2011 - 2017

The Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided in 2010 to continue the Commission on Water Research (KoWa) as a temporary Commission (generally 6 years). The Senate of the DFG has approved the final second period the temporary Commission for the period until March 2017 on the 1st of July 2014.

Until the foundation of the Water Science Alliance in February 2013 the KoWa was the only scientific representation that combines all disciplines of water research.

1999 - 2010

Since 1999 the operational organisation is realised by a scientific secretariat residing at the respective chairmanship. The structure of the KoWa aremained unchanged.

1984 - 1998

Mid of the seventies the DFG started to change the conception of the Commissions on natural sciences due to the long-term aspects of the natural principles of global environmental problems bringing forth 4 - the rigid earth, the atmosphere, the oceans and surface water bodies. This proved to be useful, since the coordinattion for new government programs and the participation in international, global research programs was unavoidable.

In 1984 the KoWa was assigned anew. The number of members was limited to 14 scientists from universities, the membership was set to 2 mandate periods of 3 years each. The connections to each other natural scientific Commissions could be kept by dual memberships and the branch of the DFG specialised group natural science. From the establishment of the KoWa until his death in 1998 Dr. Ulrich de Haar was the mentor on the part of DFG.

1956 - 1983

The KoWa was generated in 1956 from the Commission on Water Management and Land Improvement (since 1952) and the Commission on Drinking Water Treatment (since 1951). In the earlier years, the participation of representatives from water management administrations as well as economy resulted in a number of members between 25 and 40. Between 1965 until end of the seventies the constitution of research potential was the main effort of the KoWa. By international standard there was an obvious research deficit in Germany which was diminished as 9 parallel research priority programmes were set up successfully by the DFG resulting in the termination of the work of the KoWa in 1983.

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