As recent, tragic floods across Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands clearly show, more than ever it’s important to realize the frequency of climate change impacts and the need of collective action. This webinar will focus on tools for participation in water climate actions, bringing together artistic and scientific perspectives, as part of the series When Waters Speak, organized by the Global Network of Water Museums, the University of Oxford’s REACH Programme, and the UNESCO Chair at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari.

WaterWalks is a global water monitoring project managed by LUDWIG to raise awareness about rivers-related rapidly changing environments. The project aims at building a database on rivers with the help of citizens, artists, and scientists through a dedicated app, where stories, conversations, pictures, sounds, videos, and water-quality measurements can be shared. The webinar will feature a screening of The Song of the Ox composed by Kate Moore, which will be discussed then by invited artists and scientists. In the morning, before the webinar, a few speakers will walk along rivers and document their personal experience through the WaterWalks app. Anyone can follow the live stories of WaterWalks (starting from 10am CET) at:


In cooperation with The UNESCO Chair “Water, Heritage, and Sustainable Development” at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and the University of Oxford.

Welcome speech and opening remarks

Karl Matthias Wantzen, UNESCO Chair ‘Fleuves et patrimonine / Rivers and heritage’, University of Tours, France


Alice Chautard, REACH Communications and Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Oxford

Introduction and screening of the video The Song of the Ox
Artistic panel

Peppie wiersma, Art Director of LUDWIG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Kate Moore, River explorer and composer, Netherlands
Ivan Mikolji, Researcher, river explorer, and audiovisual artist, Venezuela

Scientific panel – ‘Tools for participation in the water climate actions’

Isabel Bishop, Freshwater Research Lead, Earthwatch
Kevin Grecksch, Departmental Lecturer and MSc Course Director, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK
Carola Hein, Professor, TU Delft, Netherlands

Round table with all panelists and Q&A session
Closing remarks

Eriberto Eulisse, Executive Director of the Global Network of Water Museums

Final announcement

Public WaterWalks public event planned for March 2022

Hilde Sennema, researcher, historian and writer, leads us along the Nieuwe Waterweg between Vlaardingen and Maassluis
Hans van Weel, skipper of The Plastic Whale, takes us through the Maritime District of Rotterdam
Bios Speakers / panelists

Alice Chautard is the Communications and Knowledge Exchange Manager for the REACH programme – an FCDO funded research programme led by the University of Oxford to improve water security for the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is also a documentary photographer using photography as a tool to communicate environmental, water and climate research. REACH is a 9-year (2015-2024) research programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to improve water security in Africa and South Asia, especially for people affected by poverty. Climate change is a central theme of the research cutting across all research sites in Kenya, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Professor Wantzen is passionate for nature and water. Since his earliest childhood, he studied animals and plants that live in rivers, lakes and in the ocean. He walked on the ground of the River Rhine with a diving vessel, he made underwater climbing on Amazonian floodplain trees and swam in the Pantanal wetland, which has become his second home. Since 2014, he holds a UNESCO Chair on River Culture (Fleuves et Patrimoine) at the Univ. of Tours, France, and as main editor he is about to publish for UNESCO a 900 pages book on how people live with their rivers all over the world.

Carola Hein is full professor and chair, History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. Her research interests include water heritage, the transmission of architectural and urban ideas, focusing specifically on port cities. She leads the PortCityFutures research program that focuses on evolving socio-spatial conditions, use and design of port city regions, in particular exploring areas where port and city activities occur simultaneously and sometimes conflict. Among other major grants, she has received a Guggenheim and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. She serves as Vice President of the International Planning History Society (IPHS), Editor of PORTUSplus the journal of RETE, co-editor of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL), IPHS Editor for Planning Perspectives and as Asia book review editor for Journal of Urban History.

Kevin is a Departmental Lecturer and Course Director for the MSC/MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Kevin is a social scientist who specialises in normative and analytical aspects of governance, especially with regard to water and climate change adaptation. His research interests include (multilevel) environmental governance, water governance, climate change adaptation, governance of societal transformation processes, property rights, sustainability, and ecological economics. Kevin has a particular interest why and how power relationships, institutions and knowledge shape the governance of water and climate change. Kevin is passionate about public engagement with research and his research impact.


Dr. Izzy Bishop is Freshwater Research Lead at Earthwatch. The theses of her BSc in Geography (University College London), MSc in Aquatic Resource Management (Kings College London, and PhD (University College London) all focussed on the conservation of freshwater environments. A geographer by training, Izzy is deeply motivated by a drive to understand complex interactions between environmental and social systems. In her role at Earthwatch, she works alongside Steven Loiselle to lead the global freshwater citizen science project FreshWater Watch. This project brings together more than 40 agency and research institutes over six continents, and Izzy enjoys working with citizen scientists and stakeholders across the world to help protect and restore freshwater environments in the face of global change.


He’s a world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world. His dramatic underwater videos are seen around the world, and his photographs have graced articles in numerous publications.

Ivan Mikolji is also an extremely accomplished artist, whose beautiful interpretations of the aquatic life of Venezuela and South America are sought after by collectors worldwide.”


Kate Moore is an Internationally acclaimed composer. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious The Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. Her works are performed by among others Asko|Schönberg, Slagwerk Den Haag, Ensemble Offspring, The Australian String Quartet and The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018/19 she was Zielsverwanten composer in residence at The Muziekgebouw aan ‘IJ. In 2019 she started, on invitation of WaterWalks, the project ‘The Song of the Ox’ which includes data, images, soundbites and stories collected during her walk through The Netherlands, England, Wales and Ireland from East to West as the crow flies, following four major river systems including The Maas, The Thames, The Severn and The Lee.

More info on Kate Moore’s project The Song of the Ox: 


Peppie Wiersma is the Managing Director of LUDWIG and the artistic mind behind LUDWIG’s projects since its foundation in 2012. She is also artistic director and co-founder of De Nacht van Electra, a one-night multidisciplinary festival inspired by the landscape of the Dutch province of Groningen. Peppie started her career as a percussionist, she worked as a musician with and for Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Eötvös, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Orchester des Champs-Éélysées, Ensemble Modern, Schönberg Ensemble, Musikfabrik, Orchestra of the 18th century, György Ligeti, Klas Torstensson, Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2019, with LUDWIG she initiated the project WaterWalks, to raise awareness on the changing river landscapes across the world, by bringing together artists, scientist and policy-makers. The first public WaterWalks took place in June 2021 along the IJmeer. In 2018, Peppie received an oeuvre prize from the société Gavigniès for her personal merits as a performing musician and for her work as artistic director of LUDWIG. /