Water Security and Climate Change

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.


Abstract Submission


The WSCC 2019 conference planning committee welcomes your abstracts for oral presentations and scientific posters. The submission period is April – 21 June 2019. The WSCC aspires to offer abundant opportunities for exchange. The main components of the conference are thematic sessions that can be linked with additional dialogue forums – tying the scientific community to policy, industry and society. All sessions will provide enough space for discussion. We welcome presentations which combine academic and practical approaches as well as the introduction of new dimensions and perspectives in the discourse on water security and climate change. 

Accepted contributions to the conference will be published in the WSCC Book of Abstracts. A special book edition of the conference, and the publication in selected academic journals is intended. Each session will be hosted by prominent organizations – experts in relevant fields. The conference will be held in English.

There is limited funding available to support speakers.


  1. Drinking Water and Human Well-being
  2. Water Related Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services
  3. Water Related Economic Activities and Development
  4. Water Related Hazards and Climate Change
  5. Enabling Environment for Water Security
  6. The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus


April 2019
Abstract submission open. Please submit your abstract via the button below.
28 Jun 2019
Abstract submission deadline
(24:00 hrs. San Luis Potosí, México UTC-6)
15 Aug 2019
Notification of approved abstracts
30 Nov 2019
Full paper submission deadline

The topics mentioned above are based on the definition of Water Security of the UN Water; sessions which correspond to this logic are already set, like some more session topics. All already defined sessions can be found here – Abstracts that align with those pre-defined session topics will be prioritized, but we are open to all ideas.

Registration fee

Early Bird

until 25 August 2019


from 26 August 2019

120 USD

145 USD


145 USD

175 USD


175 USD

225 USD


60 USD

60 USD

* must prove student or PhD status.      ** Institutions located in DAC-List countries.

¹ Registration fee covers for the participant:

  • Admission to all scientific and social events during the conference
  • Conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome Reception on 27 October 2019
  • Gala dinner on 29 October 2019

² Registration fee of 60 USD covers:

  • Admission to all scientific and social events during the conference
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks without lunches

Additionally, we offer a special “Guest Ticket” for  60 USD accompanying persons which includes the participation in the conference reception, dinner and a guided city tour (San Luis Potosí).


Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Centro Cultural Universitario Bicentenario

Sierra Leona 550, Lomas Segunda Sección, Lomas de San Luis
78210 San Luis, S.L.P., Mexico


Transportation from symposium hotels to symposium venue is included.

Symposium hotels

Gran Hotel Concordia

Event Code WATER (Please indicate this code when making your reservation)

Reservations: +52 444 274 0870

Virtual tour: http://bit.ly/2Y0nIPK

Located near downtown, approximately 7 kilometers from symposium venue. Hotel fare includes taxes, wireless internet, gym access, satellite TV, air conditioning.

Fares for 2019 (Mexican Pesos)

Single or double



$ 899.00


$ 1,129.00

Breakfast per person


Additional person

$ 210.00

Real Plaza

Event Code 258301 (Please indicate this code when making your reservation)

Reservations: +52 444 814 6969


Located near downtown, approximately 6 kilometers from symposium venue. Hotel fare includes taxes, wireless internet, gym access, cable TV, swimming pool, free parking, transportation (upon request) airport – hotel – airport.

Fares for 2019 (For reservations before October 10) (Mexican Pesos)




Only room Room + Breakfast Only room Room + Breakfast Only room Room + Breakfast Only room Room + Breakfast
$656.00 $801.00 $688.00 $978.00 $720.00 $1,155.00 $752.00 $1,332.00

Other options of hotels



Located in downtown, approximately 7 kilometers form symposium venue. Services: wireless internet, cable TV, swimming pool, private parking lot and valet parking.

City Express Zona Universitaria


Located near symposium venue (approximately 2.5 kilometers). Services: wireless internet, cable TV, gym and free parking.

Ankara Hotel & Suites


Located near symposium venue (approximately 4 kilometers). Services: wireless internet, cable TV, free parking, transportation.

Hilton San Luis Potosí


Located near symposium venue (approximately 4 kilometers). Services: wireless internet, cable TV, free parking, transportation, swimming pool.

Real Inn


Located near symposium venue (approximately 4.5 kilometers). Services: wireless internet, cable TV, free parking.

Conrad San Luis Potosí


Located near symposium venue (approximately 3.3 km). Services: wireless internet, fitness center, heated outdoor pool, media lounge, free parking.

Organized by

UASLP – Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
The Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) has been honored as one of the best public universities in Mexico. It upholds high values and an important role for our higher education in the country. Our institution accumulates more than 390 years of history as the Escuela de Primeras Letras (School of First Letters) in 1624 and the Colegio Guadalupano Josefino in 1826. Later, in 1860, the Instituto Científico y Literario (Scientific and Literary Institute) marks the transition until it becomes our actual autonomous university in 1923, as the first self-governed university in the country.

The UASLP is considered the most relevant academic pole in North-Central Mexico. Today, the UASLP amounts to about 32,000 students and 3,400 academics who interact along the 100 Bachelor´s degree programs and 90 graduate programs offered. The institution’s educational offer includes eight campuses distributed throughout the main cities of state of San Luis Potosí.

Our academic staff has a strong commitment on research. As many as 521 researchers are acknowledged by the National Researchers System (SNI), ensuring the highest quality and current relevance of academic programs for disciplines as diverse as engineering, medical, economic, humanistic and natural science areas. A strong network of 23 libraries, information centers and comprehensive learning centers offer their resources on site and on line. The UASLP integral education model is additionally complemented with a strong sport, cultural and humanistic offer for students.

CNRD – Centers for Natural Resources and Development
The Centers für Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) is a worldwide university network promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs). In teaching and research, CNRD pursues transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management which is necessary for understanding and solving the most pressing problems of today.

CNRD aspires to create a worldwide network of postgraduate courses related to natural resources management and development with an interdisciplinary and intercultural orientation. To achieve this objective there are a variety of initiatives, starting with CNRD semester scholarships for Master’s students. The teaching capacities of the members of CNRD are strengthened through individual and didactic staff support and curriculum development workshops. The other CNRD activities in Education include joint development of teaching material and e-learning modules on the four main CNRD topics is supported by CNRD and lecturer exchange between all universities involved.

The CNRD network fosters interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges related to the SDGs. The CNRD-exceed partners engage in consortia to develop competitive research proposals. These proposals target most interesting national and international calls and aim at strengthening the research capacities as well as widening the research portfolio at the partner universities.

Along with education and research, the third pillar of activities within CNRD exceed is capacity development (CD). In addition to generating knowledge by conducting problem-oriented (applied) research, the key role of the universities is to enhance individual capacities, e.g., in post-graduate education. There is a global network of experts providing sound, science-based governance advice and transferring scientific knowledge into applicable management strategies, as well as, contributing to close the gap between academic education and the constantly changing demands experts and decision-makers face in their day-to-day business.

SWINDON – International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries
The primary goal of the Braunschweig Competence Centre and its international cooperation partners is to promote capacity building, knowledge transfer, and to develop core proposals for sustainable water management. The latter includes technologies for manifold use and reuse of water. For instance two thirds of fresh water worldwide is currently used in agriculture that literally drains away into the ground. Here, treated wastewater could be recycled and reused for further application, e.g. in agriculture. The water utilized in the industrial sector could also be recycled and reused.
Overall research fields include Sanitary Engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Water Quality, Waste Management, and Water Governance.

The global project network of exceed-Swindon consists of 29 full member institutions in 15 countries on 4 continents. Each of these institutions is represented by a renowned scientist who has his research focus on water problems. The network considers cooperation, education, and knowledge transfer within the water research and management area to be an indispensable condition for solving present and, in particular, further water-related problems. The mission, first of all, is to inspire and promote exceed-Swindon members in being an international community of academic and practice-oriented professionals, graduated students concerned with water, and a global source of knowledge.

FSC – Food Security Center
The Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, is part of the DAAD program EXCEED – Higher Education in Development Cooperation. Food Security is one of the strengths of the University of Hohenheim since its foundation in 1818.

The FSC’s mission is to provide innovative and effective scientific findings to reduce hunger and achieve food security, contributing towards the major goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs),in particular to zero hunger (SDG 2) and no poverty (SDG 1).

FSC promotes and ensures an excellent education and training of young international scientists.

Within its international networks in the field of food security, FSC utilizes a multi- and transdisciplinary approach through teaching, conducting research, and providing policy advice in coopera­tion with national and international development organizations and partner institutions.

FSC is partner of the BMZ special initiative „ONE WORLD – No Hunger“. The center provides accompanying research for this program.

In cooperation with

EXCEED – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation


The program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” (Exceed) is composed of five higher education institutions in Germany (Technical University Braunschweig, University of Hohenheim, University of Kassel, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and Ludwig-Maximilians-University München) and their partners in developing countries. Exceed was established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2009 and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since its inauguration.

The main objectives of the program are:

  1. Bringing together research and training at higher education institutions in Germany and developing countries with a direct link to the post-2015 development agenda.
  2. Deepening and expanding education and research on issues of relevance on the topic of development cooperation.
  3. Establishing competence centers for development cooperation at higher education institutions that can serve as “beacons of excellence” by conducting research that are internationally attractive and competitive.
  4. Strengthening North-South as well as South-South cooperation in higher education and research.
  5. Expanding policy analysis and consultancy on issues of development cooperation in developing countries and Germany.

Each of the five Exceed centers concentrate on different topics relevant for the post-2015 development agenda. The centers in cooperation with their partners in developing countries have established Masters and Doctoral degrees, initiated joint research projects, exchanged researchers, published papers and carried out international conferences – thereby contributing to the post-2015 development agenda. Since the 2nd funding phase, the individual centers have started joint activities to further enhance the contribution of Exceed to development cooperation.

By clicking the respective links, you will find further information on the individual Exceed centers, their projects and their partners:

Funded by



Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT Germany
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Janina Rösch TH Köln – ITT Germany
Nora Lucidi TH Köln – ITT Germany
Alexander Klein TH Köln – ITT Germany

Scientific Committee

Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Reiner Doluschitz University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Jan Frank University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT Germany
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico

Local Organisation

Guillermo Javier Castro Larragoitia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Ana Luisa Pérez Soriano UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Maria Eugenia Almendarez Garcia UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico

Selection Committee and Session Hosts (Alphabetical Order)

Marcos Algara Siller UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Catalina Alfaro UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Carolin Antoni UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Mukand Babel Asian Institute of Technology Thailand
Christian Birkel University of Costa Rica Costa Rica
Antonio Cardona UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Sudeh Dehnavi TH Köln – ITT Germany
Reiner Doluschitz University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Rishiraj Dutta Asian Institute of Technology Thailand
Andreas Haarstrick TU Braunschweig – SWINDON Germany
Heinrich Hagel University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Johannes Hamhaber TH Köln – ITT Germany
Muhammad Khalifa TH Köln – ITT Germany
Jenny Kopsch-Xhema University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Mirja Michalscheck Wageningen University and Research The Netherlands
Mahsa Motlagh TH Köln – ITT Germany
Alexandra Nauditt TH Köln – ITT Germany
Udo Nehren TH Köln – ITT Germany
Luz Maria Del Razo UASLP – Agenda Ambiental Mexico
Lars Ribbe TH Köln – ITT Germany
Jorge Leon Sarmiento The Nature Conservancy USA
Nicole Schönleber University of Hohenheim – FSC Germany
Justyna Sycz TH Köln – ITT Germany
Trinh Duc Tran VAWR –  Center for Training and International Cooperation Vietnam
Sven Tönsjost TH Köln – ITT German

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Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

Environmental Agenda / Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Ave. Manuel Nava 201
2do piso Zona Universitaria
78210 San Luis Potosí


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