GWF Wasser Abwasser
  • 12.06. - 14.06.2017
  • Exhibitions & Congresses

Embrace the Water 2017 in Gothenburg

Embrace the Water 2017 in Gothenburg

The conference Embrace the Water aims at gathering urban planners and water professionals from around the globe in order to share experiences and projects on the opportunities and threats of water in modern, sustainable and innovative cities. The conference contributes to celebrating the Gothenburg 400 year’s jubilee, and to the IWA Cities of the Future programme.

Water is a great quality in cities, making them attractive. 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 water planning and management methods will have to morph to become more regenerative, more risk resilient and more efficient with better and simpler management. This means urban professionals will need to find solutions that work across disciplines. This conference will focus on the interdisciplinary efforts necessary for such integration and change to occur. Save the date to come and join us to learn and share on “sustainable urban water” planning and design at different scales. Join the journey to Water Wise Cities by submitting a paper to share your experience during the event!

The four overarching topics 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


Clariance Hotel Post
Drottningtorget 10
41103 Gothenburg

Phone: +46 31 61 90 00
Fax: +46 31 61 90 99



CoG - Sustainable Waste and Water, City of Gothenburg
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden
IWA - International Water Association
IFHP - International Federation for Housing and Planning
FFS - Swedish Society for Town and Country Planning

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