Introduction

The Water and Society Conference is to be reconvened in 2019 following the success of the previous meetings, the first of which was held in Las Vegas in 2011, followed by a meeting in 2013 in the New Forest, UK, home to the Wessex Institute; La Coruna, Spain (2015) and Seville, Spain (2017).

Over the centuries, civilisations have relied on the availability of clean and inexpensive water. This can no longer be taken for granted as the need for water continues to increase due to the pressure from growing global population demanding higher living standards. Agriculture and industry, major users of water, are at the same time those that contribute to its contamination. Water distribution networks in urban areas, as well as soiled water collection systems, present serious problems in response to a growing population as well as the need to maintain ageing infrastructures.

Many technologically feasible solutions, such as desalination or pumping systems are energy demanding but, as costs rise, the techniques currently developed may need to be re-assessed. The Conference will address the interaction between water and energy systems.

This meeting will encourage trans-disciplinary communication on issues related to the nature of water, and its use and exploitation by society. The conference is motivated by the need to bridge the gap between the broad spectrum of social political sciences and humanistic disciplines and specialists in physical sciences, biology, environmental sciences and health, among others.

The socio-political implications of a world short of clean, easily available water are enormous. It will lead to realignments in international politics and the emergence of new centres of power in the world.

Policy makers need to be educated and advised on developing policies and regulations that will support the water systems of tomorrow. The role of society and its involvement with water is paramount. To meet the future demands for water, new standards, new training and additional support roles will best be delivered by those knowledgeable of the new technologies and direction of the industry.

The intention of the Water and Society series of conferences is to review these issues, as well as the more technical aspects of water resources management and quality, to help put forward policies and legislation that will lead to improved solutions for all.

The papers selected for presentation and included in the Conference book are permanently stored in the WIT eLibrary where they are permanently available to the international scientific community (see http://www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Water and Society 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Water resources management
  • Water as a human right
  • Water quality
  • Water resources contamination
  • Water, sanitation and health
  • Water and disaster management
  • Policy and legislation
  • Future water demands
  • Irrigation management
  • Water management
  • Urban water management
  • Management of catchments
  • Groundwater management and conservation
  • Agribusiness

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Water and Society 2019 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

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 Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as 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 its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Water and Society 2019 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an 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 (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely 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.

Additional Information

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Comments from delegates that have attended our conferences

Excellent conference. A group of professionals concerned about the destiny of the architectural heritage. Mariolly Dávila

The overall experience was great. The conference provided a platform for international collaborations and understanding. Well done to Wessex Institute Nor Hussain

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

First and foremost, I very much like the very professional way of organising so many congresses on such a wide range of topics and levels of complexity. Second, the mix of attendants/experts from all over the world leads to nice discussions and exchanges of ideas. Every time, there are things to learn and take home. Third, I like the very friendly, rather personal, atmosphere. Fourth, the limited number of attendants means that there are no crowds or messy situations. Fifth, everything is perfectly clear, from start to finish, there are no surprises. Sixth, the key organizer is a very amiable and accessible team player. There is no complex organisation with many levels of decision making Jaap Vleugel

Very interesting conference, the papers were well researched. Ihuoma Onungwa

The conference provided us with an intercultural and scientific exchange with respect to the current relevance of water research Mariza Abrameto (UNRN Argentina)

Quite interesting, good meetings, new colleagues from other countries, professionaly good to know more about WIT Conferences Vera Maria Lopes Ponçano

Great atmosphere with extensive interaction amongst delegates Derek Northwood

It was an interesting experience, meeting participants from other countries, exchanging ideas, deducting logical solution for serious problems related to sustainability and quality of life Dr. Maged Youssef

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

It's been a great experience attending the WIT Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning. The process of abstract and paper review has been smooth and well coordinated throughout. I would highly recommend next generation scholars to engage in the future conferences organised by WIT Sarbeswar Praharah

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

Very good conference and I will attend again and encourage my Faculty to attend Thomas C. Sammons

The experience in the conference was really good. The conference was well organized and I felt very confortable. The quality of the contents was very interesting. For sure I will attend the next conference Antonio José Tenza-Abril

A very fruitful and rewarding cooperation Germán Rodríguez Rodríguez

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

This was my first conference participation organized by Wessex Institute (WI) and I intend to get involved annually Dr Shadung Moja, South Africa

As always it was a very pleasant experience and I like the wide thematic and regional spread of the participants Michael Groll

My experience with the Wessex Institute was very good Domenica Mirauda

The organization and location was excellent as always Ekkehard Christoffels