NeWater-GWSP Summer School 2007: Transitions to Adaptive River Basin Management

(Organised under the NeWater Project and Global Water System Project with support from TIAS - The Integrated Assessment Society)

Dates: Weds. 11 July 9.00 am - Sat. 21 July 12.00pm (noon)

Location: Alla-Fonte Hotel, Bad Krozingen, Germany (near Freiburg and the Black Forest)



Information for Participants and Instructors

Summer School 2007 Presentations: Available on request: cvbers[at]


Background Reading (link): All participants are expected to prepare for the summer school with some background reading (password is provided in an email to participants)

Downloadable below:

General information for participants

Updated Programme

Travel information

1) Programme


A. Introduction to Transitions for Water Resources Management

1) The need for change in water resources management and barriers to change

2) Climate change as a driver for transition in water management

3) Insights into what societal transitions are and the theory underpinning transitions management


B. Methods for Transitions Management

4) Importance of learning processes in facilitating change

   Group model building, participatory approaches, role playing

5) How transitions management can contribute to more effective river basin management

6) How to analyse transitions

      Uncertainty analysis

      Foresight analysis and management

7) Modelling and Transitions Management             


C. Transitions in Water Management in Practice

8) Role of the European Water Framework Directive in water management and transitions management

9) Water Management in China (incl. Simulation game: regional water management in Xinjiang)

10) From the practitioner's perspective (IUCN)


In addition, time slots will be made available for presentations by participants on their respective research activities.


2) Confirmed Instructors/Lecturers

Dr. Marcela Brugnach, Inst. of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück

Dr. Matt Hare, Independent Consultant

Dr. Alex Haxeltine, Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia

Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat, Alterra-Wageningen Univ.

Ms. Britta Kastens, Inst. of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach, ETH (Switz)

Dr. Sabine Moellenkamp, Inst. of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück

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

Prof. Dr. Jan Rotmans, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr. Mark Smith, Water Management Advisor, IUCN

Dr. J. David Tabara, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST) and Institut de Ciència i    Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Mr. Rutger van der Brugge, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Excursion: Ecological Vineyard Tour


3) Participants

Approximately 25 young academics will participate from a wide range of EU as well as non-EU countries


The course is aimed primarily at PhD candidates, but may also be followed by post-doctoral researchers and Master’s level students who are involved in interdisciplinary studies and/or research oriented towards addressing water management issues.


4) Registration Information

NeWater Registrants (download form below: SummerSchool2007_registration_form_NeWaterProject.rtf)

NeWater researchers may participate on first come-first serve basis but should indicate their intent to participate by registering no later than May 15 .


Non-NeWater Applicants (download form below: NWSummerSchool2007_GeneralApplication_Non-NeWater.rtf) Individuals not involved in the NeWater project may apply on a competitive basis and are asked to provide the application form and accompanying materials by May 15.


5) Fees

The fee for NeWater project participants is covered by the project. Participants only have to take care of their own travel costs (through their home institute).


The fee for Non-NeWater Participants

650 Euro (Regular applicants) 

550 Euro (TIAS members - to become a member

200 Eur for 'local participants' who do not require accommodation


For more information contact: Anja Waltemate awaltema[at]

Important information for participants downloadable below (travel information temporarily unavailable - 25 June)

Updated Summer School Programme - May 2007
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Participant Information - June 2007
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Download Travel and Contact Information
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Download Town Map Bad Krozingen
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Registration form NeWater Participants
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General Application Form Non-NeWater Applicatns
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