The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) is an annual event where scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relationship to climate variability and climate change. In this sense, the WSCC strives to go beyond science and build bridges between the state-of-the-art in multiple disciplines and different groups of stakeholders and practitioners. WSCC aims to provide a platform for discussions on water and food secure societies, by creating a stimulating environment that produces innovative ideas and clear pathways towards their implementation.

The WSCC is a successful conference that has already taken place in Thailand, Germany, Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam, and will take place once again in Thailand during 2022.

The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program, and has been implemented under the auspices of the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries network (SWINDON) and the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) in close cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Due to its success since its beginning, the scientific and organizational committee has been continuously expanded and today includes the Food Security Center (FSC), the SDGnexus Network, as well as the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre (ABCD Centre).

Welcome to Bangkok

We are very pleased that the WSCC will return to its roots in 2022 and will be organized by Asian Institute of Technology at Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit, Thailand. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the WSCC Conference will be implemented in a hybrid format.


Free online participation

For online attendees and
partner session presenters
(presenting online)

Partner Session/Side Events hosted by


The conference is public, the conference will be held in hybrid form: online and in-person at the AIT in Bangkok. Registration as attendee is possible.   

For participation in the WSCC, an online registration must be made in advance. Registration is processed through the WSCC website and open from August 2022

Due to the currently uncertain situation, we have decided to implement the WSCC conference in a hybrid format. Digital participation is free of charge; funding and fee waivers for in-person participation is available to accepted presenters only.
Find more information under statement of support.

In the context of the Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation (Exceed) program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been funding higher education institutions (HEI) networks working on relevant topics of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2009. The WSCC is implemented by partners of the Exceed program, such as the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON) network, the Food Security Center (FSC) and the SDGnexus Network. Since 2022, the ABCD Centre, which is also funded by the DAAD, has been part of the WSCC organization team. As a co-founder of WSCC in 2016 and a returning member of the organizing committee, WSCC 2022 will again be hosted by Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok.

The WSCC strives to offer a platform for international exchange, to uncover interdisciplinary linkages and to release synergies between scientific evidence and both societal and political decision strategies. In our sessions, we will focus on contributions of creative and practical approaches with relevance for water security and strategies to cope with climate change considering technical ecologic, economic, and societal dimensions. This may also include concrete examples dealing with hazards, risks, vulnerabilities, and disasters as well as decision making regarding the investment in infrastructure development to achieve water security, the delivery of relevant services and rateable cost analyses. See all detailed infromation under WSCC2022.

Due to the currently uncertain situation, we have decided to implement the WSCC conference in a hybrid format. In case of travel restrictions, the WSCC will be changed into a complete online event.  


Andreas Haarstrick   International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries, Technische Universität Braunschweig 
Anil Aryal   Asian Institute of Technology
Arturo Roa   Asian Institute of Technology
Avishek Datta   Asian Institute of Technology
Björn Weeser   SDGnexus Network, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Daniela Gomez   Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim
Firas Aljanbi   Global Water and Climate Adaptation Center, Technische Universität Dresden
Heinrich Hagel   Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim
Ho Huu Loc   Asian Institute of Technology
Indrajit Pal   Asian Institute of Technology
Jürgen Stamm   ABCD Center, Technische Universität Dresden
Lars Ribbe    Centers for Natural Resources and Development, Technische Hochschule Köln 
Laura Longerich   Centers for Natural Resources and Development, Technische Hochschule Köln 
Mohana Sundaram   Asian Institute of Technology
Mokbul Morshed Ahmad   Asian Institute of Technology
Mukand Babel   Asian Institute of Technology
Nitin Kumar Tripathi   Asian Institute of Technology
Ruel Francisco Puno   Asian Institute of Technology
Sangam Shrestha   Asian Institute of Technology
Sven Tönsjost   Centers for Natural Resources and Development, Technische Hochschule Köln 
Thammarat Koottatep   Asian Institute of Technology
Victor Shinde   Asian Institute of Technology
Vilas Nitivattananon   Asian Institute of Technology

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AIT – Asian Institute of Technology
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959, AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world. Recognized for its multinational, multicultural ethos, the Institute operates as a self-contained international community at its campus located 40km north of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. AIT has three schools, namely, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM). Education, research and outreach activities are carried out through various academic programs in different departments in three Schools. Visit www.ait.asia for more information.The Water Engineering and Management (WEM) program in the Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in SET imparts education and training towards an understanding of the complexity of water cycle, utilization, and management. It offers a balanced curriculum covering both engineering and management aspects of water resources to meet today’s major challenges for water engineers and managers include securing water for people and for food production, protecting vital ecosystems, and dealing with climate variability and change and uncertainty of water in space and time. Students acquire knowledge and hands-on practice in tools and techniques to come up with viable and sustainable solution for water, food, energy, and environmental security. Students conduct research on country-specific water related problems, and have opportunities to join research and internship programs with industries and partners.

The first “Water security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia” Conference (WSCC2016) was held from 29 November to 01 December 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

CNRD – Centers for 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.

SDG nexus Network
The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centers, and stakeholders committed to promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The SDGnexus Network is a part of the DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” program and, as such, it aims to strengthen higher education for enabling effective and innovative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The SDGnexus Network has three main objectives:
ABCD-Centre – The Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden
The Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden (ABCD-Centre) addresses the pressing issue of humanity’s adaptation to the consequences of climate change with a special focus on water. As a joint effort between leading scientific institutions, it enables a global dialogue, the transfer of research results into practice and the education of future environmental leaders.

The project partners, RWTH Aachen University, Asian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and Technische Universität Dresden are joining forces under the umbrella of the ABCD-Centre. This unique combination of excellent academic institutions from India, Thailand and Germany strive to bring about a lively academic exchange, to implement innovative cooperation formats and to achieve a lasting impact for society.

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