The 5th International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance; The International Conference on Rethinking Treatment with Asset Management

Local Organizer: ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Community Organizer: , Statistics and Economics; Strategic Asset Management

The event runs, once again, the two conferences jointly organized by IWA Specialist Group on Statistics & Economics and IWA Specialist Group on Strategic Asset Management, with plenary sessions common to both conferences and parallel sessions for each conference. It has one Organizing Committee, common to both conferences and two Scientific and Program Committees (SPC), one for each Conference. The conference aims to discuss the major challenges for the water sector in the years to come, namely: sustainable water management, water security, growing water scarcity and increasing frequency of extreme events. Facing increasing difficulties, from climate changes to contaminants of emerging concern, while needing to better benefitting from digitalization, water services must pursue financial and operational sustainability, along with human resources empowerment, mastering key performance indicators, risk management and decision making tools. In fact, while in some places water infrastructures are degrading and public and private utilities are facing significant replacement and rehabilitation costs, the way professionals used to assess and design water facilities is changing. This often occurs as a result of new approaches triggered by external stress on water systems (e.g. increasing energy costs, public health concerns due to emerging contaminants, climate change effects, etc.), but also as a consequence of imposed limitations to operation and rehabilitation expenditures. Optimizing infrastructures in order to meet capital availability is surely a task for water professionals to continuously embrace and interiorize as part of their job. But, the risk is there that society overvalues this tasks as a required effort only to get water services at better prices. Accordingly, the sector should evaluate whether its activity is being correctly communicated to all stakeholders.


  • Water resources management
  • Water governance, regulation, and institutional frameworks
  • Water statistics and data collection methods
  • Urban and rural water supply and sanitation
  • Agricultural / Industrial water management
  • Asset management in adapting existing treatment plants and related infrastructures
  • Asset management in water / wastewater systems improvement
  • New approaches on strategies linking treatment solutions and asset management
  • Information technologies for asset management on water / wastewater treatment

Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Lígia Costa Pinto
University of Minho / APESB (Port. Ass. Environ. & Sanitary Engineering) Portugal
Alexandra Cunha
ERSAR – The Water and Waste Services Regulation Portuguese Authority Portugal
Ana Camanho
Engineering Faculty, University of Porto Portugal
Ana Cláudia Tomás
Águas do Douro e Paiva, Porto Portugal
Andrea Guerrini
University of Verona Portugal
Conceição Castro
Porto Accounting and Business School (ISCAP) Portugal
David Tipping
SG Statistics & Economics / AIMS Australia
Ed Smeets
Chair of IWA SG Statistics & Economics / Edmadi BV Netherlands
Eduardo Vivas
H2OPT Portugal
Filippo Baldaro
IWA SG Statistics & Economics / CETaqua, Barcelona Spain
Francesc Hernandez-Sancho
IWA SG Statistics & Economics / University of Valencia Spain
Giulia Romano
University of Pisa Italy
Ioannis Kostakis
Harokopio University Greece
Joana Boaventura
Águas do Douro e Paiva Portugal
João Simão Pires
Portuguese Water Partnership (PWP) / Catholic Lisbon School Portugal
Konstantinos Tsagarakis
IWA SG S&E / Democritus University of Thrace Greece
Leonardo Costa
Católica Porto Business School Portugal
Lledo Castellet Viciano
IWA SG Statistics & Economics / University of Valencia Spain
Masao Shibuya
SG S&E / Japanese Water Works Association (JWWA) Japan
Paulo Ramísio
Univ. of Minho / APESB (Port. Ass. for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering) Portugal
Pedro Perdigão
Indáqua Portugal
Renato Parena
Societa Canavesana Acque Sri Italy
Rita Amaral
National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) Portugal
Rui Cunha Marques
Technical Superior Institute (IST), University of Lisbon Portugal
Stefanos Xenarios
Graduate School of Public Polic, Nazabayev University Kazakhstan
Teodor Popa
IWA Tariffs and Finance WG / Compania Apa Brasov Romania
Maria João Rosa
National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) Portugal
Jaime Gabriel Silva
ISEP – Polytechnic Institute of Porto / Águas de Santo André Portugal
Aleksander Sotic
Ass. Water Techn. & Sanit. Eng. / College Applied Studies Eng. Serbia
Aisha Mamade
National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) / IST University of Lisbon Portugal
António Ramos
Efacec Portugal
Benedicte Rulleau
Catarina Silva
National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) Portugal
Catarina Tuna
Águas do Porto / APDA Portugal
Caty Werey
Irstea-Engees GESTE France
Celso Azevedo
Assetsman & Assetskill / Ecole Centrale de Paris Brazil
Cristina Santos
Engineering Faculty, University of Porto / APRH Portugal
Francisco Piqueiro
Engineering Faculty, University of Porto Portugal
Franz Tscheikner-Gratl
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Norway
Frederic Cherqui
INSA-Lyon (UCBL) France
João Feliciano
AGS - Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade Portugal
João Vilaça
SimDouro Portugal
Katerina Stamatelatou
Democritus University of Thrace Greece
Miguel Ferreira
Suma, Group Mota – Engil Portugal
Nuno Marques Almeida
Technical Superior Institute (IST), University of Lisbon Portugal
Petros Kolovopoulos
Hydro-Comp Enterprises Cyprus
Raquel Teixeira da Silva
SimDouro, Gaia Portugal
Ricardo Nascimento
EQS Global Portugal
Rita Salgado Brito
Chair SG SAM / LNEC - National Laboratory Civil Engineering Portugal