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July 4, 2019

Q&A chat: Scholarship Opportunities for DAC list country applicants

On August 16th, 2-4pm German time, we invite you to join our Adobe Connect Chat for a Questions & Answers session addressing potential scholarship applicants (foreign applicants from DAC list countries) for the master programs REM, NRM and IWRM.

Target group: Foreign applicants from DAC list countries

You will be able to enter the chat room via the following link:

When: August/16/2019  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Time Zone: German time (GMT+02:00)

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May 31, 2019

Introduction to “Theory U”: Leading from the future as it emerges

A group of 16 ITT students, alumni and staff members met for a workshop on “Theory U” – a change management method – at Altenberg/Odenthal.

The tools thought at the workshop allowed the participants to discover conscious ways of approaching and leading change initiatives. For example the quality of listening and practiced empathetic was redefined and trained. As we are living in a fast-paced world where complexity keeps rising, dealing with uncertain factors is on our daily working agenda. The learned theories and techniques will help the participants to be more authentic and truthful in decision finding, actions and leadership orientation and to deal with those uncertainties.


April 1, 2019

Kick-Off event for Citizen Science Project in the Rheinland Nature Park

In order to improve its ecological conditions, the river Erft will be moved into a new riverbed around Erftstadt-Gymnich. At this, the riverbed in this area will not be set but rather formed by the river itself. One part of the project is the long term observation of all changes in the river landscape by school and kindergarten children, students and interested adults. For this purpose the TH Köln and the ITT are part of the development of the citizen science project  “Learning and Research Landscape New Erft” for the project leader Rheinland Nature Park where easy to understand and implement scientific methods will be developed and provided to explore the environment.

On 22.03.2019, the International World Water Day, the kick-off event of this project took place in the Nature Park Center Gymnicher Mühle in Erfstadt. In the next three years the project will be lead by the Rheinland Nature Park and is funded by the European Region and the state government as part of the ERDF funding program “Green Infrastructure NRW”. The project is part of an integrated action concept initiated and supported by the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier.

March 12, 2019

Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2019

Scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.

The availability of water affects many of mankind’s social and economic actions and is an essential component of ecosystems. Hence, water security is one of the major challenges faced by society today, on both a global and local level. Additionally, impacts of climate change and water-related hazards are increasingly decisive for well-being, poverty, conflict or peace and have become a key component of social development.

Water security as well as climate change are cross-cutting elements of recent global agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Science should and can play an important role in contributing to the achievement of these goals.

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) strives to go beyond science and build bridges between various disciplines and sectors as well as different groups of stakeholders. Serving as a platform for discussions about water secure societies, by providing a stimulating environment with the intention of yielding innovative ideas and grounds for implementation, the WSCC is continuing a series of successful conferences in Bangkok, Cologne and Nairobi.

In 2019, WSCC is convened by the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí on behalf of the Exceed network, which consists of more than 90 universities worldwide. More information in

March 11, 2019

WEF-Nexus Summer School

The ITT invites DAAD scholarship holders of the In-Region/ In-Country programme to apply for the attendance of a four-week summer school from August 26th to September 20th, 2019 at the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Köln) in Cologne, Germany.

The title of the four-week programme is “From Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus”. The summer school will facilitate capacity building for future researchers and professionals in the cross sectoral field of sustainable resources management, with a focus on quantification and modelling of the interconnections between water, energy and food sectors, and on enhancing the ability to create information that is valuable to decision makers.

More information can be found here.

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