The WIDSDOM project and its preliminary results as well as the Mekong Delta Information System were presented during the 3rd German-Indian Conference on Research for Sustainability held in Delhi, India, on February 3rd and 4th, organized by DST, IIT Delhi and BMBF. The goal of the 3rd Indo-German Conference was to define strategic common areas between India and Germany in the fields of -water- and -waste management- research and development and to build a network between key actors. The networks are expected to generate research, development and innovation alliances for the better use of scientific and technological knowledge. WISDOM could benefit from numerous discussions and examples showing how to reach sustaonability in research projects of larger scope. Muliti-disciplinary consortia including natural- and social sciences, people present in the project country, early contacting of donors financing implementation (development banks etc.) and emphasis on project result communication at all levels, including strong focus on capacity building, participatory action and finally technical implementation via SMEs are key criteria to move from a 'discovery science' approach towards a 'solution science' approach.