Drinking from your roof – Comparing water management in Australia and Germany

Studium Generale lecture in Kleve, 19 November at 6pm

The next Studium Generale lecture will examine and compare how Australia and Germany manage that most precious of resources: water. Lachlan Bain, hydraulic engineer from Australia, will be holding his talk, entitled ‘Drinking water from the roof – Comparing water management in Australia and Germany’, in Kleve on 19 November 2015 at 6pm in the University’s main lecture building (building 1, second floor, room 5). The talk is free to attend and will be in English.

Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, 10 November 2015: Water is likely the most valuable resource on the planet. To put it simply: without water there would be no life on Earth. But how do we actually use and manage water? Variations in region and season can massively impact the supply and availability of water. This is usually not a problem in Germany, where autumn and winter precipitation balance out the dry summer months. Australia, as the driest of the inhabitable continents, is an entirely different story, as residents frequently battle drought throughout the year. Additionally, changing climatic conditions can exacerbate this already precarious situation and create a range of unexpected and potentially deadly, water-related problems.

Lachlan Bain, a hydraulic engineer from Australia and expat in Germany, heads numerous water management projects in Australia from his home in Europe. In his Studium Generale lecture, Mr Bain will take an expert’s look at the similarities and differences in water management systems between Germany and Australia. He will also critically examine how both countries approach water usage, as well as discuss how both countries can learn from each other.

Studium Generale is a regular lecture series organised and hosted by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Studium Generale lectures look at a variety of contemporary issues and present information in an approachable and understandable way. Dr Heide Naderer, President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, extends a warm invitation to attend this semester’s programme: “People of all ages are encouraged to come and take part in our exciting Studium Generale lectures. Take the opportunity to learn more about interesting topics and see our campuses from a different vantage point.”

Studium Generale lectures are open to all. There is no fee to attend, nor is registration required. This Studium Generale talk will be held in English.