Summer Course – Visual Methods for Water Communication

IHE Delft Summer Course

Target Audience

Advanced students and water professionals with different backgrounds (engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences).


The course consists of lectures, workshops and special events. The course approach is based on hands on training and inquiry learning: after an introductory lecture, students will be immediately involved in the two workshops, coached by researchers/lecturers and communication experts to acquire practical skills on water communication. During the lectures, students will have the opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge on visual methods and communication, as well as to reflect on the practical work they are doing in the workshops. One workshop will involve a field trip to produce videos on water stories in a location near Delft.


L1: Participatory visual research (Photovoice) on water governance (E. Fantini, IHE Delft)
L2: Video as a tool for education in water governance (J. Kemering or T. Guerrero, IHE Delft))
L3: Video as a research tool on everyday waters in Mozambique (M. Rusca, King’s College London)
L4: Visualisation for water communication (J. Craven, IHE Delft))
L5: Aerial videos and photos with drones (P. Paron, IHE Delft))


W1: Photovoice (E. Fantini). The student will apply Photovoice methods to research everyday water issues in Delft. Output: a photo exhibition/presentation.
W2: Video storytelling (Roland Postma, Ventoux). Students will learn to report, shoot and edit short video stories. Output: short videos designed specifically for the web.

Special events (open also to students attending other courses):

E1. “Show and tell evening”: students will be invited to practice their presentation skills by sharing visual/artistic products to introduce their country and their work.
E2: “Movie night”: screening of video documentaries on water issues (in collaboration with Let’s talk about water and Filmhuis Lumen).
E3: Final presentation: students will present and discuss their outputs (videos and photos) first in class and then open to the public. Courses activities, events and outputs will be shared through social media throughout the week.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
1. The course aims at building students theoretical and practical skills to apply visual methods (photography and video) to communicate water issues related to their research or their professional work.
2. The course will equip students to communicate technoscientific issues related to water to broader audiences and the general public.
3. The course will equip students to facilitate communication between different stakeholders involved in water governance and water conflicts by dint of visual tools (photos and documentary).