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The ABC/J Expert Talk brings together active scientists and those responsible from society at large and offers a dialogue platform for an exchange of ideas as well as for a topic-related discussion of current issues. This aim is explicitly taken into account by providing enough time for panel discussions and coffee/lunch breaks. Information concerning the evening event (city tour or similar) will be provided soon.

The languages of the conference are German and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available on both days for presentations and panel discussions.

29 November 2017

TimeItem on the programme
from 09:00Arrival and registration of participants

Session I (10:00-12:15)


Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Harry Vereecken

Geoverbund ABC/J


The German Nitrate Report 2016

Dr. Rüdiger Wolter

German Environment Agency, Dessau-Rosslau, Germany


30 years of nitrogen management learnings from Denmark: a successful turnaround and novel ideas for the next generation

Prof. Brian Kronvang

Aarhus University, Denmark


Trends in the agricultural monitoring data and the contribution to evaluate measures in National Action Plans for the Aquatic Environment

Dr. Gitte Blicher-Mathiesen

Aarhus University, Denmark


Quality assessment of water resources in Greece - challenges for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive

Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos

Hellenic Agricultural Organisation, Thessaloniki, Greece

11:45-12:15Panel discussion

Session II (13:30-15:00)


The Dutch approach and methodologies to implement the ND and WFD and how (un)successful the Netherlands were in reaching the environmental quality targets for groundwater and surface waters

Dr. Dico Fraters

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands


Nitrate pollution of groundwater in Slovenia: status quo and reduction strategies

Dr. Mišo Andjelov

Slovenian Environment Agency, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Groundwater nitrate in California: assessment and evaluation of sources and impacts

Prof. Thomas Harter

University of California, Davis, USA

14:30-15:00Panel discussion
15:00-15:30Coffee break

Session III (15:30-17:00)


Groundwater regulation and management in California's agricultural regions

Prof. Thomas Harter

University of California, Davis, USA


Perspectives on agricultural nutrient management policies in Flanders. A pressure-impact analysis of current policies to identify new possibilities of mitigation

Kevin Grauwels

Flemish Land Agency, Brussels, Belgium


Understanding the evolution of nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes at different levels (national, regional and critical sites), with regards to current inputs and legacy

Dr. Chantal Gascuel-Odoux

National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Rennes Cedex, France

16:30-17:00Panel discussion and end of first conference day
ca. 17:10Departure for social evening

30 November 2017

TimeItem on the programme

Session IV (08:30-10:00)


Nutrient strategy of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

Christoph Rapp

Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany


Cooperation project GROWA+ NRW 2021: Development of a model basis for the management of nitrogen input into groundwater from agriculture

Dr. Michael Eisele

State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany


Model-based quantification of nitrate pollution of the groundwater in North Rhine-Westphalia and need for N reduction to achieve the environmental quality goals for the groundwater

Dr. Ralf Kunkel

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

09:30-10:00Panel discussion
10:00-10:30Coffee break

Session V (10:30-12:00)


New agricultural concepts in North Rhine-Westphalia for agricultural water protection

Dr. Horst Gömann

Agricultural Chamber of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne, Germany


Can the nitrogen management goals for the Weser river basin area be achieved? Nutrient management by the Weser River Basin Commission

Ute Kuhn

Weser River Basin Commission, Hildesheim, Germany


Does climate change intensify nitrogen pollution of ecosystems? And what are mitigation/ adaptation options?

Prof. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

11:30-12:00Panel discussion

Session VI (13:15-14:45)


Nitrogen emissions from agriculture – Solutions for a pressing environmental problem

Prof. Karin Holm-Müller

University Bonn, Germany


Objectives of the Water Framework Directive: need for regional action even with tightened good professional practice

Prof. Peter Weingarten

Thünen-Institute, Braunschweig, Germany

13:55-14:30Panel discussion
14:30Closing remarks

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