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31 January 2019 - 00:00


Welcome to the NCR DAYS 2019!

The next edition of the annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR Days) will be held on the Utrecht University campus on 31 January and 1 February 2019.

For this edition we are putting together an exciting program with interesting plenary keynote lectures and parallel presentations around the theme: “Land of Rivers”. This theme links mono-disciplinary excellence to multi-disciplinary innovation in a variety of subjects ranging from discharge extremes, river management, morphology and ecology to long-term river behaviour.

What will the future look like for a Land of Rivers?

A Land of Rivers provides the ideal natural conditions for housing, agriculture, and infrastructure connecting the ocean to the hinterland. However, fluvial systems, particularly deltas, have to cope with sea level rise, increasing river discharge extremes, freshwater shortages, land subsidence, changing species composition and increasing population. A Land of Rivers thus faces significant societal and scientific challenges. These challenges will be addressed by the key-note speakers who will present innovations in how to cope with discharge extremes, river management, morphology and ecology to long-term river behaviour. We invite you to contribute your best work and join the discussions!

Key dates

Registration Open: November 30, 2018
Abstract submission: Closed
Notification of acceptance & final programme: December 21, 2018
Registration deadline: January 21, 2019
Conference: January 31 & February 1, 2019

Conference program

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Lotte Jensen
Keynote abstract (PDF)

Dr. Astrid Blom
Keynote Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Menno Straatsma
Keynote abstract

Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Helmut Habersack
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Sediment transport and river morphology – an important link


There are four sessions:

  1. Discharge extremes. This session will present the recent innovations in the management of flood risk and water shortage. We invite abstracts regarding (1) the failure, stability or development of either hard (dikes/dams) or soft (Room for the River / Building with Nature) flood protection measures, and (2) solutions for low flow challenges for ecology and navigation.
  2. River Management. Governance links law, policy and management from a multitude of stakeholders to the biophysical system. The interplay of these factors determines decisions on and management of our rivers. We invite abstracts on this topic linking different disciplines and different time scales. We also invite abstracts for (sustainable pathways) of the longer term (> 50 years) management of rivers, and deltas
  3. Morphology and ecology. This session covers topics on ecology, (bio) morphology of river channels and floodplains, water quality, and the transport, erosion or deposition of sediment.
  4. Long term river behaviour. In this session examines the long-term (> 50 years) behaviour of rivers and deltas. We also invite abstracts regarding processes of sea-level rise, changing ecology, and the subsurface/land subsidence


Several workshops will be held on the second day, February 1, just before lunch. The contents of the workshops will be announced at a later time. You can register for the workshops during the NCR-DAYS on-site registration, and there is no additional fee to join a workshop.


The NCR DAYS 2019 takes places at the campus of Utrecht University in the Marinus Ruppert building. See the downloads for transport instructions. We strongly advise public transport because the walking distance increases with space for parking and the traffic hours are rather sedimentary.

Full program

The full program can be downloaded directly here (PDF, 0.2 MB).


How to register

You can register via this website.



Accommodation is not included with registration. Utrecht offers a large range of available rooms, as conveniently listed by the municipal website.

Abstract submission

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the NCR DAYS 2019. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • The deadline for submission  is November 30, 2018.
  • Submit by sending an email to
  • In your email, let us know to which of the 4 main sessions  you submit your abstract. Please note that the sessions are preliminary and are subject to change or cancellation pending abstract submissions. We intent to divide each of the 4 main sessions into two parallel sessions with one beta (measurement/model results) one gamma (management/governance) session.
  • If your abstract does not seem to fit any session, please submit to the session closest to your subject.
  • In your email, let us know whether you prefer an oral presentation or a poster. Note that we cannot guarantee to place you according to your preferences and also note that we have long poster sessions close to the food .
  • Abstracts have a maximum of two (2) pages.
  • There is an abstract template. Use either the Microsoft Word  or LaTeX templates. Templates and styles can be downloaded below. Only submissions in the provided abstract template will be accepted.


Venue route information (PDF)

Full program (PDF)

Microsoft Word abstract template & example

LaTeX abstract template & example


Questions? Please contact us at


The NCR Days 2018 are made possible by our sponsors: