Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming GRoW mid-term conference, which will take place on 20-21 February 2019 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Ninety research institutions cooperating in 12 GRoW projects will present their latest results and discuss them with over 200 expected participants from research, business and practice. The talks will revolve around four thematic clusters: global surface water resources, global groundwater and water supply, water footprint, and global analysis and governance. Furthermore, invited speakers will present their perspectives on a range of topics related to transferring research into practice.
On the first day, Dr Christian Alecke (BMBF) will open the conference. After a short overview of the funding measure by Dr Leif Wolf (PTKA) and the latest highlights presented by Annika Kramer (adelphi), we will move on to keynote speaker Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme). He will share insights into the status quo, challenges and knowledge gaps in achieving the SDG 6.
Divided into four topic clusters, each of the projects will present their work and share insights on the developments, successes and hurdles they have experienced in the first year.
The second day will feature five thematic breakout sessions in which participants will be encouraged to discuss approaches for transferring research results from the GRoW projects into practice. The sessions will include talks from inspiring speakers working in international organisations and the private sector.
Two working groups will focus on the challenges of intercultural communication. Dr Marius Claassen (CSIR South Africa) and Barbara Gerhager (GIZ) will lead this session for the GRoW transfer region Africa. Mauricio Scheer (SANEPAR) will provide input for the GRoW transfer region Latin America.
Another working group will focus on digitalisation. Christian Malewski (Wupperverband) and Dr Heike Bach (Vista GmbH, Remote Sensing in Geosciences) will explore the new possibilities that digitalisation offers. Examples will include remote sensing methods, digital decision support systems, and monitoring approaches.
Within GRoW, the topic of water quality is considered from different viewpoints. Dr Graham Alabaster (UN-Habitat GEMI Initiative) and Godehard Hennies (Wasserverbandstag e.V.) will evaluate water quality as a challenge for achieving SDG 6.
The GRoW projects are testing and developing a wide variety of methods for water-use efficiency, sustainability guidelines, and water footprints. Benjamin Plaga (Volkswagen/WELLE) and Philipp Wagnitz, (Programme Lead Freshwater at WWF Germany) will provide input on how these approaches can be translated into practice and increase public and private sector governance.
For further information and registration, please visit the conference website. Participation is free of charge but requires registration. Closing date for registrations is 1 February 2019. The conference language is English.