NeWater - GWSP Summer School 2008 Program 
“Managing Change: Tools and Methods for Adaptive River Basin Management”
Königswinter, Germany
Weds. 09 July – Sat. 19 July, 2008

co-sponsored by The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS)

(last update 15 July)

 The NeWater Project together with the Global Water System Project (GWSP) announce the final in their series of summer schools on the theme of adaptive water management. The 2008 NeWater-GWSP Summer School Series focuses on methods and tools for adaptive river basin management drawn in part from the results of the NeWater Project and, in particular hands-on experiences in processes of change. The sessions will refer extensively to the experience of applying various approaches in the NeWater transboundary case study basins  - the Amu Darya in Uzbekistan, the Orange in South Africa, the Nile, and in Europe - the Tisza, Guadiana, Elbe and Rhine, as well as cases beyond the project - the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Volta (Burkina Faso-Ghana). 

 TOPICS COVERED (draft programme downloadable below)

Field trip: Adaptive Management in the Rhine Basin: International Commission for Protection of the Rhine (Koblenz)  

PRESENTATIONS: Contact C. van Bers to access summer school presentations - cvbers[at]
Contact C. van Bers to access readings - cvbers[at]


Prof. Joseph Alcamo, Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany

Dr. Matt Hare, UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, Germany

Dr. Darya Hirsch, Inst. of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Germany and Centre for Development Research, Univ. of Bonn, Germany

Dr. Paul Jeffrey, Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

Mr. Jörn Möltgen, Research Development & Transfer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Prof. Jay O'Keeffe, Department of Environmental Resources, UNESCO-Institute for Water Education, Netherlands

Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Inst. of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Mr. Andrew Ross, Fenner School for Environment and Society, Australia National University. Canberra, Australia (biography downloadable below)

Prof. Roland Schulze, School of Bio-resources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology University of Natal, South Africa

Dr. Jan Sendzimir, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Dr. Eva Youkhana/Dr. Wolfram Laube, Centre for Development Research, Univ. of Bonn, Germany



Königswinter, Germany located on the river Rhine just half an hour by tram from Bonn, and two hours by

train from Frankfurt airport. There is also a smaller airport nearby: Cologne-Bonn airport which is approximately 45 mins - 1 hour by public transport to Koenigswinter.

Getting to Königswinter.     German Train Schedules (Deutsches Bahn). 

See downloadable directions for arrivals below...

Adam Stegerwald Haus (seminar centre). Accommodation is on double occupancy basis. All rooms have WC/Shower, radio and cable television. WLAN is available in the main seminar room. Participants are advised to bring their own laptops if they require internet access. More information on facilities is is available in the document 'NWSummerSchool_Logistics_26Jun_update.pdf' which is downloable at the end of this page (see below).

The application fee for non-Newater project participants of €650 covers all costs for the full programme including accommodation and field trip (but does not include travel to and from the venue).
TIAS Members ( may participate at the reduced fee of €550. TIAS is a co-sponsor of the summer school.
Fees must be paid by
16 May 2007. Cancellations after 07 June will result in only partial reimbursement (70%) of the paid fee.
NeWater project participants: the fee will be covered by the project. However cancellations are subject to a penalty fee.
Applicants from developing countries may also apply for funding assistance from the Global Water System Project - for more information see application process below.


Applications are now being accepted for participation in the summer school. There is space for 25 participants. Therefore selection is on a competitive basis.
The deadline for general applicants has been extended to 9 May. After this date, interested individuals can contact the co-ordinator to find out if space is still available.
Application forms may be downloaded below.


Registration for NeWater project members/partners
NeWater project researchers may register using the appropriate form below (no supplementary information is required). Registration deadline is 11 April. After this date registration possible if spaces are still available.


All General Applicants are requested attach to their application the following materials:

1) curriculum vitae including education and any relevant employment (and publications if applicable)
2) For those who have not published in an English-language journal, attach a copy of TOEFL or equivalent English proficiency certificate or contact the co-ordinator.
3) Typed letter of motivation outlining in detail how your participation in this course would benefit your research/work.


Send to: Caroline van Bers, cvbers[at]  (postal addresses and fax no's are available on the application form) and Jeanette Hänseroth, jhaenser[at] (replace [at] with @).


Application for funding support (re. applicants from developing countries). This process is now closed. Funding for up to seven participants is available. Those selected will be reimbursed for transportation costs and have their participation fee waived. Contact is Daniel Petry, Global Water System Project mail to: daniel.petry[at] 


 For more information contact

Caroline van Bers cvbers[at] 

Jeanette Hänseroth, jhaenser[at] (replace [at] with @)

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