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11 February 2021 - 00:00

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The annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR), the NCR-days, was organized by the University of Twente on 11 and 12 February 2021.


To relive the NCR DAYS 2021, please find below the book of abstracts and recordings of the sessions.

Book of abstracts & Recordings

Download the Book of abstract by clicking on the cover picture, or by clicking here. You can find all recordings through the conference programme, or this showcase website.

Important dates

Registration open: December 1, 2020
Deadline abstract submission: December 23, 2020 January 8, 2021
Notification of acceptance/final programme: January 19, 2021
Deadline Poster-Pitch movies: February 1, 2021
NCR Pub Quiz (IceBreaker): February 10, 2021
NCR DAYS 2021: February 11-12, 2021

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Conference program

We prepared an attractive program with a variety of topics. Although the conference is online, we aim to give you the experience of a physical conference as much as possible. We start with an ice-breaker on Wednesday afternoon, featuring the famous NCR-days pub quiz. The scientific program consists of three inspiring plenary keynotes, six sessions with 15-minute presentations divided in three blocks, three very special poster sessions with plenty of interaction and two stimulating social sessions to meet new people and catch-up with the people you already know.

An explanation about the set-up of the sessions is given here.

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Keynote speakers

Koen Blanckaert
Professor of Hydraulic Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

Koen has a degree in Civil Engineering from Ghent University and a PhD from EPFL. Before his appointment at TU Wien in 2017, he was a senior scientist at EPFL, Visiting Professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In parallel, he has worked as consultant in Switzerland. His research has focussed on flow processes and their interactions with sediment transport and biota.

Koen will speak about dense (negatively buoyant) rivers flowing into lakes. These riverine inflows are sources of nutrients, organic matter, oxygen, contaminants (e.g., mercury, microplastics), heat and sediment particles. Koen will illustrate some hydro- and morphodynamic processes with field measurements from the inflow of the Rhône River into Lake Geneva (France/Switzerland), and discuss the broader relevance of these observations.

Tatiana Filatova
Professor of Computational Economics, University of Twente

As a computational social scientist, Tatiana has been working on water-related challenges and climate change adaptation for the past 15 years. Between 2009-2015 she joined Deltares as a water economist. Her research focuses on agent-based modeling to study individual choices, behavioral change and evolution of social institutions in relation to water and climate risk assessments (e.g. NWO VENI & VIDI projects). Most of Tatiana’s current work centers around her ERC project that links individual adaptation to climate-driven flood risks in cities with macro damage assessments in climate-economy models. Prof. Filatova leads the Dutch 4TU.Federation Strategic Research Program on Resilience of social-technical-environmental systems ‘DeSIRE’.

Tatiana will talk about the role of individual decisions (of households, farmers, firms) in shaping patterns of risks and in adapting to changing climate. She will discuss the essence and added value of computational agent-based modeling (ABM) in assessing risks and resilience, and will present examples of such complex adaptive systems models in applications to floods and droughts. ABM enables behaviorally-rich representation of human agency, learning, social interactions and institutions (like markets or social norms) in formal models. It is the primary method to integrate environmental & natural systems models with social and behavioral factors that shape environmental risks.

Matthijs Kok
Professor of Flood Risk, Delft University of Technology & HKV

Matthijs Kok (1956) is professor of Flood Risk at the faculty of Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and expert in Risk Management (flood protection and fresh water supply). He covers almost all areas in Uncertainty, Decision, Risk Analysis and Flood Risk assessment. In his approach, supporting decisions is the ultimate aim of his analytical research. He is one of the founders of HKV, and since 1995 this company has grown to an organisation with 70 employees which combines consultancy with scientific research on water and risk related issues. He is chairman of the Expertise Network for Flood Protection (ENW) working group on Flood Risk, which is the leading authority on the development of technical design and maintenance guidelines in the Netherlands, based on the risk approach.

His presentation focuses on flood risk issues along rivers. In the presentation, attention will be given to flooding probabilities and consequences of flooding. Much attention will be given to measures which will reduce flood risk in an efficient way, using a river system perspective.


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Registration is closed

Registration and conference fees are available through the link below. The registration fee this year is €40. This fee covers the costs that are made for e.g. technical support and setting up the online environment for you to experience a smooth conference.

Note: Master or Bachelor students can attend the conference for free, but registration is required.

During registration, we will ask your permission to publish your oral presentation or poster pitch movie on the NCR-Vimeo channel, so that it is publicly available after the conference.

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Abstract submission

Abstract submission is closed!

We invite you to submit an abstract about your work for a 15-minute oral presentation (parallel session) or a 30-minute individual presentation (poster session).

Please observe the following author instructions:

  • The extended deadline for submission is January 8, 2021
  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format
  • Abstracts must follow the prescribed template. Word and LaTeX templates are available for download, see below.
  • Abstracts have a maximum of 2 pages
  • Abstracts must be submitted by email to
  • In the email with your submission, please let us know your preferred session and presentation format (poster/oral). Note that we cannot guarantee placement according to your preferences.

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Contact information


NCR Secretary: contact information

The 2021 LOC:

Jord Warmink, Anouk Bomers & Suzanne Hulscher
Department of Water Engineering and Management

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The NCR DAYS 2021 are made possible by our sponsors:

Dutch Research Council

J.M. Burgerscentre – Research School for Fluid Mechanics