Innovator Catalyst: ‘Green skills for boosting transitions in water management’

22 - 29 November 2014, Valencia

Working on the challenges we face and how to overcome them, Climate-KIC offers a coached 8 day programme for experienced environment and water management professionals, held in Valencia, Spain, from 22 to 29 November 2014.

Climate‑KIC promotes transformative innovation to address the challenge of climate change. Fundamental to this mission are people with the ability to enable organisations, both private and public, to lead a transformation of our sociotechnical systems. 

This particular programme forms part of the Innovator Catalyst series and is aimed at experienced professionals with the enthusiasm and potential for influencing organisational change and system innovation. It offers the key competencies and capabilities to be an innovator in the broad sense of this term. It is designed to be international, time effective and stimulating.  Several topics from regulation, financial arrangements to technological solutions and behavioral change will be addressed.

Moreover, participants will get the chance to work on their own case studies, to develop the necessary skills and enable practitioners to make transitions happen themselves. 

Why should you apply?

This is an unique opportunity to learn from a recognized team of international and regional experts new skills and strategies to address and manage innovation projects and business models on sustainability issues, coupled with a systemic approach relying on transition theory and socio-technical innovation.



You can download a detailed workshop agenda here.

Systems approach

This intensive 8 day programme will take a systems approach to:

  • Address challenges from multiple perspectives through coached individual and group learning working on concrete plans and initiatives
  • Focus on interaction between different stakeholders in order to foster new ideas
  • Develop a practical skill set concerning problem solving, the acquisition of resources as well as negotiation skills
  • Understand and overcome barriers for boosting transitions in water management and environmental issues.
  • Get an international perspective on sustainable transitions with participants and speakers from across Europe
  • Engage with multidisciplinary practitioners to build an international network and exchange experiences and best practices



The course offers a holistic approach to the water related issues we face today, taking into consideration also the cycle, process and water footprint. The course works with a multidisciplinary approach to match problems and solutions that suit better to each participant context. 

Based on a “problem owner perspective” business opportunities are explored by considering multi-stakeholder and multi-sector perspective. It will use a range of transition theories and techniques to define problems, understand the key actors’ perspectives, develop solutions and implement change.


Aims and objectives

Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the application of transition theories using real-life examples from the water sector as well as their own case studies.

The workshop seeks to focus on the regime shifts occurring during the process of change regarding technological, organizational and social actions in order to equip the participants with a specific set of skills and qualifications. 

This intensive eight day programme will be complemented with extended interaction through an e-learning platform containing readings, multimedia resources and a networking platform to foster interaction even once the sessions are over.


Who can apply

The programme is aimed at practitioners with experience in water management as well as specialized professionals in environmental issues at local, regional or national level. This may include:

  • Policy staff (e.g. urban planners, local decision-makers, tourism officers deciding on eco-touristic destinations)
  • Managers and technicians of industrial water treatment
  • Farmers and entrepreneurs focusing on ecological agriculture
  • NGOs that promote sustainable natural resource management
  • Building sector managers, industrial services representatives
  • Business entrepreneurs
  • Project managers working in water and sustainability R&D projects
  • Researchers from the water/agricultural/food as well as construction/infrastructure sector but also from the sociology and psychology field working on projects related to social behaviour and systemic changes applied to water cycle management


Selection criteria

Successful candidates will have

  • a commitment or drive to achieve a low carbon society and the courage to change
  • concrete change objectives that they are working on –  in order to be able to contribute relevant knowledge and experiences to the group of participants
  • the (potential) position, and a relevant network, to make a difference in low carbon innovation
  • an interest in transdisciplinary thinking and understanding



This programme is an initiative of Climate-KIC, organized by  INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) Polytechnic University of Valencia and VAERSA.



The programme costs €2,000*. There are a significant number of fully funded (no charge) places available for applicants able to show how they will put the programme outcomes into practice by preparing a suitable case study. Persons interested are encouraged to apply for these spaces. The application procedure does not keep a commitment on places with fees.

*covering admission fee, accommodation (in double rooms depending on availability) and breakfast, group lunches and dinners when included in the official agenda. Participants need to cover the travel costs to/from Valencia themselves.


How to apply

The deadline for this course has already passed.

In case of any questions, please contact Cecilia Poyatos Hernandez.