17th August 2015

08:00 - 10:00 Registration
09:30 - 10:00 Coffee reception

10:00 - 12:00 Plenary

Opening remarks

  • Dr. Helmut Löwe - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Deputy Head of Division "Resources and Sustainability"

Keynote presentations

  • Paul Srivastava - Director, Future Earth     
  • Csaba Körösi - Director for Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the Hungarian President; Former Ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the UN Open Working Group on SDGs
  • Uschi Eid - Chair of the Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation of the United Nations  Secretary General (UNSGAB)     
  • Charles Vörösmarty - Professor, City University of New York (CUNY)  


  • Anik Bhaduri, Executive Officer, Global Water System Project (GWSP) 

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:30 Parallel Panel Discussions  
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  • Global Sustainability Indicators and Earth Observations and Data    
  • Governance of Risks towards the Implementation of Water SDGs    
  • Dialogue Session: Practice-Science-Policy Dialogue    
  • Roundtable: Water Quality Assessment 

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30 Plenary

Keynote presentations

  • K.U. Rudolph - Professor, University of Witten/Herdecke     
  • Joachim von Braun - Professor, Center for Development Research     
  • Joseph Alcamo - Professor, University of Kassel     
  • Bernd Kordes - President & CEO Lahmeyer Holding and Lahmeyer International  


  • Stuart Bunn, Professor , Griffith University     


16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:30 Parallel Panel Discussions  
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  • Financing of Water SDGs
  • Innovative Solutions: Science-Industry Dialogue
  • Notion of Risk in Sustainable Water Assessment

18th August 2015

09:00 - 10:30 Plenary

Keynote presentations

  • Barry Boubacar - Coordinator, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
  • Wolfram Mauser - Professor, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl - Professor, University of Osnabrück
  • Jacquie McGlade - Acting Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


  • Rick Lawford, Senior Scientist , Morgan State University

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Panel Discussions
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  • Governing the nexus of water, soil and waste 
  • Implementing Integrated Water Resource Management
  • Capacity Building and Monitoring of Indicators

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30 Synthesis Plenary: Together for a Sustainable Water Future

Rapporteurs from the Sessions

  • Afreen Siddiqi
    Massachusetts Institute of  Technology
  • Fabrice Renaud
    United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
  • Ninad Bondre
    International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme 
  • Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna
    Cologne University of Applied  Science (ITT)
  • Antje Bruns 
    Humboldt University Berlin 
  • Sander de Haas
    Naga Foundation


  • Janos Bogardi, Senior Advisor, Global Water System Project (GWSP)

15:00 - 15:30 Closing remarks 

  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl - Co Chair, Global Water System Project (GWSP)
  • Dr. Helmut Löwe - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Deputy Head of Division "Resources and Sustainability"

Conference Programme

The three themes - Indicators, Interlinkages and Implementation - will be highlighted and discussed in three plenary sessions where distinguished keynote speakers will be invited. Presentations will be followed by discussion with the audience. Furthermore, parallel panels sessions will address different aspects of the three “I”s.

The conference will be summarized by a Panel of Young Scientist (PYS) on Interlinkages, Implementation, and Indicators (3 “I”s) of SDGs. Today‘s young scientists will be at the forefront of addressing the threefold challenges: Interlinkages, Implementation, and Indicators of SDGs during the next one and half decade.  In this conference a panel comprising of young, international scientists (preferably below the age of 45 years, observing gender balance and geographical distribution) will discuss multiple challenges of interlinkages, indicator development, and implementation of SDGs at different levels.  The panellists will attend the preceding six core panel discussions and during the PYS they will report back to the plenary next to providing their own perspectives.

The panel will discuss the scientific understanding of the SDGs, for instance by focussing on different integrated tools, and cross sectorial synthesis of robust data sets, and well connected theories of governance in addressing policy needs and fundamental societal questions regarding global environmental change and pathways toward sustainable futures.  The closing session provides the opportunity to receive concise information about the side events.