Description of the break-out groups

During the conference, longstanding questions in hydrology will be debated among participants with a view to identify promising future research directions. In order to trigger fruitful discussions, the audience will be invited to form small break-out working groups. In these sessions, we expect efficient interactive discussions on the recent technological and methodological progress, management of big-data and new directions in hydrology. We will focus on new opportunities to integrate observations and model simulations in order to build new knowledge on soil-water related processes across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. Early career scientists such as students, Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows will benefit from this interactive approach.

How does it work?

The Galileo meeting in Naples spans over 4 consecutive days (day 1, day 2, and day 4 at the conference and day 3 in the field). The conference is structured in 5 break-out themes (theme 1, theme 2, theme 3, theme 4, theme 5):

Break-out themes Chair Chair
Theme 1: Defining hypothesis-driven science questions that require a network of hydrological observatories Laurent Pfister Karsten Hogh Jensen
Theme 2: Determine opportunities for experiments that can be repeated at a number of sites Günter Blöschl Ilja van Meerveld
Theme 3: Highlight data that is already available for cross-site comparisons Nunzio Romano
Theme 4: Design and requirements of hydrologic observatories Paolo Nasta Heye Bogena
Theme 5: Governance of a European network of hydrologic observatories Harry Vereecken Roland Baatz

Each conference day, one time slot is dedicated to a specific break-out group. During this time slot, the total number of participants will split into 5 break-out groups. For instance, if there are 100 people participating at the meeting, 20 people join each break-out theme. Participants get to choose their preferred themes ahead of the conference.

At the registration, each participant will receive information about the break-out groups which have been assigned to the participant each conference day.