9th Water Research Horizon Conference 2018



SAVE THE DATE! 10th WRHC 2019 | Hannover

Water Security and Food Security

18th-19th June 2019


Thank you for the 9th WRHC in Dresden, 3–4 July 2018:


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 sustaining drinking water supply and ensuring effective sanitation. Urban water management for the future must also accommodate such diverse issues as urban heat mitigation, groundwater depletion, urban agriculture, reuse of treated wastewater, water retention, freshwater ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, urban recreation and general human well-being as vital elements of a development towards 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. 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.


Water Science Alliance

The Water Science Alliance creates a platform providing efficient structures for integrated water research at the national and international level as well as bundling the existing water research competences along the lines of the most pressing challenges.

The Water Research Horizon Conference with the Open Space Workshops is aimed to be a platform for the dialogue on the grand challenges in water research. The event takes place annually at different venues with support of changing partners of the scientific community.


Please note the following additional information concerning data protection: At our events you will be asked to wear a name badge. Furthermore, at events organised by us photos might be taken or films shot, members of the press might attend, lectures might be transferred via Skype, there might also be video conferences or live streamings with or without recording. Upon request we will gladly provide you with more details, or ask us on-site during the event.