The role of Early Career Scientists in community research

Repost from HEPEX blog

Contributed by Florian Pappenberger and Maria-Helena Ramos (both considerably beyond the early career stages, they admit)

Science and forecasting practice are the foundations of the HEPEX community. These are certainly the routine of many of us during our office hours and while spending time in front of your computers.

But this community is also based on individuals, and this is often what really makes it fun to go to meetings, workshops and conferences. Face-to-face interactions often bring new ideas into form (see also this previous post from CSIRO team), while also helping us to further develop interpersonal skills.

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YHS events at HydroEco2017

There are two events for young hydrologists attending the HydroEco2017  (6th International Multidisciplinary Conference on: Hydrology and Ecology) next week in Birmingham:

**** HydroEco Drinks
**** Gallery Walk

For more information please feel free to contact Andrea Popp ( or Kevin Roche ( Looking forward to meeting you at HydroEco2017!

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YHS events at IAHS17


During the upcoming IAHS from 10 – 14 July, there will be a special program for Early Career Scientists*. Although these sessions are organized by and for Early Career Scientists, they are open to everyone. The sessions aim to (1) bring together peers in an informal environment, (2) improve scientific skills such as writing, (3) stimulate scientific discussion with peers and experienced scientists, and (4) contribute to building a global community of Early Career hydrologists

1. Sun 9 July 15:00 – 17:00 | Early Career Scientist Meeting

Program with informal and scientific parts. Highlight is the Meet the Expert session, during which three experts will share their visions on “Predictions under change in ungauged basins”. After 10-15 min presentations, the floor will be opened for an interactive discussion.

Confirmed speakers: Hubert Savenije, Berit Arheimer, Thomas Skaugen

2. Mon 10 Jul 17:45 – 19:00 | How to write a paper, and get it published

This short course will shortly recall some basic aspects of paper writing (in terms e.g. of content, form and readership) and give practical tips of how to get started, how to respond to reviewers’ comments, how to “negotiate” the author list, and how to select a journal.

Confirmed speakers: Dominic Mazvimavi, Graham Jewitt

3. Mon 10 Jul 19:00 – ..:.. | Early Career Drinks & Dinner

After the Short Course, Early Career scientists can join for (non-sponsored) drinks and dinner at Blue Waters Cafe.

4. Wed 12 July 12:40 – 13:40 | Creating Community for Early Career Hydrologists

This meeting will be open to representatives of early career networks, early career leaders, and anyone who is interested in contributing or participating in creating a community for young scientists. Participants will share examples of existing early career networks and leadership activities, and brainstorm about potential improvements for the (near) future.


All sessions are free of charge. Registration is appreciated (can be for each session separately, or all at once), to make sure all practical arrangements are made. To register, please send an email to


We look forward meeting you in Port Elizabeth!

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Research “Hylight”: Estimating how spatial heterogeneity and lateral moisture redistribution affect average evapotranspiration by Elham Rouholahnejad Freund

This year, Elham Rouholahnejad Freund published a paper on how spatial heterogeneity and lateral moisture redistribution affect average evapotranspiration rates. We decided to ask her a couple of questions.

Q: Where are you from, where are you based, and what are your research interests? 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.58.05 PMI grew up in Iran, Isfahan and moved to Switzerland in 2009 to do a PhD at ETH Zurich. I am a Civil Engineer by background and studied Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science in my Master and PhD program. I finished my PhD at ETH Zurich in 2014 and did a postdoc at the department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH. I had been awarded a 2-year mobility grant by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to pursue my research in groundwater- soil moisture- atmosphere interactions. I am currently in Gent University and will move to Princeton for the second half of my scholarship.

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Meet the Expert in Hydrology: Is research at different spatial scales connected?

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by  Wouter Knoben, Shaun Harrigan, David Wright, Wouter Berghuijs

Scaling (i.e. the transfer of knowledge across scales) and scale issues (i.e. the associated problems) are at the heart of most hydrologic puzzles. In the most recent “Meet the Expert in Hydrology” session, organized at the EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, YHS invited three speakers to identify to what degree their research is connected, influenced by, and influencing research at other spatial scales. By evaluating the current state of research and discussing future directions we tried to shed some new light on the question “Is hydrological research at different spatial scales connected?”. This is what we learned…

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