Water Science Alliance - Joining forces

The scientific expertise of German water research is excellent in individual areas, but in particular, the national networking and international visibility of the entire field of research are inadequate. The Water Science Alliance establishes structures that help to better utilise the existing potential of German water research in the development and processing of complex and interdisciplinary research topics within thematic alliances. The complementarity of the research institutions (major research institutions and universities) results in synergies from the joint use of infrastructures, observatories, and large-scale equipment, as well as the promotion of young scientists, in addition to the sharing of expertise.

14th Water Research Horizon Conference

We would like to announce the 14th Water Research Horizon Conference in Leipzig in collaboration with the UFZ on September 26-27, 2024.

Call for Abstracts - now open!

We are now inviting the submission of abstracts of presentations for inclusion in the conference programme. Don’t miss the chance to present your paper and contribute to the field of water research.

Abstract categories:

Topic 1    Is there enough water for humans and nature at the same time?
Topic 2    How to address the water quality crisis at ecosystem level?
Topic 3    How can society cope with the water crisis?

Click here for more details on how to submit your abstract. The deadline for submission is June 27, 2024.

Check out if you are eligible for our travel grant: WSA Career Navigator


First WSA Career Navigator grant approved for Stefan Grosenick from the Aquatic Ecology working group, University of Duisburg Essen

On the road to expertise: the electrofishing licence as the key to fish ecology

The aquatic world harbours a multitude of fascinating secrets and is of enormous importance for the ecological balance of our planet. Within this complex ecosystem, fish play a central role and their study and protection is crucial for the preservation of water quality.

In his quest to develop his expertise in this field and contribute to the protection of aquatic habitats, Stefan Grosenick has decided to obtain an electrofishing licence. This step not only marks a milestone in his personal and professional development, but also a significant contribution to the research and conservation of our waters. The EU Water Framework Directive calls for an ecological assessment of flowing waters, with fish playing a prominent role as indicators of water quality. Their sensitivity to environmental changes (such as those caused by cross structures in our watercourses and obstacles to the so-called "ecological continuity" increasingly endangering spawning migrations/genetic exchange) and pollutant inputs make them crucial indicators of potential issues in our water bodies.