We could only survive for a few days without water. We rely on water in all kinds of areas, such as in industry and agriculture, not to mention in our everyday lives. Climate change is having an increasingly serious impact on our water supply, however. Numerous researchers in Germany are developing solutions to this worldwide problem. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read what brings a young woman studying for a master’s degree in Algeria to Germany time and time again, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out why we laugh.