HS1.1.1 | The Science-policy interface in hydrology (invited presentations and panel discussion)
The Science-policy interface in hydrology (invited presentations and panel discussion)
Convener: Maria-Helena Ramos | Co-conveners: Elena Toth, Wouter Buytaert, Micha Werner
| Mon, 24 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST)
Room 3.16/17
Mon, 14:00
The science-policy interface is not just as a way to increase the impact of our science, but it is also a scientific subject in itself. It presents several challenges to both scientists and policy-makers. They include understanding the different steps in the policy cycle: from setting the agenda to formulating, adopting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating polices. It is also crucial to know which facts and evidences are most needed at each step, so scientists can provide the best information at the right time and in the best way.

This session provides the opportunity for discussing and addressing the necessary skills to facilitate the uptake of hydrological sciences in policy formulation and implementation. We will discuss expectations, actual practice, research challenges and the skills that enable (or prevent) advances in the field.

This session will host invited-talks only and an interactive online/on-site panel discussion with the audience.

Come and join our discussions! Our solicited speakers are:

- Gari Villa-Landa Sokolova, Senior Policy Advisor – Water Services at EurEau, Brussels. Virtual presentation: Evolution of the water acquis and policy making

- Janez Susnik, Associate Professor at the Land and Water Management Department of IHE, Delft, Coordinator of the NEXOGENESIS H2020 project on Facilitating the next generation of effective and intelligent water-related policies. Onsite presentation: Assessing policy impacts in complex resource systems

- Abou Amani, Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) at UNESCO, Paris. Virtual presentation: The new IHP-IX: Strategic Plan of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (Science for a Water Secure World in a Changing Environment)

The talks will be preceded by an introduction by Sophie Berger (Policy Officer, Mission on adaptation to Climate Change, European Commission, DG Research and innovation, Brussels).

An open panel will allow us to discuss the topic together, with invited pitches from mid-career scientists: Niko Wanders (Utrecht University) and Letícia S. Lima (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

Programme: Mon, 24 Apr | Room 3.16/17



  • Janez Susnik, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands
  • Gari Villa-Landa Sokolova, EurEau, Belgium
  • Abou Amani, UNESCO, France