The Inspiring Journey of the Water Quality Workshop: 13-14 June 2024

From the lively exchanges of ideas to exploring new collaborative horizons, the ISIMIP Water Quality Workshop held on June 13-14, 2024, in Wageningen, Netherlands, was a definite success. Bringing together a diverse group of experts from more than 10 countries, both in person and virtually, the workshop fostered high-level discussions and productive sessions focused on advancing water quality sectorial activities.

The workshop began with a warm welcome from Maryna Strokal and Rohini Kumar, who set an inspiring tone for the two days ahead. Maryna presented the community principles guiding the ISIMIP project, which include inclusiveness, flexibility and openness, acceptance of inconsistencies, the usefulness of all submitted model simulations, and respect for the property and ownership of data and models. These principles laid the foundation for a collaborative and respectful research environment.


Participants shared their proposed paper outlines, engaging in vibrant discussions and receiving valuable feedback. This session exemplified the workshop's collaborative spirit. With over ten paper ideas presented, the session marked a significant achievement for the water quality sector. To ensure alignment across various research topics, participants engaged in group discussions and a plenary session facilitated by the same team. This helped address overlaps and streamline the research outlines. Albert Nkwasa and Nynke Hofstra presented possibilities for new collaboration opportunities in water quality, encouraging participants to explore innovative research paths in IHAS and WWQA. The day finished with a summary of key points and an Italian delightful dinner, where participants continued their discussions in a more relaxed and informal setting.

Reflecting on the previous day's achievements, participants began the next morning by refining their paper outlines and starting to work on them based on feedback from earlier sessions. This process, crucial for ensuring the quality and coherence of their research papers, highlighted the collaborative efforts and shared vision of the attendees. The outcomes of these group discussions were reported back in a plenary session, followed by a focused discussion on the community paper, led by Maryna Strokal and Rohini Kumar. This session also addressed the sector's big questions and the linkages to other ISIMIP sectors.

The workshop concluded with an overview of the next steps, ensuring all participants were clear on their tasks moving forward. The ISIMIP Water Quality Workshop was marked by productive sessions, high-level discussions, and fruitful networking opportunities. The collaborative research efforts initiated here will bear fruit in the coming months.

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants, moderators, and organizers for making this event memorable and impactful. The workshop not only advanced the field of water quality research but also strengthened the bonds within the research community, promising a bright future for collaborative climate impact studies.

This workshop was funded by COST Action PROCLIAS, CA19139 supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)