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Water Symposium 2011

"Touched by water - what connects people to water"

Hansgrohe invites you to the Water Symposium in the Black Forest for the fourth year in a row. This time people and their special relationship with water take centre stage. On 6 and 7 October 2011, international water experts will be investigating what connects us with this element. The Water Symposium 2011 is entitled “Touched by water” and promises to be an event for all the senses. It is taking place at the Aquademie event centre in Schiltach. 

Interesting, sensual and incredible things about the precious liquid

Without water, no life. Perhaps that is the reason why we humans feel that we are connected to water in an elemental way. We find peace both in and beside water – and draw new strength from it. The ways we think, are and act are all shaped by our relationship with water. Water affects our senses, awakens our feelings and enriches us all – albeit in different ways.

Lectures, events and workshops 2011

Dr. Klaus Lanz is the moderator of the two-day event. He is a scientist with a doctorate in chemistry who works in the field of environmental and water research and is the founder of the independent research institute, International Water Affairs.

Thursday 6 October 

  • 1.00 pm Getting in the mood
  • 1.15 pm Welcome and introduction by Siegfried Gänßlen, Klaus Grohe and Dr Carsten Tessmer
  • 1.40 pm "Water – Sound – Images"Lecture by Alexander Lauterwasser; author, water researcher and media artist, Heiligenberg
  • 2.15 pm "Water and the hope of healing" Lecture by Dr Dieter Alfter; head of the museum at Bad Pyrmont Castle
  • 2.50 pm Questions and discussion
  • 3.00 pm Presentation of the workshops
  • 3.45 pm
    Workshop 1 "Fathoming out water"
    With Otmar Grober; river engineer and water maintenance expert, Bruck/Mur (AT)
    Workshop 2 "Hearing water"
    With Micheal Bradke; musician and music teacher, Düsseldorf
    Workshop 3 "Feeling water"
    With Jan Heisterhagen; head of product management for the Hansgrohe brand, Schiltach
    Workshop 4 "Experiencing water"
    With Karin R’hila; graduate in design and communication artist, Düsseldorf
    Workshop 5 "Shaping water"
    With Markus Heinsdorff; sculptor, Munich
  • 5.30 pm
    "When immersion is more than submersion"
    Lecture by Ernst Bromeis; water ambassador and swimmer, Chur (CH)
  • 6.05 pm
    "Water: balm for body, mind and soul"
    Conversation between Ahmet Igdirligil, architect from Bodrum (TR), and Philippe Grohe, head of the Axor designer brand, Schiltach
  • 6.45 pm
    Water happening
    Water concert and official ceremony for the Hansgrohe 2011 "Efficient Water Design" award. All water fans are cordially invited to this evening event.

Friday, 7 October 2011
The lectures and discussions on the second day focus on the precious resource. Renowned speakers take a look at water and its existential, scientific, political or socio-cultural significance.

  • 9.00 am
  • 9.05 am
    "Concern about daily water"
    Lecture by Dr Pierre Walther; Water Policy Advisor, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Zurich (CH)
  • 9.45 am
    Questions and discussion
  • 9.55 am
    "Water in the Middle East – a political issue and a symbol of divine grace"
    Feature by Dr Sebastian Engelbrecht; ARD radio correspondent, Tel Aviv
  • 10.45 am
    "Water wisdom – why traditional methods are a key to good water management"
    Lecture by Anupam Mishra; Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi (India)
  • 11.30 am
    Questions and discussion
  • 12.00 pm
    End of the event
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