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15–17 September 2020 The 8th World Sustainability Forum


September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop a sense of independence and responsibility. With the 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating this birthday but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next. Today, the world is a different place from when we were planning this event. To remain relevant, any event must take into account the future impact of events that are unfolding in 2020: a health crisis, followed by economic, political, and social crises.

Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. The challenges that mark 2020 give rise to new imaginaries on how to either return to a “new normal” or to forge ahead into a challenging and more sustainable future. The health crisis and its consequences will not guarantee a more sustainable future but it certainly provides a narrow window of opportunity to rethink outdated economic, social, and environmental arrangements. It is encouraging to note the wide-spread calls for a sustainable “new normal”.

With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for sustainability agendas that fosters new partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, self-serving national agendas, quarterly spreadsheets, and election cycles. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for people, for regions, and for our planet.

14–16 September 2020 The First World Energies Forum

Rome, Italy

It is our sincere pleasure and great honor to announce The First World Energies Forum—Current and future Energy Issues, organized by the MDPI open-access journal Energies and Sapienza University of Roma.

The WEF-1 aims to provide a forum for direct communication between scholars, favored also by personal contacts between younger and experienced researchers, regarding advanced research and technical content spanning the area of mechanical engineering, with specific focus on energy issues and Thermal Sciences in both fundamental and applied engineering sciences. The main topics and sessions of the conference cover:

  • Energy Fundamentals, Primary Energy Sources
  • Secondary Energy Sources, Intermediate and Final Energy Use
  • Energy Conversion Systems
  • Energy Policy, Energy Research
  • Exergy

We are very enthusiastic about the conference of The First World Energies Forum and are relying on you to make it a successful event.

We very much look forward to seeing you at this exciting forum in Roma.

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17–19 August 2020 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8)

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

The 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8) seeks to further advance global research, practice and policy in flood management. With an emphasis on ‘resilience’, the theme for ICFM8 marks the further progress of integrated approaches to flood management which were first embraced as the International Symposia on Flood Defence (Kassel 2000, Beijing 2002, Nijmegen 2005 and Toronto 2008), the precursor of the subsequent ICFM series (ICFM5 - Tokyo, 2011; ICFM6 - São Paulo 2014; ICFM7 - Leeds, 2017).

ICFM8 will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, USA on August 17–19, 2020, and will be hosted by the Iowa Flood Center, a research group of the century old IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering (IIHR) at The University of Iowa. The theme of ICFM8 is ‘Lowering Risk by Increasing Resilience’ and will focus on building resilience into current and future flood management strategies and approaches as envisioned by the United Nations programmatic documents Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) adopted in 2015. The conference is an integral part of the week-long centennial celebrations at IIHR.

2–4 September 2020 WatefCon2020: Moving towards water resilient communities

University of West of England, Bristol, UK

Call for papers—deadline 20 January 2020

The next WATEF network conference will be on 2–4 September 2020, at University of West of England, Bristol.
We would very much like to invite you to submit abstracts for papers, case studies and best practice solutions related to the conference theme and topics on water in the built environment.

The bi-annual conference of the Water Efficiency network aims to foster knowledge exchange and transfer between academia, researchers and industry practitioners. It is therefore a good opportunity to showcase the latest, cutting edge research and developments in water efficiency and sustainability. The conference will feature a special session: Responding to resilience rhetoric: where are we now?

This event is co-hosted by the WATEF Network and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience at UWE, Bristol.

For more info please visit

15–18 February 2021 6th IAHR Europe Congress Warsaw Poland 2021

Warsaw, Poland

Understanding and protecting water resources. We would like this to be the main goal of the Congress. Hydrology and hydraulics research cannot be separated from environmental science, physics, geophysics etc. That’s why we’ve chosen “No frames, no borders” motto.

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.

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 January 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)

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