Workshop Water Quality: a new challenge for global scale modelling

We are very excited to announce that we will be organising a workshop entitled “Water Quality: a new challenge for global scale modelling”.


This workshop will take place in Wageningen from the 18th to the 21st of September 2017. The objective of the workshop is to set an agenda for future modelling efforts that integrate our knowledge on global water quality modelling for various pollutants, in search for sustainable pathways for the long-term future. In this workshop we will discuss 1) the relevance of global water quality modelling for water security studies and sustainable development goals, 2) the current state-of-the-art (objectives, scales, etc) of the available global water quality models, 3) common denominators, such as input and validation data, drivers (agriculture, sanitation), processes, hydrology, 4) joint development of ‘clean water scenarios’ to achieve sustainable water futures, and 5) knowledge exchange and lessons learnt. The programme has been set up around key-note presentations and provides ample time for discussion.


The programme (with all key-note speakers confirmed) can be downloaded here.

Application for participation

The workshop will be organised for a limited audience of 50 people only, including staff and PhD students, to enable open and fruitful discussions. We hope you are interested to join the workshop. You are cordially invited to email your name, contact details and a 100 word motivation on why you are interested to join the workshop to workshop.globalwaterquality Please send your e-mail before the 1st of September. Relevant contributions will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Special issue of COSUST

We also hope to publish a special issue on global scale water quality in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST, IF=4.6). COSUST papers are timely review and synthesis papers (2500 – 3000 words) based on the literature of the last few years. Participants in the workshop are invited to contribute relevant papers to the special issue (a special issue comprises 15-20 papers in total). In case you are interested, please email a title, 200-300 word abstract and a list of possible co-authors for your paper to workshop.globalwaterquality Please send your e-mail before the 1st of September. Annotated outlines for the papers are input into the workshop. During the workshop break-out group discussions are scheduled to discuss the papers and guide the writing process of the papers. Papers should be submitted after the workshop (submission deadline to be decided, probably around February 2018).


The workshop will take place at Wageningen University. Lunches, welcome drinks and the workshop dinner will be included in the registration fee, which amounts to €300 for general participants and €200 for PhD students. We have a very limited number of pre-reserved rooms available in Wageningen at €75 per night, so please indicate whether you would like to book those (first come, first served), otherwise and Airbnb are your best bets for accommodation. Ede, Rhenen, Renkum, Doorwerth etc can be reached by bus. Travel information will be available from this website closer to the date of the workshop.

Public transport

Amsterdam - Wageningen

Wageningen can be reached from Amsterdam by train and bus. You can plan your train journey online here: The arrival station is Ede-Wageningen. From the north side of the station, buses depart to Wageningen. The easiest buses to take are lines 84 (direction Wageningen via Campus/Forum) and 88 (direction Wageningen via Bennekom), both departing at the platform closest to the train station. These buses run regularly, at least around every 15 minutes (but not throughout the night). They bring you from Ede via the campus (bus stop Campus/Atlas) to Hotel de Nieuwe Wereld (bus stop Haagsteeg) and the bus station in the centre of Wageningen. You can plan your full journey (train and bus) online here:

In Wageningen

Throughout the week you can walk from the centre of town or the hotel to the campus (around 30 minutes) or take bus lines 84 (direction Ede via Campus/Forum) or 88 (direction Ede via Hoevestein) to the bus stop Campus/Atlas.

Travel costs

To pay for your travel, you can buy a single train ticket from the ticket machine at the train stations or online. The trip by train from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen costs €15.30. For the bus ride, you can buy a single bus ticket with the bus driver. Such a ticket costs either €2.00 or €4.00, depending on the length of your trip. Be aware that you must pay in cash, and the drivers cannot accept €50 bills. Alternatively, you can buy an OV-chipkaart at the NS (train) ticket machines for €7.50. You can then load money onto the OV-chipkaart and use it in the trains and buses (check in AND check out at the stations and on the buses). The minimum amount of money you require to have on the card is €10.00 for a train trip and €4.00 for a bus trip. Using an OV-chipkaart, the trip by train from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen is €15.30 and by bus from Ede to Wageningen is maximum €2.70, depending on the length of your trip. The trip from the bus station in the centre of Wageningen or from bus stop Haagsteeg to bus stop Campus/Atlas is around €1.50. Because of the relatively high purchasing costs of an OV-chipkaart, we recommend not to buy one if you are only traveling a few times by bus. Instead, we recommend you to buy the single bus tickets, available with the bus drivers.


Nynke Hofstra, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University & Research

On behalf of the co-organisers: Carolien Kroeze, Martina Flörke, Michelle van Vliet, Emiel Spanier