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Water and sanitation engineering (Watsan) from emergency towards development

Diplôme / certificat de l’institution de formation

Université de Neuchâtel (UNINE)

Lieu de formation

Neuchâtel (NE)

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Formation continue: formations longues

Modalités temporelles

En emploi

Thèmes de formation

Bâtiment, génie civil, industrie du bois - Nature, sciences naturelles - Planification des travaux, aménagement du territoire - Santé, soins, médecine

Filières d'études

Génie civil - Médecine humaine - Sciences de la Terre


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Mise à jour 10.08.2023


Description de la formation


  • Identify, formulate and analyse issues of water supply, sanitation and public health
  • Plan, implement and monitor a water and sanitation emergency programs in the context of a humanitarian operation;
  • Better understand the institutional context of a humanitarian situation and design an emergency response.

Plan de la formation


The training course is subdivided a mixture of theoretical sessions directly followed by practical work in the field. The following topics are covered:

  • Fundamentals of water supply, i.e. basics of operational hydrogeology, water resource management, groundwater exploration and exploitation, water quality and treatment, water distribution, sanitation in emergencies and WASH relevant aspects of epidemic management.
  • During the practical course, all the theoretical assets are combined with hands-on exercises in all fields, from assemblage of an emergency water treatment and distribution unit, water and bacteriological analysis, well testing and geophysical exploration in parallel with a week-long simulation exercise which focuses on developing intervention strategies during emergency response within the complex humanitarian institutional landscape.


Conditions d’admission

Public cible

Engineers and scientists interested in a humanitarian engagement in the domain of water and sanitation.

Conditions d’admission spécifiques

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


2200.-CHF with full board , includes all meals and basic accommodation in camp.


  • Diplôme / certificat de l’institution de formation

"Certificate of Participation" issued by the Continuing Education Department, University of Neuchâtel (Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC-Water and Habitat Unit).

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • Neuchâtel (NE)

University of Neuchâtel
Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel

Field location of the training: Robinson (Colombier)

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours

Not every year. Please contact the university to find out the date of the next session.

Durée de la formation

8 days with 7 overnights, 70 hours in total.

Modalités temporelles

  • En emploi

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais


Université de Neuchâtel (UNINE)

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Renseignements / contact

Centre d'hydrogéologie de l'Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11 Case postale 158
2009 Neuchâtel 9

Prof. Ellen Milnes tél.:+41 (0)32 718 25 94 email :