Conference Announcements

European Conference: "Competence Modelling for the Water Sector"

in Brussels, Belgium on the 21st of September, 2011


Call for Papers:
The European Conference "Competence Modelling for the Water Sector" has launched its Call for Papers: All experts from the water sector, human resources development, and competence modelling are invited to contribute their own related professional or academic efforts and to present them in a scientific paper and presentation.


All experts and practitioners are invited to contribute to our dialogue on competence modelling for the water sector and to submit high quality papers describing fully developed results, on‐going work or innovative concepts on the following topics:

  • Competence models for the water sector
  • Competence modelling in human resource development
  • Competence descriptions in vocational education and training
  • Learning outcomes and competences orientation
  • Job profiles and working places defined by competences
  • Standardization of water competence models
  • Implementation of competence modelling
  • Harmonization of competence models


Overview of the European Conference:
This European Conference "Competence Modelling for the Water Sector" will present the major outcome of the European WACOM consortium and initiative for competence modelling in the water sector: The Water Competence Model (WCM) with its tools for harmonized descriptions of job profiles and working places in the water sector. The overall objectives of WACOM are the transfer and adaptation of a competence model to the water sector and its integration and harmonisation with the European Qualification Framework (EQF), thus contributing to European competence standardisation and improving vocational education and training. The conference is organized in conjunction with the 4th European Conference on "Innovations in the Environmental Sector" (INES) that is focusing new ways and approaches for the lifelong learning by competence models, E-Learning and social communities.


Overview of the important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: July 04, 2011 (*prolonged!*)
  • Notification of acceptance: July 11, 2011 (*prolonged!*)
  • Camera‐Ready copy due: July 25, 2011 (*prolonged!*)
  • Conference program: September 21, 2011


Attendance at the European conference "Competence Modelling for the Water Sector" is free of charge and requires online registration as places are limited. Submissions of papers related to the conference (max. eight pages) must be sent to the WACOM Consortium by Monday, 4th of July 2011. The submitters are informed about the acceptance of the papers by 11th of July 2011. All accepted will be published in the official proceedings of the European Conference (with ISBN) and distributed to all conference participants and across whole Europe.


More Information and Contact:
For more information see the announcements of the European conference "Competence Modelling for the Water Sector".
Direct enquiries and full papers can be sent to the WACOM project manager Xenia Kuhn, University of Duisburg‐Essen, via e‐Mail to: xenia.kuhn@icb.uni‐


For registration, plwase contact Mrs Laura Langel of the German Water Association (DWA) in an email with your name, country of origin and organisational affiliation at: