International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (Baden Württemberg Young Professionals Network)

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The 16th Annual Colloquium on

Watersheds at Risk: Addressing Present and Future Challenges

December 3rd 2015

Stuttgart, Germany



The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, Young Processionals Network – Baden Württemberg (IAHR-BW) is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual colloquium. The theme for this year’s colloquium shall be “Watersheds at Risk: Addressing Present and Future Challenges”. Interested members of (IAHR-BW) and other YPNs from around the globe are hereby cordially invited to participate as presenters in the Young Professionals forum session.

Information for Authors

The colloquium topics shall feature the abovementioned theme featuring three key words: Society – Climate – Technology. Participation is open for presentations and posters.


Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to participate with any topics falling within the scope described above.


Rules for abstracts submission

  • The presentation abstract should give an overview of the topic(s) to be presented without details.
  • The expected duration of presentations shall be 7 to 10 minutes at maximum.
  • The abstract should not be in more than one (1) A4 size in portrait layout.
  • Abstracts should be submitted in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
  • The abstract should include the author’s contact information, preferably, an email address.
  • By submitting abstracts, authors will be considered to be in consent of receiving further notification from the (IAHR-BW) with restricted relevance to participation in the colloquium.


Rules for posters submission

  • Posters should be in A0 size.
  • Posters should be submitted in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
  • File size should not exceed 20 Megabytes (MB).
  • Posters should be submitted accompanied with a brief summary on the contents included in the poster. The summary should not exceed two (2) A4 size in portrait layout.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts submission shall be November 15th, 2015 (NEW DATE FOR SUBMISSION, You have more time!!).
  • Deadline for posters submission shall be November 26th, 2015.
  • Expected deadline for presentations submission is November 26th, 2015.



  • Authors are requested to send their abstracts/posters via email to president@iahr-bw.org. Please state the following as subject: ABSTRACT_nameofdocument_lastnameauthor. Posters should be placed in a compressed file.


Additional Information

  • Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within one (1) week of the submission deadline.
  • Authors of selected posters are expected to deliver a set of one (1) soft and one (1) hard copy by November 30th, 2015.
  • The IAHR-BW shall cover the printing expenses for the three (3) top ranked submitted posters. The ranking shall be decided by the reviewing committee.


Contact and further information

Authors who are not currently members of any of the IAHR YPNs but interested to join the IAHR-BW as members are kindly requested to contact the IAHR-BW committee at president@iahr-bw.org or on Facebook at IAHR-BW page. Please state “request for membership for colloquium participation” as subject.

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact the committee at president@iahr-bw.org. Please state “Enquiry on colloquium programme” as subject.

For general enquiries, please contact the IAHR-BW on Facebook: IAHR-BW.

Colloquium official webpage: www.iahr-bw.org/colloquium16

Colloquium official page on Facebook: IAHR-BW Colloquium 2015

We look forward to seeing you at the 16th annual colloquium.


IAHR-BW Committee

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IAHR-BW YPN’s event a Big Success

On December 1st ,2014 more than 80 students and young professionals from nine universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and beyond gathered, meeting both senior and young professionals from consulting firms for the 15th Annual Colloquium “Towards a sustainable future: water, food, energy” organised by the IAHR- Baden-Württemberg YPN.

The IAHR-BW YPN was very honoured to have IAHR President Roger Falconer as a guest and speaker at the colloquium

The Colloquium started off with the “Young Scientists’ Forum” in the morning where students presented their work on topics ranging from energy related topics like hydropower and biogas to water management and hydroponic agriculture. With seven fabulous presentations the “Young Scientist’s Prize” competition was a very close run.

After the lunch break the session was opened by IAHR-BW YPN President Arslan Tahir.

IAHR President Professor Roger Falconer gave a welcoming speech emphasising IAHR’s commitment to the young professionals within the organisation.

In his presentation on global water security he gave the audience a broad overview of the pressures on water supplies, internal and external water footprints and how the virtual water content of different products could be used to influence consumer decisions.

Professor Jörn Birkmann Head of the Institute of Regional Development Planning at the University of Stuttgart shared insights into the changing and emerging risk profiles in the Mekong Delta and their implications for the water-food nexus reminding the young water professionals that it is necessary to work with the local communities to take changes in land use into account when planning flood protection and other measures.

Next Gareth Whealan from the SWaFA project introduced an innovative approach to distribute safe water in communities in developing countries. Currently the system is designed in London.

With this approach basic water needs are fulfilled before bringing excess water to the market.

Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Department Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management at the German Development Institute described the challenges of hydropower projects in shared river basins. These projects in the WEF-Nexus are a chance as well as a challenge for all parties involved.

From a Nigerian point of view Olusola Matthew Adeoye from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria gave everyone an understanding how changing water policies can have a major influence on sustainable solutions.

A broad range of research projects and opportunities within the research training group “Water – People –Agriculture” was presented by Dr. Marcus Giese from the University of Hohenheim. Where the students were informed of the possible scholarships that university of Hohenheim is offering in the subject area for PhD and research.

IAHR Council member Prof. Silke Wieprecht, Director of the Institute for Modelling Water and Environmental Systems at the University of Stuttgart, advisor of the IAHR-BW YPN summed up this varied and exciting afternoon and prizes were awarded to two of the Young Scientist’s who best presented in the young professionals forum.

In the evening everyone had the opportunity for fruitful discussions at the Meet and Greet party and to visit the hydraulic laboratory.

This successful event was made possible by all the speakers who provided their time and expertise and team of more than 20 highly enthusiastic and efficient volunteers of the IAHR-BW-YPN.

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IAHR-BW Colloquium: “Towards a sustainable future: water, food, energy”

IAHR-BW would like to invite you to our 15th Annual Colloquium:

“Towards a sustainable future: water, food, energy”

which will take place on December 1st 2014.

The morning session will be a Young Scientist’s Forum.

This is followed by an afternoon program with presentations from international experts.

In the evening there will be a chance for “meet and greet” and a tour of the IWS hydraulics lab.

For more detailed schedule










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A simple groundwater modelling course: MicroFEM

Interested in groundwater modelling but nor sure how to start? In the framework of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, and of World Water Day, the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP (UNESCO & WMO) is happy to offer a free groundwater modelling course for starters. The course has kindly been developed by Dr Kick Hemker, MicroFEM, Amsterdam.MicroFEM logoThe course comprises 10 lessons and assumes basic knowledge and availability of Microsoft Windows.

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