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Event Bridges over troubled water: New opportunities and challenges in water governance

This seminar is a joint organization of VUB CROSSTALKS and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in the framework of the European Project Places.

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Period 16/02/2012
Event location Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels
Host Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, VUB CROSSTALKS
Event URL http://rd-ir.vub.ac.be/en_GB/events/show/id/2684
Contact person Goedele Nuyttens
goedele.nuyttens@vub.ac.be
Geographical coverage Belgium,
Keywords water,

The management of water and water-related issues will become central to sustainable adaptive actions. Hence CROSSTALKS, in her own interdisciplinary and bottom up way, uses its network and open exchange platform to build bridges between the sciences and society. Through the exchange of academic and corporate research, CROSSTALKS wants to bridge the gap between the perils for our Earth and the priorities on the political agenda.

Morning Session chair: Ludo Diels (VITO)

09:00 – 09:25 Registration, coffee & tea
09:25 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction

09:30 – 10:10 Museum & Foundations: Ecology communication and awareness: a major challenge - Jorge Wagensberg (Fundacio ‘La Caixa’, ES)
10:10 – 10:50 Modelling the Future - Keith Beven (Lancaster University – Centre for Sustainable Water Management, UK)
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee & Tea
11:10 – 11:50 Ecosystem services, a key to integrated water management - Patrick Meire (University Antwerp, BE)
11:50 – 12:30 Future prospects for the battle over the rivers: a Comparative History of River Policy Developments and Paradigm Shifts in the Netherlands, United States and South Africa – Tom van der Voorn (Universität Osnabrück, DE)

12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

13:00 – 14:00 WALKING LUNCH

Afternoon Session chair: Steven Degraer (Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models, RBINS)

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome

14:10 – 14:30 CASE I: Ciência Viva - Agência Nacional para e Cultura Científica e Tecnológica Pavilhão de Conhecimento I Pavilion of Knowledge (PT)
14:30 – 14:50 CASE II: Arctic Paper (SE)
14:50 – 15:10 CASE III: Towards a climate versatile vegetation model - Flip Witte (KWR Watercycle Research Institute, NL)
15:10 – 15:30 CASE IV: Dirk Develter (Ecover, head of R&D, BE)
15:30 – 15:50 CASE V:Bio-remediation of ponds in Brussels - Ludwig Triest (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE)

15:50 – 16:10 CASE VI: Beware of low water levels due to global climate change - Thomas Vansteenkiste (KULeuven, BE)
16:10 – 16:40 Final discussion followed by drinks & networking
17:30 End of workshop

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