Mid-term conference 20 - 21 February 2019


The conference was rich in variety: 90 research institutions cooperating in 12 GRoW projects presented their latest results, and discussed them with more than 200 participants from research, business and practice within 4 thematic clusters - global surface water resources, global groundwater and water supply, water footprint, global analysis and governance. Furthermore invited speakers presented their perspective on a range of topics related to the tranfer of research into practice.

Keynote speech:

  • Prof Stefan Uhlenbrook (Director of UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme):
    "The critical role of SDG6 to achieve the 2030 Agenda - State of Affairs and Knowledge Gaps"

Breakout sessions:

In 5 thematic breakout sessions, participants discussed approaches to transferring research results into practice:

  • GRoW transfer-region Africa
    Dr Marius Claassen (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa) and Barbara Gerhager (GIZ)
  • GRoW transfer-region Latin-America
    Dr Mauricio Scheer (SANEPAR - Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná, Brazil) and Alicia Minaya (Centro de Competencias del Agua (CCA), Peru)
  • Digitalisation- opportunities for implementing SDG 6
    Dr Heike Bach (Vista GmbH - Remote Sensing in Geosciences) and Christian Malewski (Wupperverband)
  • Water quality as a challenge for achieving SDG 6
    Harald Köthe (International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, UNESCO) and Godehard Hennies (Head of Wasserverbandstag e.V.)
  • Water-use efficiency, sustainability guidelines, water footprint
    Prof Matthias Finkbeiner (TU Berlin)

You can download the conference programme here.

You can download the conference proceedings here.

You can find the conference in photo-retrospective here.