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 #23 | River Citizen Science | 7th of December 8 pm CET

Citizen Science is emerging. It allows data collection on unprecedented spatial levels and simultaneously engages citizens in decision making processes.

Today we zoom into several river focused citizen science projects across the globe.

  • Jelle presents the educational tools developed for the OurRhine project.
  • Jeff presents his organisation Smartphones4water, which he developed as part of his PhD research in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. As they state it on their insta: S4W = Young Researchers+Mobile Technology+Citizen Science📱💦👨
  • Emelia presents the Water Rangers from Canada, their water citizen science test kit and how people use it. Already 25.000+ observations were done using this testkit.

Join us next Monday and learn from all these experiences!




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?