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13–15 September 2021 The 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2021)


This year, on 13th–15th September, MDPI has partnered with the University of Basel to bring you the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2021).

Calling for a “New Normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many of the world’s outdated economic, social, and environmental systems, prompting widespread calls for a global shift towards a more sustainable “new normal”.

Now, more than a year on since the world entered various forms of lockdown or pandemic management, WSF 2021 is an opportunity to help re-evaluate the relationships between society, politics, and the commercial world. By providing major sessions on topics of Business and Finance, Climate, Health and Medicine, Water and Education, WSF 2021 aims to establish platforms and networks among stakeholders and bring structure to the vision of a more sustainable world after the pandemic.

World Sustainability Awards – We Welcome your Nominations

At WSF 2021, we are excited to host this year’s World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and the Sustainability journal, respectively, and we welcome your nominations!

The recipients of the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are chosen from nominees by a Selection Committee consisting of a maximum of five members, including permanent members Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, founder and President of MDPI and founder and chairman of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Ed Constable, former Vice President for Research of the University of Basel.

Nominees for the World Sustainability Award may be individual researchers or groups of researchers, whereas the nominees for the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are individual researchers aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline. The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue.

Awardees of both the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will receive a monetary prize of USD 100,000 and USD 20,000, respectively.

Abstract Submissions are Now Open!

Until the 13th July 2021, we are seeking proposals for session streams, sessions, and presentations of papers and posters for WSF 2021. All submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors – We are looking forward to your submissions.


Contact us: 

Email: [email protected]
Follow WSF on LinkedIn and Twitter

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1–4 September 2021 17th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST2021)

Athens, Greece

The 17th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST2021), will be held in Athens, Greece from 1 to 4 September 2021.

The conference is organised by the Global Network of Environmental Science and Technology jointly with the University of the Aegean (Greece) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). CEST2021 is academically supported by the University of Salerno (Italy), the University of Cincinnati (USA) and the Imperial College London (UK) as well as a group of distinguished scientists – the members of the Conference Scientific Committee.

CEST2021 is under the patronage of UNESCO’s Water Assessment Programme, International Water Association (IWA), A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, and under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens. The non-governmental organization Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW), is collaborating with CEST and offers travel grants to students and researchers from low-income countries.

Established in 1989, the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) is a leading environmental conference where top experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, representatives of public administration and social initiatives present state-of-the-art research on current and emerging environmental issues.

The last (2019) event was successful, counting 420 participants from 81 countries originating from 6 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia). The programme included over 550 presentations (oral and poster) covering 28 unique research areas. Participants also benefited from the interaction with 25 distinguished invited speakers who delivered keynote and plenary talks.

Conference thematic areas and topics

CEST2021 topics will cover all the latest trends in Environmental Science and Technology as well as basic fields of research. The sessions are divided in nine thematic areas as follows:

  • Water and wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Waste management
  • Environmental management and policies
  • Environmental pollution
  • Ecology and ecosystem management
  • Analysis of environmental systems
  • Environmental health
  • Innovative environmental solutions

More info as well as registration and submission of paper are available at Abstracts can be submitted online until 23 December 2020.

Contact – Conference Secretariat CEST2021

Tel. 0030-210-6492451- 452, FAX: 0030-210-6492499
e-mail: [email protected]

1 January–31 December 2021 International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK 2021)


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is a campaign to educate the world about the many benefits that caves and karst provide to humanity. It also raises awareness about some of the challenges of living in karst areas, and how to overcome them. The IYCK is organized by the International Union of Speleology with the support of approximately 200 international partner organizations. Together, they are organizing hundreds of local and international events including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, books, conferences, news media meetings, the cleaning of caves and sinkholes, field trips, videos, research, and other activities. The Special Issue of Water on karst will help highlight the unique and complex hydrogeology of karst aquifers that hydrogeologists and water planners need to understand to sustainably use these groundwater systems. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IYCK will be celebrated in 2022. More partners and events are always welcome.

The Water Special Issue "Geochemical Processes of Karst and Karst Paleoenvironments" will accept full papers addressing the following related topics:

karst landscapes; karst aquifers; rock–water interactions; karst soils; trace elements; emerging contaminants; biogeochemistry; soil and water contamination; lake sedimentary records; speleothem records; cave sediment; paleohydrology; stable isotopes

2–6 August 2021 4th International Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers

Moscow, Russia

The pressures and impacts on the World’s Large Rivers have increased greatly in recent years. Large rivers are particularly exposed to problems of multiple uses, often with conflicting aims. At the global scale, there is no comprehensive assessment of the current status of the World’s Large Rivers, the conflicting demands on such rivers, and likely future anthropogenic impacts, as well as the potential for restoration and the associated problems.

Therefore, the World’s Large Rivers Conference aims in providing a global forum for a wide-ranging discussion of key issues related to research on large rivers and to their effective and sustainable management, involving both scientists and decision makers.

Important Information: the conference will be held in a hybrid mode, allowing participants to attend either physically on-site or virtually online.

We strongly encourage scientists and practitioners to present their research results and experiences in the fields of

     - Hydrology, Hydraulics & Hydroclimatic Impacts

     - Sediment Transport & River Morphology

     - River Pollution, Ecology & Restoration

     - Integrated River Management

as well as in a special session about

     - Russian / Arctic Rivers

Special focus throughout all sessions will be given this time to Climate Change and River Response. 

All information can be found on our webpage:

Abstract Submission will be open until May 31st 2021.

We would be happy to see you in Moscow in 2021.

 Nice greetings, sincerely

   Helmut Habersack

   Chair of International Scientific Committee (ISC)

   Nikolay Kasimov, Sergey Dobroliubov, Natalia Frolova & Sergey Chalov

   Co-Chairs of Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

23–25 August 2021 WATER IN INDUSTRY 2021 (WIN 2021)

Nanjing, China

Water of different qualities is used in a wide range of industrial processes. After usage, various substances will enter the water streams, generating the industrial wastewater whose characteristics may include recalcitrant organics, high salinity, heavy metals, extreme pH, high turbidity, etc. Nowadays, water in industry tends to form a recycling loop, as boosted by the regional water scarcity, strict policies on emission control, and arising public concerns as well. The trend would increase the challenge of technical solutions and management tools. Hence, the IWA conference “Water in Industry” is initiated to provide a knowledge sharing platform on new advances related to the water cycle in industry.

The conference, postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, will take place in August 23-25, 2021 in Nanjing, China. For colleagues who may not conveniently get access to the physical venue, an option of virtual participation will be available.

Main Topics

  • Pretreatment and post-treatment
  • Zero liquid discharge
  • Resource recovery
  • Removal of recalcitrants and metals
  • Pre-membrane treatment
  • Cooling water
  • Smart management
  • Water policies
  • Water energy nexus
  • Best practice examples

Authors are requested to electronically submit an extended 2-page abstract before March 31, 2021 for considering as poster or oral presentations. Abstracts must be in English and clearly define the objectives, methodology, findings and significance of the investigation or study.

Any questions about abstract, scientific program and accommodation, please contact: Mr. He ([email protected])

Learn more about the conference format here:

5–9 September 2021 International Conference on Raw Materials and Circular Economy (RawMat2021)

Athens, Greece

RawMat2021 is organized by the Technical Chamber of Greece, the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens and the Greek Raw Materials Innovation Cluster (GRawMat). Following the demands and trends of modern society, RawMat2021 shall address a wide range of technological developments and future challenges regarding raw materials, with emphasis given on circular economy aspects.

RawMat2021 aims to bring together the academic community, engineers and early-stage scientists, as well as senior scientists, industry executives, stakeholders and policymakers and other professionals in the field of raw materials, for a comprehensive, cross-discipline exchange of knowledge.

RawMat2021 shall provide an excellent opportunity for a shared presentation of common interest that encompasses and promotes interactive dialogue on the recent advances, innovations and trends in the field of raw materials. RawMat2021 shall promote new tools, methods, research findings, methodological frameworks and hypotheses, as well as innovative ideas, to be presented in its scientific and technical sessions.

The Water Special Issue "Sustainable Approaches in Water Treatment Practices, Presenting Minimum Environmental Impact" will accept full papers addressing some related topics: water management in mineral processing; water resource management and treatment; treatment of soils and groundwater polluted by mining activities.

13–16 September 2021 International Interdisciplinary Conference on Land Use and Water Quality 2021

Maastricht, the Netherlands

LuWQ2021 is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters.

Objectives of the conference are:

  • to provide a forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research to better understand ’systems function’, modelling and uncertainty;
  • to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement;
  • to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.

Conference is jointly convened by:

20–23 September 2021 The 12th International Conference on “Instrumental Methods of Analysis” (IMA-2021)

Virtual Event

We are very pleased to announce the 12 th International Conference on “Instrumental Methods of Analysis” (IMA-2021) which is going to take place between 20–23 September 2021 as a Virtual event organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National Technical University of Athens.

IMA is a biannual series of conferences that started in 1999 and covers all areas of Chemical Analysis, including the development of new techniques, modern trends, and applications in a wide range of scientific disciplines. For the 12th IMA conference (first time in Virtual format), it is our ambition to bring together some of the most talented and innovative analytical chemists from all over the world for an excellent scientific online conference.

We look forward to welcome you to IMA-2021 and in return promise a rewarding and enjoyable conference! You are kindly requested to visit the regularly where you will be able to find all relevant information for attending IMA-2021.

The Special Issue "Utilization of Industrial By-products—Recovery of Rare Earth Elements" Guest Edited by Prof. Maria Ochsenkühn-Petropoulou is now open for submission! Welcome to contribute!

30 September–1 October 2021 III NATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE—Extreme Phenomena: Droughts and Floods

Orihuela, Spain

The 3rd National Water Conference will encourage trans-disciplinary communication on issues related to the increasing risk of natural and human-made disasters related to water, such as droughts and floods. The Conference will be held in Orihuela (Alicante), a city located in South-East Spain, on 30 September and 1 October 2021. The deadline for sending communications is now open, until 28 July 2021. Participation is free, and the accepted academic papers will be published with ISBN.

The following list covers the topics to be presented at the 3rd National Water Conference 2021, divided into three thematic blocks. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

I. Planning

  • Spatial planning;
  • Urbanism;
  • Integrated analysis;
  • Hydrological planning;
  • Meteorology;
  • Modeling and experimentation;
  • Impacts of climate change;
  • Emergency preparedness;
  • Early warning systems;
  • Resilience;
  • Case studies.

II. Mitigation and infrastructures

  • Risk mitigation;
  • Critical infrastructures;
  • Nature-based management;
  • Water cycle management;
  • Building and transport;
  • Adaptation of existing infrastructures;
  • Coasts and beaches;
  • Communication;
  • Heritage;
  • Case studies.

III. Socio-economic, environmental, and legal assessment

  • Socio-economic issues;
  • Economic management instruments;
  • Recovery and restoration;
  • Insurance;
  • Patrimonial responsibility of the administration;
  • Penalty liability;
  • Legal assessment;
  • Environmental assessment;
  • Public health risk;
  • Vulnerability analysis;
  • Public politics and disaster governance policies;
  • Economic impact;
  • Public participation;
  • Case studies.

15–18 October 2021 2021 2nd International Symposium on Water, Ecology and Environment (ISWEE 2021)

Beijing, China (Virtual)

International Symposium on Water, Ecology and Environment (ISWEE) is an annually held symposium, aiming to provide an international forum for academics, scientists, experts from all over the world in the field of water, ecology and environment to exchange the latest ideas, theoretical and practical research findings.

Supported by Beijing Jiaotong University, the 2021 2nd International Symposium on Water, Ecology and Environment (ISWEE 2021) will be held online during October 15th-18th, 2021. The program will include keynote speeches, invited speeches, oral presentations and poster presentations. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join this symposium.

Come join us for ISWEE 2021 online!

Sincerely welcome colleagues and alumni from academia, publishing and business at home and abroad to attend and participate in the exhibition, please contact us at:
[email protected] ;   [email protected]

1–4 November 2021 The 7th International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2021)

Offline (Xi’an, China) / Online (Microsoft Teams)

The International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE) is an annually held conference that highlights the needs to maintain the sustainability of indispensable water resources under increasing uncertainty and to protect the fragile water environments under the growing concern over the intensive use of water we are facing today. WRE was successfully held online in 2020, and physically held in Shanghai, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, and Macau in the past years.

The 7th International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2021) will be held in a hybrid format during the dates November 1–4, 2021:

Offline in Xi'an, China: It is one of the oldest cities and the oldest of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is the capital of 13 ancient dynasties in China, which could date back 1200 years.

Online via Microsoft Teams: The online presentation will be arranged along with physical presentations. If participants are not available to make the live presentation during those days, a pre-recorded video presentation is warmly welcome as well. The conference committee will play the video presentation during the conference day: 

  • The proceedings of full-length papers will be published in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science EES, indexed by Ei Compendex, Scopus, CPCI, Inspec, etc.;
  • Select papers will be recommended for publication in SCI journals with an impact factor.

Brief Conference Program

November 1, 2021    Offline Material Pickup/Online Microsoft Teams Testing Registration
November 2, 2021    Keynote Speeches and Poster Presentations (Hybrid)
November 3, 2021    Oral Presentations (Hybrid)
November 4, 2021    Group Tour in Terracotta Army (offline)

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

Water resources management; water environment and pollution; water policies and planning; sustainability and water aquatic ecosystems; water and wastewater treatment; sustainable drainage; groundwater wetland systems

We look forward to meeting you in November 2021.

WRE Organizing Committee
[email protected]

17–21 October 2022 INTERPRAEVENT International Symposium 2022

Taichung, Taiwan

INTERPRAEVENT 2022 will be held in October 2022 in Taichung, Taiwan. The symposium is organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan (Taiwan), jointly with the Chinese Soil and Water Conservation Society (Taiwan) and the National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), with the main topic “Nature Disaster Occurrence, Reduction and Restoration in Mountain Regions”. In the symposium, the INTERPRAEVENT society will address natural hazards from the aspects of investigating the phenomena, monitoring occurrences, analyzing risks, strengthening governance, increasing resilience, mitigating disasters, restoring impacted communities and enhancing preparedness. The aspects are converged into the following sessions (see below).

  • Disasters caused by dam–lake outbursts and driftwood, debris/mud flows;
  • Disasters caused by landslides and rockslides;
  • Disasters caused by seasonal floods and surface erosions;
  • The relationships between natural hazards and climate change;
  • Strategy from natural disasters to restoration;
  • Stream ecosystem services and nature-based solutions;
  • Disaster-resilient community and rural regeneration.

The symposium has teamed up with a Special Issue of Water entitled “Natural Disaster Occurrence, Reduction and Restoration in Mountain Regions”. (
Firstly, the oral presenters (excluding the invited lectures) must submit manuscripts to the SI of Water; if accepted, the papers can be published in Water and collected in INTERPRAEVENT Proceedings.

For more information, visit the conference website:

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