Delft-FEWS - International User Days

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 - Thursday, 08 November 2018

Boussinesqweg 1, Delft, Netherlands
Date 07 November 2018 - 08 November 2018
Time 09:00 - 17:30
User Day
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The Delft-FEWS user meeting will kick off with a keynote speech from Dr Maarten van Aalst, Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.


 Dr Maarten van Aalst is Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. He works with a network of 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies with 12 million local volunteers, IFRC and ICRC, as well as a wide range of partners including governments, development banks, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society and academic institutions.

He is Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Leadership Group of the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R).  

Maarten holds adjoint positions at Columbia University in New York City (International Research Institute for Climate and Society), at University College London (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy), and at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, where he leads the knowledge manager for the BRACED resilience program. He also serves on the leadership team of the Partners for Resilience alliance, and in advisory boards of several major international research programs on climate risk management, including CARIAA, IMPREX and FATHUM.

Maarten previously worked on climate risk management with the World Bank and several other development banks, international organisations, and government departments around the world.

He obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.


We are pleased to announce the Delft-FEWS International User Days 2018, which will take place on the 7th and 8th of November during the Delft Software Days at Deltares, The Netherlands. This year’s theme will be:

Forecasting around the globe

The program
Keeping this year’s theme in mind, we have made an effort to include presentations, demo stands and breakout sessions from all around the world. As previous user meetings, this event offers you a varied program that contains not only the latest developments and applications, but also enables you to share your experiences with Delft-FEWS users from across the globe. What is new this year will be the Ignite Talks, short and powerful presentations that allow for a broad range of topics.

Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet the Delft-FEWS developers and researchers working at Deltares.

Taking part
The various interactive elements of the event will ensure that all participants can take part in the action. And if you would like to go one step further, there are opportunities to do so. For example, you can showcase your own Delft-FEWS system during an interactive break-out session and tell other visitors about the ideas behind its implementation. We also have a few slots of Ignite Talks still available for interested participants. If you are interested in any of these options, please send us an e-mail at


Location of project presentations, demo stands and break-out sessions in current program

We kindly request you to register for this event. Once you have registered for the event, you can also sign up for the conference dinner (on November 7th) and for the shuttle bus that will bring you to the Deltares campus.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

On behalf of the Delft-FEWS team,

Kind Regards,

Aashish Bhardwaj
Arjen Haag
Ilonka ten Broeke

Coordinators of the Delft-FEWS International User Days 2018

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Schedule - Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Time Event
08:15 - 09:00 Arrival with coffee and tea
Main building - Delta Plaza
09:00 - 09:30 From early warning to early action
Maarten van Aalst, director Red Cross, Climate Center
09:30 - 10:30 Ignite talks
5-minute powerful presentations
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Verification analytics system and Delft3D FEWS integration
Gabriel Miller and Nathan Barber, Tennessee Valley Authority
11:30 - 12:00 Water Control Room: Your integrated online water management solution. Colombian showcase.
Leanne Reichard, Hydrologic and Sheila Ball, Deltares
12:00 - 12:30 Introduction Demo stands and Break out Sessions
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch with group photo
and interesting demo stands in Delta Plaza
14:00 - 14:30 Setting up an automated test environment in the context of Delft-FEWS (using 'workflowTestRun')”
Monika Thül, Björnsen Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
14:30 - 15:30 Break out Sessions of 60 minutes
14:30 - 15:30 Show your system
Favourite features and impressive screenshots
14:30 - 15:30 Flood Impact Assessment Tool
Dennis Wagenaar, Deltares
14:30 - 15:30 Hydromet services functionality in Delft-FEWS
Marc van Dijk, Deltares and Adrian Wynn, Environment Agency
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00 Break out Sessions of 60 minutes
16:00 - 17:00 Show your system
More favourite features and impressive screenshots
16:00 - 17:00 Critical Infrastructure and cascading effects
Andreas Burzel, Deltares
16:00 - 17:00 Crisis Management Information Needs
Femke Davids, Deltares
17:00 - 17:30 Wrap up Break outs
17:30 - 18:15 Drinks
in Delta Plaza
18:15 - 18:15 Bus leaves to Delft for FEWS dinner

Schedule - Thursday, 08 November 2018

Time Event
08:15 - 09:00 Arrival with coffee and tea
09:00 - 09:30 Keynote presentation day 2 : EA/BoM Memorandum Of Understand: Working in partnership to deliver system and service improvements
Adrian Wynn and Emma Ferguson, Environment Agency and Chris Leahy, Bureau of Meteorology
09:30 - 10:00 Transnational projects in the field of forecasting and warning of floods within transboundary river basins in Africa
Nicole Jungermann, HKV Consultants
10:00 - 10:30 Using the HydPy framework to develop, improve, test, document, and share hydrological models, and to combine them in Delft-FEWS applications
Christoph Tyralla , Björnsen Consulting Engineers
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 JBA’s past, present and future – with a focus on present-day experiences (flood forecasting with Delft-FEWS in Vietnam)
Matthew Cowdell, JBA Consulting
11:30 - 12:00 Long-term streamflow forecasting for waterway transport in Central Europe using Delft-FEWS
Bastian Klein, Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
12:00 - 12:30 Delft-FEWS new features
Gerben Boot & Marcel Ververs, Deltares
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
with interesting demo stands in Delta Plaza
14:00 - 15:00 Break out Sessions of 60 minutes
14:00 - 15:00 Prototype renewed Delft-FEWS portal
Geertje van der Does and Armijn Woudman, WORTH
14:00 - 15:00 Global Data Services for all
Gert-Jan Schotmeijer, Deltares
14:00 - 15:00 FEWS Accelerator
Marc van Dijk, Deltares
15:00 - 15:30 Closing remarks
Nadine Slootjes, Deltares
15:30 - 17:30 Drinks
in Delta Plaza