2nd International DAM WORLD Conference (Lisbon, Portugal, April 2015)

The Second International DAM WORLD Conference (DW2015) will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) on April 21-24, 2015.


This event, organized by the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), will include high level scientific sessions, Plenary Lecturers and One-Day Courses.

In addition, the DW2015 Technical Tour will include a technical visit to the final works of Foz Tua dam and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Alto Douro Wine Region.   

The main themes of the conference include:

Douro River


  • T1 – Concrete and Masonry Dams
  • T2 – Embankment Dams
  • T3 – Appurtenant Works
  • T4 – Tailing Dams
  • T5 – Environmental Issues
  • T6 – Finance and Economic Aspects
  • T7 – Regulation


Further information can be found at www.dw2015.lnec.pt

Contact: Conference Secretariat (damworld@lnec.pt)


III Jornadas de Ingeniería del Agua (JIA 2013)

The III Conference on Water Engineering (JIA 2013) will take place in Valencia on October 23-24, 2013.

In its third edition, the JIA conference will be organized by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).

The JIA conference is one of the most important discussion forums on hydraulic engineering in Europe.

This event will be a great opportunity for researchers and professionals in this field to meet together and share experiences and knowledge.

Contributions from researchers and professionals, related to the design, construction and management of water and energy infrastructures, will be presented, following five different themes:

  1. jia-banner2River dynamics, reservoirs, estuaries and wetlands.
  2. Hydrology and water management.
  3. Water and the city.
  4. Hydraulic infrastructures.
  5. Protecting against water risks.

Sessions will be conducted in Spanish.

Further information can be found in the JIA 2013 website.

Kick-off Meeting of E2STORMED project in Valencia

The first meeting of the E2STORMED project (Improvement of energy efficiency in the water cycle by the use of innovative storm water management in smart Mediterranean cities) took place on March 21st and 22nd in Valencia (Spain).

This project is funded by the MED Programme of the European Union. E2STORMED aims to improve energy efficiency in the urban water cycle and in buildings by promoting the use of innovative storm water solutions such as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Mediterranean cities.

This project is led by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with nine different project partners from Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Malta.

On March 21st, the kick-off meeting was attended by all project partners and also by Juan Viesca, General Director of European Projects and Funds in Valencian Region, Zacharias Doxastakis, mayor of Hersonissos (Greece) and José Joaquín Segarra, mayor of Benaguasil (Spain).

On March 22nd, an Open Day in Benaguasil was organized. Project members visit some of the Sustainable Drainage Systems that have been implemented in this town, e.g. a permeable pavement and a garden irrigated with water from rainfall.

More information about this project can be found in this link.

2013 ICOLD Annual Meeting: Seattle, Washington (USA)

Seattle, Washington

The 81st Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) will take place in Seattle, Washington (USA), in August 2013.

The program includes eigth workshops, a symposium, pre-meeting and post-meeting study tours, technical tours as well as social and cultural events from August 12 to August 16.

The theme of the symposium on Wednesday, August 14, is “Changing Times: Infrastructure Development to Infrastructure Management”. This theme recognizes that much of the world, including the United States, faces the challenges of managing an aging dam infrastructure during a time when sustainability, safety and security concerns are paramount.Concurrent sessions and a poster session will maximize opportunities for delegates to make presentations.

Post-meeting toursEight half-day workshops on Thursday and Friday will highlight new developments and experiences in the long term management of dams. The workshops will focus on current “hot topics” which have been discussed extensively in the United States, and are of interest internationally. Each workshop will cover the U.S. experience, and also discuss the international perspective. USSD Technical Committees will organize the workshops.

You may find further information at the ICOLD 2013 website or by downloading the initial bulletin in this link.

News: “Hydro 2012 – Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges”

The annual conference organized by The International Journal Hydropower & Dams is the world’s most international event held in Europe for the hydropower profession.

HYDRO2012, took place in Bilbao, Spain, on 29th-31st October, at the Euskalduna Congress Centre, and attracted 1,300 participants and 200 enterprises from 80 different countries.

Dr. Iñaki Azkuna (Mayor of Bilbao), Mr. Adama Nombre (President of the International Commission on Large Dams) and Mr. Alfonso Menoyo (Iberdrola, Spain) addressed the opening plenary session, along with keynote speakers from the International Energy Agency, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Brazil, the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) and the World Bank.

Parallel sessions concerning technical, financial/economic, and environmental/social aspects were conducted during these three days. There were regional sessions and updates on some of the world’s most important schemes under construction worldwide, covering large and small hydro. Interactive discussions were encouraged through panels and workshops.

Among HYDRO2012 activities, a workshop, entitled “Closing the gap between experienced and junior staff in the hydro/dam profession: Commitment to the transfer of skills”, took place on Tuesday afternoon.

Further information can be found in the HYDRO2012 conference website.

HYDRO2012, International Conference and Exhibition

The HYDRO 2012 conference is organized by the International Journal on Hydropower & Dams.

HYDRO2012 This conference will be held in the city of Bilbao, Spain, from October 29 to October 31, 2012.

The conference programme will focus on the most practical aspects of hydro development worldwide. A major Technical Exhibition will run concurrently with sessions and workshops.

The HYDRO 2012 cultural and social programme will offer extra networking opportunities.

In addition, planned study tours will offer delegates the opportunity to visit the latest developments across various parts of the country.

Frontpage HYDRO2012 programme

You will find the conference programme by following this link. 

For further information, you may visit the HYDRO2012 website here.

BEST Valencia October 3-12, 2012

BEST Valencia, Discover Aqua Music!

BBEST ValenciaEST, Board of European Students of Technology, is a constantly growing non-profit and non-political organisation.

Since 1989 they have provided communication, co-operation and exchange possibilities for students all over Europe.

93 Local BEST Groups (LBGs) in 32 countries are creating a growing, well-organised, powerful, young and innovative student network.

BEST strives to help European students of technology to become more internationally minded, by reaching a better understanding of European cultures and developing capacities to work on an international basis.

A course orgaBESTValencia (Poster)nized by LBG Valencia will be held at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV), Spain, from October 3 to October 12, 2012.

The course will host 24 participants from different European countries.

The course will mainly be about dams and hydraulic infrastructures, basic in Spain’s renewable energy system.

Lessons will be conducted in English by specialized UPV teachers. For further information, you may visit this website: http://www.bestvalencia.org/ac12/

Or visit the BEST website by following this link.