5th IWA International Symposium on Water and Wastewater Technologies in Ancient Civilisations: Evolution of Technologies from Prehistory to Modern Times

Local Organizer: University of Jordan; Water Utility of Amman
Community Organizer: , Rainwater Harvesting and Management ; Centralized and Decentralised systems; Sustainability and Water Sector ; Urban Drainage

Jordan is a resource-starved, middle-income country with insufficient supplies of water, oil and other natural resources. The country is classified as being a semi-arid to arid region with annual rainfall of less than 200 mm over 92% of the land. Jordan’s annual renewable resources of less than 100m3/inh. are far below the global threshold of severe water scarcity of 500m3/inh. Reports and studies indicated that none of the kingdoms, or cities had historically been established or had survived, except when an adequate and continuous water source was available. Those are still well visible in areas such as Pella (Tabakat Fahl), Gadara (Um Qais), Gerasa (Jarash), Petra, Philadelphia (Ammon or Amman) and many others with less spectacular remains. They were only to be established and in part continue existing because of the availability and wise use of water. Due to accelerated development and continuous fluxes of refugees (Palestine, Sria, Iraq, Libya…etc) The groundwater resources of the country are overexploited at a rate of around 300 MCM/year. Some groundwater basins like Jafr and Dhuleil were depleted in the seventies and eighties. Others like Azraq, Mujib, Yarmouk, Disi and Agib are showing strong signs of depletion, such as declining groundwater levels and increasing salinity. If the present overexploitation continues at the same rate, these groundwater resources are expected to be exhausted within the coming two to three decades. Therefore, such an event will play a vital role in gathering experts from different countries to share their experiences in such circumstances, and provide solutions from their own experiences to the participants from developing countries who have the same water issues as in Jordan.

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Dr. Motasem Saidan
The University of Jordan Jordan
Dr. Hussam Khasawneh
The University of Jordan Jordan
Dr. Andreas N. Angelakis
Institute of Crete Greece
Dr. Alper Baba
İzmir Institute of Technology Turkey
Prof. Tayel El-Hasan
Mu'tah University Jordan
Dr. Marwan Al Raqqad
The University of Jordan Jordan
Prof. Ioannis Kalavrouziotis
Hellenic Open University Greece
Prof. Dr Xrissi Karapanagioti
University of Patras Greece
Prof. Mohammad Al-Shannag
The University of Jordan Jordan
Prof. Radwan Al-Weshah
The University of Jordan Jordan
Dr. Nidal Hussein
University of Petra Jordan
Prof. Zayed Al Hamamre
The University of Jordan Jordan
Dr. Mohammad Al Farajat
Al-Bayt University Jordan
Prof. Ahmed Bdour
Hashemite University Jordan
Dr. Mo'ayyad Shawaqfah
Al-Bayt University Jordan
Dr. Qasem Abdelal
The German Jordanian University Jordan
Dr. Bashar Alsmadi
The University of Jordan Jordan
Dr. Ziad Al-Ghazawi
Jordan University for Science and Technology Jordan
Dr. Walid Saleh
FAO United States Of America
Prof. Mehmet Amin Aydin
Konya Necmettin Erbakan University Turkey
Prof. Habib Muhammetoglu
Akdeniz University Turkey
Prof. Bulent Topkay
Akdeniz University Turkey
Prof. Rabi Mohtar
Texas A&M University United States Of America
Prof. Konstantinos Voudouris
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
Prof. Abbas Al-Omari
The University of Jordan Jordan
Prof. Ing. Paolo Roccaro
University of Catania Italy
Prof. Olf Mahjoub
National Research Institute for Rural Engineering Tunisia
Prof. Yannis Lolos
University of Thessaly Greece
Prof. Dr. Cees W. Passchier Tektonophysik
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Germany
Dr. Najet Aroua
University of Biskra France
Dr. Mohamed MOUSSA
Désertification Institut des Régions Arides France
Prof. Dr. Hafzullah Aksoy
Istanbul Technical University Turkey
Bruno Nguyen
UNESCO Division of Water Sciences France
Ibrahim Obada
Ministry of Water and Irrigation Jordan
Prof. Dr.-Eng. Fatma El-Gohary
National Research Center Egypt
Prof. Albert Koenig
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China
Prof. Giovanni De Feo
Prof. Miquel Salgot
Dr. Hanane Benqlilou
Dr. Renato Drusiani
Prof. Maria da Conceição Cunha
Prof. Larry Mays
United States Of America
Prof. Walter Dragoni
Prof. Jens Krasilnikoff
Prof. Demetris Koutsoyiannis
National University of Athens Greece
Dr. Zheng Xiao Yan
Dr. Petri S. Juuti
Dr. Tapio S. Katko
Dr. Jiménez-Cisneros Blanca Elena
Prof. Nikos Mamassis
National University of Athens Greece
Dr. Akissa Bahri
Dr. Krimo Dahmen
Dr. Dr. Yannis Dialynas
United States Of America
Prof. Yuri Gorokhovich
United States Of America
Prof. Benoit Haut
Dr. Eleni I. Kanetaki
Prof. Kostas Katsifarakis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
Prof. Nicholas Kathijotes
Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
Dr. Pietro Laureano
Prof. Pierluigi Martini
Associazione Idrotecnica Italiana Italy
Dr. Yannis Markonis
National University of Athens Greece
Prof. Jure Margeta
University of Split Croatia
Prof. Aldo Tamburrino
Dr. Heikki S. Vuorinen
Hjelt Institute Finland