Synthesis-Workshop “From Dynamics of Structure to Functions of Complex Networks” in Dresden
From August, 8 - 19 2016 TU Dresden hosted the Synthesis Workshop on the topic complex networks in various research areas. This workshop aimed to strengthen the interdisciplinary thinking on complex networks as well as the international research cooperation and was organized by CAWR scientists together with international scientists.
During the workshop, young and senior scientists focussed on complex networks of different types as natural, technical and social; how they interconnect in different settings, e.g. in terrestrial or aquatic systems and the impacts of e.g. disruptions on existing networks. Several structure-function relationships between networks and circumstances were discussed and explained in the context of the importance of building and reflecting overarching concepts of networks. National and international young scientists from different scientific institutions and disciplines of environmental research were working jointly on overarching topics through the integration of innovative transferable approaches and methods. The Synthesis II-Workshop aimed at strengthening interdisciplinary thinking in terms of the overall topic 'complex water networks', also mediating different interdisciplinary approaches, methods, collaborative working, as well as intensifying the international cooperation between excellent scientific research institutions. A follow-up workshop is planned for 2017. More information here.
GIZ- CAWR-Workshop „Safe Water and NEXUS”
Scientists of the CAWR and the staff of “Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ” met on August 23, 2016 in Eschborn for the further development of their collaboration. The workshop aimed to identify relevant topics and to agree upon the possible next steps within the thematic areas “Safe Water” and Water-Energy-Food-Nexus.
Dresden Water Seminar 2016
NovCare Conference 2017 in Dresden
The fifth NovCare conference “Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice” will take place from 6th to 9th of June 2017 in Dresden, Germany. Various topics on exploration and monitoring technologies, data assessment of natural and anthropogenic environmental impacts as well as data integration into numerical models will be presented to a broad audience of scientists, consultants and decision makers on NovCare 2017. The conference is jointly organized by scientists of CAWR and the Kansas Geological Survey, US. More information here and in the Flyer .
Education & Training
International Bode course "Integrated Catchment Analysis" from July 04th to 15th 2016 in Magdeburg
In early July the two-week block course "Integrated Catchment Analysis" was conducted in the catchment area of the Bode catchment/ Harz Mountains supported by different CAWR water scientists. For the first time Prof. Sara McMillan, Prof. Suresh Rao (both Purdue University, USA) and Prof. James Jawitz (University of Florida, USA) contributed to the contents of the course. Joint education and training of young scientists is an important cornerstone within the activities of the Centre for Advanced Water Research (CAWR) and also in order to strengthen the cooperation with these two US universities in future. The course combined different elements of a hydrological and ecological catchment analysis. This included the collection, analysis and evaluation of hydrological, hydro-morphological and land use data, physicochemical factors, and aquatic communities. Furthermore, concepts of aquatic ecosystem analysis and a science-based water resources management were mediated. More information here.
Faces of CAWR
Five new PhDs within the CAWR- International Research Training Group (IRTG) „Resilient Complex Water Networks“
Five new PhD students started within the CAWR- IRTG at TU Dresden. The crosscutting topic of the five young CAWR scientists is „Resilient Complex Water Networks“. The five scholarship holders funded by the TU Dresden will be strengthening the collaboration with the Purdue University and the University of Florida in the frame of the CAWR internationalization strategy.
A research stay at the partner universities in Lafayette (Purdue University) and Gainesville (University of Florida) in the USA is also integrated in their PhD programme, in order to develop each PhD topics. 4 out of the 5 PhD students had the possibility to take part in the synthesis workshop in August 2016 in Dresden.
Sulagna Mishra from India
Desamparados Martinez Domingo from Spain
Maria Elena Orduna Alegria from Mexico
Julian David Reyes Silva from Colombia
Judith Lorenz from Germany
Two US- guest scientists for research stay at CAWR
During the summer period of 2016, Prof. Dr. Suresh Rao (Purdue University) and Prof. Dr. James Jawitz (University of Florida) worked together with CAWR scientists and were involved in different CAWR research projects. The co-design of the Bode course, a jointly organized session at the Water Research Horizon Conference as well as the preparation and realization of the synthesis workshop in Dresden were the highlights of the work done during this period. The guest scientists were funded by the Dresden FELLOWSHIP Programme among others.