The Symposium “Future Challenges in Water Resources Research” focused on the impact of water management projects. The five keynote lectures dealt with morphological changes and their ecological effects. Secondary effects such as the formation of blue-green algae blooms and greenhouse gases in reservoirs were discussed. Large water projects are always a societal topic we talked about.

Our topic is strongly interdisciplinary and well balanced between engineering disciplines, natural and social sciences. However, women in such disciplines are strongly underrepresented. It is obvious that the number of women decreases the higher they climb the academic ladder (from students to doctoral candidates and to research group leaders).

For this reason, we organised this event that focused on women’s competences. The research work of internationally renowned female scientists was presented during the symposium.

This top-class event was of course open to everyone: female, male or diverse.

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