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3rd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-3)

15/11/2018 - 30/11/2018
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Abstract Submission: 24/09/2018
Acceptance Notification: 05/10/2018
Full Paper Submission: 15/11/2018

Welcome from the Chair

Conference Title: Hydrological Extremes and Related Risk and Uncertainty

We are pleased to welcome you to the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-3), which will be held online, promoted by the open access journal Water

After the first two International Electronic Conferences on Water Sciences (ECWS-1 and ECWS-2) successfully addressed this vitally important subject, we recognized the need for hosting a third conference, aiming at deepen the discussion on the issues of hydrological extremes, i.e. floods and droughts and the associated risk and uncertainty.

Global climate change and variability is probable to affect the frequency and severity of extreme hydrological events (e.g. floods and droughts). It is necessary to develop models and methodologies for better understanding, forecasting, hazard prevention of weather induced extreme hydrological events and assessment of disaster risk. The ECWS-3 considers extreme hydrological events that lead to hydrological hazards induced by severe weather and climate change and the related risk and uncertainty. Assessing the risk and uncertainty of hydrological extremes is a crucial step towards decision making. Decision makers are interested in determining and quantifying risk and uncertainty of existing and proposed hydrotechnical projects.

The ECWS-3 welcomes contributions that develop novel methodologies to model the hydrological processes within the context of risk and uncertainty analysis in the following topics/sections (Responsible Conference Committee member):

  • Advances in flood estimation and modeling (Prof. J. Szolgay)
  • Hydrological drought methods and modeling approaches (Prof. A. Cancelliere)
  • Uncertainty and hydrological extremes (Prof. G. Di Baldassarre and Prof. G. Aronica)
  • Risk and engineering design of hydrotechnical structures and projects (Prof. Luis Garrote)
  • Impacts of climate change on hydrological extremes (Prof. K. Banasik)
  • Applications of geoinformation systems in hydrological extremes (Dr. L. Vasiliades)
  • Socio-economic assessment of hydrological extremes (Prof. M.-C. Llasat-Botija)

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Athanasios G. Loukas
Hydrology and Water Resources, Laboratory of Hydrology and Aquatic Systems Analysis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, 38334 Volos, Greece

Scientific Advisory Committee Members

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Aronica
River Basin Management and Hydraulic Works, Civil Engineering Department, Engineering University of Messina, Contrada Di Dio, 98166 Villaggio S. Agata, Messina, Italy
Prof. Dr. Antonio Cancelliere
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
Prof. Dr. Giuliano Di Baldassarre
Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Villav. 16, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Jan Szolgay
Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Department of Land and Water Resources, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava Bratislava, Slovakia
Prof. Dr. Luis Garrote
Department of Civil Engineering Hydraulics and Energy, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Prof. Dr. Kazimierz Banasik
WULS-SGGW (Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Dr. Maria del Carmen Llasat Botija
Department of Applied Physics, University of Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Lampros Vasiliades
Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly , 38334 Volos, Greece

Call for Contribution

The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-3) will be held from 15 to 30 November 2018 online . This event enables the researchers of research field to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues without the need to travel. All proceedings will be published on the conference homepage in open access format.

Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:

  • Advances in flood estimation and modeling
  • Hydrological drought methods and modeling approaches
  • Uncertainty and hydrological extremes
  • Risk and engineering design of hydrotechnical structures and projects
  • Impacts of climate change on hydrological extremes
  • Applications of geoinformation systems in hydrological extremes
  • Socio-economic assessment of hydrological extremes

The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. Selected papers presented in ECWS-3 will be published in a Special Issue of journal Water undergone a full peer-review (ISSN 2073-4441; Impact Factor: 2.069 (2017) with a 20% discount on the APCs; ECWS-3 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel — all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference and present your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 24 September 2018 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 31 January 2019. The conference itself will be held 15-30 November 2018.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. ECWS-3 is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the submission procedure and preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Athanasios G. Loukas

Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Laboratory of Hydrology and Aquatic Systems Analysis Department of Civil Engineering University of Thessaly Pedion Areos, 38334 Volos Greece

Dr. Athanasios G. Loukas is Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece and Dean of Engineering School of University of Thessaly (2015-today).

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors

Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Submit New Abstract" function once logged into system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 24 September 2018.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Water Science. All authors will be notified by 5 October 2018 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 31 October 2018.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 15-30 November 2018.
  5. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select papers that may be included for publication in the Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Water Science" by the Open Access Journals Water (ISSN 2073-4441; IF=2.069; CODEN: WATEGH) with a 20% discount off the Article Processing Charge(APC).
Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.

Presentation Slides
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Video Presentations
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer at to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Submission of Manuscripts

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website.

Accepted File Formats

    • MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Materials Science Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
    • Electronic Conference on Water Science MS Word Template File
Manuscript Preparation
  • References: References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, ReferenceManager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted provided that they also appear in the main text and in the reference list. In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [1], [1–3] or [1,3]. For embedded citations in the text with pagination, use both parentheses and brackets to indicate the reference number and page numbers; for example [5] (p. 10). or [6] (pp. 101–105). The Reference list should include the full title as recommended by the ACS style guide. The style file for endnote, MDPI.ens, can be found at
  • Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. The PubMed/MEDLINE standard format is used for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section. Please read the criteria to qualify for authorship.
  • Figures, Schemes and Tables: All figure files should be separately uploaded during submission. Figures and schemes must be provided at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). All Figure file formats are accepted. However, TIFF, JPEG, EPS and PDF files are preferred. Materials can publish multimedia files in articles or as supplementary materials. Please get in touch with the Editorial office for further information. All Figures, Schemes and Tables should also be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.). All Figures, Schemes and Tables should have a short explanatory title and a caption. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but in no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables. For multi-panel figures, the file must contain all data in one file. For tips on creating multi-panel figures, please read the helpful advice provided by L2 Molecule. Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). Full color graphics will be published free of charge.

For further enquiries please contact ECWS-3 2018 Secretary at

Publication Ethics Statement

Authors wishing to publish their papers are asked to abide to the following rules:

  • Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
  • Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
  • Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
  • Raw data should preferably be publicly deposited by the authors before submission of their manuscript. Authors need to at least have the raw data readily available for presentation to the referees and the editors of the journal, if requested. Authors need to ensure appropriate measures are taken so that raw data is retained in full for a reasonable time after publication.
  • Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
  • Republishing content that is not novel is not tolerated (for example, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language will not be accepted).
  • If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, they need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal so that appropriate actions can be taken. Please refer to our policy regarding publication of publishing addenda and corrections.
  • Your manuscript should not contain any information that has already been published. If you include already published figures or images, please obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license.
  • Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated.
MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Conference Schedule

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 24 September 2018

Notification of Acceptance: 15 October 2018

Deadline for Submission of Full Paper/Poster/Power Point: 31 October 2018

Conference Open: 15-30 November 2018

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