THESys Summer School: Situating Hydrological Modelling, 18-22 September 2023, HU Berlin
From 18-22 September 2023, IRI THESys will host a summer school on Situating
Hydrological Modelling for doctoral researchers.
The call for participation is now open and we would be very grateful if you
could circulate it within your networks. Application is possible until 16
You can find all details below and in the PDF document attached.
All the best,
IRI THESys Summer School: Situating Hydrological Modelling
Hydrological modelling is central to attempts at better understanding and
predicting the uneven water distributions that increasingly characterize
contemporary sustainability challenges. The outcomes of hydrological models,
in turn, importantly co-shape water management decisions. Hydrological models,
therefore, are more than mere attempts to accurately represent changing water
realities; they also interfere in and co-produce these realities.
How to situate hydrological modelling? Let’s do some research on research!
Our summer school “Situating Hydrological Modelling” sets out to develop
an approach to uncover the conditions, contingencies and consequences of
hydrological modelling practices. We call this approach situated modelling
(SitMod). Which ontological and epistemological commitments are made when
building hydrological models? What are the consequences in terms of water
management decisions? Which ethical responsibilities arise? How best to live
up to them?
During our five-day summer school “Situating Hydrological Modelling”, we
will provide perspectives on these and similar questions by bringing together
an interdisciplinary group of participants including hydrologists and
researchers interested in studying hydrological modelling practices from
fields such as science and technology studies, human geography and critical
Responding to recent calls for “research on research” to reconnect with
the pressing challenges of our time through empirical and conceptual
experimentation, we will engage the interdisciplinary group of scholars in
co-laboration. We will employ experiential teaching formats by mixing small
group work with plenary theoretical reflection and input. Methods training on
participant observation and interview techniques for studying modelling as
practice will be provided.
Who can apply?
You must be enrolled as a PhD researcher and work in hydrological modelling
and/or be engaged in “researching research” in science and technology
studies, human geography, or related fields.