Organized by the IWA Watershed & River Basin Management Specialist Group
SG Chairman: John Riddiford, Fellow AICD
SG Secretary: Prof. William Stringfellow, PhD
Conference Chairman: Prof. Andrea G. Capodaglio, PhD, PE, Fellow IWA, BCEE

The Quy Nhon Conference is the 15th International Conference organized by the IWA Specialist Group on Watershed and River Basin Management, the most numerous in the IWA Association. The Conference is organized every 3 years in a different location: the past editions were held in National Kruger Park (South Africa) in 2017, San Francisco (USA) in 2014, Recife (Brazil) in 2011 and Budapest (Hungary) in 2008.
The Conferences see the regular participation of about two hundred water resources specialists in the professional, academics and governmental domains for a fruitful exchange of experiences and state-of-the-art knowledge. The participation of Young Water Professionals (especially MSc and PhD students) is strongly encouraged. A dedicated session with awards for the Best student’s papers and posters will be arranged.

The general theme of the 2020 Conference is centered on Imagining a new holistic Watershed Management approach, that is summarized in the phrase “Planning Watersheds of the Future”.

Abstract submission under any of the conference sub-themes is encouraged, either for Platform of Poster presentation. Submitted abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Committee for acceptance. All submission, whether Platform or Poster, will be further evaluated during the conference and considered for direct submission to one appropriate journal of the IWA Publishing group (Water Practice and Technology, Water Science & Technology, Water Supply) after the conference.


Quy Nhon and ICISE
The conference is organized at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Vietnam (ICISE) by Rencontres du Vietnam, a scientific non-profit organization. The venue is located at a beautiful beach in Vietnam, thus allowing participants also to enjoy nature, culture while having rich scientific discussion. ICISE (http://rencontresduvietnam.org/) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam) has the ambitious objective to focus on developing science and education, helping young Asian students and scientists to meet with the international science community, bringing the ​opportunity to accelerate their knowledge by attending lectures and sharing ideas with overseas high-level counterparts. Its exceptional location on a wild 20 hectares (50 acres) site between mountains and sea, makes it an inspirational and energizing place.

Quy Nhon is a coastal city in the Bình Định Province in central Vietnam. Its nearby Phu Cat Airport is served by Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, and Jetstar Pacific just 45 minutes north by air from Ho-Chi-Minh City (Saigon) and 1 and 30 hour south from Hanoi. This economically growing city still preserved from mass tourism has retained its traditions including martial arts and reveals an authentic face of Vietnam. Quy Nhon City is ranked #3 for Science meetings in Vietnam in 2019.

The local conference provider organization can arrange several pre-or post- conference individual tours to explore Vietnam and the surrounding area.