Prof. Robert J. Naiman at the International Wild Rivers Science Symposium in Tirana © Becky Holladay
At the Symposium the scientists discussed the critical condition of rivers worldwide and the need to protect the last intact river systems, like the Vjosa in this picture ©  Gabriel Singer

Presentations of the Wild River Science Symposium

On October 18th and 19th, Albania became a hotspot of freshwater science. Renowned scientists from USA, Japan and many European countries participated in the Wild Rivers Science Symposium and the Wild Rivers Night on October 18th in Tirana to discuss the state of the world’s wild rivers and stress the urgency to protect the last free-flowings. The events were hosted by the University of Tirana in cooperation with the University of Vienna (find more info and photos HERE)


Find below all presentations


International Wild Rivers Symposium

Rivers want to break free by Prof. Gilles Pinay, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, Antony, France

Rivers in Japan, lessons learned for Europeby Prof. Futoshi Nakamura, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Japan

Morphological changes in wild and less wild rivers of South-East Europeby Prof. Guido Zolezzi, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Centre Agriculture Food Environment - C3A, University of Trento, Italy

Balkan rivers - Pressing environmental challenges by Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research –HCMR, Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Greece

Balkan Rivers – Endangered fish species by Assoc. Prof. Steven Weiss, Institute for Zoology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria

Hydromorphology and sediment transport of Vjosa riverby Dr. Klodian Skrame, Department of Applied Geology, Environment and Geoinformatics, Polytechnic University of Tirana AND Prof. Christoph Hauer, Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna - BOKU, Austria

Biodiversity of the Vjosa river corridorby Prof. Spase Shumka, Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

Ecological services of the Vjosa river systemby Prof. Romeo Hanxhari, Department of Geography, Faculty of History and Philology, Universitety of Tirana, Albania

 From biodiversity to ecological processes  by Prof. Gabriel Singer, Department of Ecohydrology, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - IGB, Berlin, Germany AND Prof. Sajmir Beqiraj, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Tirana, Albania

EU support; Integrated Management of water resources in Albania by Dr. Martin Wolff, Austrian Development Agency Albania

River Intellectuals: A network to protect the remaining free-flowing rivers of Europe by David Faro , PhD Student, Dept. of Civil Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento


Wild Rivers Night

Ecological Values and Lessons Learned from Natural Rivers by Prof. Robert J. Naiman, University of Washington in Seattle, USA

Our Rivers in 2045 by Prof. Klement Tockner, Austrian Science Fund FWF, Vienna

Europe’s natural heritage: The Vjosa riverby Prof. Aleko Miho, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana