International Conference 'Water Science for Impact'

We are delighted to announce the international conference Water Science for Impact, which will take place from 16 – 18 October 2018 at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The conference will focus on the interaction between science and society in developing solutions for pressing water related problems as identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Organised by 100 years WUR

Tue 16 October 2018 until Thu 18 October 2018

Venue Orion, Wageningen Campus

This large international and multidiscipinary water conference is convened within the framework of the WUR 100 years centennial celebrations, and is organised by WUR, Deltares, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

Aim and scope

Water Science for Impact will focus on water quality and quantity in the broadest sense. The conference brings together leaders in science, policy, and the public and private sectors to examine water science from a multidisciplinary perspective. Water science is crucial to expanding our understanding of water quality and quantity related issues that humankind encounters.

Such understanding is key towards identifying critical water-related challenges, developing novel solutions and implementing steps that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals. We welcome contributions from both the natural and social sciences, as well as from stakeholders and decision makers and from private and public sectors.

Target group

This conference aims at exchanging scientific knowledge and bridging gaps between scientists, policy makers, NGOs and the business community.


We welcome submissions around three different themes. Abstracts may focus on water systems at different spatial scales, including: urban or regional water systems; river and delta systems; surface and groundwater systems; and marine systems. Abstracts may include different approaches, including: observing and analytical approaches, systems approaches; modelling approaches; experimental approaches; trans-disciplinary participatory approaches.

       Theme 1: Water and Climate Change

       Theme 2: Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus

       Theme 3: Sustainable Water Quality

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Cooridinator UN World Water Assessment Programme
  • Dr Simon Langan, Director of IIASA's Water Programme and Water Futures and Solutions Initiative

For more information on the call for abstracts (deadline 30 April 2018), special issues and the programme see:

Conference Website

Conference flyer