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The Science-policy interface in hydrology (invited presentations and panel discussion)

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 with policy makers and addressing the necessary skills to facilitate the uptake of hydrological sciences in policy formulation and implementation.

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

Convener: Maria-Helena Ramos | Co-conveners: Elena Toth, Wouter Buytaert, Jutta Thielen-del Pozo, Micha Werner
| Mon, 23 May, 15:10–16:40 (CEST)
Room 2.44


Mon, 23 May, 15:10–16:40

Chairpersons: Maria-Helena Ramos, Wouter Buytaert


Dr. Matthijs BONTE, Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands: The Dutch Delta Program for Freshwater: Linking science and policy to implementation of freshwater measures

Dr. Kate BRAUMAN, Global Water Security Center, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States: Navigating the Science-Policy Interface on Intergovernmental Assessments and at the US Department of Defense

Dr. Veena SRINIVASAN, Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation, ATREE, Bangalore, India: Bridging the Science-Policy-Practice divide to address India's groundwater crisis

Dr. Johannes CULLMANN, Gregory DAVIES-JONES, Michael SCHWAB, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland: The Water and Climate Coalition: High-Level Water Policy Development and Collaborative Water Action

Dr. Peter SALAMON, European Commission Joint Research Center, Italy: The future of disasters: science for policy

Panel discussion (Chairs: Elena Toth, Micha Werner, and Jutta Thielen-del Pozo)


  • Mathijs Bonte, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Kate Brauman, United States of America
  • Veena Srinivasan, ATREE, India
  • Peter Salamon, European Commission, Italy
  • Johannes Cullmann
  • Michael Peter Schwab, World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland
  • Gregory Davies-Jones