River Basin Management 2017 is the 9th Conference in the series which marks the growing international interest in the planning, design and management of river basin systems.

River Basin Management includes all aspects of Hydrology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Flood Plains and Wetlands. Riverine systems are coming under increasing pressure due to anthropological and natural causes. Prominent amongst the problems affecting them is water scarcity and quality, which requires the development of improved methods for better river management.

Changes in the landscape, use of the land and climate conditions lead to a continuous revaluation of river basin management objectives. This requires the development of better measuring tools as well as the use of increasingly accurate computer software.

Catastrophic events such as floods and associated landslides, erosion and sedimentation can have serious effects not only on life and property but also on the basin ecology. Frequently these problems are aggravated by the unforeseen consequences of man made changes in the river basin. This has led in recent years to work on river restoration and rehabilitation with various degrees of success.

The first River Basin Management conference took place in Cardiff, UK in 2001, followed by meetings in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (2003); Bologna, Italy (2005); Kos, Greece (2007); Malta (2009); Riverside, California (2011); The New Forest, UK (2013), home of the Wessex Institute and A Coruna, Spain (2015).

The objective of this series of conferences is to bring together practitioners and researchers in academia and industry in the hope that their interaction will foster mutual understanding and lead to better solutions for river basins.

The papers corresponding to all the conferences have been archived in digital form at where they are permanently available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at River Basin Management 2017. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.


  • Water resources management
  • Flood risk management
  • Ecological and environmental impact
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Hydrological modelling
  • River restoration and rehabilitation
  • Hydropower issues and development
  • River and watershed management
  • Water quality issues
  • Organic contamination management
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Transboundary water issues
  • Estuaries and deltas
  • Climate change
  • Water quality and health
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Water governance and policies
  • Data acquisition, management and analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Hydraulic structures
  • Experimental measurements
  • Rain water management
  • Water energy nexus
  • Drought assessment and management
  • Ecosystem services


Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at River Basin Management 2017 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.


Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by clicking on the 'Submit an Abstract' button found at the top and bottom of this page. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.

We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements.

The language of the conference will be English.


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.

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 River Basin Management 2017 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.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic with a history dating back a millennium. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of European wars. The city sits amid the gentle landscapes of the Bohemian>plateau, straddling the Vltava River, which is the longest river in the Czech Republic. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock and the Jewish Quarter. The historical centre of Prague has been listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register since 1992. It is a city of culture boasting more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, cinemas, and other historical exhibits.


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Prague’s oldest bridge was built to replace the Judith Bridge that had been badly damaged by floods in 1342. The Stone, or Prague, Bridge, called Charles Bridge since 1870, was begun in 1357 by Charles IV and was completed in 1402. The bridge is built of sandstone blocks, flanked at each end by fortified towers (Lesser Town Bridge Towers, Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928, 30 statues of saints were carved to decorate the bridge, the most famous of which is the statue of St John of Nepomuk.

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This Gothic cathedral, the spiritual symbol of the Czech state, was founded in 1344 on the site of the original Romanesque rotunda. The construction took nearly 600 years and was finally completed in 1929. Its impressive interior is home to such wonders as the beautifully decorated St. Wenceslas Chapel with the tomb of St Wenceslas, the crypt where Czech kings are buried, and the Crown Chamber, where the Crown Jewels are kept.

Wenceslas Squarenarodni-muzeum
This square is the commercial and administrative centre of the city as well as the site of important social and historical events. Here you'll find cinemas, theatres, banks, hotels, restaurants, dozens of small and large shops, and administrative centres. The square was created during the founding of the New Town by Charles IV in 1348. Today it is dominated by the National Museum (1885 – 1891) and Josef Václav Myslbek’s statue of the national patron St Wenceslas from 1912.

For more information about Prague visit Prague City Tourism:

Travel Information

By Air:

Vaclav Havel Airport (Prague international airport) is located approximately 15km northwest of Prague city centre and there are direct flights from most European cities.

The airport is located 15 km from the Orea Hotel Pyramida, Prague.

The following airlines fly from the UK direct to Prague: British Airways, Smart Wings, Czech Airlines, easyJet , Jet2, Ryanair, Wizz Air.

Other airlines flying into Prague include: KLM, Austrian Airlines, Norwegian, Lufthansa, LOT, Vueling Airlines, Air France, Aer Lingus, Ukraine International, Brussels Airlines, Iberia, Norwegian Air International, Swiss, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Berlin, SAS, Air Europa, Finnair, eurowings, Bulgaria Air, Flybe, germanwings.

From the Airport

Using Public transport: Take Bus Number 119 to bus stop "Divoká Šárka", change and catch a second bus, Number 191 to the bus stop "Vypich". From here, take tram Number 25 to the tram stop "Malovanka", where the hotel is situated (Journey time: 40-50 minutes)

To use public transport, you need to buy a ticket from an automatic machine or tobacco shop. A Single tickets cost 32 CZK (around 1 euro). Tickets are only valid for 90 minutes. Please note that these services may be subject to change and you should check before you travel.

Using a pre-booked private transfer: Alternatively, the hotel offers a transfer service from the airport at a rate of 590 CZK (22 Euros) one way per person or from/to the main railway station for the price of 450 CZK (17 Euros) one way per person. This must be booked in advance with the hotel. Please contact the hotel to arrange this, stating your date and time of arrival, and your flight number or train details. Please note that Wessex Institute does not endorse or arrange this or take any responsibility for the arrangements which are made as these are made directly between you and the hotel.

Using a hire car: It is possible to pick up a hired car at the airport. Driving in the Czech Republic is on the right. There are various hire companies in Prague city centre and the airport including Avis, Budget and Hertz. You should expect to pay around 50 euros (1,350 CZK) or more a day. The legal age of driving in the Czech Republic is 18 years old. There are very strict rules, which must be adhered to when driving in Prague including being required to have a zero blood alcohol level when driving.

It is about a 25 minute drive from the airport to the conference venue. Take Route 7 from Aviatická, Follow Route 7 and Evropská to Veleslavínská, Turn right onto Veleslavínská, Continue on Na Petřinách. Take Střešovická to Bělohorská and the hotel is on the right. Please note that car parking at the hotel is offered on a first come first served at a charge of 300 CZK (12 EUR) per day/night per vehicle.

By Rail:

If you decide to travel by train to Prague, domestic services are provided by ÈD (Czech Railways).

There are also a number of daily connections to Prague from major European cities. Praha Hlavní nádraží is the biggest and busiest railway station in Prague. From this station there are metro, tram and bus connections as well as taxis.

By Road:

If you decide to travel to Prague by road there are coach services from major cities across Europe, including the UK, and the countries of the CIS (Eurolines, Eurotours). The city’s main bus and coach terminal is Florenc, for international and regional services, which is located on the eastern edge of the New Town and is easily accessible by metro (subway/ underground /tube) (yellow line B and red line C) and trams. Information about coach services and transport connections can be found on these websites:; and information about the purchase of international tickets can be found at and Student Agency).


Getting around while in Prague

Metro: There are three lines and around forty stations. The metro runs from 5am to midnight at approximately every three to ten minutes. Please see the map below.

Bus and Trams: the network covers the whole city, with the services running from 4.30am to 11.30pm daily every five to twenty-five minutes. 

Taxi travel in Prague: Please see for advice on taxi journeys.

If you decide to use taxis while in Prague you should call the operator and ask to be put through to a taxi firm and book in advance, thus avoiding being overcharged. It is not advised that you hail a taxi in the city for safety reasons.

The following taxi companies are recommended by the above website and we include them here in case you wish to book a taxi from the airport:

Tourist information and advice on travelling to and from Prague, together with useful travel links:

Conference Venue and Accommodation

orea hotel pyramidaThe conference will take place at The Orea Hotel Pyramida, located within walking distance of Prague Castle and Strahov Monastery. The city centre is about 15 minutes away by public transport, the tram stop Malovanka is  meters away from the hotel.

The Orea Hotel Pyramida
Belohorska 24
Praha 6
Czech Republic

Tel: +420233102273
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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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