Water is the beginning of life according to numerous mythological and religious cosmologies. God “made from water every living thing,” as this nomadic conception is formulated in the Qur’an. This is a point where scientific theories of evolution and religious narratives agree: water is the primordial element. Up to 60 % of the adult human body is water, which makes it a vital aspect of medical and physiological research. However, water is rapidly becoming one of the most contested natural resources of our time. Will the basic human need for water cause wars and conflicts in the future, or will it serve as a uniting element that opens our eyes to our common humanity and the need to work together across borders of states, creeds, and ideologies to secure clean water supplies for all in the future? Will water, in the end, prove to be thicker than blood? 

This year, because of COVID-19, the tenth ABOAGORA Symposium on 19–21 August is adopting a new, hybrid form: parts of the programme at the museum will be conducted remotely. The event will be live-streamed and recorded,  so it is safe to follow the Symposium from your office, sofa, or even from the pier, surrounded by water.

We are using the conference tool Zoom to stream ABOAGORA online. Join ABOAGORA-meeting in Zoom:

We recommended downloading the ZOOM app; you can download it (ZOOM Client for Meetings) at  

When you enter the Zoom you will need to click “Join with Computer Audio”. When entering you will automatically be muted. Please keep yourself muted unless you are going to ask a question or make a comment – see instructions below. 

You do not necessarily need a computer to follow ABOAGORA live-stream on Zoom, it also works on mobile devices. However, the best way to take part in online discussions is to use a computer with a decent Internet connection. You will also need some equipment to hear and perhaps to speak. An ordinary headset will suffice.  

Please note that you do not need to create a ZOOM account for participating in the event! 

You can choose whether you want to use video (meaning that other participants can see you) – we recommend using the video, because ABOAGORA is a community and it would be nice to see the faces of the participants. If you experience network issues, we recommend you stop video in Zoom.

In case of any problems with Zoom, please write in Zoom-chat send us e-mail:


Changes in the programme are possible. ABOAGORA reserves the right to changes. 

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