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IWA World Congress Dublin - Communicating research: Getting your message across NEW Results available

Monday, 14.05.2012, 09:40 – 12:50

Special Session at the IWA World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, The Convention Centre on May 13-18, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland            

What are the appropriate channels for communication to transmit knowledge and ensure uptake in policy and practice? What are common pitfalls and how can these be avoided?

Water researchers, policy makers and practitioners share a common interest in catalyzing the transfer and use of EU-funded water research outputs in order to meet the objectives set out in the Water Framework Directive and related directives. The seminar presented the processes of research communication and uptake and tested tools and actions allowing participants to market their research results.

The seminar was organised within the framework of the WaterDiss2.0 FP7 project by experts from Ecologic Institute, an independent think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy. The WaterDiss2.0 project is part of the SPI-Water Cluster, which consists of three EC FP7 projects dealing with science-policy interfacing in water management: STREAM, WaterDiss2.0 and STEP-WISE. These projects are working to support the transfer of water research results to intended users, linking science, policy and practice.


The summary report of the Special Session is available here.



09.40 – 10:00

The FP7 WaterDiss2.0 project in a drop

Ulf Stein

10.00 – 10.50 

What’s your message – and who is listening?

Darla N. Nickel

10.50 – 11.00

Objectives of working group session

Johanna von der Weppen

11.00 – 11.30



11.30 – 12.30

Hands on: Designing communication strategies aimed at uptake

Working Groups

12.40 – 12.50

Next steps with WaterDiss2.0












Darla Nickel presented policy-related findings of the WaterDiss2.0 project during an afternoon session organised by PREPARED, which addressed the topic of 'Linking Research To Policy And Climate Change Adaptation Strategies In The European Union'

16.50 - 17.20       Science-policy interface on the EU level, Darla N. Nickel

The FP7 project STREAM (Sustainable Technologies and Research for European Aquatic Management) provided communication support to the PREPARED Alliance Forum via a webinar and recorded the presentation on video. You can watch the video online here.

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