Program: Monday, November 26th, 2018

Session Details

Plenary Session

Keynote lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg E. Drewes, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technische Universität München. Prospective topic: "Water Treatment and Quality Control along the Anthropogenically Impacted Water Cycle"

Challenges and advances in water quality control and aquatic ecotoxicological research

Chairs: Anne Müller, Sarah Crawford and Benedikt Aumeier
Keynote lecture by Dr. Sebastian Buchinger, Head of research unit "Specific Ecotoxicology" at The German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
With the growing number of contaminants and micropollutants entering the aquatic environment, in addition to stressors such as climate change, the quality of our water resources is a major concern not only for human drinking sources but for the health of the environment and wildlife. Stressors deteriorating water quantity and quality include anthropogenic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products, microplastics, antibiotic resistant genes and bacteria, and geogenic contaminants such as arsenic amongst others. This session invites talks that cover a wide range of topics related to water quality monitoring, aquatic toxicology, and water resource management and water treatment. In particular, we invite students and early career researchers that transect interdisciplinary fields associated with water quality research whether its from a socio-economic perspective to an engineering or biological view. We encourage you to submit an abstract!

Water-related innovations and novel technologies

Chair: Ilja Rabinovitch and Benedikt Aumeier
Keynote lecture by Dipl.-Ing. Cameron Adams, INTEWA GmbH
Water scarcity is an ongoing problem – in industrial as well as in emerging and developing countries. Luckily, there is a lot of innovation potential to recycle water, remove hazardous pollutants and gain water from sources having been locked yet. Many approaches have been driven so far to recycle water in small and big scale. Some of such technologies succeeded in practise, other failed. The reasons are not only lacks in technical approaches but also difficulties and challenges entering the specific market. In this session, we want to discuss novel technologies and their developments but also experience from practise and answer questions as: how can a water recycling technology become a successful innovation? Which regulations may hamper the market entry? Which collaborations and co-operations may be crucial to ensure a long-term business? We welcome theoretical, conceptual as well as practise presentations in this session!

Changing landscapes: impacts and risks on rivers, coasts and marine waters

Chairs: Caroline Ganal, Verena Esser and Simone Lechthaler

Marine and fluvial ecosystems are under increasing pressure due to human activities. Build-up of infrastructures, industrial activities and climate change in conjunction with extreme events and pollution (e.g. microplastics) are serious threats for the environment of rivers, estuaries and seas. To understand these highly complex systems and interactions and address the urging challenges interdisciplinary approaches and innovative solutions are needed. This session invites talks that cover topics related to anthropogenic influence on fluvial and marine ecosystems, like e.g. innovative monitoring methods, new findings on small-scale and large-scale processes and challenges, changes and developments regarding these water-related systems. We encourage early career researches and students from different scientific backgrounds to participate in this session to enable interdisciplinary discussions for addressing today´s emerging challenges.