Water Research Horizon Conference
The Water Research Horizon Conference is aimed to be a platform for the dialogue on the grand challenges in water research. In its frame, the scientific community meets annually to discuss among the various disciplines to be met and overcome by integrated approaches.
The conference intends to catalyze the interdisciplinary ‘water science community’ to intensify the dialogue between scien-tists, practitioners, policymakers and stake-holders, in order to better address some of the challenges in todays and future water research, including the pressures of global change.
The event – initiated and for the first four years organized by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ is now carried out by the Water Science Alliance.
Character and topics
The conference is not a scientific conference, where research results and projects are presented. We are seeking a new perspective to open questions, new ideas and stepping stones that may promote a strengthening of the community by pushing forward cooperation in fields that up to date lack interaction and knowledge about each other.
As established in the last conferences of this series, two main overarching themes are set and discussed in different conference sessions. Open Space Workshops proposed and prepared by interested scientists serve as a platform for discussion with researchers and practitioners from different research fields.
As a result of the 1st conference a White Paper was formulated presenting the six priority research fields, which served as overall themes for the following years:
- ‘Understanding Matter Fluxes at Catchment Scale: Safeguarding Our Health and the Environment’ and ‘A Community Effort Towards Model Development and Data Integration in Water Research’ (2011)
- ‘New Approaches to Observation, Exploration and Data Assimilation in Water Research’ (2012) and ‘Managing Water Beyond IWRM: Target Setting, Instrument Choice and Governance’ (2012)
- ”New challenges emerging from global and climate change: food and water, mega-urbanization, risk and vulnerability’ and ‘Water scarcity: new perspectives for a circum-Mediterranean research initiative’ (2013)