International Conference

Water Science for Impact

Wageningen University & Research
16-18 October 2018, Wageningen, The Netherlands


Prof. Rob Hamer

VP Agri-Foods External Affairs, Unilever
Keynote speaker


Charles Iceland

Director, Global And National Water Initiatives
Keynote speaker


Dr. Simon Langan

Director of IIASA’s Water Programme
and Water Futures and Solutions Initiative
Keynote speaker


Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Water Works
Plenaire speaker

Stefan Uhlenbrook

Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook

Coordinator UN World Water
Assessment Programme
Keynote speaker


Josan Meijers

Vice governor, Spatial Planning, Water Management and Culture
Plenaire speaker


We are delighted to announce the call for abstracts for the international conference Water Science for Impact, which will take place from 16 – 18 October 2018 at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This large international and multidiscipinary water conference is convened within the framework of the WUR 100 years centennial celebrations, and is jointly organised by WUR, Deltares, IHE Delft Institute  for Water Education, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). The conference will focus on the interaction between science and society in developing solutions for pressing water related problems as identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Aim and Scope

Water Science for Impact will focus on water quality and quantity in the broadest sense. The conference brings together leaders in science, policy, and the public and private sectors to examine water science from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Water science is crucial to expanding our understanding of water quality and quantity related issues that humankind encounters. Such understanding is key towards identifying critical water-related challenges, developing novel solutions and implementing steps that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals. We welcome contributions from both the natural and social sciences, as well as from stakeholders and decision makers and from private and public sectors.

Target group

This conference aims at exchanging scientific knowledge and bridging gaps between scientists, policy makers, NGOs and the business community.


We welcome submissions around three different themes. Abstracts may focus on water systems at different spatial scales, including: urban or regional water systems; river and delta systems; surface and groundwater systems; and marine systems. Abstracts may also include different approaches, including: observing and analytical approaches, system approaches; modelling approaches; experimental approaches; trans-disciplinary and participatory approaches.

Rivers, Lakes, Deltas and Seas

Theme 1
Water and Climate Change

  • Disturbance of the hydrological cycle
  • Climate adaptation strategies for rivers, deltas and seas
  • Nature based solutions in water management
  • Climate proof, adaptive urban water management
  • Water stress, water scarcity, water conflicts, water management and migration
  • Livelihood vulnerability to climate change
  • Extremes and disaster risk reduction

Theme 2
Water-Energy-FoodEcosystem Nexus

  • Closing water and nutrient cycles in the agro-food sector
  • Closing water and nutrient cycles in urban areas
  • Towards saline water resilient agriculture and industry
  • Impact and prediction of water stress on food security, energy and ecosystems
  • Blue growth: sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from coastal areas and seas
  • Politics and governance of water allocation claims

Theme 3
Sustainable Water Quality

  • Emerging chemicals and biological contaminants in surface water, groundwater,  sediments and marine ecosystems
  • Tackling multiple stressors: risk assessment and management strategies
  • Restoration and conservation of healthy aquatic ecosystems: multiple stressors (pollutants, invasive species), ecosystem dynamics, resilience, tipping points
  • Salinization
  • Impacts of water quality on human health and freshwater and marine ecosystem health


The conference fee covers attendance at the conference sessions, welcome reception, conference documentation, conference dinners, morning and afternoon coffees/teas and lunches. Early bird registration before 22 September 2018.


Categories: Early Bird Normal rate
Full conference 3 days ( including conference dinner ) € 200,00 € 250,00
Full conference student bachelor and master (incl. conference dinners) € 50,00 € 75,00
Full conference student PhD( incl. conference dinners ) € 100,00 €  125,00
Conference dinner ticket per evening ( for accompanying person ) €  30,00 €  30,00
1 day registration (incl. dinner ) €  100,00 €  150,00


After we have received your registration we will send you an invoice with the information on how to pay the fee. All remittances should be made in Euro’s. Above prices are exclusive of the prevailing Goods & Services TAX (as a guide to delegates the current exchange rate of Euro 1,– =US $ 1,12). Your registration will be confirmed after receipt of the payment.

Hotel information

The organizing committee has made a selection of conference hotels in the surrounding area of the conference location, Wageningen University & Research. Due to limited room availability in Wageningen, we advise you to make your reservation as early as possible to have the best roomrate for your stay.

Participant list

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Poster list

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Conference Presentations

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Programme committee

Carolien Kroeze
Prof. Dr C. (Carolien) Kroeze (chair)
WUR University
Prof. Dr F. (Fulco) Ludwig
Theme 1: Water and Climate
Prof. H.H.M. (Huub) Rijnaarts
Prof. H.H.M. (Huub) Rijnaarts
Theme 2: Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus
Bart Koelmans
Prof. Dr A.A. (Bart) Koelmans
Theme 3: Water Quality
(Nora) Sutton
Dr. N.B. (Nora) Sutton
Theme 3: Water Quality
Prof. Dr A.J. (Tinka) Murk
Theme 1: Water and Climate Change
Prof. Dr. ir. P.J.G.J. (Petra) Hellegers
Theme 2: Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus
Dr. P.W.J.J. (Paul) van der Wielen
Theme 3: Sustainable Water Quality
(Koen) Wetser
Dr K. (Koen) Wetser
Theme 2: Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus

Steering committee

Prof. Dr C. ( Carolien) Kroeze (chair) Professor of Water Systems and Global Change at WUR
Prof. Dr S.R. (Simon) Bush Professor of the Environmental Policy at WUR
Ir. I.M.A.A. (Ivo) Demmers Head of the water programme at WEnR-WUR
Prof. Dr. ir. P.J.G.J. (Petra) Hellegers Professor of Water Resources Management at WUR
Prof. Dr A.J.F. (Ton) Hoitink Professor in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at WUR
Prof. Dr A.A. (Bart) Koelmans Professor in Water and Sediment Quality at WUR
Prof. Dr F. (Fulco) Ludwig Professor in Climate Adaptation Strategies at WUR
Prof. Dr A.J. (Tinka) Murk Professor in Marine Animal Ecology at WUR
Prof. H.H.M. (Huub) Rijnaarts Professor in Environment and Water Technology at WUR
Dr. ir. P.N.M. (Peter) Schipper Researcher on ground water quality at WEnR-WUR
Dr. ir. A.G. (Toon) Segeren Director external relations and entrepreneurship, Deltares
Dr. N.B. (Nora) Sutton Assistant professor in Environmental Technology at WUR
Prof. A.H. (Albrecht) Weerts Professor in Hydrologic Predictability at WUR
Dr. K. (Koen) Wetser Researcher on behalf of the Water Nexus Programme at WUR
Dr. P.W.J.J. (Paul) van der Wielen Expert researcher in microbiology / biological activity and stability in drinking water at KWR
Drs. W. (Willem) Ligtvoet Programme manager Water Climate and Adaptation at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
Prof. dr. Leo Posthuma RIVM – Centre for Sustainability Environment and Health & Dpt. of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen
Dr Johan Aad van Dijk Business director a.i., IHE-Delft

Organising committee

Steven Kruize Conference secretariat IWC
Marjolijn Dannenburg Management information systems and web content manager WIMEK Graduate School at WUR
Johan Feenstra Coordinator WIMEK Graduate School at WUR
Ivo Demmers Head of the water programme at Environmental Sciences Group – WUR

This conference aims at exchanging scientific knowledge and bridging gaps between scientists, policy makers, NGOs and the business community.

Special issue

The Water Science for Impact conference is happy to announce that there will be two special issues in two journals specifically related to this conference: Science of the Total Environment and the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. We offer opportunities to all authors who have accepted abstracts to submit a complete manuscript for consideration in these special issues. It is important to note, that all manuscripts will undergo a rigorous review process in accordance with journal’s normal review policy. So, acceptance of an abstract to the conference does not entitle authors to a publication in Science of the Total Environment nor the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences.

Submissions for Science of the Total Environment

STOTEN welcome authors to submit manuscripts for the special issue Water Science for Impact. Manuscripts from authors with an accepted abstract for the Water Science for Impact conference can submit their complete manuscript through the Science of the Total Environment website ( After logging in to the submission page, authors can select submission to “VSI: Water Science for Impact”. The subject of the manuscript must fit with the accepted abstract; manuscripts describing work significantly different from that presented at the conference will be directly rejected. The deadline for submission has been extended to January 15th 2019. Please carefully review the journal’s scope and the author instructions prior to preparing a manuscript to ensure that your submission fits within the journal’s focus and guidelines. Submissions will undergo a normal review process, including peer-review, revision and rebuttal prior to the guest editor making a final decision.

Submissions for the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences (JIES)

JIES welcomes authors from the conference to participate in the special issue “Modelling Water Science for Impact”. Modelling is an important tool used in water science, and there is a burgeoning need to develop integrated modelling approaches across disciplines to address looming water-related issues, such as risk assessments of hydro-climatic extremes under changing climate and human interventions, existing and future water quality and quantity uncertainties, surface and groundwater policy instruments, as well as societal impacts and implications to UN SDGs. JIES is open-access. Editor in Chief Prof. Carolien Kroeze is happy to offer some free publishing waivers to participants who submit their abstract (200 words) to by November 12th, 2018. Selected abstracts will be invited to submit their full manuscript by December 21st, 2018.  There is are an additional number of waivers available for those who submit their abstract by 1 December 2018, and full papers by 1 February 2019. Submissions will undergo a normal review process. For more details on JIES, please refer to the JIES website (

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