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 #22 | The Vjosa – How science leads to conservation | 2nd of November 6 pm CET

Cornelia Wieser, project coordinator for the Save the Blue Heart of Europe Campaign, will dive with us into the famous case of the Vjosa. Conny is one of the two main minds behind the NGO River Watch. She will role out the story from where it all started to the most recent events. The announcement by the Albanian government, that the establishment of a Vjosa Wild River National Park will be preferred over hydropower development in the valley was certainly a huge one. But what role did science play in this case? What is behind this promise, received by so many conservationists with euphoria? And what has yet to be done, for this dream project to become reality? These are only some of the questions, we will discuss during our first long-awaited Science Chat after the summer break!

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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?