Friday, 13 October 2017

TODAY'S KALAM GWSP Conference 2013: Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene

Challenges for Science and Governance.
Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System

21-24 May 2013
Bonn, Germany

Call for Abstracts 
Deadline 31 October 2012
The Global Water System Project (GWSP) and its International Project Office are organizing an international conference on ‘Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System’ to be held at
MARITIM Hotel, Bonn, Germany on 21- 24 May 2013.
The conference is organized with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

BackgroundHuman activities impact the global water system and change the way water moves around the globe like never before. Thus, managing freshwater use wisely in the planetary water cycle has become a key challenge to reach global environmental sustainability. The focus of the conference is to address the global dimensions of water system changes due to anthropogenic as well as natural influences. Participants from all continents dealing with various water-related problems are invited to attend this conference.
For details on the themes of the conference please visit:
Conference Themes

Keynote Speakers

(Only those names being already confirmed as keynote speakers are 
  • Joseph Alcamo
    United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Joachim von Braun
    Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany
  • Lidia BritoDirector of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France
  • Stuart BunnAustralian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Australia
  • Pavel Kabat
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • Johan Rockström
    Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Roland Schulze
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • James SyvitskiUniversity of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Charles Vörösmarty 
    Global Environmental Sensing and Water Sciences Initiative, The City University of New York, USA

Future Water: Linking Global Environmental Change and Human Development
The conference will synthesize the major achievements in global water research within the last decade and mobilize the water community to collaborate on a joint vision of the future water world.
In this regard, GWSP does explicitly take into account the structural changes within the GEC research landscape, especially Future Earth, the new global research partnership for global sustainability sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), and actively embraces the challenges arising from these:

- bring together the practitioners, funders and users of research
- integrate disciplines and sectors for joint action towards sustainability
- innovate both scientific methods and the way of communicating the results

The final day of the conference with its Synthesising and Future Plenary will be entirely dedicated to this end. Join us and take part in developing the research agenda of tomorrow for global water sustainability!

Special Issue in COSUST

The most valuable contributions to the conference will be featured in a special issue on Water in the Anthropocene within the Elsevier journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) by the end of 2013.

Special Sessions
Special sessions related to the three conference themes are invited under the responsibility of a particular institution or consortium of institutions. Abstracts for special sessions have to be submitted and require approval by the conference programme committee. Please indicate the topic, potential speakers and the format of your session (a targeted input and discussion are fixed elements to be included). Deadline of submission is 31 October 2012. Abstracts of maximum 500 words are to be submitted via Email to:

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are to be submitted until 31 October 2012. To submit an abstract please click here: Abstract Submission
Discount for Students and Participants from Developing Countries
We will offer a limited number of scholarships for students and participants from developing countries. Precondition for funding is the acceptance of your abstract by the programme committtee. To apply for funding please visit our website for details: Scholarships

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission (online): 1 June - 31 October 2012
  • Abstract submission special sessions (by email): 1 July - 31 October 2012
  • Notification of accepted contributions: 15 January 2013
  • Early bird rate for registration: 15 January - 28 February 2013

GWSP research supports global assessments of water, and the development of adaptation strategies with the appropriate scientific basis. GWSP coordinates and supports a bold research agenda to understand this complex system with its interactions between natural and human components and their feedbacks.

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