Water Sensitive Cities

Tirsdag d. 28. august 2012

Kl. 09:30 - 18:00

Fra 0 kr.



IDA Environment (IDAmiljø) is pleased to invite for an international conference, organised in collaboration with the Danish Water in Urban Areas (ViB) – Partnership for Climate Adaptation and Innovation and the Australian Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CWSC) at Monash University, on the topic

Water Sensitive Cities

Tuesday, 28th August 2012, 09.00 – 18.00

The Society of Danish Engineers (IDA), Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, Copenhagen

Successful urban water management is key to developing healthy and sustainable cities. The traditional concepts based on centralised water supply and drainage with end-of-pipe treatment and with little or no interaction between key stakeholders is however challenged. Water is nowadays in demand for irrigation, drinking, residential and industrial multipurpose use, for recreation and for supporting blue-green urban landscapes in the city of the future, but water also poses a risk to society, as documented by the many flood incidents occurring across Europe in recent years. There is a need for identifying new ways of managing urban water, and sharing experiences internationally may contribute to this.

The Copenhagen harbour area has developed into a high-quality living area where both recreation and swimming is possible, partly due to large investments in sewerage infrastructure and real time warning and control systems. Extreme rainfall events exceeding anything previously recorded and huge flood damage costs have however laid the basis for re-thinking the water management paradigm once again. Climate change adaptation aiming at developing a more resilient and climate proof city by retrofitting the urban water and traffic infrastructure is increasingly being advocated, and this potentially includes both enhancing infiltration, evapotranspiration and detention of stormwater at the local scale and construction of urban spaces that allow storing large water volumes and conveying water away from vulnerable urban areas.

On the other side of the globe, Melbourne in Australia is recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world, and also as a place where innovative water management practices are developed, tested and implemented. The agenda is to a large extent driven by water scarcity, and there are several examples of using multiple water sources for different purposes, including reclamation of wastewater after advanced treatment and harvesting stormwater after treatment in biofiltration systems. Flooding is currently attracting increased focus, after Australia was hit by large floods in 2011. One of the most active and forward looking urban water research environments worldwide is “Monash Water for Liveability” at Monash University, Melbourne, which leads the new Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CWSC). The vision endorsed by the Centre is to ”transform cities and their communities in ways that will help them to live in harmony with natural water environments”.

The conference will feature presentations by leading scientists from the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Results from innovative Danish urban water management research programmes will also be presented at the conference, including the project Black, Blue and Green - Integrated Infrastructure Planning as Key to Sustainable Urban Water Systems (2BG), Storm- and Wastewater Informatics (SWI), and Water in Urban Areas (ViB). This conference provides an opportunity to learn about some of the most innovative international developments in urban water management.


09.30 – 10.00
10.00 – 10.15
 Welcome and introduction

Assoc. Prof. Peter Steen Mikkelsen, IDAmiljø
10.15 –10.45
 Urban flood risk assessment as a tool for increasing urban liveability

Assoc. Prof. Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, DTU Environment and Water in Urban Areas
10.55 – 11.15
 Stormwater management in the urban landscape – the Danish case 2007-2012

Prof. Marina Bergen Jensen, KU-Life
11.15 – 11.30
 Break and refreshments
11.30 – 12.00
 Stormwater Treatment Technologies in Water Sensitive Cities

Prof. Ana Deletic, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University and CWSC
12.00 – 12.30
 Dynamic Control in Water Sensitive Cities

Project Manager R&D Morten Grum, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
12.30 – 13.45
13.45 – 14.15
 Project climate school – the adapted public school

Civil Eng. Hanne Kjær Jørgensen, Danish Technological Institute
14.15 – 14.45
 Enabling the uptake and diffusion of new technology - The political, institutional and social contexts for change

Prof. Rebekah Brown, Faculty of Arts, Monash University and CWSC
14.45 – 15.00
 Break and refreshments
15.00 – 15.30
 Faecal contamination of bathing water during the Ironman competition of Copenhagen in August 2010

PhD student Signe Tanja Andersen, DTU Environment
15.30 – 16.00
 Faecal contamination of the Yarra River estuary

Dr. David McCarthy, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University and CWSC
16.00 – 16.15
 Break and refreshments
16.15 – 16.45
 Copenhagen’s new climate adaptation cloudburst management plans

ProjectManager Climate Adaptation, Palle Sørensen, Center for Technology and Environment, City of Copenhagen
16.45 – 17.15
 Linking Urban Water Management to Urban Liveability – a catalyst for a new economic valuation framework

Prof. Tony H.F. Wong, Monash University, Chief Executive of CWSC, and Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year 2010
17.15 – 18.00
 Discussion and conclusions, walk & talk networking with drinks
 Dinner (requires separate registration)


Members of IDAmiljø and ViB: 750 DKK.


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Tirsdag d. 28. august 2012

Kl. 09:30 - 18:00



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425 kr.


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3.000 kr.


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