WSCC 21 – From Hanoi to the World

5th Water Security and Climate Change conference sees surge in participants due to hybrid format

From 1-4 March 2021, the Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) conference was held both at the Regional Research and Training Center of the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources and concurrently digitally. Around 100 delegates in Hanoi and 461 online participants joined 20 thematic sessions, four keynote speeches as well as round table discussions. With this high attendance, the WSCC 2021 not only increased its outreach in pure statistics but set new standards for the conference series in terms of interdisciplinary cooperation and networking. In different matchmaking formats, the participants were brought in contact with one another in order to identify joint interests and elaborate future cooperation. Despite the digital format, the WSCC is thus characterized by a high degree of interaction and met the goal of linking stakeholders and practitioners from science, policy and society.

The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The conference has been implemented since 2016 under the auspices of the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON) network, the Food Security Center (FSC) as well as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
A continuation of the conference series in 2022 is currently being discussed, the decision will be announced on the WSCC website soon. Here you will also find a graphical summary of the conference key messages, the recorded sessions, keynotes and round tables as well as many pictures and impressions. Please visit