4th Regional IWA Diffuse Pollution Conference (CANCELLED)

Community Organizer: , IWA Austria

The 4th Regional IWA Diffuse Pollution Conference will be organized in Vienna, Austria on 14-17 September 2020 by the International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) in partnership with the IWA SG on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication.
The conference provides a perfect opportunity for researchers, practitioners, consultants, policy makers and other interested stakeholders to present their work and exchange experiences, new ideas, as well as any practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted.
The conference organiser IAWD has more than 25 years of experience of working with water utilities and national water utility associations in the Danube region. Since 2013, IAWD together with the World Bank is implementer of the so-called Danube Water Program, which is a capacity building program for the Danube region water supply and wastewater sector to achieve smart policies, strong utilities and sustainable services. Thus, the organisers emphasize to attract utility participation to discuss the impacts of diffuse pollution on drinking water services. With groundwater making up most of the Danube region’s drinking water supply, protecting it from pollution and over-abstraction is a top priority in the region, as years of overuse and agricultural pollution have put stress on essential groundwater bodies. The goal of Danube countries is to restore and maintain cleaner groundwater while managing its use for a more ecologically balanced and healthier water supply. Thus, the first day of the conference will be dedicated to an exchange on diffuse pollution in the context of the nitrate-directive and will involve representatives from institutions such as the European Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism or the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency.


  • Diffuse pollution from agriculture
  • Urban and Industrial Diffuse pollution
  • Integrated and Transboundary River Basin Management
  • Soil and Groundwater contamination
  • Reservoir and surface water bodies issues: Eutrophication/Turbid flows
  • Climate Change Adaptation Public participation and sustainable development
  • Policies, Governance and Education on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Mi-Hyun Park
University of California United States Of America
Ralf Kunkel
Research Centre Juelich GmbH Germany
Fiona Napier
Scottish Environment Protection Agency United Kingdom
Xiaoyan Wang
Peking University China
Eva Abal
International River Foundation Australia
Luis Alberto Bravo-Inclan
Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) Mexico
Rob Davies-Colley
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research New Zealand
Sarah Dorner
Polytechnique Montreal Canada
Ferdi Hellwegger
Technical University of Berlin Germany
Atsushi Ichiki
Ritsumeikan University Japan
Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul
Naresuan University Thailand
Cevza Melek Kazezyılmaz-Alhan
Istanbul University Turkey
Eakalak Khan
Noth Dakota State University United States Of America
Lee-Hyung Kim
Kongju National University South Korea
Xuyong Li
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
Marla Maniquiz-Redillas
De La Salle University Philippines
Fumiyuki Nakajima
The University of Tokyo Japan
Fiona Regan
Dublin City University Ireland
Zorica Todorovic
Atkins Global United Kingdom
Markus Venohr
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Germany
Andreas Farnleitner
ICC Water & Health - KL & TU Wien Austria
Matthias Zessner
TU Wien Austria
Katerina Schilling
IAWD Austria