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The 4th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences series
13–29 Nov 2019

Urban Water, Hydraulic Cycle, Climate Change
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Welcome from the Chairs

Conference Title: Urban Hydraulic Cycle in a Climate Changing Environment

We are pleased to welcome you to the 4th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-4), which will be held online, promoted by the open-access journal Water

In the last few years, three International Electronic Conferences on Water Sciences (ECWS-1, ECWS-2, and ECW-3) have addressed important water-related aspects. A fourth conference, aimed at deepening the discussion on issues of the urban hydraulic cycle (UHC), is needed, with the attention focused on water resources availability and exploitation and related management and works, drinking water processes, supply and water distribution systems, storm and sanitary sewers, and wastewater treatments.

Climate change can alter the balance between the different components of the hydrological cycle. The induced variability may affect water resources availability, people’s lifestyle, and the behavior of water systems as a whole. It is necessary to introduce new models, processes, and methodologies for better (a) understanding how to exploit the available water resources and maintaining a sustainable regime of water use; (b) improving drinking water quality and sanitation, particularly in developing countries; (c) managing the water supply and distribution systems to reduce energy consumption and leakages, ensuring good quality; (d) designing, monitoring, and operating sanitary, storm, and combined sewers avoiding pollutant dispersion in the environment and urban floods; and (e) developing new wastewater treatments and processes to improve the water quality returned to the environment.

The ECWS-4 invites researchers from the academia as well as from the industry to contribute with novel ideas and experiences to deal with processes within the context of UHC, making references to the following topics framed in a climate changing environment with a special focus on sustainability:

  • Managing Water Resources from Aquifers, Rivers and Lakes
  • Drinking Water Treatments and Processes with Special Focus on Developing Countries
  • Water Supply and Distribution Systems
  • Sanitary, Storm and Combined Sewers and Related Control Works
  • Wastewater Treatment Modeling, Optimization and Control

Conference Secretariat

Vanessa Sun


Call for Submissions

The 4th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-4) will be held from 13 to 29 November 2019 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:

  • Managing Water Resources from Aquifers, Rivers and Lakes
  • Drinking Water Treatments and Processes with Special Focus on Developing Countries
  • Water Supply and Distribution Systems
  • Sanitary, Storm and Combined Sewers and Related Control Works
  • Wastewater Treatment Modeling, Optimization and Control

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-4 will be published in a Special Issue of journal Water undergone a full peer-review (ISSN 2073-4441; Impact Factor: 2.524 (2018) with a 20% discount on the APCs); ECWS-4 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 30 September 2019 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 31 October 2019. The conference itself will be held 13-29 November 2019.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. ECWS-4 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

Hydraulic Infrastructures, Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Via Saragat 1, 44100, Ferrara, Italy

Dr. Marco Franchini has been Full Professor since 2001 and he is currently teaching Hydraulic Infrastructures at the Department of Engineering in Ferrara (Italy). He has been coordinator of the graduate and undergraduate didactic structure of the civil engineering and environmental engineering courses in the period 2001-2015. He is currently head of the Engineering Department in Ferrara (2018-2021). He operated as Associated Editor of the Journal of Hydrology in the years 1992-2002. He was secretary of the sector "Surface Hydrology" of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) in the years 1992-1996. He is currently member of the Editorial board of Water (MPDI) and Editor of Water Supply Journal (IWA). He is currently reviewer for about ten international ISI Journals. Overall, he has coordinated more than 45 research and applied projects for several agencies. He has been president of "Centro Studi Sistemi Idrici" (2015-2018) and director of the Scientific Board of the Terra&Acqua Tech Laboratory of the University of Ferrara (2014-2018). He has been associate researcher of the CNR-IRPI in Perugia (Italy) (2010-2015). He is author and co-author of more than 210 papers published in national and international conference proceedings and journals. He has been awarded 4 times.

Water Engineering Laboratory, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, I-06125 Perugia, Italy

Bruno Brunone, PhD (1987), is a professor (2000) and director (1997) of the Water Engineering Laboratory of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia. He is an Associate Editor of the J. of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE and Editor of Water Supply and Water. Brunone is a member of a research unit within the HK Research Grant Council (RGC)'s Theme-based Research Scheme - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) “Smart Urban Water Supply System (Smart UWSS - He has been the President of the Organizing Committee of the 12th Int. Conf. on "Computing and Control for the Water Industry" (CCWI2013), and the 16th Int. Conf. on "Water Distribution System Analysis" (WDSA2014) and is been the founder and organizer of the series of the biennial Italian Conferences on pipe system management (eight editions). Brunone main research interests are: pipe system management with the attention focused on transient test-based techniques for fault detection, modeling of trans

Conference Committee

Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 3620 South Vermont Ave., 90089 Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr. de Barros is currently an Associate Professor at the Sonny Astani Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. He earned his PhD in 2009 from the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrology and Water Resources Research. Dr. de Barros' expertise is in stochastic subsurface hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics. He develops task-driven, application-oriented integrated models for simulating and predicting large scale hydrogeological systems, with a focus in capturing uncertainties to create computationally efficient, theoretically sound and accurate predictions of system behavior. These models combine innovations in stochastic systems, statistics, theory, experimental and field work.
Research Keywords
flow and transport in heterogeneous aquifers; uncertainty quantification; probabilistic risk analysis; hybrid numerical-analytical methods; stochastic hydrogeology and environmental fluid mechanics; human health risk assessment

Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Dr. Paola Verlicchi is Associate Professor in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering at the Department of Engineering of the University of Ferrara, Italy. She took a degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Safety and Environmental Chemical Engineering. Her principal research fields deal with the treatment of water and wastewater and options for direct reuse of reclaimed water. In the last years her main investigations referred to the occurrence of micropollutants (mainly pharmaceuticals) in the different water compartments and evaluation of the removal capacity of different water and wastewater treatment trains with regard to a selection of contaminants of emerging concern. She is currently the Scientific Responsible of two European projects: H2020 SafeWaterAfrica on the development of a sustainable technology able to produce safe water for peri-urban and rural communities in the Sub-Saharan area and H2020 MSCA EJD Nowelties on new materials and inventive water treatment technologies.
Research Keywords
environmental engineering; wastewater and water treatment; micropollutants; reclaimed water reuse

Department of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Yves Filion is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University. I am also an Associate Editor with the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, and a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) with 15 years' research and consulting experience in municipal and environmental engineering. In that time, I have been developing decision support tools and technologies to support the water and municipal engineering community in making cost-effective decisions to design and rehabilitate water distribution systems. My expertise in water distribution systems analysis and optimization and my expertise in hydraulics has been sought by PEO, scientific advisory committees for international conferences in water distribution network modelling, and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to review scientific proposal.
Research Keywords
drinking water treatment; water distribution networks; water supply; climate change; drinking water quality

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Dr. Dominic Boccelli recently joined the University of Arizona, and is a Professor and Department Head of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dominic was an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati where he was the founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Water Cluster. His research is broadly focused in the area of urban water infrastructure. More specifically, his research has emphasized drinking water distribution systems focused on real-time modeling, contamination warning systems, and water quality issues associated primarily with disinfectant dynamics and by-product formation. Dr. Boccelli's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Water Research Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Binational Science Foundation (a partnership between the US and Israel). He and his co-author received the Best Research-Oriented Paper in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (2016), and he received an Endevaour Executive Fellowship (2015) in support of his sabbatical at the University of Adelaide. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Hydroinformatics.
Research Keywords
water distribution; water resources; water quality; environmental systems analysis; decision support tools

Hydraulic Engineering, Department of Engineering, Università della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, 9 Aversa Caserta 81031, Roma, Italy

Dr. Corrado Gisonni is a Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the Engineering Department of the Università della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, where he is the Chair of the Study Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 2016, he is the Chair of the European Division of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). His principle research interests include engineering hydraulics in sewers, water supply systems and river training techniques. Corrado Gisonni is author of over 150 papers, also published in review journals, author of one book on sewer hydraulics and and co-author of the “Italian Handbook for Sewer System Design”. Current research topics are: supercritical open channel flows, sewer design, water distribution network, fluvial hydraulics and river engineering. In addition transients in water supply systems has received particular research attention.
Research Keywords
sewer hydraulics; water supply systems; urban hydraulics; supercritical open channel flows; river training techniques; fluvial hydraulics and river engineering; flood risk assessment and mitigation

Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra, R. Luís Reis Santos, Pólo II, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal

Dr. Rita F. Carvalho is Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Coimbra, Portugal and a senior researcher at MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre. She has graduation, MSc, and PhD in Civil Engineering and hers ph’D received an award from Portuguese Association of Hydraulic Resources [APRH]. She is senior member of National Order of the Engineers and member of International Association of Hydraulic and Environmental Resources. The main activity is related with teaching and research at Civil Engineering Department in University of Coimbra. Scientific activity has been centred in the numerical models based on VoF concept coupled with laboratory measurements and experimental work in the aim of Hydraulic Structures associated either on Urban Drainage or Fluvial and Maritime. She teaches Hydraulics and Numerical Methods, to graduate students, Fluvial and Maritime Hydraulics and other skills to master students and Advances Laboratory Techniques, and Scientific Methodology in pH'D courses; supervised several ph'D (3 complete and 1 undergoing) and master students (28 complete and 2 undergoing) as well as other researchers (2 researcher scholarship) and she has been involved in 15 national and international research projects. She participated in more than 90 congress and was involved in more than 25 scientific and review committees of National and International Congress. She is also reviewer of several international Journal and has complete more than 85 reviews, she participated in more than 50 juris and publish more than 130 papers in National and International Conferences and Journals and around 30 papers in ISI Web of Knowledge journals. She also participated on several services rendering for Municipality and enterprises.
Research Keywords
numerical models; physical modelling; fluid dynamics; hydraulic structures; drainage systems; urban drainage; fluvial and coastal engineering; hydrology; CFD; RANS; VoF; OpenFOAM; rain data series; ADV

Waste Management & Bioprocessing , Hellenic Agricultural Organisation- DEMETER, Soil and Water Resources Institute, PO Box 60458, 57001, Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

Panagiotis G. Kougias is Senior Researcher at Hellenic Agricultural Organisation DEMETER. He holds M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (2007) and Ph.D. in the field of Anaerobic Digestion (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011). Till 2018, he was serving as Assoc. Prof. at the Bioenergy Group of Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. Panagiotis has wide expertise in agro-industrial waste treatment, bioreactor configuration, optimization of anaerobic bioprocesses, and development of sustainable solutions for organic waste and wastewater management. His activities include both practical and technological aspects within bioprocess engineering and methodological issues in environmental biotechnology. He has an H-index of 21 having published more than 60 articles in high impact factor journals (ORCID: 0000-0003-4416-2135). More information regarding Panagiotis G. Kougias are available at
Research Keywords
agro-industrial waste treatment; bioreactor configuration; anaerobic bioprocesses; organic waste; wastewater management; bioprocess engineering; environmental biotechnology

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 30 September 2019.
  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 4nd International Electronic Conference on Water Science. All authors will be notified by 10 October 2019 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 2019.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 13-29 November 2019.
  5. Accepted papers will be published in the journal Proceedings. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select papers that may be included for publication in the Special Issue "Urban Water Management: A Pragmatic Approach" by the Open Access Journals Water 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 us 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 AG, 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 AG 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).

List of accepted submissions (37)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-026850 Low cost automation for hydrological monitoring in water resource management , , N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-026922 Emergent Properties of Water Resources and Associated Watershed Systems

Submitted: 05 Sep 2019

Abstract: Show Abstract
N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-027193 Utilization of Global Climate Models (GCMs) to Study Precipitation Extremes in Pakistan

, , ,

Submitted: 15 Sep 2019

Abstract: Show Abstract
, , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-027306 Evaluating the Influence of DEM Resolution and Potential Evapotranspiration Assessment on Groundwater Resources Estimation with Reverse Hydrogeological Balance Method , , N/A N/A Show Abstract

List of Authors (109)

Event Awards

Best Paper Award

This year, as a sponsor, Water would like to award the best paper as elected by the members of the scientific committee.

The Awards
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

Award Winners can publish the extended version of the paper submitted to the conference in Journal of Water, free of charge. The extended version will have a peer-review process.
Terms and Conditions:


1. Full paper must be submitted to ECWS-4.
2. The quality of the paper.
3. The scientific content of the paper


1. Each Evaluation Committee member will give an assessment for each paper in terms of the criteria outlined above.
2. The score for each paper will be ranked, from highest to lowest.
3. If two or more papers get the same score, further evaluation will be carried out.
4. All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final.

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Conference Schedule

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 September 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 10 October 2019

Deadline for Submission of Full Paper/Poster/Power Point: 31 October 2019

Conference Open: 13-29 November 2018