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Water is defined as an important field on its own within the SDGs, with close connections to other fields like food production, health and energy – to name just a few. This panel explores the many facets of water studies and technologies on the African continent, with an explicit focus on how innovations are studied, adapted and accepted in different settings – ranging from urban to rural, local to (inter)national, and natural to human, but also ranging from academic to policy environments or water user communities. The panel explicitly invites contributions from diverse specializations, as water science and technology is an explicitly multidisciplinary endeavour [coordination: Delft University of Technology, Civil Engineering, together with IHE Delft, WaterNet (Zimbabwe), South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana), Stellenbosch University Water Institute (South Africa), as well as possibly the Hydraulic Research Centre in Khartoum, the University of Khartoum, and Addis Ababa University, under review].