Water Pollution 2016 is the 13th International Conference in the series of Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Water Pollution. The conference, which has always been very successful, provides a forum for discussion amongst scientists, managers and academics from different areas of water contamination. The wealth of information exchanged in this international meeting continues to be of great benefit to all involved with water pollution problems.

The environmental problems caused by the increase of pollutant loads discharged into natural water bodies requires the formation of a framework for regulation and control. This framework needs to be based on scientific results that relate pollutant discharge with changes in water quality. The results of these studies allow industry to apply more efficient methods of controlling and treating waste loads, and water authorities to enforce appropriate regulations regarding this matter.

Environmental problems are essentially interdisciplinary. Engineers and scientists working in this field must be familiar with a wide range of issues including the physical processes of mixing and dilution, chemical and biological processes, mathematical modelling, data acquisition and measurement, to name but a few. In view of the scarcity of available data, it is important that experiences are shared on an international basis. Thus, a continuous exchange of information between scientists from different countries is essential. 

The Water Pollution Conference started in Southampton in 1991 and has been held in Milan, Italy (1993); Porto Carras, Greece (1995); Lake Bled, Slovenia (1997); Lemnos, Greece (1999); Rhodes, Greece (2001); Cadiz, Spain (2003); Bologna, Italy (2006); Alicante, Spain (2008); Bucharest, Romania (2010); The New Forest, UK, home of the Wessex Institute (2012) and the Algarve in 2014. All published papers since 1993 have been widelydistributed and archived in the eLibrary where they are permanently available to the scientific community (

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Water Pollution 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Monitoring, modelling and forecasting
  • Freshwater quality
  • Marine water quality
  • Groundwater and aquifer issues
  • Water management
  • Remediation
  • Agricultural contamination
  • Wastewater treatment and management
  • Offshore pollution and oil spills
  • Mining and water quality
  • Soil erosion and water pollution
  • Emerging technologies
  • Health risk studies
  • Micropollution and nanoparticles
  • Microbiological aspects
  • Risk assessments
  • Socio-economic-political consequences
  • Education and training
  • Population and climate change
  • Future trends in water pollution
  • Emerging approaches for water waste management

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Water Pollution 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free ( 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.


To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or bottom of this page. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Water Pollution 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

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Situated in north eastern Italy, the city of Venice is spread across 118 small islands separated by waterways and linked by bridges. Famous for its unique setting and architecture, the entire city is a World Heritage site. Walking around Venice is pleasant and easily achievable due to the absence of cars, however the vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis make getting around the city quicker. Those wishing to enjoy the scenery from the water should take a gondola ride. Having a rich history Venice has numerous sights of interest with many museums, churches and significant buildings, bridges, piazzas and canals.

Travel Information

By Air

From Venezia Marco Polo to the Conference Venue:

Marco Polo airport connects Venice with more than 94 destinations in Europe and north Africa. Airlines travelling to this airport include Alitalia, Luftansa, Air France, Iberia, Wizzair, Easyjet and Ryan air amongst many others.  The city centre is easily reached from the airport using public transport either on land or using the navigation system.

Once you have arrived at the airport, the most convenient way for you to travel to the conference venue is by waterbus (Aliguna). Alilaguna is the boat system which connects the airport with San Marco, you need to take either ‘Linea Arancio’ (Orange line) or ‘Linea Rossa’ (Red line) (More information can be found at: The journey from the airport to San Marco takes around 1 hour 10 minutes and you can buy a single ticket at the airport for €15 or a return ticket for €27 (Please be aware that the return ticket is only valid for 24hrs).

From San Marco you then need to make your way to the San Zaccaria - M.V.E. boat stop to take line 20 to the island of San Servolo (For boat timetable see: This journey takes 10 minutes with regular boats to and from the island.

If you wish to travel the centre of Venice from the airport before arriving to the conference venue, we recommend that you take a bus (ATVO, ACTV) from the exit terminal to Piazzale Roma. ATVO is the bus which runs from 9am to midnight and connects the airport to Piazzale Roma in about 20 minutes.  You can find this bus stop outside the arrivals area.

Once you arrive at Piazzale Roma, to get to the venue you can take the public water bus no.1, no. 5.1, no. 4.1, no. 6.1 or no. 2 in Lido direction "Lido", getting off at San Zaccaria. From there make your way to the San Zaccaria - M.V.E.  stop to take line 20 for San Servolo.


From Venezia Treviso Airport to the Conference Venue:

Airlines flying to Treviso airport include Ryanair, WIZZair, Germanwings and Transavia. These airlines connect Venice with cities like Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Brussels, Casablanca, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Lisbon, Paris and Toronto amongst many others. 

From this airport, there is a regular ATVO coach service to Venice city centre (Piazzale Roma). -. The journey from Treviso airport to Piazzale Roma takes around 40 minutes and a return ticket should cost around €13 (See for more information and timetables).

Once you arrive at Piazzale Roma, to get to the venue you can take the public water bus no.1, no. 5.1, no. 4.1, no. 6.1 or no. 2 in Lido direction "Lido", getting off at San Zaccaria. From there make your way to the San Zaccaria - M.V.E.  stop to take line 20 for San Servolo.

By Train

If you are travelling to Venice by train, make sure that your train takes you to Santa Lucia Train Station (do not confuse Mestre Train Station which is in the mainland).  Next to the Santa Lucia train station you will find the Terminal Cruise, where you can take public waterbus ACTV, line 2 to San Marco. From there, make your way to the San Zaccaria - M.V.E.  stop to take line 20 for San Servolo.

By Road

Venice lies on the major A4 autostrada that runs east-west across Northern Italy through the Po Valley, from Turin past Milan, Brescia, Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, and Padova to Venice (and on to Trieste). Exit the A4 at Venezia-Mestre, and follow signs for Venezia - Centro Storico until you arrive at Piazza Roma where you will have to leave your vehicle.

Although it is possible to travel to Venice by car, it is not possible to drive around the city. Once you have arrived to Venice, you will have to leave your car and use public transport to move around the city. Should you arrive by car there is ample parking in Piazzale Roma, Garage Comunale or Garage San Marco or at Tronchetto Park. The most convenient car park is Tronchetto on the right just before Piazzale Roma. Tronchetto is linked to Piazzale Roma with a "people mover". From Tronchetto to Piazzale Roma it takes 2 minutes. Alternatively, from Tronchetto, a water bus service is available to San Marco.

From San Marco you then need to make your way to the San Zaccaria - M.V.E. boat stop to take line 20 to the island of San Servolo (For boat timetable see: This journey takes 10 minutes with regular boats to and from the island.

Please note that no matter where you are staying, Venice is small enough to be conveniently toured on foot.

Conference Venue

The Island of San Servolo, once a hospital and monastery, with its numerous conference rooms and the adjacent accommodation buildings providing over 300 beds, is a centre of excellence for conferences, training seminars and cultural events. The Museum of Madness, a cloister and a stunning church from the eighteenth century complete San Servolo’s cultural offering and place the island amongst the most important conference centres in Venice

San Servolo Convention centre
Isola Di san Servolo,
30170 Venezia,


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at San Servolo Residential and Study Centre; however, availability is extremely limited. Please ensure that you book your accommodation by completing the Accommodation Booking Form below.

If rooms are not available on the island, we recommend staying in mainland Venice and using public transport each day. The island is easily reached with the public transport system of ACTV using line 20 from San Zaccaria, M.V.E. stop  (it may take 10 minutes). 


Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.


Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here:

Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland). 
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country. 
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken. Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information:

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat.
Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.
Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter

Additional Information

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