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The Global Water Experiment ended at the World Water Forum

Mar 16, 2012

The Global Water Experiment (GWE) formally came to an end during Sixth World Water Forum (WWF), which took place in Marseille from March 12-17, 2012. Javier Garcia and Colin Humphris represented IUPAC. Students will be able to upload their data to the GWE website until the end of March 2012 @

The Forum is organized every three years as a joint venture between the World Water Council and the government of the host country. It aims to raise the importance, awareness and understanding of water issues and propose concrete solutions to address global challenges. For the GWE, this was a unique opportunity to share with others what the experiment has delivered.

Garcia closed the GWE at a session on Sustainable Solutions through Water Education organized by UNESCO and an NGO Water Education for Teachers (WET). He spoke about the year-long experiment, its goals and accomplishments as a core activity during the 2011 UN International Year of Chemistry. UNESCO was represented by its Assistant Director General Gretchen Kalonji and Miguel Doria, head of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP).

The WWF was the occasion to release the following video as our thanks to all involved.

The year long Global Experiment – Water: a Chemical Solution has been quite remarkable both educationally and socially. All of us in IUPAC and UNESCO are very grateful to everyone from around the world who worked so hard to make GWE possible, but most importantly, we’d like to thank all the teachers and students who embraced the Global Experiment – it was you who made it truly global, and you who made it such a success.

About the GWE – The Global Water Experiment was intended to provide students, especially those in developing countries, with an opportunity to become truly involved with chemistry and to learn valuable lessons about chemical investigation, data collection and validation. The twin purposes were to underline the power of chemistry to understand the world around us and to use chemistry to resolve problems of water quality. An online platform was provided for schools and students to share their results and experiences; after all, these were not thousands of experiments around the world, but one giant collaboration, and participants became fully engaged in this, publishing some inspirational videos and blogs.