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Talking Science organised by Logo of the Disaster Competence Network Austria

Date & Time: 12 June 2024 | 18:00 – 21:00
Location: Kuppelsaal at Vienna University of Technology | Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna (4th floor)

Kuppelsaal at the Technical University of Vienna © TUW

Networking in the spirit of science and crisis communication: The Disaster Competence Network Austria invites participants of the IP24 to a stimulating evening, taking place in the beautiful Kuppelsaal at the Vienna University of Technology.

The evening will be kicked off with exciting keynotes from representatives of the Ministry of Science, Research and Education, the Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The focus is on communication and science skepticism, as well as new approaches and insights in the field of crisis communication. In thematic groups – floods, gravitational mass movements, extreme weather phenomena, and protection of critical infrastructure – you will be able to exchange ideas with other experts and make new contacts, all while enjoying culinary and cultural frame.
Music and snacks will be provided.



Women Networking Event organised by

Date & Time: 12 June 2024 | 18:00 - 22:00
Location: Dachsaal of the Wiener Urania | Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna

© Peter Gugerell

The international network women exchange for Disaster Risk Reduction (we4DRR) invites female students, researchers, administrators, policy makers and practitioners working in the fields of natural hazard management and disaster risk reduction to a networking event in the Dachsaal of the Wiener Urania in the evening on 12 June 2024.

The event will feature an insightful keynote with Loretta Hieber-Giradet, Chief of the Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity-Development Branch of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). There will be interactive sessions and many opportunities to exchange and connect with others in a relaxed atmosphere. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event venue is located in the city centre right by the Donaukanal.  

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Transboundary Water Management in the Danube River Basin organised by ICPDR

Date & Time: 12 June 2024 | 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Gobelinsaal at Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management | Stubenring 1, 1010 Vienna

View of the Danube river in Vienna from above © WienTourismus, Christian Stemper

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) invites participants to discuss the broad applicability, the associated benefits but also the bottlenecks in the implementation process of natural water retention measures and nature-based solutions in a transboundary water management context.  Participants can look forward to the following presentations and discussions:

  • ICPDR (Petra Repnik Mah & Clemens Neuhold): NbS in flood risk management – how to coordinate EU legislation on Danube river basin scale
  • Land4Climate (Marion Wallner & Martin Wenk): How to implement NbS on private property an overview of 6 countries in the Danube catchment
  • MERLIN (tbc): Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater related ecosystems in a Landscape context – NbS along the Danube

In addition, the opportunity for networking accompanied by drinks and snacks will be given.

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) works to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters in the Danube River Basin through three main goals:

  • a Cleaner Danube 
  • a Healthier Danube
  • a Safer Danube

To achieve these goals an integrated and coordinated approach is needed. Especially, natural water retention measures and nature-based solutions are of utmost interest. Nature-based solutions (NBS) often do not require interventions, they are options to simply allow nature to do its task (i.e. self sustainable river restoration). Nature-based solutions are also recognised as “actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural and modified ecosystems in ways that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, to provide both human well-being and biodiversity benefits” which is in line with the ICPDR goals.


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