An escape room will temporarily open up on campus from 16 October. It will be set up in a tent in the event area near Atlas, as a complement to the “Water Science for Impact” conference.
In the escape room, which was specifically designed for this conference, participants enter the “Migration Control Room” in groups of five. They are given 20 minutes to solve different, migration-related problems as best they can.
All migration issues addressed in the escape room are associated with water problems. “People often don’t realise that in practice, migration is frequently a result of water problems and climate change,” says Laura Schumacher, one of the organisers. “We are trying to use the escape room as a fun way to explain that if you solve water problems, you might be able to stop migration.”
The escape room idea was copied from an earlier conference, and the organisation primarily wants to raise awareness among the people not attending the conference regarding the problems and potential solutions involved in supplying water.
The escape room will be on campus for the duration of the conference, from 16 to 18 October. Participation is free and the escape room is open to everyone. You can register (individually or in groups) in advance by e-mailing