Keynote speakers

Marco Borga

Marco Borga is a full professor of Hydrology and Hydraulics at the University of Padova (Italy). Currently his main research interests are: water resources management (climate impacts and feedbacks, risk management, water and society, water and energy) and hydrological predictions and modelling (runoff models, rainfall estimates from radar and satellite for runoff modelling, flood and flash flood forecasts). He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hydrology and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Title of presentation: “Flash floods: a changing risk in a changing society”

Tor Haakon Bakken

Tor Haakon Bakken holds a PhD in water resources management and is presently working as research scientist at SINTEF Energy Research, and acts as a part-time lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Bakken has a wide experience within water resources management and development of renewable energy projects during his professional career in Norway and internationally. Bakken’s present focus is on sustainable development of hydropower resources, the role of reservoirs in water resources management and environmental impacts from hydropower projects. Bakken is one of the lead-authors of the chapter “Environmental Impacts from Hydropower development” in the World Energy Council’s Resources 2015 report.

 Title of presentation: “Water footprint of hydropower – are reservoirs consumers or collectors?”


Tone Merete Muthanna

Tone Merete Muthanna is an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and a member of IWA and IAHR joint committee on Urban Drainage, and the national IWA committee in Norway. Her key research interests are urban hydrology and stormwater management, blue-green infrastructure, and urban resilience in face of climate change. She has been involved in several research projects on national and European level with focus on stormwater management for better water balance at cultural heritage sites including the Bryggen site in Bergen.

Title of presentation: “Building urban resilience through transformation and reinvention of urban surface  water management in harmony with groundwater”

Helen Bonsor

Helen Bonsor is a senior scientist at the British Geological Survey in Scotland, and the Chair of the IAH urban groundwater network. Alongside her key groundwater research interests, she is currently leading a 3-year-KE Fellowship in Scotland to develop new wider collaboration between Scotland’s statutory environmental agencies, our key research bodies, and the Improvement Service in Scotland, to improve the accessibility of research to planning, in response to the Planning Bill, Scotland (2017).

Title of presentation
: “Bridging the gap between disciplines to solve future water challenges in cities, with examples from the UK”

   Lee Brown

Lee Brown is full Professor of Aquatic Science at the University of Leeds and water@leeds, UK. His research interests lie in understanding how aquatic ecosystem biodiversity and functional processes respond to environmental change. His work crosses several research fields including population and community ecology, hydrology and geomorphology. He currently leads the EU Marie Curie ITN project Euro-FLOW (A EUROpean training and research network for environmental FLOW management in river basins) comprising 23 project partners. He is an Associate Editor of the journal WIRES-Water.

                                                Title of presentation: “River ecosystem responses to flow modification”