XXXI National School of Water Management

XXXI Ogólnopolska Szkoła Gospodarki Wodnej

We would like to inform you that on October 11 – 13, 2023. The XXXI National School of Water Management will be held. This prestigious event brings together prominent scientists, practitioners and enthusiasts involved in water management in one place. This year’s edition will be held in picturesque Wroclaw, and the event is organized by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute in cooperation with the Water Management Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Wroclaw University of Technology. The School’s topics will focus on issues related to the ecological state of Poland’s rivers and the challenges and prospects after the 2022 Oder Disaster. This is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, exchange experiences and creatively discuss the future of our water resources.

XXXI National School of Water Management – Ecological state of Poland’s rivers – challenges and prospects

The National School of Water Management is a forum for the exchange of experiences of various research teams in the field of water management in its broadest sense. For more than 30 years, it has been an almost annual opportunity to learn about new discoveries and work being done in Poland and abroad. The school brings together both representatives of science, engineering practice, administration, law and economics, as well as young staff developing skills in the field of water management.

For the first time, the School of Water Management was organized in Jablonna in 1986, and its theme was Problems and Methods of Controlling the Water-Economic System. Over the years it has been held in different regions of the country, and its format has changed from a five-day seminar to a three-day conference, which in recent years has also been held remotely.

The current XXXI National School of Water Management focuses on water quality issues, with the leading topic being The Ecological State of Poland’s Rivers – Challenges and Prospects after the 2022 Oder Disaster. Good quality water is the basis for functioning river, lake and marine environments. It is also of key human importance – drinking water intakes in Poland rely heavily on surface resources. The Oder catastrophe demonstrated the weakness of the current systems in place to protect water from contamination, both in terms of monitoring and the legal framework formulating rules to protect against the supply of pollutants. It is therefore necessary to have a debate that will result in setting new courses of action in the context of maintaining surface water quality.

Basic issues:

  • causes and consequences of the 2022 Oder disaster,
  • The qualitative state of Polish rivers,
  • negative human impact on water quality,
  • Legal standards governing the protection of surface water – prospects for change,
  • Development of the monitoring network,
  • Social challenges in the protection of aquatic ecosystems.
XXXI National School of Water Management


Applications for participation in the conference are accepted until September 22, 2023. On the event page. Details of the location, conference fee and other costs are posted under the “about school” tab. Participation provides not only the opportunity to gain new knowledge and network with experts, but also a unique opportunity to visit the Water Knowledge Center – HYDROPOLIS, which is an extraordinary attraction for water management and ecology enthusiasts. The center combines educational value with a modern exhibition format. HYDROPOLIS is also a unique example of the revitalization of a post-industrial site. The water exhibit is housed in a 19th-century underground clean water reservoir.

The XXXI All-Poland School of Water Management is a unique event that allows to deepen knowledge in the field of water management and is a space to discuss the ecological state of Poland’s rivers after the Oder disaster. This is an opportunity not only for scientists and professionals, but also for those who want to better understand the challenges of protecting our country’s water environment.