On 4 April 2013, Prof. Christoph Kottmeier (scientific speaker of DESERVE) presented DESERVE at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. The workshop, co-organized by the German embassy, discussed potential Israeli-Palestinian scientific cooperation in the framework of UNESCO. The workshop took place in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO) founded by Israeli and Palestinian scientists in 2004/2005. IPSO promotes joint Israeli-Palestinian research projects. The focus is on water, a scarce natural resource in the Middle East, which needs to be managed jointly.

Dr. Lutz Möller of the German Commission for UNESCO interviewed Prof. Christoph Kottmeier about the international and interdisciplinary scientific cooperation, as well as objectives of DESERVE.