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How to strengthen interdisciplinarity in ecohydraulics? Outcomes from ISE 2018


Interdisciplinary approaches are required to tackle complex environmental issues as freshwater ecosystems face unprecedented pressures globally. The emerging Ecohydraulics field of research should, therefore, take steps towards developing true interdisciplinarity to adapt to a continuing changing world. This study contributes to the ongoing discussion on interdisciplinarity in Ecohydraulics and shapes its growth by identifying key actions, actors and implementation strategies that can strengthen it. Based on an online questionnaire and a workshop involving over 150 early and established careers, we present a list of 20 prioritised actions that will help engage the research community towards specific goals and will result in increased interdisciplinary outcomes. While early career researchers (ECRs) have taken the lead on creating this roadmap, its implementation should be a joint responsibility of both ECRs, established career scientists, groups, and institutions within Ecohydraulics. The list of identified actions and assigned responsibility should, therefore, be considered a conversation starter. Continued revision of the here-stated approaches will be required in the future as the field of research and its community progresses. With this contribution, we resume a critical reflection on where the Ecohydraulics field of research and community stand today and suggest where resources should be invested in the long-term to consolidate the inherent interdisciplinarity in Ecohydraulics.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, research community, scientific development, transdisciplinarity, research education and training, early career researchers


Academic article




  • Roser Casas-Mulet
  • Davide Vanzo
  • Ana Adeva-Bustos
  • Camille J. Macnaughton
  • Michael J. Stewardson
  • Gregory B. Pasternack
  • Eva C. Enders
  • Fiona Dyer


  • Technical University of Munich
  • University of Melbourne
  • Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Energisystemer
  • Canada
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Canberra



Published in

Journal of Ecohydraulics




Taylor & Francis

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