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Event 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY: Agriculture and the Environment (LuWQ2019)

LuWQ2019 is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters.


Abstract submission: Abstracts are due by 15 October 2018, via conference website



This conference aims to discuss the entire ’policy cycle’ to enable enhancing the quality of the water environment, which includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, policy formulation, interaction between policy makers and stakeholders (i.e. pressure groups), policy implementation, monitoring and research. The conference also aims to facilitate networking opportunities between scientists of different discipline backgrounds i.e. economic, social and natural sciences, as well as between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short the objectives are:

-  to provide a forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research to better understand ’systems function’, modelling and uncertainty;

-  to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement; and

-  to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.


LuWQ2019 is the follow-up to the successful Land Use and Water Quality conferences LuWQ2017 held in The Hague (2017, the Netherlands), LuWQ2015 held in Vienna (2015, Austria), and LuWQ2013 held in The Hague (2013, the Netherlands).


Target groups and keywords

Target groups (professionals, fields of expertise, audience) are scientists, managers and policy makers involved in the policy cycle for water quality improvement. The conference deals with themes and topics characterised by the following keywords:

Keywords for fields of expertise and scientific disciplines: agronomy, agro-economics, agro-sociology, water management, water policy, action plan, river basin management plan, hydrology, soil science, drinking water supply

Keywords for system description: aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, unsaturated zone, groundwater, surface waters, monitoring, modelling, chemical water quality, biological water quality, nitrate vulnerable zones, river basins, catchments

Keywords for best management practices: buffer zones, sedimentation ponds, constructed wetlands, incorporation of fertilisers, catch crops, erosion control, cost effectiveness, voluntary measures, laws and regulations

Keywords for substances: nutrients, nitrate, phosphorus, pesticides and other organic agrochemicals, heavy metals


Scientific Advisory Committee

Marco Acutis (Italy), Marianne Bechmann(Norway), Gitte Blicher-Mathiessen (Denmark), Carl Bolster (USA), Hans Peter Broers (The Netherlands), Serge Brouyère (Belgium), Patricia Chambers (Canada), Wibke Christel (Denmark), Frank Coale (USA), Jenny Deakin (Ireland), Chantal Gascuel-Odoux (France), Piet Groenendijk (The Netherlands), Thomas Harter (USA), Berit Hasler (Denmark), Claudia Heidecke (Germany), Falk Hilliges (Germany), Nicholas Howden (United Kingdom), Phil Jordan (United Kingdom), Gunnar Lischeid (Germany), Bob Middleton (United Kingdom), Natalie Phillips (United Kingdom), Miguel Quemada (Spain), Pavel Rosendorf (Czech Republic), Joachim Rozemeijer (The Netherlands), Martin Schönhart (Austria), István Sisák (Hungary), Maria Stenberg (Sweden), Roland Stenger (New Zealand), Nicolas Surdyk (France), Ken Taylor (New Zealand), Lærke Thorling (Denmark), Frank Wendland (Germany)


Conference themes

Contributions are solicited according to the following themes, themes A through I.


A.. Increasing our understanding of ‘systems function’: research, tools and methodologies to increase understanding and improving modelling of the hydro(geo)logical, geochemical and biochemical processes

B.. Water quality monitoring: improving monitoring, data management and combined monitoring-modelling to support the evaluation of programmes of measures

C.. Impact of climate change on land use and water quality: assessment of impact on groundwater and surface water quality

D.. Assessment of national or regional policy: effectiveness of programmes of measures on water quality on a regional and national scale

E.. Improving water quality by farm management practices: research (monitoring and modelling) at plot, field and catchment scales to quantify the effects of farming practices and changes in land use 

F.. Improving water quality by establishing eco-technological mitigation measures: development, testing, implementation and operation at plot, field and catchment scales to quantify the effects of structural measures 

G.. Managing protected areas for water supply and nature conservation: risk assessment techniques, monitoring and modelling of water quality and quantity for the protection of (a) water resources for drinking water supply, and (b) groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems

H.. Decision-making on Programmes of Measures: the role of stakeholder input and science in policy decision-making

I.. Implementation of Programmes of Measures: social and economic incentives and regulatory mandates that drive implementation (carrots and sticks)

For TOPICS relevant within these themes we refer to


Special Sessions – in addition to the Themes it is also possible to submit abstracts to:

Session S1.. Special session on Land and water management for a sustainable bioeconomy

Contact information Dico Fraters (email:
Phone: +31 30 2744039
Event type Conference
File link
File link copy LuWQ2019_Flyer_A4_03-05-2018 (002).pdf (PDF, 896 Kb)
Source luwq2019
Geographical coverage Denmark,
Address Aarhus
Organizer Aarhus University, Denmark (principle organiser); RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands; Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark; and Umweltbundesamt(UBA), German Environment Agency, Germany
Target audience International
Period [03/06/2019 - 06/06/2019]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH