Conferences 2018 - Brussels, Belgium

2018 SWAT Conference in Brussels, Belgium

September 17-21, 2018

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in collaboration with the USDA-ARS and Texas AgriLife Research, is organizing the 2018 SWAT International Conference on September 17 - 21, 2018. The conference has become the most important gathering for international experts and institutions in the field of river basin management.

The organizing committee welcomes all SWAT model developers, current and potential users of soil and water quality modeling, academics and students doing research using SWAT and other open source tools.

Abstract Submission Deadline June 15
Notification of Acceptance June 30
Early Registration Deadline July 15
SWAT Workshops September 17-18
SWAT Conference September 19-21

Registration

RegistrationRegularStudent
Conference by July 15 250 EUR ($300 USD) 175 EUR ($225 USD)
Conference after July 15 300 EUR ($350 USD) 200 EUR ($250 USD)
Workshop 200 EUR ($250 USD) 150 EUR ($200 USD)

The conference registration fee includes conference materials, welcome reception, coffee breaks, lunch and the dinner gala. The dinner gala is included in the registration fee, but will cost an additional 50 EUR ($60 USD) per guest of the participant.

The workshop registration fee includes workshop materials, lunch and coffee breaks. All workshops will be held concurrently and a limited number of seats are available.

Cancellation Policy: cancel by July 15, 2018 - receive 70% of registration fee. Cancel by July 31, 2018 - receive 25% of registration fee. No refunds for cancellations after August 15, 2018.

Call for papers

Full papers may be submitted to a special issue journal after the conference. We are collecting interest for submissions to four SWAT Special Issue journals. You do not need to have presented at a SWAT conference in order to submit a paper. If you know others interested, please forward this information to them. The journals are:

Please fill out this form if you are interested in submitting a paper.

Conference topics

  • Large Scale Applications
  • Climate Change Applications
  • Sensitivity Calibration and Uncertainty
  • Biofuel & Plant Growth
  • Environmental Applications
  • BMPs
  • Hydrology
  • Sediment, Nutrients, and Carbon
  • Pesticides, Bacteria, Metals, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Model Development
  • Database and GIS Application and Development
  • Urban Processes and Management
  • Landscape Processes and Landscape / River Continuum
  • InStream Sediment and Pollutant Transport
  • SWAT Applications for Ecosystem Services
  • SWAT Applications for Energy-Water-Food Nexus
  • Managing Low Flows and Water Scarcity Using SWAT
  • SWAT+

Workshops

Introductory SWAT (QSWAT)

This is a beginner course designed to introduce new users to the SWAT model, review necessary and optional inputs, and familiarize the user with the QGIS interfaces. It is assumed that attendees have a working knowledge of QGIS. The two-day course will not review basic concepts on QGIS usage prior to covering the SWAT/QGIS interface.

Advanced SWAT (SWAT-CUP)

This course will cover sensitivity analysis, model calibration with SWAT-CUP, and uncertainty analysis using the 2012 version of SWAT with the ArcGIS interface. SWAT-CUP is a computer program for calibration of SWAT models. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop with projects for debugging.

SWAT-MODFLOW 

This workshop will cover the basics of using MODFLOW to simulate groundwater flow in SWAT simulations. The SWAT-MODFLOW coupled model will be introduced and its use will be demonstrated using example datasets. Linking RT3D with SWAT-MODFLOW for simulating nutrient fate and transport in groundwater also will be presented.

WET (Water Ecosystem Tool)

WET is an open source QGIS plugin aiming to provide an easy-to-use tool for user adaptation and application of state-of-the-art aquatic ecosystem models, and model-based experimentation for research and management. Learn more about the workshop.

Workshop Participant Information

Participants must bring their own laptops with software loaded.

Introductory workshop topics.
Advanced workshop topics.

Local Organizing Committee

Chairs: Ann van Griensven, Veronica Minaya, Raghavan Srinivasan

  • Prof. Ann van Griensven (VUB/IHE-Delft)
  • Dr. Veronica Minaya (VUB)
  • Dr. Zainab Zomlot (VUB)
  • Dr. Solomon Seyoum (VUB)
  • Imeshi Weerasinghe (VUB)
  • James Celray Chawanda (VUB)
  • Douglas Nyolei (VUB)
  • Hilde De Coninck (VUB)
  • Prof. Elga Salvadore (IHE-Delft/VUB)
  • Prof. Jiri Nossent (Flanders Hydraulics/VUB)

International Organizing Committee

  • Raghavan Srinivasan, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Jeff Arnold, USDA-ARS, USA
  • Jaclyn Tech, Texas A&M University, USA

Scientific Committee

Large Scale Applications
Karim Abbaspour EAWAG, Switzerland
Prasad Daggupati Univeristy of Guelph, Canada
Venkatesh Merwade Purdue University, USA
Mikołaj Piniewski Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Seleshi Yalew Wageningen Univerisity, Netherlands
Climate Change Applications
Valentina Krysanova PIK, Germany
Mikołaj Piniewski Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Xuesong Zhang Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Clyde Munster Texas A&M University, USA
Patrick Willems KU Leuven, Belgium
Ilyas Masih IHE-Delft, Netherlands
Shreedhar Maskey IHE-Delft, Netherlands
Sensitivity Calibration and Uncertainty
Karim Abbaspour EAWAG, Switzerland
Ann van Griensven Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Gerald Corzo Perez IHE-Delft, Netherlands
Biofuel and Plant Growth
Jeff Arnold USDA-ARS, USA
Philip Gassman Iowa State University, USA
Yiannis Panagopoulos Iowa State University, USA
Environmental Applications
Katrin Bieger Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Jarosław Chormański Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Yihun Dile Texas A&M University, USA
Nicola Fohrer Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Philip Gassman Iowa State University, USA
José Miguel Sánchez-Pérez CNRS-ECOLAB, France
Martin Volk Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
BMPs
Jarosław Chormański Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Prasad Daggupati Univeristy of Guelph, Canada
Philip Gassman Iowa State University, USA
C. Allan Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Antonio Lo Porto IRSA-CNR, Italy
Yiannis Panagopoulos Iowa State University, USA
Mike White USDA-ARS, USA
Ilyas Masih IHE-Delft, Netherlands
Hydrology
Katrin Bieger Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
José María Bodoque Del Pozo UCLM, Toledo, Spain
Yihun Dile Texas A&M University, USA
A.K. Gosain Indian Institute of Technology, India
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Antonio Lo Porto IRSA-CNR, Italy
Yiannis Panagopoulos Iowa State University, USA
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Sediment, Nutrients, and Carbon
Nicola Fohrer Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Yiannis Panagopoulos Iowa State University, USA
Ann van Griensven Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Shreedhar Maskey IHE-Delft, Netherlands
Pesticides, Bacteria, Metals, and Pharmaceuticals
Jeff Arnold USDA-ARS, USA
Claire Baffaut USDA-ARS, USA
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Model Development
Katrin Bieger Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Indrajeet Chaubey Purdue University, USA
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Balaji Narasimhan Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Ann van Griensven Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Mike White USDA-ARS, USA
Xuesong Zhang Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Database and GIS Application and Development
Pierluigi Cau CRS4, Italy
Venkatesh Merwade Purdue University, USA
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Ann van Griensven Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Urban Processes and Management
Pedro Chambel Leitão IST-MARETEC, Portugal
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
C. Allan Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Solomon Seyoum Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Landscape Processes and Landscape / River Continuum
Katrin Bieger Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Indrajeet Chaubey Purdue University, USA
Valentina Krysanova PIK, Germany
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Sabine Sauvage CNRS-ECOLAB, France
Martin Volk Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
InStream Sediment and Pollutant Transport
Pedro Chambel Leitão IST-MARETEC, Portugal
Prasad Daggupati Univeristy of Guelph, Canada
A.K. Gosain Indian Institute of Technology, India
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Balaji Narasimhan Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India
José Miguel Sánchez-Pérez CNRS-ECOLAB, France
SWAT+
Katrin Bieger Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, USA
Mike White USDA-ARS, USA
SWAT Applications for Ecosystem Services
Nicola Fohrer Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Martin Volk Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
Seleshi Yalew Wageningen Univerisity, Netherlands
SWAT Applications for Energy-Water-Food Nexus
Anthony Lehmann University of Geneva, Switzerland
Fred Hattermann PIK, Germany
Elga Salvadore IHE-Delft, Belgium
Managing Low Flows and Water Scarcity Using SWAT
Pedro Chambel Leitão IST-MARETEC, Portugal
José Miguel Sánchez-Pérez CNRS-ECOLAB, France
Sabine Sauvage CNRS-ECOLAB, France
Zainab Zomlot Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Travel

The conference and workshops will be held at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Hotels

Through our official housing partner, the Brussels Booking Desk, we provide reduced hotel rates for the 2018 International SWAT Conference. Book through the simple-to-use reservation website or with helpful and friendly booking agents.

Please note: the Brussels Booking Desk is the only official housing company associated with the VUB. While other hotel resellers may contact you to offer accommodation for your trip, they are not endorsed by, or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences.

Send an email request or call the Brussels Booking Desk : 0032 2 552 00 05 (Monday to Friday, during office hours, CMT)

Official Hotel Event Rates will begin to expire on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018.

Contact

Contact the local organizers at swat2018vub@gmail.com, and the international organizers at swatmodelconference@gmail.com with any questions. Please add these email addresses to your contacts to ensure you receive our messages.

Subscribe to our SWAT conference mailing list to keep up to date with conference news and deadlines.

Sponsors

The conference is hosted by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in collaboration with the USDA-ARS and Texas AgriLife Research.

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