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15 July 2016 Deadline for abstract submission (Closed)
15 August 2016 Notification of abstract acceptance (Closed)
15 October 2016 Deadline for full paper submission (Extended upto 31 October, 2016)
15 December 2016 Notification of full paper acceptance
15 January 2017 Submission of camera-ready manuscript and deadline for registration
4-6 March 2017 Conference Days

Background and purpose

The International Conference on Water and Flood Management is being organized by the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of BUET biennially since 2007. The conference aims at bringing together the advanced science and practice in water and flood management that play a key role in economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Each time the conference attempts to draw attention of the academicians, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from home and abroad to the emerging issues in the water sector. The focus of this conference will be on sustainable use of water and water sector interventions that will increase the resilience in a changing world facing extreme climatic events. ’

In recent times, the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ of the United Nations and ‘Climate Agreement’ initiated at COP21 are two important developments in the international arena that address the current trends and future directions in science and practice in water and environment sectors. Sustainable develop- ment goals address the dimensions of sustainable development of environ- ment, economics and society while climate agreement aims at dealing with future climate change through adaptation and mitigation. These interventions encourage sustainable use and management of water resource. Increasing water scarcity, urban population growth and deteriorating infrastructure are affecting water security around the world, particularly the climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.

With this special focus on science, policy and practice to ensure sustainability in the water sector, this conference will work as a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to exchange their knowledge and experience. The deliberations are expected to help formulate integrated plans, policies and actions towards improved water security and sustainability. The conference seeks to bring forward research findings, case studies, recent advances in planning and design methodologies, success stories and examples of sustain- able water use and management. It is expected that the young researchers will be particularly benefitted from this conference as their interdisciplinary under- standing of the use of water resource in a sustainable way enhances.


Floods and Drainage

  • Hydrological forecasting
  • Flood prevention and mitigation
  • Integrated approaches to flood management
  • Urban flooding and drainage

Rivers, Coasts and Estuaries

  • River basin dynamics and restoration
  • Channel hydro-morphology and bank erosion risk management
  • Storm surge, tsunami and tidal flooding
  • Estuarine processes
  • Integrated river basin management
  • Integrated coastal zone management

Deltas and Floodplains

  • Tidal river management
  • Floodplain interventions
  • Management of freshwater flow and saline water intrusion
  • Flow, sediment and water quality dynamics
  • Adaptive management of deltas and floodplains
  • Integration of urban planning and water management

Ecosystems and Environment

  • Ecosystem protection and biodiversity maintenance
  • Contamination of freshwater resources
  • Water pollution and ecosystem degradation
  • Management of aquatic habitats
  • Sustainable use of floodplain and coastal resources
  • Renewable water energy and water management for energy production

Hazards, Disasters and Climate

  • Biophysical and socioeconomic vulnerability and impact
  • Resiliency against water related hazards
  • Climate change impact, adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate prediction and modeling
  • Trends in extreme climatic events
  • Weather forecasting and early warning

Infrastructure and Development

  • Urban water infrastructure
  • Landscape modification and flow regime changes
  • Integrated land use planning for sustainable environment and infrastructure development
  • Shore protection, port structure and navigation channel
  • Water and climate sensitive infrastructure

Agriculture and Food

  • Water conservation, water use efficiency and productivity
  • Virtual water trade
  • Water and food security
  • Reduction of vulnerability to drought and salinity
  • Integration with water needs of other sectors
  • Sustainable water use in agricultural sector

Social and livelihood transformations

  • Sustainable livelihoods and livelihood security
  • Cross-sectoral integration at the community level
  • Gender differentiation and mainstreaming in water management
  • Participatory approaches to water management
  • Balancing biodiversity conservation with community livelihoods
  • Water entrepreneurship

Health and Sanitation

  • Sustainability of clean water and sanitation interventions
  • Health risks associated with wastewater re-use and agriculture
  • Flood related health and sanitation
  • Human health and well-being associated with weather and climate variability
  • Access to and availability of safe water

Policy and Governance

  • Risk transfer and equity
  • nstitutional integration for water management
  • Conflicts and cooperation in water and flood management
  • International water laws, treaties and water rights
  • Climate policy and agreements
  • Demand management, water allocation and access

Innovative Tools and Modeling

  • Information and knowledge management systems
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Indicator-based decision frameworks
  • Integrated modeling
  • Simulation of water resources system
  • Application of artificial intelligence
  • Cyberinfrastructure for water management
  • Remote sensing and GIS applications

Dates and Venue

The conference will be held during 4-6 March, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh at a local hotel/ convention center.

Official Language

The official language of the Conference is English.

Abstract Submission and Publication

Abstracts (300-400 words) on the conference themes are being invited from interested authors. Abstracts should be sent to the Conference Secretariat by 15 July 2016 via e-mail in an MS Word file. An individual can be the lead author of a maximum of two papers. An abstract should indicate the theme selected, title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) along with their affiliations and e-mail addresses, the presenting author, and 5 key words. Notification of acceptance of abstracts and instructions for submission of full papers will be sent by 15 August 2016. . Accepted full papers, if registered, will be published in the conference proceedings to be distributed during the event. Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit a revised version for publication in an edited book.

Attending Conference

Authors and individuals interested in attending the conference are requested to send the completed 'Intent of Participation' form to the Conference Secretariat by 15 October 2016.

Best Paper And poster Awards for students

Outstanding papers and posters solely authored by students will be awarded at the conference. Students interested in participating in the competition should indicate their willingness in the 'Intent of Participation' form and send a letter from the head of their department/institution confirming their current studentship. Students should also send abstracts of their papers/posters following the guidelines given under ‘Abstract Submission and Publication’.

Panel Sessions

Proposals are being invited for panel sessions focusing on broader conference objectives and cross-cutting themes. Proposals should be sent in the ‘Panel Proposal’ form by 15 July 2016 to the Conference Secretariat.

Technical Visit

A field visit will be arranged on the third day of the conference for selected registered participants. Participants will visit a large scale flood control and irrigation project and a town protection project located on the Lower Meghna, the combined outfall of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. The river cruise to the project site will cross the world's largest river confluence.

Financial Support

A number of paper presenters from developing countries (particularly the SAARC countries) will be awarded full or partial grants to attend the conference. The partial grant will cover registration fee, accommodation, basic living and local transport during the conference. Full grant will additionally cover international airfare. Interested presenting authors are requested to apply for financial support through submitting the ‘Intent of Participation’ form by 15 October 2016.

Registration Fees

Non SAARC Countries    U.S. $500
SAARC countries U.S. $150
Local participants    Tk.   5000
Local participants (Students)     Tk.   3000

Bangladeshi citizens having full-time affiliations (as students/employees) abroad will not qualify as local participants.

Registration fees will cover registration materials, inaugural ceremony, tea/coffee and lunch during conference, conference proceedings, technical visit and closing dinner. The registration fees will not cover individual, medical or personal insurance. Registration details, hotel information, visa requirements, etc., will be available on the conference website soon.

Method of Payment

For participants from abroad

All payments should be made in favor of: ICWFM-IWFM, Current Account No. 33011231, Sonali Bank, BUET Branch, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (Swift Code: BSON BDDH LOD).

For local participants:

Local participants can make payment by Demand Draft or in cash. Demand drafts should be sent to the Conference Secretariat. Cash payments should be made in person at the Conference Secretariat. All payments should be made in favor of: ICWFM-IWFM, Current Account No. 33011231, Sonali Bank, BUET Branch, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.

Organizing Committee

Prof. Md. Rezaur Rahman, IWFM, BUET

Organizing Secretary
Dr. Mohammad Asad Hussain, IWFM, BUET

Assistant Organizing Secretary
Shammi Haque, IWFM, BUET
Debanjali Saha, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Abul Fazal M. Saleh, IWFM, BUET
Prof. Tarekul Islam, IWFM, BUET
Prof. Mashfiqus Salehin, IWFM, BUET
Prof. Mirjahan Miah, DWRE, BUET
Prof. M.R. Kabir, University of Asia Pacific
Prof. Hamidul Huq, United International University
Dr. Najmul Islam, Pabna University of Science and Technology
Mr. Mahfuzur Rahman, BWDB
Mr. Md. Mohsin, LGED
Dr. Sultan Ahmed, DoE

Scientific Committee

Prof. M. Shah Alam Khan, IWFM, BUET


Prof. M. Anisul Haque, IWFM, BUET
Prof. M. Shahjahan Mondal, IWFM, BUET
Prof. Umme Kulsum Navera, DWRE, BUET
Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker, CEGIS

Local Advisory Committee

Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
Director General, Water Resources Planning Organization
Director General, Department of Environment
Division Chief, Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Institution Division, Planning Commission
Director General, River Research Institute
Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
Director General, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
Director General, Department of Public Health Engineering
Director, Bangladesh Meteorological Department

International Advisory Committee

Prof. Neil Adger, University of Exeter, UK
Prof. Oriana Trindade de Almeida, Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA), Brazil
Prof. Eelco van Beek, Deltares, The Netherlands
Prof. Richard Betts, University of Exeter, UK
Prof. A. K. Gosain, IIT Delhi, India
Prof. Nimal Gunawardena, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Prof. Sugata Hazra, Jadavpur University, India
Dr. Robert Hope, Oxford University, UK
Dr. Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD, IUB, Bangladesh
Prof. Shafiqul Islam, Tufts University, USA
Prof. J. Craig Jenkins, Ohio State University, USA
Prof. Zhaohui Lin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Haijiang Liu, Zhejiang University, China
Prof. Peter P. Mollinga, University of London, UK
Prof. Hajime Nakagawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Prof. Robert J. Nicholls, University of Southampton, UK
Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, Columbia University, USA
Prof. Ioannis Tsanis, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Dr. Saleh A. Wasimi, Central Queensland University, Australia
Dr. Philippus Wester, ICIMOD, Nepal
Prof. Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands

Climate of Dhaka

The mean temperature in Dhaka during March is in the comfortable twenties with bright sunny days. Some important and interesting information about Dhaka and this country can be found on the conference website.

Conference Updates

All forms and updated information on the conference will be posted on the conference website: Please contact the Conference Secretariat for all other correspondence and information.

Conference Secretariat
Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology,
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Phone: +880 2 9665601
Fax: +880 2 9665601 (Attention: ICWFM-2017)



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