NCR Days 2018 Book of abstracts now online

The Book of Abstracts of the anniversary edition of the NCR Days. Celebrating 20-years of collaboration in the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR), we will look back
and especially forward, with a broad scope of keynote lectures, workshops, presentations, interactive posters and movies around the theme ”the Future River”.

The best poster award was granted to Fatima Azhar and Alessandra Crosato of IHE-Delft for their work “Morphodynamic Changes around a Bridge Pier”, which can be found on page 40-41 of this publication.

Check out the NCR publications to download the book of abstracts, or follow this direct link.

Vacancy PhD or Postdoctoral position: Mitigation of River Bed Degradation

Job description

The upstream Dutch Rhine is experiencing bed degradation at a rate of 2 cm per year, which is problematic to navigation and river management. Less erodible reaches hamper navigation, and in-channel structures are destabilized. Such ongoing bed degradation is also observed in the German Rhine, the Elbe River, and the Danube River. The German Water Management Authority has conducted sediment augmentation measures since 1978 to mitigate the bed degradation, and in 2016 the Rijkswaterstaat conducted a large-scale field experiment (at a cost of €15M) to investigate whether and how sediment augmentation can counteract the degradation problem and to constrain augmentation rates and sediment sizes for future augmentations.

The current vacancy deals with the second of two PhD positions. The first PhD student assesses the relative importance of the various causes of bed degradation. The research objectives of the currently considered second PhD project are to investigate the effectiveness of various mitigation measures, to predict their short-term and long-term effects on the river longitudinal profile, and to design mitigation measures, with particular attention to designing smart sediment augmentation measures. Considered cases are the Dutch and German Rhine, the Elbe River, and the Danube River.

Daily advisor of the project is Dr Astrid Blom and co-advisor is Dr Enrica Viparelli (University of South Carolina, US). Stays at the University of South Carolina and the involved water management authorities (Netherlands, Germany, Austria) are foreseen. A practitioner group, consisting of members affiliated with the various water management authorities, Deltares, and consultancies will warrant the link to practice.


If applying for the PhD position, the candidate is required to have an MSc degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Geosciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or a related field. If applying for the postdoctoral position, the candidate is required to have a PhD degree or to soon defend his/her PhD thesis. In particular, the preferred candidate has a strong interest in a better understanding of fluvial processes. He/she is communicative, curious, eager to learn, and able to work in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Contract type

Temporary 4-year contract (if PhD) or temporary 3-year contract (if PD).

For more information and application, please visit: The deadline for applications is 14 March 2018.

Innovative Monitoring Techniques for Ecohydraulic Research

After the inspiring key note by Paul  Kinzel during the Friday morning programme of the NCR Days 2018, we encourage you to submit an abstract to the special session on innovative monitoring techniques for ecohydraulic research during the 12th IAHR’s International Symposium on Ecohydraulics from 19-8 to 24-8 in Tokyo Japan. This special session is organised by dr. Ellis Penning of Deltares and dr. Tonina of University of Idaho. Deadline for abstract submission is March 16!