12th Water Research Horizon Conference 2022 | 27–28 SEPTEMBER 2022

jointly organised by Water Science Alliance and the Centre of Water and Environmental Research (ZWU)

at University of Duisburg-Essen  |  supported by Bernhard und Ursula Plettner-Stiftung im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Conference Venue

Aquatic Ecosystems between Conservation and Exploitation

Freshwater ecosystems provide essential habitats for biodiversity and are a vital resource for people, yet they are threatened by multiple pressures. Among those direct exploitation, eutrophication, pollution and increasingly the consequences of global climate change pre-dominate. Against this background water researchers and managers currently, face a situation where we have the best tools to monitor change in water quality and quantity from the level of molecules to continental scales, but still predicting the success of ecological restoration and biodiversity trends from a multiply stressed state remains a major challenge.

For this purpose, generating more data is not enough. Connecting available and new data, coupling these in predictive models on ecosystem change from the level of genes to ecosystem functions and linking basic and applied research is key. Integrated concepts have to be developed to find the best possible solutions to the conflicting goals of water resource use and freshwater ecosystem conservation.

The 12th Water Research Horizon Conference will bring together national and international scientists, practitioners and policy-makers with diverse backgrounds. Participants will engage in a multilateral and multidisciplinary exchange about the role of research in addressing the emerging challenges of aquatic ecosystems.

The main focus of the event will be on options that allow to reconcile the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity on the one and the use of water resources for humanity on the other hand to ensure the best possible path to sustainable development. This perspective will guide the presentations as well as discussion panels, organised in six thematic sessions.

A1:Multiple Stressorsin Aquatic EcosystemsA2:Effects of Extreme Eventson Water QualityA3:Trendsin BiodiversityB1:OneHealthB2:EcologicalRestorationB3:Water andData Science

A plenary discussion as well as Open Space Workshops will complement the programme. They offer room for in-depth discussions and intend to initiate new research coalitions and activities beyond the existing disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

For any further information, please contact

Mr Jörg Seegert | T +49 (0)351 463 3 5477 & Dr Michael Eisinger | T +49 (0)201 183 3890

This year's conference will take place at University of Duisburg-Essen and in the afternoon of the 1st day in the neighbouring Kreuzeskirche Essen including, the Kurt-Eberhard Bode Foundations’ Award Ceremony for the Junior Research Groups and the traditional conference reception.