9 Water Research Horizon Conference | announcement

3/4 July 2018 | Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

Towards Blue Cities and their Environs

An effective water management in urban areas is one of the most pressing global challenges. Addressing it requires new approaches that extend far beyond the classical goals of sus- taining drinking water supply and ensuring effective sanita- tion. Urban water management for the future must also ac- commodate such diverse issues as urban heat mitigation, groundwater depletion, urban agriculture, reuse of treated wastewater, water retention, freshwater ecosystem restora- tion, biodiversity conservation, urban recreation and general human well-being as vital elements of a development to- wards liveable cities.

Many individual components of urban water systems are well described and understood. However, current solutions to urban water issues continue to be primarily technological. While effective at ensuring water security for humans in industrial nations, they fall short of providing sufficient quantities of clean water to a large proportion of the world population and fail to address many of the other demands on urban water systems. To what extent nature-based solution can complement existing and future technologies to face these challenges is an open question.

Topics, tracks & sessions

  • Water Linkages of Cities and their Hinterland (track A)
  • Water resources and multi-level interrelations (A1)
  • Water bodies receiving point and diffuse pollution (A2)
  • Urban freshwater ecosystems (A3)

The sessions are complemented by Open Space Workshops as well as Side Events, which offer room for in-depth discus- sions and intend to initiate new research activities beyond the

Mr. Jörg Seegert

Further and detailed information about the course as well as the programme (session topics etc.) of the event are available at the conference website! conference website!

> 8 WRHC | 3rd announcement | 06/2017 (download as *.pdf)

Thus, great strides could be made by developing integrative holistic concepts that consider the interlinkages between technical and ‘natural’ freshwater compartments, while specifically addressing the singularity of urban catchments and relations with their environs. This could be achieved by filling the gap between the technology-focused urban water management as practiced at present and modern river basin management, which tends to underappreciate the role of urban water systems.

The 9th Water Research Horizon Conference will bring together scientists, practitioners and policy-makers with diverse backgrounds to engage in a multilateral exchange about the role of research to address the challenges of future urban water management in the face of global change – including demographic and global urbanization trends. Blue cities are the vision, where blue encapsulates the notion of both sufficient and clean water for citizens and nature. This perspective will guide the presentations and discussion panels that are organised in six thematic session.

  • Water in the City of the Future (track B)
  • Water-related extremes and impacts (B1)
  • Water and the built environment (B2)
  • Water based urban design and planning (B3)

existing disciplinary and institutional boundaries; first work- shop initiatives are set but further ideas are welcome anytime – please contact

Tel. +49 (0)351 / 463 3-5477

This year’s conference include the 6th general meeting of the Water Science Alliance (on the eve of the event) and the RK Bode foundation’s award ceremony!

> Conference programme | course (download as *.pdf)

The WRHC is jointly organized by the Water Science Alliance in association with KE Bode-Stiftung of Deutsches Stiftungszentrum.