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School of Geography

Field trip and workshop: How can we save our rivers?

11 June 2015

Time: 9:15am - 5:30pm
Venue: Geography Building, Mile End campus and Mayesbrook Park

Field trip and workshop on sustainable water management and restoration of environmental services

Water management is essential for the development and well-being of human populations. However, maintaining environmental quality and natural goods and services is challenging when there are so many competing and often conflicting demands on our water resources. We need innovative approaches and technologies from across all disciplines to safeguard the future, when current practices and historical legacy are often counterproductive.  

Thus, join us to hear about the issues from experts and visit a real river restoration site. Share with us ideas from your own scientific community which could influence better, more sustainable water management practices, conservation and restoration. This event will provide you with training and opportunity for discussion on how we can address current challenges in the protection of water ecosystem services, not to mention the chance to meet professionals working in the field.

There will be a morning of multidisciplinary presentations and group activities hosted by experts from science, NGOs and private companies on how aquatic environments function and the services they provide. In the afternoon, we’ll have a guided tour of the inspiring Mayesbrook Park stream restoration in east London, given by professionals involved in the project. Attending this workshop will give you the chance to talk informally with professionals from research, state and private institutions as well as your peers across the University of London, and to learn and think critically about water management in your own community.

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Organizers (on behalf of SMART - Science for MAnagement of Rivers and their Tidal systems)*:

Workshop capacity: 30 attendants

Audience: Post-graduate students of University of London


  • Present water management practices in scientific context
  • Provide real-life examples
  • Mutual knowledge exchange
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration

*SMART (Science for the management of rivers and their tidal systems) is an international Joint Doctorate program (EACEA- European Union) hosted by the University of Trento (Italy), Queen Mary- University of London (UK), and Freie Universität-Berlin (Germany). SMART is a multidisciplinary program which focuses on the core areas of natural and engineering sciences relevant to the sustainable management of river systems from their headwaters to estuaries.

Workshop timetable:

Time Activity Place
9.15-9.30 Welcome reception (Coffee and tea provided) Common Room, Geography building, QMUL
9.30-10.00 SMART introduction to water system functioning and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Room 220, Geography building, QMUL
10.00-10.20 Coffee break (Coffee, tea and snacks provided) Common Room, Geography building, QMUL
10.25-11.40 Di Hammond (Affinity Water): Water systems resilience and sustainable management Room 220, Geography building, QMUL
11.40-11.50 Comfort break  
11.50-12.30 Prof. Geraldene Wharton (QMUL): Talk on river restoration (short introduction to Mayesbrook Park scheme) Room 220, Geography building, QMUL
12.30-13.30 Lunch break - Networking opportunity Common Room, Geography building, QMUL
13.30-16.30 Guided field trip to a restored environment Mayesbrook Park
16.30-17.30 Closing activity: Help us to design river restoration! Mayesbrook Park
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