FutureDAMS invites you to a series of high level online seminars, delivered by thought-leading speakers, discussing the future of sustainable infrastructure in water-energy-food-environment systems, reflecting on three years of FutureDAMS research.

The role of dams is changing dramatically with the world striving towards ‘zero carbon’, renewables integrating with hydropower, the climate becoming less predictable and food security being challenged. Today dams are being built, they are being re-operationalised and they are being knocked down.

This seminar series explores the findings of the FutureDAMS Research Consortium and draws on the experience of leading researchers to give their perspective on the technics and politics that shape decisions about dams and major water management infrastructure. FutureDAMS research has contributed to technical advances in assessing the costs and benefits of dams but has also revealed the limited ability of scientific analysis to guide the political actors who take decisions about selecting, designing and managing major investments in dams and water management.

The fortnightly seminars will connect you to world-leading theory and practice; we encourage you to be active participants and to send in your questions and thoughts in advance.

Water, energy and sustainable development: Past, present and future

5th October, 15:00 – 16:30 UK 

Speaker: Achim Steiner, Administrator United Nations Development Programme
Chair: Professor David Hulme, Executive Director, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

Integrating water-energy-food-environment planning for climate adaptation and resilience

19th October, 15:00 – 16:30 UK | REGISTER

John Matthews, Executive DirectorAGWA
Claudia RinglerDeputy Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI
Julien Harou, Chair in Water Engineering, University of Manchester
Chair: James DaltonDirector IUCN water programme

Moving to a zero carbon world and the future role of hydropower

2nd November, 15:00 – 16:30 UK | REGISTER


  • Joao Costa, Head of Sustainability, International Hydropower Association
  • Mathaios Panteli, Assistant Professor, University of Cyprus

Chair: Judith Plummer Braeckman, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Perfecting the River:  Dams, Dreams and Organic Machines

16th November, 15:00 – 16:30 UK | REGISTER


Chair: Dr Gloria Salmoral, Technical Project Manager, University of Manchester

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