Mid-term conference 20 - 21 February 2019


The conference will be rich in variety: 90 research institutions cooperating in 12 GRoW projects will present their latest results, and discuss them with the more than 200 expected participants from research, business and practice within 4 thematic clusters - global surface water resources, global groundwater and water supply, water footprint, global analysis and governance. Furthermore invited speakers will present their perspective on a range of topics related to the tranfer of research into practice.

Keynote speech:

  • Prof Stefan Uhlenbrook (Director of UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme):
    "The critical role of SDG6 to achieve the 2030 Agenda - State of Affairs and Knowledge Gaps"

Breakout sessions:

In 5 thematic breakout sessions, participants will discuss approaches to transferring research results into practice:

  • GRoW transfer-region Africa
    Dr Marius Claassen (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa) and Barbara Gerhager (GIZ)
  • GRoW transfer-region Latin-America
    Dr Mauricio Scheer (SANEPAR - Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná, Brazil) and Alicia Minaya (Centro de Competencias del Agua (CCA), Peru)
  • Digitalisation- opportunities for implementing SDG 6
    Dr Heike Bach (Vista GmbH - Remote Sensing in Geosciences) and Christian Malewski (Wupperverband)
  • Water quality as a challenge for achieving SDG 6
    Harald Köthe (International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, UNESCO) and Godehard Hennies (Head of Wasserverbandstag e.V.)
  • Water-use efficiency, sustainability guidelines, water footprint
    Benjamin Plaga (Volkswagen) and Johannes Schmiester (WWF Germany)

You can download the conference programme here.

You can download the conference proceedings here.


The Registration has been closed due to popular demand. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list.

Further Information


Saalbau Gallus, Frankenallee 111,
60326 Frankfurt am Main (see Map)

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Hotel reservation:

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for 19-21 February 2019
(see here).
If you would like to book one of these rooms, please contact the hotel directly and quote 'GRoWnet'.