ICWFM 2021 Virtual Tour (presented in the Closing Ceremony, March 31, 2021)

Date: The conference will be held during 29-31 March 2021 in Dhaka, Bangladesh through an Online Platform. Detailed instructions will be announced soon.

Official Language: English

Climate Forecast: Clear with periodic clouds, 28° C.

Registration: January 5, 2021- February 7, 2021(No-extension)

23 September 2020

Abstract submission opens

14 December 2020

Deadline for abstract submission

04 January 2021

Notification of abstract acceptance

05 January 2021

Registration begins

21 January 2021

Deadline for Panel Session Proposal

7 February 2021

Deadline for conference registration

ICWFM 2021

The International Conference on Water and Flood Management has been organized by the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) biennially since 2007. ICWFM 2021 is the 8th event. Water management in general and flood management, in particular, is an interdisciplinary field that needs integrated knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, including hydrology, hydraulics, morphology, atmospheric science, climate, environmental pollution, ecosystem, agriculture, disaster, vulnerability, risk, gender, livelihood, and poverty. With changing physical and socioeconomic risks due to changes in climate and anthropogenic interventions, integrated approaches to analyzing these processes and their interactions, along with integrating nature-based solutions, are gaining traction. This conference aims to act as a common platform for bringing together the recent development in the above fields.

The 8th ICWFM will be held in a situation when the whole world is struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The world has seen a new dimension of water and flood management during this condition. Although the natural system remained indifferent to this pandemic, the human system responded differently during disasters compared to its normal response. People were reluctant to move, and evacuation became difficult. In this context, the 8th ICWFM expects to generate some new insight into water and flood management.

There will be many ‘new’ in this event of ICWFM. The platform of this 8th event of ICWFM will be new. For the first time since its inception, the entire conference will be held in an online platform. It is expected that this new platform will bring a wider community of its kind together to express and exchange their findings and thoughts. For the first time, the conference will be completely free for the students. It is expected that this will attract many new emerging scientists to share their findings on a global platform.

Unlike the previous events, the 8th ICWFM does not have a central theme. Rather papers are invited from multidisciplinary fields with the expectation that at the end of the day, new insight will emerge that will shed light on the interdisciplinary nature of water and flood management.

Unlike the previous events, the 8th ICWFM does not have a central theme. Rather papers are invited from multidisciplinary fields with the expectation that at the end of the day, new insight will emerge that will shed light on the interdisciplinary nature of water and flood management. With this expectation, papers are invited from the following themes:

  • Floods and Drainage

    Hydro-meteorological forecasting and warning

    Flood damage mitigation and resilience

    Urban flooding and storm-water management

    Waterlogging and drainage management

    Integrated approaches to flood management

    Nature-based solutions in water and flood risk management

  • Rivers, Coasts and Estuaries

    River dynamics and restoration

    Hydro-morphology and bank erosion

    Coastal and estuarine processes

    Coastal sedimentation risk

    Estuarine processes and impacts of storm surge and tidal flooding

    Eco-hydrological considerations

    Nature-based solutions to coastal risks

  • Water Infrastructure and Development

    Sustainable environment and infrastructure development

    Climate-resilient infrastructure

    Landscape modification and flow regime changes

    Shore protection, port structure and navigation

    Hazard/ disaster resilient infrastructure

    Integrating grey, green and blue: nature-based solutions

  • Hydrometeorological Hazards and Risk

    Reduction of vulnerability to episodic natural hazards.

    Managing disaster amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Resilience against water-related hazards

    Transformative adaptation for climate change

    Incorporating climate change into national policy and planning

    Trends in extreme climatic events

  • Water and Livelihood Security

    Water security risks

    Water conservation, water use efficiency and productivity

    Agricultural water management

    Sustainable fisheries and water management

    Safe water and sanitation

    Water entrepreneurship

    Gender in water management practices

    Participatory and adaptive approaches to water management

    Sustainable livelihoods and livelihood security

  • Ecosystems and Environment

    Ecosystem services and functions

    Contamination of freshwater resources

    Water pollution and ecosystem degradation

    Management of aquatic habitats

    Sustainable use of floodplain and coastal resources

    Water-Energy Nexus for sustainable development

  • Transboundary Water Governance

    International water laws, treaties, and water rights

    Transboundary conflicts and opportunities for cooperation in water and flood management

    Hydro-diplomacy and policy impact

    Institutional integration for transboundary water management


Prof. Satya Prasad Majumder, Honourable Vice-Chancellor, BUET


Prof. Anisul Haque, IWFM, BUET

Organizing Secretary

Dr. Shampa, IWFM, BUET

Dr. Ahmed Ishtiaque A. Chowdhury, IWFM, BUET

Assistant Organizing Secretary

Ms. Tanjila Akhter, IWFM, BUET

Mr. Md. Enayet Chowdhury, IWFM, BUET

Mr. MD Shadman Sakib, IWFM, BUET


Prof. Abul Fazal M. Saleh, EWCE, MIST

Prof. A.K.M. Saiful Islam, IWFM, BUET

Prof. G M Tarekul Islam, IWFM, BUET

Prof. M. Shah Alam Khan, IWFM, BUET

Prof. M. Shahjahan Mondal, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Mashfiqus Salehin, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Md. Abdul Matin, WRE, BUET

Prof. Md. Munsur Rahman, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Mohammad Asad Hussain, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Mohammad Rezaur Rahman, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Mohammed Abed Hossain, IWFM, BUET

Prof. Raquib Ahsan, CE, BUET

Prof. Rowshan Mamtaz, CE, BUET

Prof. Sujit Kumar Bala, IWFM, BUET


Prof. G M Tarekul Islam, IWFM, BUET


Prof. A.K.M. Saiful Islam, IWFM, BUET, Bangladesh

Prof. Anika Yunus, WRE, BUET, Bangladesh

Dr. Animesh Kumar Gain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Anjal Prakash, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, India

Dr. Bijon Kumar Mitra, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan

Dr. Ali Shafqat Akanda, University of Rhode Island, USA

Prof. Georgia Kremmyda, University of Warwick, UK

Prof. J. Brema, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, India

Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh Water Development Board, Bangladesh

Prof. Mohammad Asad Hussain, IWFM, BUET, Bangladesh

Prof. N.D.K. Dayawansa, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Dr. Sonia Binte Murshed, IWFM, BUET, Bangladesh

Prof. Tanvir Ahmed, CE, BUET, Bangladesh

Prof. Tuhin Ghosh, Jadavpur University, India

Prof. Vishal Narain, Management Development Institute, India

Advisory Committee

Dr. Biswa Bhattacharya, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands

Prof. Eddy Moors, IHE Delft, The Netherlands

Prof. Fan Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Prof. Hajime Nakagawa, Kyoto University, Japan

Prof. Jasim Imran, University of South Carolina, USA

Prof. K.P.P. Pathirana, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Prof. Mahbuba Nasreen, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Nilufa Islam, GWP-South Asia, Bangladesh

Dr. Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD, IUB, Bangladesh

Prof. Shafiqul Islam, Tufts University, USA

Prof. Shamsul Alam, GED, Bangladesh

Prof. Steven Goodbred Jr., Vanderbilt University, USA


Abstracts (maximum 300 words) on the conference topics are being invited from the interested authors. The abstract should be submitted through the online system by 14th December 2020. The detailed procedure of the abstract submission is available on the Conference website. An individual can be the lead author of a maximum of two papers. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by 04th January 2021. Post-conference proceedings of selected invited papers (in the form of full papers) would be published as post-conference proceedings by SPRINGER. The organizing committee is currently in touch with internationally renowned publishers regarding publishing the post-conference volume. A paper must be presented to be considered for selection for the post-conference proceedings. A panel of experts will make the selection based on the merits of abstract and presentation. It is noted here that the Post-conference proceedings from the ICWFM-2019 was published by Springer International (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030477851).



“Panel Sessions” are planned on emerging and interesting topics. Interested participants are requested to contact the Conference Secretariat for further information. The panel session should be on the research works done by the organization relevant to the topics mentioned in the flyer and can be presented by a representative of the organization or relevant researchers. The panel proposal must be submitted by 21st January, 2021



Local authors and participants (student) BDT 0

Foreign countries - authors and participants (student) USD 0

Local Authors & Participants (non-student) BDT 2000

Foreign Countries - authors & participants (non-student) USD 100

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

Method of Registration & Payment

Authors of accepted abstracts and interested participants will be able to do registration and make payment using the online platform hosted at ICWFM-2021 website. Registered authors and participants will be notified through email. Besides, authors and partcipants can make payments via direct bank transfer in favour of ICWFM-IWFM, Current Account No. 4404033011231, Sonali Bank, BUET Branch, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (Swift Code: BSON BDDH LOD/Routing Number: 200270522), fill in the registration from available on the conference website and send all the documents to conference secretariat through email by the specified date.


Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology,

Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

E-mail: icwfm2021@gmail.com

Phone: +880 2 9665601

Website: https://iwfm.buet.ac.bd/site/iwfm/icwfm2021

Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM),
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB)

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED)

Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)

Institute of Water Modelling (IWM)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)