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Amsterdam Water Science, a new initiative by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), will hold its inaugural launch during a two-day water management symposium on 25 and 26 November 2015.

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The symposium, which will be held at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and at Amsterdam Science Park in Amsterdam, will focus on the latest developments in the field of water sciences and will help strengthen UvA and VU capacity in both water research and teaching programmes in the field of water studies.  

The symposium will officially kick-off on 25 November at the KIT and will include a number of world-renowned speakers from the UK and Canada who will present their research in the fields of aquatic ecology, coastal fisheries and future flooding as a result of climate change. This first day is organised together with the Global Ecology (GE) research cluster of the University of Amsterdam that focuses on the functioning of ecosystems. The second day of the symposium (in Dutch), which will be co-organised by the Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA) and held at Amsterdam Science Park, will include presentations and panel discussions and will aim to create a sustainable platform for water management together with users, researchers and students. The group discussions will be based on the main research themes: aquatic ecosystems and climate change, water quality and drinking water, spatial planning and climate extremes, water governance and the economy & finance of water management.

Interdisciplinarity as the main strength

Amsterdam Water Science will stimulate research by thinking across boundaries and combining excellence in strategic and applied research from the UvA and VU Amsterdam. In addition to fundamental science, part of its research programme will be co-initiated by researchers, private companies and policy-makers to answer research questions and fulfil the needs of stakeholders in the field. Their involvement is key to developing scientific methods and data that actually work in practice. Amsterdam Water Science will also aim to bring together students with the water management sector by creating work placements in its Master’s programmes and by funding small pilot projects that increase students’ employment prospects.  


To attend the symposium, please send an email to no later than 16 November. For further information, please contact Dr Roxana Petrescu (