Drought and Water Scarcity: addressing current and future challenges

The UK Drought and Water Scarcity Research Programme is proud to announce its International Academic Conference to be held at Pembroke College, Oxford University, over 20 and 21 March 2019.

Droughts threaten societies, economies and ecosystems worldwide

They are costly natural hazards, a central risk on global risk registers, and are expected to become more severe due to the combined influence of climate change and pressure on water resources from economic and demographic changes. This conference will showcase multidisciplinary research on droughts and water scarcity.

Invited Speakers
  • Massimiliano Paqui, CNR: Italy's approach to addressing increased drought, delivering a multi-user operational system
  • Alison Browne, University of Manchester: Drought and communities
  • Henny van Lanen, Wageningen University: The 2018 drought in NW Europe
  • Anne van Loon, Birmingham University: Feedbacks between drought and society
  • Mike Morecroft, Natural England: Impacts on the natural environment and lessons for climate change adaptation
  • Rob Wilby, Loughborough University: Challenging the mantra of wetter-winters and drier summers
  • Ian Holman, Cranfield University:  Taking lessons from the 2018 drought forward into increased drought resilience in the agricultural sector
  • Climatology and hydrology of droughts: past, present and future
  • Drought impacts for example on the environment, agriculture, energy production and other areas
  • Drought planning and drought management
  • Drought and communities
  • Drought risk perception and communication

The call for abstracts has now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an abstract, you will hear whether your abstract has been accepted in the next few weeks.


More info and the latest updates on the conference can be found here.

Please use this online booking system to reserve your space at the conference.

NB The conference spans over two days. Tickets are available for the whole conference (£90) and individual days (£50). Accommodation can be booked and is provided at Pembroke College comprising single ensuite rooms, with breakfast included (£80).

Contact: info@aboutdrought.info

Event Date: 

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 10:00 to Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 16:00


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