Online Science Chats



We enjoy bringing together students, researchers, and other curious people. Since the Corona pandemic hit, we were kept in houses and could not meet where we love to be most; next to the river. Therefore, we started to meet online! Here, we exchange stories told through a range of scientific disciplines.

We cover a wide range of topics linked to science and river conservation. We bring in scientists, river defenders, students and other experts. After a 20-30 minutes interview, there is room for participants to ask questions, resulting in a lively discussion on the topic. If you have a topic you would like to bring forward, don’t hesitate to contact us!


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Next up: Science Chat #28 | Water, Citizen Science and Knowledge Sharing | 24th of May, 8 pm CET

Today, you’ll get to meet Dalal and Ilias, both of whom are National Geographic Explorers and organization co-founders. Dalal is a freshwater ecologist and science communicator who co-founded Riparia. Riparia is a Canadian non-profit that works to create better connections between youth, science and water by bringing youth on free, multi-day, freshwater science expeditions.

Ilias is a space pioneer, educator and NatGeo young explorer. He has been focusing on space technologies since 2012. SPIN – Space Innovation is a non-profit focusing on the development and knowledge sharing of space technologies to be more accessible to young people.

Dalal will tell us about her work connecting young women and science on the water, while Ilias Psyroukis is going to tell us about his work connecting young adults and how knowledge from space can be used to better understand and protect rivers.



Missed out on a topic? Here you can find the recordings of our past Science Chats:


We talked with Ombeline Ogier, Maike Brinksma and Constance Brouillet about their Master theses for which the Balkan Rivers Tour on the Sava was going to be the research ground. In corona times they have to adapt their research from fieldwork to online. We had a discussion on how this is possible to still grasp the Balkan context.

Our first (virtual) Science Chat was with one of our students, Zvone, about his Master’s thesis on ecopolitics. How does the political context in Croatia drive hydropower development? And what does this mean in the current crisis?