September 14, 2016

Invited Speakers

Keynote Presentation:
Water Governance in the Face of Global Change: From Understanding to Transformation
By Claudia Pahl-Wostl

ClaudiaPahl-WostlClaudia Pahl-Wostl

Professor Dr.
Institute of Environmental Systems Research,
University of Osnabrück,
Barbarastr. 12, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is full professor for resources management at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research (USF) in Osnabrück, Germany. She is an internationally leading scholar on governance and adaptive and integrated management of water resources and the role of social and societal learning. Her research programme builds on foundations in systems science, which explicitly acknowledge the complex and often unpredictable dynamics of the systems to be managed. In 2012 the Bode Foundation Water Management Prize was awarded to Prof. Pahl-Wostl for the pioneering interdisciplinary work on “Governance in times of change” and comparative analyses of water governance in large river basins.
Claudia Pahl-Wostl was Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the GWSP (Global Water System Project – a joint project of the ESSP – WCRP, IGBP, IHDP and DIVERSITAS) and is now member of the planning committee of the solution-oriented “Sustainable Water Future Programme”, a core project of Future Earth. She has participated in and coordinated several European project, e.g. the Integrated Project NEWATER (New methods for adaptive water management) that focused in particular on the transition from current regimes of water management in a river basin to more integrated, adaptive approaches. The project had case studies in Europe, Africa and Central Asia, where new methods were developed and tested in participatory settings.



Keynote Presentation:
Water Energy Food Nexus: Issues and Challenges
By Luis S. Pereira

luispereiraLuis S. Pereira
Professor Emeritus
Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa,
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal

Professor Emeritus, Institute of Agronomy, University of Lisbon. Invited Professor at CIHEAM/IAM-Bari, Italy. Research adviser at Universities in China and Brazil. Doctor honoris causa, University of Rousse, Bulgaria. Hon. President of Int. Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), and Hon. Vice-President of the Int. Com. of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Member, Portuguese Academy of Engineering, the “Accademia dei Georgofili”, Italy, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, the Académie d’Agriculture de France and the Int. Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Fellow, Ordem dos Engenheiros, Portugal. Awards by various institutions, including EWRA.
Former leader of Biosystems Eng. Research Centre; current leader of thematic area of Climate Change and Water Scarcity at LEAF, ISA-ULisboa. Former coordinator of research projects on irrigation water management on North China Plain, the Yellow River Basin, the Aral Sea basin and a network on Irrigation of Latin-American countries. Benchmark contributions/achievements refer to crop evapotranspiration (co-author of FAO56 Crop Evapotranspiration. Guidelines for Computing Crop Water Requirements), modelling the soil water balance (ISAREG and SIMDualKc models), water scarcity and droughts (Springer book Coping with Water Scarcity. Addressing the Challenges). Author or co-author of a large number of papers in journals (210), book chapters (105) and author/co-author or editor/co-editor of several books.



Keynote Presentation:
Towards adaptation of water resource systems to climatic and socio-economic change
By Patrick Enda O’Connell

Patrick Enda O’Connell
Professor of Water Resources Engineering
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Professor O’Connell has contributed extensively to the international literature in the areas of stochastic rainfall modelling, distributed physically-based modelling of river basins, climate change impact assessment, flood risk estimation and management, and water resources management. In the field of flood risk management, he has been engaged for several years in assessing the impacts of land use management changes on flood generation at a range of scales. In the water resources management field, he has led a $5M programme of capacity-building in Palestine over the period 1999-2005 based on a holistic Integrated Water Resources Management approach. For more than 20 years, he has been engaged in research on the impacts of climate change on hydrological and water resource systems. More recently, he has launched a new research programme in Earth Systems Engineering at Newcastle University, an evolving field based around a multidisciplinary approach to adaptation to climate and socio-economic change, with a focus on understanding and modelling coupled human and natural systems. In the period 2009-2011, he has been an Honorary Professor in the Water Resources Department at the Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) in Beijing. He has been appointed a De Tao Master of Hydrology and Water Resources Management in 2013. He is also a consultant to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on the Eastern Nile Joint Multipurpose Programme, and has contributed to the development of the NBI Nile Basin Decision Support System. He is/has been a member of the editorial boards of several leading international journals, and has acted as a consultant on many national and international hydrology/water resources projects. He is the founding past President of the Hydrological Sciences Section of the European Geosciences Union, and a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.



Keynote Presentation:
Kinematic Wave Theory of Surface Runoff
By Vijay P. Singh

vijaysinghVijay P. Singh, Ph.D., D.Sc., D. Eng. (Hon.), Ph.D. (Hon.), D.Sc. (Hon.), P.E., P.H., Hon. D. WRE
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and
Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Professor V.P. Singh is a Distinguished Professor and the inaugural holder of Caroline & William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Zachry Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. He received his B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in engineering. He is a registered professional engineer, a registered professional hydrologist, and an Honorary diplomate of ASCE-AAWRE. He has extensively published in hydrology, groundwater, hydraulics, environmental engineering, irrigation engineering, and water resources engineering. He has received more than 75 national and international awards, including three honorary doctorates. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a fellow EWRI, AWRA, IWRS, ISAE, IASWC and IE. He is a member of 10 international engineering academies. He has served as President of the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH).



Keynote Presentation:
Flood forecasting and adaptive water resources management in the new millennium. Where are we ?
By Ezio Todini

eziotodiniEzio Todini

Italian Hydrological Society
Porta di Piazza San Donato, 1
40126 Bologna, Italy

Prof. Ezio Todini, is the Founding President of the Italian Hydrological Society. Professor of Hydrology at the University of Bologna and Coordinator of the PhD Course on Physical Modelling for the Protection of the Environment until 2010, he is a leading scientist and author in the fields of Hydraulics, Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Applied Statistics.
Developer of several hydraulic, hydrological and statistical models, such as: the GGA for looped water distribution systems, the numerical engine of the worldwide renown US- EPANET package; the hydrological models CLS, ARNO, TOPKAPI and TOPKAPI-X, widely used in operational flood forecasting systems; the MCP uncertainty post-processor.
Prof. Todini was involved as coordinator or as scientific responsible in a long series of successful national and international projects aimed at developing and installing more than 20 operational real time forecasting systems installed in several countries ranging from Italy (Po, Tevere, Arno, Reno, etc.), China (Han Jiang, Huai He, Fuchun, Fiume Giallo, etc.), Spain (Miño, Duero, Tajo, Hucar, Segura, etc.) and Germany (Rhein).
Author of more than 200 publications, he co-authored the WMO Manual on Real Time Flood Forecasting and the chapters on Parameter Estimation and on Predictive Uncertainty in the forthcoming new edition of the McGrawHill “Handbook of Hydrology”. Prof. Todini, as a consultant, has taken part to several missions on behalf of International Organizations in Central America, China, Venezuela, the Caribbean and Slovakia on behalf of WMO; in Uganda and Ethiopia on behalf of FAO; in Ethiopia on behalf of UNOPS; in Kazakhstan, Lebanon and the Balkans on behalf of the World Bank.



Keynote Presentation:
Smart Water Network Modeling for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
By Paul F. Boulos

PaulBoulosPaul F. Boulos, 
Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
President, COO and Chief Technical Officer
370 Interlocken Boulevard, Suite 300
Broomfield, Colorado 80021 USA

Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, is Founder, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze, and a world leading expert in water and wastewater engineering. He has co-authored ten authoritative textbooks and more than 200 technical articles on water and wastewater engineering. His pioneering work on distribution systems water quality modeling is now an industry standard worldwide. Dr. Boulos has received numerous honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, government and research organizations and NGOs. Among his honors are notable technical awards for excellence in scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the most prestigious honor given by the university to its alumni; was granted the Distinguished Alumni award by the Lebanese American University; and was awarded Honorary Diplomate status by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as well as Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), both Academies’ top honors. He was also elected to the grade of Distinguished Member of ASCE, the highest honor conferred by the Society; and to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer.



Keynote Presentation:
Navigating Ethical Dilemmas as an Engineer
By Steven Starrett

StevenStarrettSteven K. Starrett, 
Director of Honor and Integrity System
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Kansas State University, USA
President, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

Steven Starrett is the Director of Honor and Integrity System in Kansas State University, as well as an Associate Professor of Water Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, Kansas State University and Water Resources Engineering Expert, Consultant and Professional Engineer for Starrett Engineering, LLC.
His course (CE 703) on Responsibility of Engineering: Codes & Professionalism, was recognized as an exemplar engineering ethics course by NAE. He has received the KSU-CE Department Collegiality Award (2012, 2009 and 2006), a Faculty Award given to person that makes major contributions to departmental mission, has a positive attitude and is a model team player and the Young Engineer of the Year Award for the state of Kansas, Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, 2003.
He has served in ASCE-Environmental and Water Resources Institute as a Governing Board Member and also as the National Treasurer and Vice President. He is now the President of the Committee.



Keynote Presentation:
Updated IDF curves and extreme rainfall statistics under climate change
By Slobodan P. Simonovic

Slobodan P. SimonovicSlobodan P. Simonovic, 
Ph.D, P.Eng, Member CAE, Fellow CSCE, ASCE and IWRA
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of Engineering Works,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario,N6A 5B9, Canada

Dr. Simonovic has extensive research, teaching and consulting experience in water resources systems engineering. He is teaching courses in water resources and civil engineering systems. He actively works for national and international professional organizations. Dr. Simonovic’s primary research interest focuses on the application of systems approach to management of complex water and environmental systems. Most of his work is related to the integration of risk, reliability, and uncertainty in hydrology and water resources management. He has received a number of awards for excellence in teaching, research and outreach. He has published over 450 professional publications and three major textbooks. He has been inducted to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June of 2013.



Keynote Presentation:
The “WFD” implementation in the European member states
By Rodrigo Maia

RodrigoMaiaRodrigo Maia

Associate Professor,
Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment Division
Faculty of Engineering
University of Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s.n., 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

Rodrigo Maia has a PhD in Civil Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). He is an Associate Professor at FEUP and an Affiliate Professor at the Colorado State University. He is the Vice-President of EWRA (European Water Resources Association). He is a Research Project coordinator on: water resources management with emphasis on extreme events; fluid mechanics and its applications to channel flows and fluvial rehabilitation. He is involved in studies and research on international rivers basins, namely of the Iberian Peninsula. He is also a Research Group coordinator in several national and international projects, namely FP5, FP6 and FP7 EU Projects and was involved in the creation of a Drought Early Warning Management System for the Portuguese National Water Authority.
More specifically, he is currently the coordinator of three different work groups: one devoted to water resources management with emphasis on extreme events, namely droughts and water scarcity; another dedicated to fluid mechanics and its applications to channel flows; the third one working on hydraulic studies and river rehabilitation.
In parallel, he has been invited to participate in different congresses and seminars dealing with issues on international rivers and the Albufeira Convention’s application. He has devoted some work to these topics, being the author of several papers on shared rivers and the editor of a book on the implementation of conventions in Transboundary Rivers, edited by FLAD (Luso-American Foundation).
Currently supervising 7 PhD Thesis and several MSc Thesis. Author/co-author of 6 chapters in books with more than 100 publications in international periodicals with referee and papers in conference proceedings.



Keynote Presentation:
Natural Waste Water Treatment Systems 
By Vassilios Tsihrintzis

vasilis_tsihrintzisVassilios A. Tsihrintzis, 
Ph.D., P.E., P.H.
Professor of Ecological Engineering and Technology
Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning & Laboratory of Reclamation Works and Water Resources Management
School of Rural and Surveying Engineering
National Technical University of Athens
Zografou, Athens, Greece

Vassilios A. Tsihrintzis is Full Professor of Ecological Engineering and Technology at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prof. Tsihrintzis’ research interests concentrate, among others, in water resources engineering and management with emphasis on urban and agricultural drainage and non-pont source pollution, water quality of aquatic systems and pollution control, ecohydrology and ecohydraulics, and the use of natural treatment systems (i.e., constructed wetlands and stabilization ponds) for runoff and wastewater treatment. His published research work includes more than 130 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, over 250 papers in conference proceedings, and more than 100 technical reports. He has also authored or coauthored books and book chapters on operations research, urban hydrology and runoff quality management, and natural systems for wastewater and runoff treatment, among others. He has participated as a PI/coordinator or a team member in various research projects in the USA, the EU, and Greece. Dr. Tsihrintzis has supervised more than 80 undergraduate and postgraduate student theses and 12 doctoral dissertations. He regularly teaches, among others, Engineering Hydrology, Urban Water Management, Fluid Mechanics, Groundwater, Environmental Engineering, and Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems. He has also served as a Professor and the Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, for several years, while before he was an Associate Professor of Water Resources Engineering at Florida International University, USA. Finally, Dr. Tsihrintzis has an extensive professional experience as a practicing civil and environmental engineer both in the USA (he was a registered Professional Engineer in California and a Certified Professional Hydrologist by the American Institute of Hydrology) and Greece, having been involved in several land development drainage, urban hydrology, sediment transport and channel design, water resources management, wetland restoration, and constructed wetlands projects.



Keynote Presentation:
Overview of Water Policy Developments Pre- and Post-2015 Development Agenda
By Nilgun Harmancioglu


Dokuz Eylul University
Water Resources Management Research & Application Center
Tinaztepe Campus 35160 Buca, Izmir, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Nilgun B. Harmancioglu is a professor of hydrology and water resources, teaching and carrying out research activities at DEU Faculty of Engineering since 1976 (formerly at Aegean University between 1976 and 1982).
She received her BSc. in civil engineering in 1973, MSc. in water resources engineering in 1976, and her PhD. in hydrology and water resources in 1981. She was promoted to associate professorship in 1986 and to full professorship in 1992 at DEU Faculty of Engineering. She spent a year between 1980-81 in Paris, Ecole National Superieure des Mines de Paris, Centre d’Informatique Geologique, Laboratoire d’Hydrogeologie Mathematique for post-doctoral studies on optimum design of hydrometric data collection networks. (with professors G. de Marsily and Pierre Huber). Between 1984-86, she worked as a research associate in Washington, D.C., the George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, International Water Resources Institute (with Professor Vujica Yevjevich). There she carried out a research project on monitoring and evaluation of water quality data and another one funded by NSF on precipitation-runoff modeling.
Dr. Harmancioglu’s basic areas of research are water resources management, simulation of hydrologic processes and information theory as applied to water resources. In the 80’s and 90’s she worked on the entropy principle and pioneered its application to water quality and other hydrometric networks. She has about 350 publications in the relevant areas, 70% of which are in English. She conducted 35 graduation projects and 15 graduate theses up-to-date in addition to various research projects funded by NATO, IWMI, the British Council, the State Planning Agency, DEU, TUBITAK and EU. She and her team contributed to EU FP5, FP6, and FP7 Program projects and are now partners in a Horizon 2020 project.
Dr. Harmancioglu acted as a member of the editorial board of the book series “Water Science and Technology Library” of Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer). She herself published and edited 4 books published by Springer. She has contributed to several international conferences and symposia as a co-director, lecturer and member of organization committees.
Dr. Harmancioglu is currently a member of such international organizations as AGU, AWRA, EWRA, IAHS, NYAS, and IWA. She has also been assigned as a member to the National Engineering Committee of the Higher Education Council of Turkey, established in 1995. She acted as a member of the Theme Advisory Board for UNESCO IHP-VI Program between 2002 and 2007. At present, she is the Director of SUMER (Water Resources Management Research & Application Center) and also acted for 8 years as the Head of the Water Resources Division of the Civil Engineering Department of DEU Engineering Faculty. She is a Life Long Fellow of IAH (Indian Association of Hydrologists).
She was awarded by EWRA at the 9th World Congress of EWRA in Istanbul as a distinguished member for her sustained and remarkable contributions to the scientific field of water resources management, and their continuous service to the society.