At ISRS2019, the following workshops are offered for conference attendees.

Please note that all workshops will take place on Tuesday, September 10th in the afternoon. Therefore, it is only possible to attend one workshop.

If the maximum capacity of participants for a workshop is reached, you will be put on a waiting list.



All workshops can be booked (free of charge) through the online registration tool on a first come-first served basis.
- If you have not yet registered for the conference, please select the desired workshop when registering.
- If you are already registered, please log into the registration tool (login data has been sent with the registration confirmation/invoice) and select the desired workshop.




workshop 01
Title Nature-based solutions at different scales in urban and rural river basins

Nature-based Solutions aim to address societal challenges more effectively and adaptively than merely technical solutions, while simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. This workshop starts with Introductory Talks by international experts followed by a World Cafe in order to interactively discuss and gain key insights from inter- and transdisciplinary research and practice on Nature-based solutions to socio-ecological problems in urban and rural riverscapes.

The following presentations will be held during this workshop instead of the cancelled session SP25 on Thursday evening:

13:45-14:00 // W. Cully Hession // Nature-based Restoration of a Small Urban Stream in Blacksburg, VA, USA
14:00-14:15 // Gonzalo Pradilla // Social-ecological assessment of tropical urban rivers and restoration opportunities: blue-green infrastructure for Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
14:15-14:30  // Mario Brillinger // The uptake of nature-based solutions in German flood risk management plans: Comparing institutional structures and plan outcomes within three different governance regimes

Target group all attendees of ISRS2019, especially researchers and practitioners engaged in planning, implementing and governing nature-based solutions
Capacity 24 participants
Organizers Jochen Hack (TU Darmstadt) & Barbara Schröter (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research)
Duration 2,5 hours
room seminarroom Ingenieurbiologie - Schwackhöfer building, 3rd floor
workshop 02
Title Critical assessment of techniques for evaluating stream and river temperature and their control factors at multiple scales

Thematically linked to the session "Thermal links to hydromorphology and freshwater ecology", this workshop will consist of various short talks and discussions.

Despite advances in stream temperature data collection, analysis and modelling, we still often lack stream temperature data at scales appropriate for evaluating biological processes, managing natural resources (water, fish communities, riparian forest) and targeting restoration and preservation actions. This workshop will focus on a critical overview of techniques available for studying stream temperature and assessing the contribution of drivers. The aim is to address strengths and limitations of techniques, and assess how they can be combined to better understand stream temperature patterns.

The workshop will include:

  • Two introductive talks (10 min. each):
    (1) issues of the workshop, why is stream temperature a challenging stake? (2) Summary of key-issues raised by the seminar and related to the workshop focus.
  • Five short talks (10+5 min. each):
    Modelling; field measurements; archived data; optic fiber; airborne/satellite IRT
  • Collective discussion (1,5 h)
  • Final conclusions (15 min.)
Target group all attendees of ISRS2019
Capacity 10-30 participants
Organizers Moatar Florentina (IRSTEA - France) and Hervé Piégay (University of Lyon CNRS)
Duration 3,5 hours
room seminarroom Raumplanung - Exner building - 3rd floor
workshop 03
Title A socio-ecological perspective to enhance successful river restoration and conservation strategies

In recent years, it has become widely accepted that river restoration and conservation depends on the successful integration of the ecological and the societal spheres. Numerous case studies and review papers have been published suggesting a variety of conceptual approaches as well as planning and management strategies.

Often, history serves as a baseline to define restoration and conservation targets and to evaluate success. However, a historical perspective involves among others identifying river trajectories or acknowledging that our present river systems have been shaped by past environmental dynamics, ecological changes and societal decisions and their interaction. Previous interventions into river systems not only left environmental legacies such as severely altered river habitats, new species communities or pollution. Often, previous projects created societal or cultural legacies, for example when expectations of local and regional communities have not been met and restoration and conservation projects are subsequently refused.

Based on this observations, the workshop aims at offering an exchange platform for scholars from the ecological and social sciences as well as stakeholders involved in river restoration and conservation. We envisage to discuss different approaches and experiences as well as the benefits and shortcomings of socio-ecological approaches. In particular, we want to address the gains of integrating a historical perspective.

The workshop will include:

  • Two introductory talks (10 min. each):
  • Three short statements (5 min each):
  • Plenary discussion (approx. 30 min)
  • Working groups (50 min)
  • Plenary discussion & Final conclusions (approx. 40 min.)
Target group all attendees of ISRS2019, especially scholars from the social and ecological sciences working in river restoration and conservation 
Capacity 15-30 participants
Organizers Gertrud Haidvogl (BOKU IHG) and Susanne Muhar (BOKU IHG)
Duration 3 hours
room room05
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