Water Quality: a new challenge for global scale modelling, 18-21 September 2017, The Netherlands

About The Workshop

We are very excited to announce that we will be organising a workshop sponsored by the OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (OECD-CRP) 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.

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. Please send your e-mail by the 24th of July. The 50 most relevant and best motivated contributions will be selected to attend the workshop.

Special Issue in 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 special issue. 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). Alternatively, booking.com and Airbnb are your best bets for accommodation. Ede, Rhenen, Renkum, Doorwerth, etc. can be reached by bus. Travel information is available on the website.

We are very much looking forward to a very exciting workshop. We hope to have you involved!

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

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