The second edition of the Water is Life conference will be organised in a partnership Maurick College (The Netherlands) and Raffles Institute (Singapore). Singapore has no natural water resources in the form of large river systems or aquifers; the Netherlands faces challenge keeping seawater out and freshwater in. Yet, these countries have successfully overcome these challenges through science and innovation. The Netherlands has become a leader in water technologies, successfully converting the change in salinity as fresh water meets the sea to a source of electricity. Land-scarce Singapore has forged ahead, creatively expanding its water reservoirs and using membrane technology to purify water.