This Summer Course is designed as a research training exercise, with the Krasnoyarsk Water Reservoir (also known as the Sea of Krasnoyarsk, the Eurasia-largest water reservoir) on the river of Yenisei and the lake of Baikal (the world largest freshwater body) set as case studies. The course will include research methodology training and group work on multidisciplinary research projects.Water governance involves significant analytical and normative uncertainty not at least due to complex biophysical set-ups, such as interdependencies between land- and water-use, complex institutional networks, and different upstream and downstream challenges. In order to steer progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs), of which many relate directly or indirectly to water, governance actors require effective science-policy interfaces capable of timely recognition and communication of early warnings, backed by effective monitoring networks, including citizen science arrangements.This course will build research capacity and strengthen science-policy interactions for addressing these issues in Siberia and beyond. The target audience are early-stage researchers, civil servants and NGO activists involved in the management of freshwater ecosystems. The focus will be on monitoring, reporting and verification systems for water and ecosystem governance, recognition of early warnings and development of science-policy interfaces. This discussion will be primarily based on the EU experience. It will be analysed for its applicability in Russian (in particular Siberian) socio-economic, political and biophysical context. The participants will be engaged in group projects on a specific water/aquatic ecosystem-related issue in relation to the SDG agenda; the locations provide reach opportunities for setting-up case studies encompassing the range of topics.