Newsletter 10/2016 

Scientific Events


Synthesis-Workshop “From Dynamics of Structure to Functions of Complex Networks” in Dresden

SynII Copyright: Eike Dusi, TU 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

WS Copyright: Greta Jäckel, UFZ The third Dresden Water Seminar took place on June 17th, 2016 at the Dülfersaal at TU Dresden. This year’s water seminar focused on the »Sustainable Development Goals« of the United Nations. The thematic areas of the contributions from national and international scientists were water balance, -resources, -management and quality under the pressure of societal and ecologic developments like land use change or climate change. CAWR scientists contributed decisively to the program of the seminar. More information here.


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.

Bodekurs Copyright: Greta Jäckel, UFZ

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

Identification of hot spots and spread of antibiotic resistance genes using mechanistic hydro-ecological modeling approach in river networks.


Desamparados Martinez Domingo from Spain

Analysis and model-based description of the water and matter flow networks in mesoscale watersheds characterized by mixed rural/urban land-use


Maria Elena Orduna Alegria from Mexico

Robust design optimization of complex water networks under water scarcity conditions


Julian David Reyes Silva from Colombia

Load peaks in sewer networks


Judith Lorenz from Germany

Deriving fractal structures of precipitation from diverse data and sensor networks


Two US- guest scientists for research stay at CAWR

Prof. Suresh Rao
Photo: Marina Chkolnikov,UFZ
Prof. James Jawitz discussing with a Synthesis workshop participant. Photo: Marina Chkolinkov, UFZ

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.