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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.

Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Šakić Trogrlić co-authors report on flood resilience in cities

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.

May 2016

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

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.

April 2016

EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria

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’.

Scotland the Hydro Nation 'Road trip' May 2016

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.

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.

March 2016

World Water Day Hydro Nation Scholars panel 22nd March 2016

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.

February 2016

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.