.D. Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, September 2001M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 1996B.A. Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1992EMPLOYMENT HISTORY2017 – present Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion... Read More →
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Charlotte Smith

Member of the faculty at UC Berkeley. President of Charlotte Smith and Associates, Inc (USA)
Charlotte Smith holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of Michigan, an MA in Community Health from the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Smith is currently a member of the faculty... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am CDT
Salón Veraguas Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall