26.09. - 27.09.2023 Freiburg/Germany


Keynote Speaker

Prof Christiane Zarfl
Environmental Systems Analysis at University Tübingen

Disconnected rivers - rivers under pressure from infrastructure and pollution

Enhancing sustainability in the management of rivers, lakes and aquifers - The role of cooperation across sectors, actors and countries


Water connecting Biodiversity

Rivers are integral connecting elements of biodiversity and ecosystems. However, due to anthropogenic activities they are increasingly disconnected. This session features contributions about these connections and their potential severe consequences for nature and humanity.

Hans Peter Grossart, IGB Berlin

Connectivity an often overlooked factor of aquatic biodiversity

Kristy Deiner, ETH Zürich

Transport and degradation rates of eDNA in  rivers predict hot spots for eDNA monitoring in landscapes

Water connecting Climates

Rivers link climatically different regions. This session features topics such as cold region (cryosphere) mountain headwater contributions to lowland regions, wet-to-dry climate controls of exotic rivers, precipitation contributions from different source areas, and research on disparate compensating or exacerbating hydroclimatic changes.

Walter Immerzeel, Utrecht University

Connecting climate, water and people in high mountain Asia

Sergio Vincente-Serrano, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia

Water availability challenges in Spain: complex land management processes and water demands in a climate change scenario

Water connecting People

Many industries and sectors are dependent on water use and water bodies - both nationally and internationally. Scarce water resources and pollution represent potential for conflict, but can also open up opportunities for cooperation. This session features research on the governance and management aspects involved.



Ines Dombrowsky, German Institute of Development and Sustainability

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Conflict and Cooperation of Transboundary Rivers

Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Universität Osnabrück

How to meet the coordination challenge in dealing with complex water governance problems

Water connecting Health

Access to clean and safe drinking water is crucial for public health, as polluted water can cause severe illness and even death. In this context, water quantity and quality are closely related to human health. This session features research from different exposure pathways such as drinking, bathing, irrigation of crops like vegetables, rice, or the consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish to a better management of water resources that may help to reduce the transmission of pollutants to make water bodies safe for domestic, economic, and recreational uses.

Julia Derx, TU Wien

Genetic microbial source tracking support drinking water infection risk modeling in a riverine wetland

Andreas Fath, Hochschule Furtwangen

Swimming rivers as research projects to convince policy makers

Water connecting Landscape

Water erodes and deposits sediments and nutrients, among other biotic and abiotic matter exchanges in the landscape. The session deals with the interaction of water with landscape features that control and shape such links as well as with observed, modeled and predicted changes.


Simone Bizzi, University of Padova

Building evidence of river geomorphic processes in a data rich era

Sergiy Vorogushyn, GFZ Potsdam

Interplay of river networks and floodplains from the flood risk perspective

People (dis)connecting Water

People have disconnected free-flowing water by dams and reservoirs, but also through alterations by river training, abstractions and other human influences. This session features research that investigates trends and positive or negative effects - including but not limited to e.g. increases in water quantity for (drinking) water supply, effective flood protection (and limits to it), disturbance of aquatic ecosystems, sediment transport or water quality and explores management and governance options.

• Bernhard Lehner, McGill University

Global effects of dams and reservoirs on free-flowing rivers: status, challenges, and opportunities