Current Call

All researchers from LAND4FLOOD participating countries can apply for the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) abroad. CURRENT CALL:

3rd Grant Period (1. 5. 2019 – 30. 4. 2020)

Deadline 19 April 2019 (proposals to be reviewed by 30th April 2019). More information available here.

If you are interested in a STSM, please contact our coordinator Barbara Warner


Accomplished STSMs

Miroslav Bauer (Czechia) visited Lancaster Environmental Centre (England) to exchange knowledge on sediment transport and nutrient transfer measurement during floods. He worked together with prof. John Quinton.

Join paper: Soil erosion and flood mitigation in CZ and UK – comparison, discussion and lesson learned.

The abstract was sent to the XIX. International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2019.


Mariana Madruga de Brito (Germany) visited the department of Statistics and Operational Research, and the Department of Forest Engineering of the University of Vigo in Spain. With the support of Dr. Juan Vidal Puga she undertook the systematic literature review of papers that apply game theory for solving flood risk management problems. STSM also served as an opportunity to foster collaboration between researchers at the University of Vigo and University of Bonn.

Join paper summarizing results of the review is in the preparation.

Peter Davids (Belgium) spent two weeks at BOKU Vienna to collect data about the Austrian floodlabel institutional framework. This was done via interviews with flood risk experts with the support of Dr. Thomas Thaler. A floodlabel for houses is currently in development to encourage adaptive behavior of private homeowners. This label is meant to inform homeowners on flood risks and enable implementation of risk mitigation measures to reduce impacts of future hazards events. In future the collected data will be compared to the case studies of the Netherlands and Belgium.

Join paper titled Tailor-made risk communication and advice for homeowners: how we can encourage adaptive behavior in is preparation.

Weronika Warachowska (Poland) came to Ústí nad Labem in Czechia to work on the join research paper on relations between flood risk perception and individual flood mitigation measures undertaken. Her goal was to analyze survey data from two Czech flood prone municipalities. She was supported by Assoc. Profs. Pavel Raška and Lenka Slavíková.

Join paper titled Flood risk reduction between desired state and daily practice: Results from flood risk perception survey in two Czech municipalities will be submitted to international journal.

Laszlo van der Wal (The Netherlands) with the support of Dr. Lukas Löschner (BOKU Vienna) investigated the degradation of existing hydraulic infrastructures and the dynamics of their renovation or replacement  at Vienna’s Donau (Danube river). The understanding of how (hydraulic) infrastructures interact with geology, socio-cultural or institutional aspects is still limited. Therefore, the STSM was focused on data collection along two 18 kilometre long sections along the Donau.

The results of the STSM were submitted as an abstract for presentation at AESOP 2019 in Venice.

Safira de la Sala (Izrael) worked with Prof. Marleen van Rijswick (Head of the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, the Netherlands) on the Dutch case study developed within her dissertation titled “Property Rights in the Climate Change Era: Comparative Analyses of Responses to Sea-Level Rise”.

Join paper with Prof. Alterman and Prof. van Rijswick is in preparation.

David Ch. Finger (Iceland) visited colleagues in Slovenia to investigate the perception of local farmers of adhering to a sustainable land management in order to increase the flood retention on their lands. Together with Vesna Zupanc he planned survey with farmers to produce comparative data sets from Iceland, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosna and Herzegovina.

Preliminary results from the survey will be presented at the South-European LAND4FLOOD workshop. Joint comparative paper is in preparation. 


Jan Macháč (Czech Republic) spent one month at the Wageningen university (the Netherlands) developing the experimental approach to flood protection using negotiation between upstream and downstream actors. The preliminary design of the experiment was supervised by Thomas Hartmann.

Output: Abstract for the international conference Empowering Hydro-diplomacy (Hague, October 2018) was submitted based on the literature review and the experiment desing undertaken during the STSM

Aleksa Lipovac (Serbia) visited the Reykjavik University (Iceland) to continue in the research on natural water retention measure potential started by Alexandra. He cooperated with David C. Finger and Guðmundur Halldórsson, member of The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland.

Output: Paper on  Flood Retention on Private Land in Iceland will be presented at EGU 2018 in Vienna

Alexandra Figurek (Bosna and Herzegovina) visited the Reykjavik University (Iceland). Together with David C. Finger she worked on the topic Stakeholder Involvement in Implementing Flood Protection Measures on Private Lands. She contributed to the stakeholder analysis focused on the acceptance of natural water retention measures in Iceland.

Output: Paper on  Flood Retention on Private Land in Iceland will be presented at EGU 2018 in Vienna