African scientists suffered for long from being far from hot spots of science and lacked from technical experts. This situation has changed a lot since some time. An increasing number of high schools and universities have trained numerous young students who stayed for many of them in their home countries. A lot of international cooperation programs have developed capacities of local agencies and research teams to use recent techniques, and the quality of communications and internet capacity have much increased too.
International UNESCO programs like FRIEND or G-WADI, or international programs like AMMA or WATERNET allowed since 20 years to build strong regional communities who are able to share and develop knowledge within Africa. Thus in many regions the most recent technologies and data management tools are frequently used, participative research and environmental surveys are increasing, and citizens are more frequently associated to development and research programs. In the context of climate change impact on water availability, Africa needs to improve its capacity of development of its own research programs based on well trained high level research community. This session aims at proposing African researchers, or colleagues working in/on Africa, to present results of researches using recent, innovative techniques, data, tools, in connection with society and development priorities, and report about research programs involving citizen participation. Among the main topics concerned, but not limitative, are spatial hydrology, innovative measurement and observation techniques, openand big data, participatory science experiment, science literacy and so on. This could provide some meaningful options to deal with challenges and uncertainties in the African context, and it is perfectly linked with specific aspects of the African Union Agenda 2063 where one of the priority areas for the next decade is to have well educated citizens and skills revolution underpinned by Science, technology and innovation. This falls under ‘Inclusive growth and sustainable development’ aspiration of the agenda.