Science Policy Dialogue


Despite the need to think across sectors, scientific, policy and professional communities are still organised through sectoral and disciplinary structures. Water Future will develop an interface between and within these communities, explicitly focusing on the formulation and transmission of messages related to the role of water, its governance and management, and the transformations in other sectors, such as energy and agriculture.

Dialogue implies learning on both sides, with policymakers and planners requiring information relating to water problems and sustainable solutions, and scientists striving to learn more about the urgent problems of society and the information needed to solve them.

The Science-Policy-Dialogue will be achieved by:

  • Bringing together academic, practitioner and policy experts from different countries to study complex water issues and generate planning and decision alternatives;
  • Creating a web-based platform to engage in dialogue with the public and private sectors as well as Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), as the basis for a dynamic communication structure;
  • Engaging a broad community of stakeholders, including management agencies, NGOs and industry partners in identifying and crafting innovative and lasting solutions to regional water challenges;
  • Providing better information-sharing on critical water issues through summarizing research outputs for decision makers, subsequently opening them for discussion within a broader audience;
  • Engaging decision- and policy-makers to gain their inputs in water research, for instance in the formulation of future scenarios, the discussion of results with the policy partners and the further iterative re-design of those scenarios; and
  • Promoting water science literacy to media, as well as disseminating research through wider international global media outreach.

Upcoming Science Policy Dialogue

  1. Budapest Water Summit and Side Event 2016
    Water Future is is playing a lead role in organising and convening the Science Forum  at the Budapest Water Summit 2016 which will take place during November 28-30th. The summit will be hosted by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary in November. The mission of the summit is to position water, not as a source of conflict and global risk, but as a source of cooperation, peace and development for all the countries committed to sustainable development. To this end, participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will put forward their proposed solutions to the relevant international bodies and adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016”. With a focus on solutions and practical approaches, the Budapest Water Summit 2016 aims to foster a new type of integrated and sustainable water management.Several members of Water Future Programme are part of the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016  which has developed a draft Political Statement through online exchanges and a meeting in July in the city of Tihany, Hungary. Budapest Summit has  a past tradition of making a high policy impact. The Budapest Water Summit in 2013 and its final document, the Budapest Statement was a milestone in finalising a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on water. Now, after the successful adoption of Agenda 2030 and its goal on water and sanitation, Budapest Water Summit  2016 focuses on the implementation of its water-related goals and targets.The Budapest Statement 2016 (“Water connects – Actions for a water-secure world”) provides concrete directions and guidelines regarding how we can answer the wicked challenges related to water.