26.09. - 27.09.2023 Freiburg/Germany

Rivers connect climatic regions and supply drier lowlands with freshwater. They connect landscapes, supply and store sediments and provide lifelines for people, nature and goods. Yet, the governance and management of these lifelines is challenged by global change. Climate change alters hydrological processes and sediment cascades, legacy and emerging pollutants deteriorate water quality along whole river networks and limit water use. But also, human influences like dams, reservoirs, or water abstraction disconnect rivers with negative impacts on environmental flows. All this increases use conflicts and resource competition.

Unfortunately, current monitoring, analyses and modelling often neglect river connectivity highlighting the need for sustainable solutions. The 13th Water Research Horizon Conference will bring together national and international researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with diverse backgrounds. Participants will engage in a multilateral and multidisciplinary exchange about the role of research in addressing the challenges of river links.

Keynote Speaker


The registration will be open soon.


The conference will be held at the University of Freiburg, Aula, KG I (Main University Building in the inner city, 5 min walk from main train station).

Detailed information will follow soon.

Conference secretary

F&U confirm
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 341 235 2264

Abstract submission

We would like to invite to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation within the 13th Water Research Horizon Conference (#WRHC2023).

This year's interdisciplinary topic will be about "River Links". We sincerely invite submissions within one of the following topics:

  • Water connecting Biodiversity
  • Water connecting Climates
  • Water connecting People
  • Water connecting Health
  • Water connecting Landscape
  • Water (dis)connecting Water

Deadline for submission is July 7, 2023.

Each oral presentation is planned to last 15 minutes (final details will be provided once presentations have been selected).
Poster will be presented over the 2 days with a designated 2-hour poster session.
Please indicate your preference, but note that oral slots are limited.

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