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Capacity Building

Capacity building of young researchers represented a major component of the IMRR project.

To reach this goal 3 PhD students and 4 Master students were formed at Politecnico di Milano, and 4 Vietnamese researchers spent long-visiting period at DEIB in Milan.

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Five training courses were organized at IWRP in Hanoi:

  • Course on Criteria and indicators identification and validation, May 2013.
  • Workshop on the RRTB system integrated models, February 2014.
  • Workshop on water management policy design, February 2015.
  • Course on climate change impact assessment and adaptation, March 2015.
  • Course on Red-TwoLe: Geoportal and design software, November 2015.

The last know-how transfer initiative was the organization of the IMRR Residential School, a two week long course which was held in Da Nang at the end of the project, from February 22 to March 3, 2016. The school was organized in two parts and involved both Italian and Vietnamese teachers.

The first part provides basic concepts and knowledge on the methodologies that are nowadays available for the design of policies for the management of water reservoirs systems. A bottom-up approach is presented and illustrated, step by step, both in the methodological and in the practical aspects. A series of computer-based tutorials guides the attendees through the process and expose them to the use of the system software (Red-TwoLe) that have been designed and implemented in the IMRR project.

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The second part focuses on tools and methods for climate change impact assessment on complex water resources systems. A series of computer-based tutorials is used to guide the attendees through the process and expose them to the use of state of the art methods and tools on real-world data.

More than 25 young researchers selected from different Vietnamese institutions distributed across the whole country attended the IMRR school. The core idea of this initiative was indeed transferring the know-how produced by the IMRR project, where the Red River represents a paradigmatic case study which has a number of similarities with other Vietnamese water systems and, therefore, the methodologies developed within the project have wide applicability in other contexts.