17 May 2017 - 19 May 2017
Dresden, Germany

Dresden Nexus Conference

The biennial  Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) is a cross-sectoral platform for scientists, implementers, decision-makers and donors, working on Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on the water-soil-waste nexus. 

Playing the Water Energy Nexus game © S.Byers

Playing the Water Energy Nexus game © S.Byers

Risk and Resilience researchers Piotr Magnuszewski and Junko Mochizuki will be attending DNC 2017, where they will be presenting an advanced prototype of the Water Energy Nexus game; this has been developed as part of the project "Simulation games as new methods for understanding stakeholder interaction and decision-making in complex systems". 

Building on the increasingly 'action-oriented' research portfolio of the Risk and Resilience program, and within the thematic scope of the conference, Magnuszewski and Mochizuki have written a position paper which highlights the need for novel approaches in stakeholder engagement. Gaming allows for simulation of the complex challenges related to negotiation and collaboration, both across and within various sectors (i.e. private, government etc); this bridging between concepts and implementation is vital if a 'nexus approach' is to be successful. 

Participants at DNC 2017 will be given the opportunity to actually play the game itself; this move away from the traditional conference format allows the participants to really engage with the complex policy issues at hand e.g. energy and good production, maintenance of wetland ecosystem services and trans-boundary basin management.

Magnuszewski will also be test-driving the game later this year in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he will also be providing employees from the African Development Bank with game facilitation training. 

Aims of the 2017 Dresden Nexus Conference

DNC2017 aims to:

  • Showcase the state of the art of adopting a Nexus Approach to the management of water, soil and waste;
  • Provide scientific evidence for – and quantification of – benefits from applying a Nexus Approach to management of water, soil and waste resources, including the identification of required data, information and indicators;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and priorities for research, education and policy advice related to integrated management of water, soil and waste;
  • Identify needed individual and institutional capacities and appropriate strategies for implementation of a nexus approach, incl. creating incentives and removing barriers to unlock the potential of a green economy.

The program for this year can be viewed here.


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Piotr Magnuszewski

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