2nd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-2)
Welcome from the Chairs of 2nd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences
We are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-2), which will be held online, promoted by the open access journal Water http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water.
After the 1st International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-1) successfully addressed this vitally important subject, http://sciforum.net/conference/ecws-1, we recognized the need for hosting a second conference, aiming at deepen the discussion and expand the list of topics to be covered.
Climate change, urbanization, consumption and demand for food and energy, and changing land use, are examples of phenomena and trends that place water at the center of the challenge for sustainable development.
Emerging issues ask for innovative solutions, therefore appealing to the efforts of researchers. Water management, being a complex multi-disciplinary topic, requires the scientific knowledge and the technical competences capable of solving a multiplicity of problems. Both basic and applied studies are being conducted all over the world addressing topics of local, regional and global relevance.
Inter- and cross-disciplinary in breadth, the conference focus on stimulating intellectual exchange regarding all aspects of water, while disseminating cutting-edge information concerning protection of this natural resource.
There will be the following Topical Sections:
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Water Quality and Analytical Tools
- Rainwater Harvesting in Buildings
- Pathogens in Water
- Emerging Contaminants in the Water Cycle
- Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems
- Wetland Research
- Poster Section
This is a virtual conference sponsored by the open access journal Water (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water)
The participation is free of charge—both for authors and attendees. Selected papers will be published in the journal Water, through invitation from the conference chairs.
Water (ISSN 2073-4441; CODEN: WATEGH) is an open access journal on water science and technology, including the ecology and management of water resources, and is published monthly online by MDPI.
Open Access: free for readers, with publishing fees paid by authors or their institutions.
Rapid publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 29 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 7 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2016).
Impact Factor: 1.832 (2016); 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.056 (2016)
Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences
Maria Filomena Camões is graduated in Physics and Chemistry by the University of Lisbon, earned her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and was granted her Habilitation in Analytical Chemistry by the University of Lisbon. She is the coordinator of the “Environmental Biogeochemistry” research group of Centro de Química Estrutural-Ciências (CQE@Ciencias). Her research activity was initiated with the scientific paper "Enthalpy of Ionization of Water from Electro-motive Force Measurements", Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions I 69 (1973) 949, and the PhD project Calibration Procedures for Glass Electrodes, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK (October 1973). The former concerns physical chemistry of water – the universal solvent, whilst the latter addresses key issues of analytical nature, such as that of measuring the acidity of aqueous solutions. This curious association has dictated an intense academic career that linked teaching and research in the broad fields of Electroanalytical and Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Metrology and, more specifically, in pH measurements where she plays a leading role.
Since 2000, studies have concentrated on chemical systems of complex composition, namely atmospheric particles of both marine and urban origin and seawater, for which innovative analytical strategies have been developed.
Co-Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences
Kevin B Strychar is an Associate Professor of Climate Change Studies of Aquatic & Marine Ecosystems at the Annis Water Resources Institute - Grand Valley State University located in Muskegon, Michigan (USA). He earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Biology and Microbiology from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and his Doctorate degree from Central Queensland University in Australia, where he studied the effects of global warming and climate change on coral reefs. He has done Post-doctorate fellowships at the University of Connecticut, where he studied phytoplankton dynamics in Long Island Sound, and at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he studied genetics and deep-sea organisms. From 2005 to 2012, he was working at Texas A&M University, where his focus was marine microbiology with a specialty in climate science and coral reef ecosystems. In 2012, he moved to a research position at the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI), where he currently resides.
At AWRI he continues to study climate change on marine ecosystems but has expanded his focus to include the freshwater habitats of the Great Lakes including harmful algal blooms, freshwater viruses, and cell biology and immunology.