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The 5th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences series
16–30 Nov 2020

Water, Ecosphere, Ecosystems
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Welcome from the Chair

Conference Title: Water and the Ecosphere in the Anthropocene

We are pleased to welcome you to the 5th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-5), which will be held online, promoted by the open-access journal Water

In the last few years, four International Electronic Conferences on Water Sciences (ECWS-1, ECWS-2, ECW-3 and ECWS-4) have addressed important water-related aspects. A fifth conference, aiming at deepening the discussion on issues of Water and the Ecosphere in the Anthropocene (WEA), is needed, with attention focused on the water cycle in the ecosphere and its interactions with the different compartments during the Anthropocene. The Earth’s most recent geologic time period is human-influenced, based on overwhelming regional as well as global evidences that atmospheric, pedospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric, and other earth-system compartments and processes are now altered by humans, including a wide diversity of anthropogenic activities and climatic changes. The ecosphere is considered, according to Cole (1958) and Hugget (1999), as a global ecosystem integrating all living organisms and their inorganic environments. During the Anthropocene, the ecosphere can be viewed as a global socio-ecosystem, including the Critical Zone, ecosystems, human societies, and their interactions with the environment. Different aspects of the interactions between water and the ecosphere in the context of global changes will be considered in this conference, including water quantity, quality, biology, ecology, sociology, economy, and law.

The ECWS-5 invites researchers from academia as well as stakeholders, to contribute original results, novel ideas and scientific concepts, and new technologies and experiences to deal with processes within the context of WEA, making reference to the following topics framed in a global changing environment with a special focus on sustainability, resilience, and adaptation:

  • Water interactions with the different compartments of the Critical Zone
  • Water resources management and ecosphere resilience and adaptation
  • Water, ecosystem functioning and services
  • Water and socio-ecosystems
  • Integrated modelling of the interactions between water and the ecosphere
  • New sensors, new methods and technologies, and new approaches
  • Poster

Conference Secretariat: Ms. Vanessa Sun <>

Opening Speech from the Chair

Dr. Jean Luc PROBST

Call for Submissions

The 5th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences (ECWS-5) will be held from 16 to 30 November 2020 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:

  • Water interactions with the different compartments of the Critical Zone
  • Water resources management and ecosphere resilience and adaptation
  • Water, ecosystem functioning and services
  • Water and socio-ecosystems
  • Integrated modelling of the interactions between water and the ecosphere
  • New sensors, new methods and technologies, and new approaches
  • Poster

In Poster session, posters can be presented without an accompanying proceedings paper and will be available online on this website during and after the e-conference. However, they will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.

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-5 will be published in a Special Issue of journal Water undergone a full peer-review (ISSN 2073-4441; Impact Factor: 2.544 (2019) with a 20% discount on the APCs); ECWS-5 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 31 October 2020 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 9 November 2020. The conference itself will be held 16-30 November 2020.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. ECWS-5 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

ECOLAB, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), University of Toulouse, campus ENSAT, Auzeville Tolosane, France

Jean-Luc PROBST is senior scientist in Environmental Biogeochemistry at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), CNRS Research Director. He got his PhD in 1983 at the University of Toulouse (France) and his Habilitation (Thèse d’état) in 1990 at the University of Strasbourg (France). He was the Director of the Laboratory of Functional Ecology and Environment, a joint research laboratory CNRS- Paul Sabatier University (UPS) – National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (Toulouse INP) during the period 2011-2015. He was professor during 4 years (2004-2007) at Toulouse INP and he has supervised 35 PhD and 60 Master Thesis. He has a good expertise on hydrology and biogeochemistry of small catchments and large river basins and he already worked on river systems all around the world with scientists of different countries.

Conference Committee

Department of Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 5, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg

Laurent J. A. Pfister is head of the research unit ‘Environmental sensing and modelling’ (ENVISION) at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. He also is Adjunct Professor in environmental sciences at the University of Luxembourg (Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine) since 2017. He has a Ph.D. in Physical geography – Hydrology from the University of Strasbourg, France. His main research domains include experimental hydrology, tracer hydrology, hydro-climatology. His work is focusing on the holistic understanding – via interdisciplinary approaches – of intrinsically coupled hydrological and human systems in a context of global change and the subsequent non-stationarity of environmental systems. He has coordinated nearly 40 applied and fundamental research projects – several introducing innovative technologies for overcoming limitations in water resources research and management (e.g., cell phone microwave links for measuring rainfall, portable mass spectrometer for high-frequency analysis of O and H isotopes in water, thermal IR imagery for mapping saturated area dynamics, terrestrial diatoms as hydrological tracers). He has co-authored more than 130 scientific manuscripts (H-index = 36) in water resources research, as well as more than 20 books or book chapters. He is currently serving as associate editor for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics and Scientific Reports. Within the European Geosciences Union, he has served as chair of the Catchment Hydrology sub-division, Programme Group Chair and Deputy-president of the Hydrological Sciences division. Since 2016, he is national representative of Luxembourg within the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in the organisation of 24 international conferences and workshops in Luxembourg (e.g., EGU Leonardo topical conference, AGU Chapman conference) and Europe (e.g, Euro-Mediterranean Network of Experimental and Representative Basins conference).
Research Keywords
experimental hydrology; tracer hydrology; hydro-climatology

Institute of Political Science and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Environmental Social Sciences Department, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Karin Ingold has served as Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern, since August 2011 and is also affiliated with the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR). She leads the research group of Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO) affiliated with the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern and the Department of Environmental Social Sciences at EAWAG. Karin Ingold is Associate Editor of Continental Europe for the journal Policy & Politics and serves on the editorial board of the Policy Studies Journal, Swiss Political Science Review, European Policy Analysis, Journal of Public Policy, and Connections. In her research, she is interested in the analysis and design of policy processes and instruments. Through her PhD and recent research, she became a scholar of the Advocacy Coalition Framework and other policy process theories. Methodologically, she has mainly honed her skills in the conceptual development and application of social network analysis. Since 2008, she has been a co-organizer of the International Conference on the Application of Social Network Analysis (EUSN), and since 2013, she is in the Scientific Board of the European Conference on Social Network Analysis.
Research Keywords
environmental governance; climate change; energy; urban water management

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Prof. Dr. John Richardson has >40 years expertise in freshwater science, with over 200 scientific publications mostly in international scientific journals. His research in community and ecosystem ecology has addressed questions around the processes that structure communities, especially around interactions that connect streams and riparian areas. Some key topics include decomposition, population regulation, and interactions between species, and how human activities affect processes in freshwater and riparian ecosystems. He is Director of the Stream and Riparian Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia and previously served a 5-year term as Head of Department. He has supervised >50 graduate students and >20 post-doctoral fellows in addition to guiding numerous research assistants. He has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Freshwater Sciences, and Journal of Applied Ecology. His teaching includes courses in freshwater ecosystems, in which he has taught thousands of undergraduates, as well as courses in urban biodiversity, fluvial ecohydrology, and wildlife biology. He serves on panels for the State of Washington’s Riparian Rules Committee, chairs the South Coast Conservation Program, is on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) for endangered arthropods, and is a committee member of Aquatic Habitat Canada. A full CV is available on his website.
Research Keywords
communities; decomposition; ecology; experiment; lakes; riparian areas; streams; wetlands

Department of Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry , State University of New York, 416 Marshall Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

Richard C. Smardon is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at SUNY/ESF. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s in Landscape Architecture, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written seven books, including The Future of Wetlands: Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983), Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986), The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1992), and Sustaining the World's Wetlands: Setting Policy and Resolving Conflicts (2009). He is one of five author/editors of the national award-winning book, The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future (2016). He published Revitalizing Urban Waterways: Streams of Environmental Justice with two co-authors and Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice with three co-authors in 2018. He wrote the “Social Processes, Urban Ecosystems, and Sustainability” chapter in Understanding Urban Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2019). He is on several journal editorial boards including Water and Urban Planning. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, green/blue infrastructure, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism/heritage resource management, plus energy sustainability planning and implementation. He is Chair of New York State’s Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council.
Research Keywords
landscape assessment and management; wetland assessment and mitigation; green/blue infrastructure; environmental management/citizen participation; law and aesthetics; ecotourism/heritage resource management; plus energy sustainability planning and impleme

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Survey, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Xiaoling Chen completed her PhD degree in geography at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in 1997, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, in 2017. She has worked at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Survey, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, since 1997. From February 2000 to May 2001, and January 2002 to January 2003, she was a senior visiting scholar at the Department of Civil and Structure Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Director of the Laboratory of Poyang Lake Wetland and Watershed Research, Ministry of Education, China. She was invited to work at the Ecolab at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, from March 2012 to June 2012. Her main research interests include water color remote sensing for coastal and inland water turbidity and eutrophication, and study on the land–field complex human–land relationship, under the influence of human activities and climate change from satellite observations.
Research Keywords
remote sensing of environment; lake-watershed system; eco-environmental monitoring; application of remote sensing and GIS

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Survey, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Mr. Jianzhong Lu received his doctor degree in geography from Wuhan University, Wuhan China, in 2010. He is now an associate professor at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering of Survey Mapping and Remote Sensing at Wuhan University. His research interests are focused on remote sensing and the numerical simulation of environment. The main research direction includes water resources management, hydrology modelling, remote sensing of environment, data assimilation, climate change and environment response, and eco-hydrology. He was funded to work in the Hong Kong Polytech University as an assistant researcher from 2007 and 2011 respectively, and also worked as a visiting scholar at Ecolab, University Paul Sabatier—Toulouse III in France, from November 2014 to November 2015, granted by the China Scholarship Council. His scientific achievements have been operationally applied in the coastal water environment management system of Hong Kong, and the environmental monitoring and protection of Poyang Lake and Erhai Lake. He has been awarded the first prize of the Hubei Development Research Award once, and the second prize of the National Surveying and Mapping Technology Progress Award twice. He is also a member of the National Geographic Condition Monitoring Committee of the Chinese Society of Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information, which is the expert organization and training teacher of the Second National Survey of Pollution Sources in Hubei province. He served as a paper reviewer for more than 20 international journals, and has published more than 80 papers, and authorized 5 national invention patents and 6 computer software copyright registrations.
Research Keywords
water resources management; hydrology modelling; remote sensing of environment; data assimilation; climate change; eco-hydrology

IRD Researcher, Geosciences Environment Toulouse laboratory, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

David Point is Senior Researcher at Geosciences Environment Toulouse laboratory, located at the University Paul Sabatier, in Toulouse, France, since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental analytical chemistry (University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France, 2004). He postdoc in 2005 was undertaken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Charleston, SC, USA. David Point has wide expertise in the mercury and trace element biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems. His activities include the use of different analytical techniques to document trace elements and mercury cycling, in particular, stable isotope measurements (MCIPCMS) and speciation techniques (GCIMS) with particular emphasis on the use of in situ passive sensors (DGTs). He has an H-index of 19, having published more than 45 articles in high impact factor journals (ORCID: 0000-0002-5218-7781).
Research Keywords
mercury; trace elements; speciation; stable isotopes; in situ sensors; biogeochemistry

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 31 October 2020.
  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 5th International Electronic Conference on Water Science. All authors will be notified by 2 November 2020 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 9 November 2020.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 16-30 November 2020.
  5. Accepted papers will be published in the journal Environmental Sciences Proceedings. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select papers that may be included for publication in the Special Issue of ECWS-5 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 (49)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-034775 Stable water isotopic evidence for the moisture source and composition of surface runoff in Ladakh, upper Indus river basin (UIRB)


Submitted: 12 Aug 2020

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sciforum-035922 Modelling external risk to agricultural development projects using a Reconnaissance drought (RDI) and Standardised Precipitation indices (SPI)

Submitted: 03 Sep 2020

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sciforum-036609 Nature-Based Solutions: Construction Method of Major Drainage System in Plain Lake-type Cities

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Submitted: 10 Sep 2020

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sciforum-035262 Spatio-temporal variability in glacier melt contribution in Bhagirathi river discharge in the headwater region of Himalaya

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Submitted: 15 Oct 2020

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sciforum-036671 Investigating the socio-economic impacts of climate-induced drought risks on resettled women farmers in Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe

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Submitted: 26 Oct 2020

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List of Authors (156)

Event Awards

We are pleased to announce that event awards are offered to the following authors and their papers:
Session Title Authors Awards
Contamination intensity and origin of trace metals in the bottom sediments from the Sebou basin (NW Morocco) Best Paper Award
A novel aggregate cyanobacterial biomass proportion index for estimating cyanobacteria succession in early eutrophic Lake Erhai, China Best Paper Award
Leaf litter decomposition in an intermittent stream: channel vs. riparian area Best Paper Award
Implications of Experiment Set-Ups for Residential Water End-Use Classification Best Paper Award
An Examination of Extreme Flood Events and Resiliency of the Lower St. Johns River, Florida, USA Using Multiple Methods Best Paper Award
Nature-Based Solutions: Construction Method of Major Drainage System in Plain Lake-type Cities Participation Award
Investigating the socio-economic impacts of climate-induced drought risks on resettled women farmers in Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe Participation Award
Passive samples (POCIS) in ponds and wetlands to evaluate pesticide degradation using compound-specific isotope analysis Participation Award
Pesticide distribution in pond sediments from an agricultural catchment (Auradé, SW France) Participation Award
Soil-water dynamics in flood irrigated orange orchard in central India: Integrated approach of sap flow measurements and HYDRUS 1D model Participation Award

In order to thank the scientists for their support to this conference and to recognize their outstanding scientific achievements, we launch the Best Paper Award and Participation Award.

The Awards
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 5

We set 5 best paper awards. The winners can obtain 500 CHF and 400 voucher.
Participation Award

Number of Awards Available: 5

We set 5 participation prizes. The participation prizes is 400 voucher.
Terms and Conditions:

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.


1. Full paper must be submitted to ECWS-5.
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.

Conference Schedule

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 31 October 2020

Notification of Acceptance: 2 November 2020

Deadline for Submission of Full Paper/Poster/Power Point: 9 November 2020

Conference Open: 16-30 November 2020

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