Conference time

After completion of most of the fieldwork in autumn 2022, the activities of the Salidraa juj team focused on data analysis and writing research papers. To present the results to a wider audience, gain new insights, and promote networking, the team also participated in various conferences and workshops.

At SIL 100 (36th Congress of the International Society of Limnology) in Berlin in early August 2022, Elisabeth Berger presented results on combining remote sensing and ethnography to study social-ecological flows in the Draa River Basin. She also presented the conceptual framework of the Salidraa juj project as an interdisciplinary way to better understand and address complex social-ecological problems and challenges of freshwater salinisation. This presentation was part of the session “Freshwater Salinisation: Causes, Consequences and Management” at SEFS 13 (Symposium for European freshwater sciences) in June 2023 in Newcastle, UK.

At the SÖF networking conference ” Nachwuchsgruppen – Karrierenetzwerke für eine sozial-ökologische Zukunft”, young scientists from social-ecological research met at the beginning of September 2022 at the Science Centre in Bonn. While new research groups presented their projects on social-ecological research, there was also the opportunity to see the other groups again for the first time in 2.5 years. For the Salidraa juj team based in Germany, the conference was a good opportunity to discuss methods, concepts, and challenges within the projects.

At the Colloque International PNMed in Marrakesh in December 2022, Mokthar Benlasri presented results on the distribution of mayflies on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains.

The 38th DGL (German Society for Limnology) Annual Meeting in September 2023 at the University of Cologne, Germany, was themed “Threatened Biodiversity of our Waters – Threats and Strategies”. Here, Nils Kacmarek presented his findings on the trends and threats to macroinvertebrate communities in the Draa catchment and Northwest Africa in general in the session “Extreme events and global change”.Elisabeth Berger, Imane Mahjoubi, and Luis Miguel Silva-Novoa Sánchez visited the 13th Water Research Horizon Conference end of September 2023 in Freiburg, Germany. The Water Science Alliance has the goal to connect researchers on a national level and to increase the output internationally with strengthened interdisciplinary cooperation.

Lisa Bossenbroek participated online in the XIX Biennial IASC Conference “The Commons We Want: Between Historical Legacies and Future Collective Actions”, held in Nairobi, Kenya, in June 2023, and gave a presentation on early season agriculture in the Sahara and the use of groundwater. She also participated in the international conference “La politique de développement durable au Maghreb, un gouvernement néolibéral des ressources naturelles?” held at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines of the Université Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco, in October 2023.

Other conferences were attended by members of the Salidraa juj team. These are listed in the “Conference Contribution” section of this website.