Hydro Nation Scholarship Programme 2018 – Extra Call
Applications are now welcome for project proposals based on our topic themes 2, 4 and 7:
- Innovative Monitoring and Financial Approaches for the Improved Maintenance of Water Infrastructure Assets
- Water Management in the Food and Drink Industry
- Innovation in Water and Health
Full details of the programme can be found on our apply page.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Aaron Neill: Using Spatial-Stream-Network Models and Long-Term Data to Understand and Predict Dynamics of Faecal Contamination in a Mixed Land-Use Catchment
Hydro Nation Scholar, Aaron Neill has just had a paper published in the Science of the Total Environment journal, entitled: Using Spatial-Stream-Network Models and Long-Term Data to Understand and Predict Dynamics of Faecal Contamination in a Mixed Land-Use Catchment. This paper highlights that a key challenge is to understand and predict catchment-scale faecal contamination, employing long-term E. coli data and novel use of spatial-stream-network models. This publication is available to view online..
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf: Spatio-Temporal Effects of River Regulation on Habitat Quality for Atlantic Salmon Fry
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf has just had a paper published in the Ecological Inidicators journal, entitled: Spatio-Temporal Effects of River Regulation on Habitat Quality for Atlantic Salmon Fry. This paper demonstrates value of developing process based understanding of flow regime effects, that flow regulation effect on salmon fry habitat quality is spatio-temporally complex, that flow rules need to consider seasonal flow preferences of conservation species and that caution is needed when using discharge variability as habitat quality indicator. This publication is available to view on-line.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Troglić: Taking Stock of Community-Based Flood Risk Management in Malawi: Different Stakeholders, Different Perspectives
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Troglić has just had a paper published in the Environmental Hazards journal, entitled: Taking Stock of Community–Based Flood Risk Management in Malawai: Different Stakeholders, Different Perspectives. This paper investigates the realities and challenges of CB-FRM as seen through a lens of different stakeholders. This publication is available to view on-line.
Christopher Schulz, a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Edinburgh, the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh, recently became the first scholar of the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme to finish his studies.
Hydro Nation Scholars profiles
Read more about our Hydro Nation Scholars, their PhD topics and their knowledge exchange outputs by visiting our scholars’ page, which also contain links to papers and poster presentations.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Maricela Blair: Micro- and Nanoplastic Pollution of Freshwater and Wastewater Treatment Systems
Hydro Nation Scholar, Maricela Blair has just had a paper published in the Analytical Student Review, entitled: Micro- and Nanoplastic Pollution of Freshwater and Waste Water Treatment Systems. This paper with co-authorship from various academic institutions outlines how micro- and nanoplastic fragments originating from primary or secondary sources are contaminants of emerging concern. This publication is available for free download.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf: Metrics to Assess How Longitudinal Channel Network Connectivity and In-Stream Atlantic Salmon Habitats Are Impacted by Hydropower Regulation
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf has just had a paper published in the Hydrological Processes journal, entitled: Metrics to Assess How Longitudinal Channel Network Connectivity and In-Stream Atlantic Salmon Habitats Are Impacted by Hydropower Regulation. This paper with co-authorship form various academic institutions which investigates the use of connectivity metrics and weightings to assess the impact or river barriers (impoundments) associated with hydropower regulation on natural longitudinal channel connectivity for Atlantic Salmon. This publication is available for free download.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Trogrlić: Science and Technology Networks: A Helping Hand to Boost Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030?
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Trogrlić has just had a paper published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, entitled: "Science and Technology Networks: A Helping Hand to Boost Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030?. This paper with co-authorship from various academic institutions underlines the importance of Science and Technology (S&T) and S&T networks for effective disaster risk reduction. The publication is available for free download.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz: 'Applying a 'Value Landscapes Approach' to Conflicts in Water Governance: The Case of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway'
Hydro Nation scholar Christopher Schulz just published a paper in Ecological Economics, entitled: "Applying a 'Value Landscapes Approach' to Conflicts in Water Governance: The Case of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway". This paper, with co-authorship of his supervisory team of Julia Martin-Ortega, Antonio Ioris, and Klaus Glenk, is an application of Christopher's own theoretical framework on the role of values in water governance, that was published earlier this year in the same journal. Based on interviews conducted with members of the water sector in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the paper explains how the decades-old conflict around the construction of a waterway through the Brazilian Pantanal wetland can be interpreted as a clash of different values. The publication is available for download for free until 14th May 2017.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Yuan Li wins poster competition at the RSC Water Framework Directive Priority Substances conference
Congratulations to Yuan Li for winning the poster competition at November's Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) 'Water Framework Directive Priority Substances – where should we control them?' conference, with her contribution 'Optimising the removal of steroid hormones and Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) from aqueous media using low cost biosorbents.' This conference was the third in a series and aimed to bring together leading EU and UK experts in the field of Priority Substances listed in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive. The event discussed issues associated with Priority Substance compliance, where they come from, and where best to control them. An article related to Yuan Li's work will appear in an RSC journal and RSC newsletter.
Hydro Nation Scholar Scholar, Bas Buddendorf to present at the AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco 12th-16th December 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf will be attending the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in San Francisco in December. Bas will be giving a talk titled 'Spatio-Temporal Effects Of River Regulation On Habitat Suitability For Juvenile Atlantic Salmon: Implications For Ecosystem Functioning.' His study focussed on the River Lyon, a tributary of the Tay, Scotland's largest river. Bas investigated the effects of different types of river regulation (hydropeaking, compensation flow and near-natural) on the hydraulic characteristics of downstream river reaches and inferred the consequences for juvenile salmon using hydraulic habitat suitability models. This work improves understanding of the effects of regulation on biophysical processes and may be useful in managing trade-offs between management, restoration, and societal benefits.
HABITAT III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Sakic Trogrlic attended HABITAT III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, where UN member state will establish global commitment to sustainable urbanisation through a global agreement – the New Urban Agenda.
Robert was invited by the HABITAT III Secretariat to be a speaker for the Children and Youth Roundtable, representing Water Youth Network. He was also in charge of organising and facilitating a session entitled The role of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for building urban resilience, organised jointly by Water Youth Netwrok, United Nations Major Group for Chilren and Youth and TERI- The Energy and Resources Institute. This is part of Science, Technology and Innovation Stream of the Children and Youth Forum, which was held on October 15th.
Robert also had a role in supporting (along with Water Youth Network) the HABITAT III youth representative of the Netherlands and Dutch Government in organising a youth competition called Youth for Sustainable Urban Deltas, the winner of which will get a chance to present at COP22 in November 2016.
New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz: 'The Value Base of Water Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective'
Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz, together with his supervisory team, recently published his first article in Ecological Economics entitled "The Value Base of Water Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective". This conceptual paper looks at different theoretical approaches towards environmental values, integrates them into a new conceptual framework and explains how this framework can be applied for empirical research on values and water governance. It also serves as a theoretical base for Christopher's own PhD research. The publication is available for download
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddenborf's EGU General Assembly 2016 conference report published
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf's conference report for the EGU General Assembly 2016 has been published in the BHS newsletter 'Circulation' No. 130, after Bas received a travel grant to attend the conference. His conference report is available to download.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Nazli's blog 'Coastal freshwater aquifer joins the sea'
Nazli Koseoglu's blog 'Coastal freshwater aquifer joins the sea' is now available on the Life Plus 2 meters website. The Life Plus 2 Meters project is designed to help people think about and prepare for adapting to climate change. It is a non-commercial, crowdsourced project which allows authors to offer their vision of a climate-changed world where sea levels have risen by 2 m, 'extreme' weather is routine, and people must adapt to complex changes in environmental, social, political and economic conditions. Authors' visions are published as blogs for discussion and debate, and in 2017 a selection of posts will be collated for a book, Life Plus 2 meters.
Hydro Nation Scholar Welcome event Autumn 2016
In 2016, we will welcome a further five scholars to the growing Hydro Nation Scholars Programme. The Hydro Nation staff team and current scholars look forward to welcoming them to the programme at a welcome event in Autumn 2016 and supporting them in the commencement of their PhD studies.
Hydro Nation Scottish-Indian Entrepreneurship Programme 2016-2017
In the run up to the launch of the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Entrepreneurs Programme, a number of the Hydro Nation Scholars have met with programme organiser Adam Purvis, Power of Youth to give their thoughts on meeting the needs of the global water sector and engaging with entrepreneurs in Scotland and India. A number of scholars will also attend the Hydro Nation Entrepreneurs Summit in Edinburgh in September 2016.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 30th August to 2nd September 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz will be presenting at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographic Society. The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains. Christopher’s talk, titled ‘Valuing Water in Mato Grosso, Brazil’, will discuss how water is valued by the local population culturally, the use of water in the state’s main economic activities and its wider role in sustaining the biggest wetland in the world, the Pantanal, and associated challenges and conflicts over water governance, pollution and investment in domestic water supply and sanitation.
Forthcoming Hydro Nation Scholar publication in Edward Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law
Ruby Moynihan's paper titled 'International law on protection of transboundary freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity' will soon be available in J Razzaque and E Morgera Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (Edward Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, forthcoming August 2016).
Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop in Brasilia, Brazil, 20-24th July 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz is participating in a Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop in Brazil on ‘Climate and Landscape Change in the Pantanal: assessing environmental vulnerabilities and future water security in Brazil's wetland wilderness.’ The aim of the event is to exchange ideas between British and Brazilian researchers with an interest in the Pantanal wetland and is open to early career researchers.
1st Portuguese-Brazilian Symposium on Models and Practices of Sustainability, Lisbon, 11th July 2016
Christopher Schulz presented his research on values and water governance in the Upper Paraguay River Basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil, at the "1° Simpósio Luso-Brasileiro sobre Modelos e Práticas de Sustentabilidade" to an audience of Portuguese and Brazilian researchers. The symposium was a Portuguese-language pre-event to the 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (13-15 July).
Singapore International Water Week 10-14th July 2016
Good luck to Hydro Nation Scholar Robert Šakić Trogrlić who is attending the Young Water Leaders’ Summit in Singapore next week. Designed by young water professionals, for young water professionals, the Summit aims to profile the global water industry as an exciting and innovative sector, to inspire young water professionals with leadership potential to develop their careers in the water industry, and to connect young water professionals with established business leaders, who serve as role models. As part of his involvement in preparations for the Summit, Robert has led work on producing a ‘Survival Kit’ of practical advice to participants on how to make the best out of an international event ahead of the Summit.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Nazli Koseoglu’s research stay at IIASA, Vienna Summer 2016
Nazli Koseoglu is on a 3 month research stay at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna. IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological and social change that we face in the twenty-first century with the focus of producing policy relevant results. With her project, Nazli aims to produce findings which will contribute to the efforts in diffuse pollution reduction in Scotland.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Trogrlić co-authors report on flood resilience in cities
As a part of Robert’s cooperation with UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, Robert collaborated on producing a report titled ‘Adaptation mainstreaming for achieving flood resilience in cities’ for the CRC Water Sensitive Cities (funded by the Australian Government), which was published in June 2016.
14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 20-24 June, 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Ruby Moynihan, recently presented her PhD research at the 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law hosted by PluriCourts, Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals, at the University of Oslo.
BUFI Science Festival 17th June 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Trogrlić took part in BUFI Science Festival organised by British Geological Survey and NERC. The BUFI Science Festival is an annual competitive event and Robert’s poster titled ‘Community-based flood risk management for Malawi’ received a highly commended prize.
Scotland the Hydro Nation 'Road trip' May 2016
In May 2016, eight Hydro Nation scholars took to the road with the Hydro Nation staff team to explore the pressures and competing demands on, and the ecosystem services provided by, our water resource in Scotland. During the road trip, we considered how benefits and conflicts can be maximised through water resource management and contribute to the Hydro Nation Strategy. From a highland distillery to a lowland flood defence scheme, visits to a wide range of field sites allowed discussion with those implementing water policies on the ground, alongside those developing water policies. Site visits covered contrasting issues and pressures, including land use, flooding, industry, marine and restoration. Many thanks to the scholars for their enthusiasm and excellent final presentations which summarised the week’s learning on water pressures, policies and futures and approaches to water management.
BENELEX Workshop on Water and Benefit-sharing, 12th May 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Ruby Moynihan presented on 'International Water Law and Equity' at the BENELEX Workshop on Water and Benefit-sharing, a workshop on benefit-sharing issues related to water, held at the University of Edinburgh together with experts from the University of Geneva International Water Law Platform.
4th International Climate Change Adaptation conference 10-13th May 2016
Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The fourth edition was held in May 2016 in Rotterdam. Hydro Nation Scholar Robert Šakić Trogrlić gave a presentation titled ‘Rebuild by Design: Implementation of green infrastructure for flood resiliency in Hoboken’ at the Designing a Climate Resilient Future session. On 13th of May 2016, UNESCO- IHE and Deltares organised an event entitled Young Scientists Event on Disaster Risk Reduction, at which Robert was invited to give a young scientist pitch on Disaster Risk Reduction Governance, discussing his PhD case study in Malawi.
Hydro Nation Scholars first year training programme Spring 2016
As in previous years, the scholars in the first year of study for their doctorate attended introductory sessions with Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Water and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland to learn about how these organisations operate and to share how their PhD topics aim to address aspects of the Hydro Nation agenda.
EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria 17-22nd April 2016
This year’s EGU General Assembly hosted 4,863 oral and 10,320 poster presentations, across 619 unique scientific sessions. Hydro Nation Scholar, Aaron Neill had a poster presentation titled ‘Long-term spatio-temporal patterns and controls of faecal contamination risk in an agricultural catchment’.
World Water Day Hydro Nation Scholars panel 22nd March 2016
It was great to see many of the Hydro Nation Scholars in attendance at ‘World Water Day 2016 – Water and Sustainability: A Hydro Nation Approach’ on 22nd March 2016 at the University of Dundee. Our thanks to the four scholars, Ruby, Bas, Juan Carlos and Nandan, who formed the third panel of the day, giving speed talks on their PhD topics and providing their perspectives on the themes discussed during this cross-disciplinary event.
Scholars visit Scottish Parliament February 2016
The 2016 cohort of Hydro Nation Scholars enjoyed a visit to Scottish Parliament in February to learn about the process of law making and to sit in on First Minister’s question time. The scholars also met Jon Rathjen, team leader of the Water Industry Team in Scottish Government to learn about the Scottish Water Industry and Hydro Nation agenda, and to discuss how their PhD topics compliment the Hydro Nation Strategy.