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“Water for Integration – Integration for Water” Challenges for European Water Research and Implications for Research Policy

Jul 28th, 2009 |

@ Representation of the State of Hesse to the European Union, Brussels

The actual practice of integrated water research still remains the exception rather than the rule. An important reason for this are the traditional divisions between research communities and, in particular, the cultural rift which exists between the natural, engineering and social sciences. This situation is mirrored in research policy and its implementation. Here, adequate funding schemes or joint calls for integrated research are rare,and transparent quality criteria and evaluation methods for such research are still lacking.

The aim of the workshop is to address key issues related to water on the basis of the expertise and experience of outstanding European scholars explore the requirements for integration in current water research and demonstrate approaches for how these requirements can be fulfilled facilitate an open exchange between science and policy and to develop recommendations for future EU research policy related to water and integration.

The workshop “Water for Integration – Integration for Water” is being organised by the German-based Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in cooperation with the Brussels-based European Water Partnership (EWP). It will bring together researchers and experts, representatives and decision-makers from European institutions and form research funding agencies, as well as from the private sector.

The workshop complements the policy review process initiated by the EWP in 2008, through which the “Water Vision for Europe for 2030” was developed and which was presented at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul. The outcomes of the “Water for Integration – Integration for Water” workshop will feed directly into the vision mapping process which concludes the EWP’s policy review process.

For more information please download the leaflet or get in contact with the EWP at

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