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World Water Council

World Water Forum 2018

Brasilia, Brasil // 18 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Conference / Workshop

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries, on four different continents. In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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@ Bulgaria

Bulgarian Water Association

Tenth International Conference Bulaqua

Sofia, Bulgaria // 27 March 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair



BWA organises on 27-28 March 2018 its traditional conference “Bulaqua”. During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU main topic of the event will be the future investments in the water sector.


The conference aims to put accent on the priorities, perspectives and requirements that stand in front of the WSS sector for more efficient work of all stakeholders. The considerable and complex projects as well as the need of enormous investments regarding the water sector require the assemblage of the whole national management, expert and execution resource. In this regard BWA recognises the need to attract both public and private stakeholders in order to resolve the issues that investors and beneficiaries meet daily.

The main aim of the event being unofficial part of the programme for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018 is to present to all attendees best available practices and ideas in the context of the conference.


• The needs for investments within the context of constantly changing EU legislation;
• Possibilities for access to EU funds and their efficiency;
• Public-private partnerships as instrument for financing;
• WSS services’ prices and their social tolerance;
• Innovative technologies, materials and constructions;
• Modern technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment;
• Scientific & technical developments in the WSS sector.


International authors wishing to submit papers should send to the e-mail address of BWA (see below) an abstract in English, up to 200 words (1/2 page A4), until December 22nd, 2017. Abstracts should be presented as MS Word files, typesetting Arial 10 pt for the whole text, left alignment, Normal style, Sentence case. The time for presentation is up to 20 min.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by January 12th, 2018 and the successful authors will be invited to submit by March 2nd, 2018 via e-mail the full text of their papers (maximum 10 pages 18 000 chars with spaces) and/or presentations in English. No special requirements exist for papers formatting. Both abstracts and papers will be put on the web site of BWA (with the permission of the corresponding author). Please note that the presentation is obligatory for the event. The author of approved abstract (with no advertising material) does not pay entrance fee for the conference.

The authors of approved abstract (with no advertising material in in) do not pay participation fee for the conference.


The possibilities for partnership will be available soon on the web site of BWA -


Along with the conference a specialised International Exhibition “Water Sofia 2017” will take place in the same venue during 27-29 March 2018. The participants of the conference will receive a pass for the exhibition. Additional details can be found in the attached files, as well as by visiting the site of our partners or the topic of the event on BWA’s web site.


• Submission of abstracts 22.12.2017
• Confirmation for approved abstract 12.01.2018
• Second call and preliminary programme 22.01.2018
• Registraion start 22.03.2018
• Full text of reports or presentations of an applied scientific report 2.03.2018
• Inquiry for advertising presentations 2.03.2018

Looking forward to meeting you in Bulgaria - the BWA's team is at your disposal for any questions and inquiries via e-mail:

Language: Bulgarian / English

Contributed by Dimitar Mihalkov on 19 December 2017

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@ Bosnia and Herzegovina, REGIONAL

Association for Water and Environmental Protection Sector „Aquasan Network in B&H“

Efficient and Sustainable Water Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina // 17 April 2018 - 19 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

By organising the 3rd Regional Conference “Efficient and
Sustainable Water Services in B&H”, Aquasan Network in
B&H continues to contribute to the improvement of sustainable
water services provision and better organisation and
development of individual, organisational and institutional
capacities in the sector. The Conference will gather most
relevant actors from the communal water service sector
from B&H and the region, who will have the opportunity to
discuss and define next steps necessary for improving the
sector, strengthening horizontal and vertical cooperation,
promoting and advocating for mutual interests in the sector
and contributing to the recognition of the sector at all levels
through the exchange of knowledge, information, experience
and best practices.

Cost: free of charge

Language: B&H languages and simultaneous translation into english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 27 February 2018

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@ Romania, REGIONAL


3rd POWERSTEP regional workshop "Energy positive sewage treatment plants - A sustainable solution for climate protection in municipalities"

Timisoara, Romania // 17 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

The municipal wastewater in Europe contains an available chemical energy of about 87,500 GWh per year. This corresponds roughly to the capacity of 12 large power plants. Due to the currently used technologies and the associated energy loss in the individual process steps, sewage treatment in Europe instead consumes primary energy of more than two power plants.

The use of the available chemical energy represents a great opportunity for municipalities, wastewater associations and operators of sewage treatment plants to evolve from an energy user to an energy producer and thus, on the one hand, to reduce costs and, on the other hand, provide an important contribution to climate protection and energy transition.

In the framework of the Horizon 2020 project "POWERSTEP” new technologies and concepts are being tested in close cooperation between research and industry in order to make the energy content of the sewage water available on existing sewage treatment plants without major investments.

To introduce the concept of energy positive wastewater treatment plant to representatives of municipalities, a regional workshop by the POWERSTEP project will be organised in Timisoara, Romania on 17 April 2018. The workshop targets innovative municipalities with ambitious environmental and climate goals.

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 13 March 2018

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@ FYR Macedonia


10th International Conference on Water and Waste Water Reality and Challenges

Orhid, Macedonia/Охрид, Македонија // 24 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

Drinkable pure water in nature has become less in its true form and
is more polluted by various types of pollutants which, at the final
consequence, endanger the health of people.
In the past two decades, all over the world, major steps have been
taken to improve the work of water utilities in terms of optimizing
operating costs and optimizing the quality of services, while also
striving to maintain the price of water at reasonable economic
The main goal of the international conference is to study the various
options that could be taken to "modernize" the regulation of the
water sector in the Republic of Macedonia, in order to promote truly
sustainable utility companies that protect our environment whilst
ensuring services of safe water supply and waste water reuse at
national level.

Language: 1

Contributed by Philip Weller on 21 December 2017

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@ Croatia

IWA, University of Zagreb, IHE Delft Insitute for Water Education, IAWD etc.

10th Eastern European IWA Young Water Professionals Conference

Zagreb, Croatia // 07 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

Course / Training, Conference / Workshop

The 10th edition of this successful conference format will be organised in Zagreb in 2018.

The focus will be on "New Technologies in the Water Sector" with a special extended program including three-days practical workshops at the WWTP of Zagreb, followed by a two-days scientific conference.

Please find the Call for Papers below!

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 September 2017

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International Water Association (IWA)

Water Loss 2018

Cape Town, South Africa // 07 May 2018 - 09 May 2018

Course / Training, Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

Abstract deadline has been extended to the 15 January 2018.
For more details and to register visit the conference website:

About the Conference

The IWA Water Loss Specialist Group, together with City Of Cape Town, will host the biennial Water Loss Conference and Exhibit from 7 to 9 May 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Water Loss Conference and Exhibition 2018 will be one of the world’s largest water loss conferences and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than 50 countries.

Many of the world’s leading experts in the field of Non Revenue Water Management will be present and will discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices as well as successful case studies. In addition they will present a 1-day pre-conference workshop on 6 May 2018 to provide an introduction to the issue of Non Revenue Water Management and an overview of the latest IWA Methodology for reducing water losses from Municipal water supply systems.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available to all service providers who have an interest in water loss reduction. The opportunity to showcase your products and services to the largest group of water loss specialists is not to be missed!

For more details and to register visit the conference website:

Cost: Approx. 500 USD

Language: English

Contributed by Aleksandar Krstic on 10 January 2018

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@ Romania

Romanian Water Association

EXPOAPA 2018 and Danube Regional Water Forum Eastern Europe

Bucharest, Romania // 14 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

For more information, please visit


Language: romanian

Contributed by on 31 January 2018

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EWA (European Water Association) JSWA (Japan Sewage Works Association) WEF (Water Environment Federation) in cooperation with IFAT - Messe München

6th EWA/JSWA/WEF Joint Conference "Resilience of the Water Sector"

Munich, Germany // 15 May 2018 - 18 May 2018

Conference / Workshop

Resilience is a strong emerging theme within many parts of the water sector.  From long term water resource availability and water quality impacts of droughts, to the need for resilience against short lead time disruptive events such as floods and earthquakes. These types of events not only disrupt water sector infrastructure and operations, they also impact on other infrastructure that a reliable water sector depends on. This includes electrical power supplies, telecommunications, and transportation as well as disruption to the supply chain.  The impact of such events can be long lasting and far reaching, impacting negatively on customers, the environment, and business performance.  Ultimately, the need for resilience is a significant business risk management issue.

This joint conference seeks to explore ways in which the sector in its broadest terms is developing resilient systems, assets, and operations so that business continuity risk is well managed in the face of adverse conditions. The intention is to share experience from across the world covering: real life examples of lessons learned from significant events; good practice in the response to events; and current activities that are strengthening resilience.

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2017

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Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations and other partners

The International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”

Dushanbe, Tajikistan // 20 June 2018 - 22 June 2018

Conference / Workshop

The Conference is organized jointly by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the United Nations in order to facilitate the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2018, which was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/222 on 21 December 2016.

The primary goal of the Conference is a comprehensive discussion of the way forward with implementation of the Action Plan of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2018 at the global, regional and national levels, as well as development of practical recommendations for the implementation of sustainable development goals and targets related to water resources.

The representatives of the UN member countries, governments, UN institutions, international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, business communities, non-governmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the Conference.

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Language: english and russian

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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DEX - Deutscher Expertenrat

DEX Summer School: Advanced course on water quality management

Rottenbach, Austria // 01 July 2018 - 06 July 2018

Course / Training

DEX summer school started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 170 young water professionals from 12 countries. The 2018 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topics of interest. All teachers are internationally well recognised academics with long term scientific and practical experience in the field of their lectures and beyond: A unique opportunity.
The content of the course includes: advanced scientific background, state-of-the-art technology, experiences and practical aspects for the design and operation of sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants, sludge treatment and energy management.

Special emphasis is on participation of young professionals from the new EU member states and accession countries in Eastern Europe.

The fee amounts to € 390.- and includes full board, the bus transfer to the accommodation and excursions. Please register until 25th May 2018 (by fax or e-mail), using the attached form.

More information

Cost: 390 Euros

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 February 2018

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