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Call for Abstracts for the Embrace the Water Conference 2017

IFHP is calling on its community to come forward with abstracts of urban water management from cities as well as from academics.
As an organizing partner of the ‘Embrace the Water Conference’ in Gothenburg (Sweden) IFHP is calling on its community to come forward with relevant abstracts. The conference will be held from 12-14 June 2017 and is part of the ‘Cities of the Future’ conference series.
The Deadline for handing in Abstracts is extended to December 15!

Submissions are welcome through 15 December 2016. A review will be undertaken to select papers and the form of presentation (platform or poster). Submissions that directly relate to the conference topics will be given priority. If selected, authors will be given the opportunity to submit an 8-page full manuscript on schedule for inclusion in the conference proceedings (only optionally). At least one author of each selected paper and poster must register and attend the conference to present the paper.

IFHP council member Bo Aronsson (Project Manager in ‘River City Gothenburg’) is representing IFHP during the organization of this event. IFHP Board Member Arun Jain is in the strategic programme committee.  

Call for abstracts

The four overarching themes for the conference are:
  • Water in urban planning for enhanced livability and citizens’ wellbeing
  • Planning under uncertainty, adapting to climate change, enhancing cities resilience to flooding and water scarcity risks
  • Regenerative water services for sustainable use and management of water resources
  • Transdisciplinary water management engaging the community
Within each theme we welcome abstracts from cities at the forefront as well as academic studies. 
Find all the information you need on the abstracts in the Call For Abstracts Document

Conference Theme Description 

Water strongly influences how we can and should develop the cities. Urban planning can enable more sustainable water management. As cities are facing unprecedented demands and challenges, such as uncertainty in the provision of safe water; needs for improving living conditions; ensuring safety from floods related to climate change and natural disasters; and raising awareness for action to form water-wise communities. Water professionals and urban planners need more than ever to share their knowledge to develop the most sustainable solutions, fostering synergies between water, energy, waste, food, and achieving livability outcomes for the city.
Traditional planning and management paradigms have become obsolete. Sustainable, regenerative, risk resilient and efficient management of water in cities is driving urban professionals towards thinking different solutions, which often require cross sectoral integration. The conference Embrace the Water will be an interdisciplinary arena for sharing the possibilities and the vision emerging from the paradigm shift in resources management. 



  • Water as a quality in the city – for livability, well-being and profit
    Visionary future agendas preparing for Agenda 2030 and Habitat III
  • Water sensitive urban design, implementing blue-green solutions
    Innovative stormwater solutions for growing and denser cities
  • Climate adaptation towards floods and droughts
    Enhancing cities resilience to flooding and water scarcity risks; integrating drainage and rain water collection in urban planning; planning solutions to risks and uncertainty; water related risk assessment and modelling. Consequences of inaction.
  • Planning and designing regenerative city services
    Sustainable infrastructure systems. Integration of water, waste, energy and agriculture. Transformation of waterways and ports. Resource recovery of energy and materials: what implications for urban planning and cross-sectoral collaboration?
  • Governance aspects and transdisciplinary water management
    The need to take full control of water in the cities, involving all relevant administrations, businesses and the civil society.
  • Communication and Community Engagement
    Water wise communities, citizen engagement programs, transition acceptance strategies, community supported innovation and development.
For more information, please contact IFHP council member Bo Aronsson ( or IFHP CEO Anette Galskjøt (