March 2024 - Ifrane, Morocco

An International SWAT Conference & Workshops will be held at Al Akhawayn University, in Ifrane, Morocco.

Al Akhawayn University is organizing an International Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Conference and Workshops in collaboration with the USDA-ARS and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The conference has become the most important scientific gathering for international experts and institutions in the field of river basin management.

Workshops 4-5 March 2024
Conference 6-8 March 2024

AUI

Local Organizing Committee

  • Jack Vahram Kalpakian, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
  • Abdelghani El Asli, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

International Organizing Committee

  • Chehrazade Aboukinane, College of Northern Canada, Canada
  • 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
Yiannis Panagopoulos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mikołaj Piniewski Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Climate Change Applications
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Tássia Brighenti Iowa State University, USA
Natalja Čerkasova Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Mikołaj Piniewski Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Mou Leong Tan Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Xuesong Zhang USDA-ARS, USA
Sensitivity Calibration and Uncertainty
Karim Abbaspour EAWAG, Switzerland
Ann van Griensven University of Brussels, Belgium
Biofuel and Plant Growth
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Jeff Arnold USDA-ARS, USA
Tássia Brighenti Iowa State University, USA
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Philip Gassman Iowa State University, USA
Yiannis Panagopoulos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Environmental Applications
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Katrin Bieger Aarhus University, Denmark
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
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
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Prasad Daggupati Univeristy of Guelph, Canada
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Philip Gassman Iowa State University, USA
Jack Vahram Kalpakian Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Antonio Lo Porto IRSA-CNR, Italy
Yiannis Panagopoulos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mike White USDA-ARS, USA
Hydrology
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Katrin Bieger Aarhus University, Denmark
José María Bodoque Del Pozo UCLM, Toledo, Spain
Natalja Čerkasova Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Antonio Lo Porto IRSA-CNR, Italy
Yiannis Panagopoulos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mou Leong Tan Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Sediment, Nutrients, and Carbon
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Nicola Fohrer Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany
Yiannis Panagopoulos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ann van Griensven University of Brussels, Belgium
Pesticides, Bacteria, Metals, and Pharmaceuticals
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Jeff Arnold USDA-ARS, USA
Claire Baffaut USDA-ARS, USA
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Model Development
Katrin Bieger Aarhus University, Denmark
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Balaji Narasimhan Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India
Ann van Griensven University of Brussels, Belgium
Mike White USDA-ARS, USA
Xuesong Zhang USDA-ARS, USA
Database and GIS Application and Development
Venkatesh Merwade Purdue University, USA
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Ann van Griensven University of Brussels, Belgium
Urban Processes and Management
Tássia Brighenti Iowa State University, USA
Pedro Chambel Leitão IST-MARETEC, Portugal
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
C. Allan Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Landscape Processes and Landscape / River Continuum
Katrin Bieger Aarhus University, Denmark
Hendrik Rathjens Stone Environmental, Austria
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
Monireh Faramarzi University of Alberta, Canada
Jaehak Jeong Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Balaji Narasimhan Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India
José Miguel Sánchez-Pérez CNRS-ECOLAB, France
SWAT+ Model Applications
Jeff Arnold USDA-ARS, USA
Katrin Bieger Aarhus University, Denmark
Raghavan Srinivasan Texas A&M University, USA
Ann van Griensven University of Brussels, Belgium
Water Sustainability and Policy
Chehrazade Aboukinane College of Northern Canada, Canada
Abdelghani El Asli Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Jack Vahram Kalpakian Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

Call for Papers

Please specify if you would like to present in-person or remotely when submitting your abstracts.

Presenters are required to register for the conference and there are no additional funds set aside to grant to participants. Please only submit an abstract if you are able to support your registration fee and travel if applicable.

Submit an Abstract

Deadline 16 February 2024

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+
  • Water Sustainability and Policy

Registration

We are offering both in-person and online participation options for both the conference and workshops. For in-person conference participants, you will also have access to the conference sessions online. We will have online presentations all three conference days.

The in-person conference registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, and the dinner gala for the participant.

  Regular Moroccans Student
  In-Person Online In-Person Online In-Person Online
Conference $300 USD $150 USD $150 USD $150 USD $100 USD $100 USD
Workshop $200 USD $200 USD $125 USD $125 USD $100 USD $100 USD
If you require a visa invitation letter, we are only authorized to issue one if you have an approved abstract or an approved scientific justification for attending the conference. Please contact us before registering if you are unsure. Registration refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee and must be requested by 1 February 2024. No refunds are possible after 1 February 2024.

Register Online

After registering, please allow up to 3-5 days for our system to send a PDF invoice. For invoicing help, please email jaclyn.tech@ag.tamu.edu.

Workshops

Workshops will be offered concurrently (you may only attend one), both in-person and online. Please bring your own laptop. We will contact you the week before the workshop to make sure you have the required software. 

SWAT+

This is course designed to introduce users to the SWAT+ model, review necessary and optional inputs, and familiarize the user with the QSWAT+ and SWAT+ editor 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. SWAT+ workshop topics.

CANCELLED Advanced SWAT (SWAT-CUP)

This course will cover sensitivity analysis, model calibration with SWAT-CUP, and uncertainty analysis using the 2012 version of SWAT inputs developed using QSWAT or ArcSWAT. SWAT-CUP is a computer program for calibration of SWAT models. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop with projects for debugging. Advanced workshop topics.

Travel

You can get to Ifrane by flying to Fez, Rabat or Casablanca airports. Ifrane is located 63Km S of Fès, 64Km SE of Meknès, and 200Km from Rabat. Grand taxi and buses (CTM and private) serve Ifrane via Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Casablanca. The taxi/bus station in Ifrane is located at about 0.5km from Ifrane center and 2km from Al Akhawayn University.
 
For more detailed information on how to get from these cities to Ifrane, read below.

  • Travel from Fes: If you fly into Fes, you will need to take a grand taxi or a petit taxi from the airport to the Atlas Grand Taxi station. Once at this station, you will then take a Grand Taxi to Ifrane. Alternatively, you might be able to hire a grand taxi from the airport directly to Ifrane.
  • Travel from Rabat: If you fly into Rabat, you will need to take a grand taxi to the train station. Trains run from there to Meknes pretty frequently. Then, in Meknes you will take a grand taxi directly to Ifrane.
  • Travel from Casablanca: If you fly into Casablanca, you can take either train from the airport to the Casa Port Railway Station. Or you can take the Aerobus which takes you to the center of the city. From the Railway Station, you can take train to Meknes, and from Meknes railway station, hire a grand taxi to Ifrane.
  • Travel from Marrakech: If you fly into the Marrakesh airport, there are two ways to get to Ifrane. You can go to the train station and then take the train to Meknes, from where you will take a grand taxi to Ifrane. Or you can go to the CTM bus station and take CTM bus from Marrakesh to Ifrane.

With a growing population of more than 15,000, Ifrane is nestled in the beautiful Middle Atlas mountain region that delights residents and visitors all four seasons of the year. With its mountains, parks, cedar and oak forests, waterfalls, and rich wildlife, University students, faculty, staff, and visitors enjoy hiking, excursions, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, and many other outdoor activities.
 
Restaurants, cafes, hotels, nightlife, a weekly market, bazaars, hamams, campgrounds, and shops plus other amenities make Ifrane a pleasant place to live, study or visit.
 
Ifrane is one hour drive from the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, 3 hours from the Moroccan capital Rabat, and 4 hours from Casablanca.

For the latest information on rail timetables and schedules, visit ONCF Espace Voyageurs and enter your departure locations and times.

Hotels

We have compiled a list of four hotel options for your stay in Ifrane during the conference.

Get hotel information

Visas

A valid passport is required to enter Morocco. There are no visa requirements for citizens of many countries, such as United States, many European countries and some others. For your particular country of citizenship, please check with the nearest Moroccan Embassy/Consulate for details.

About AUI

Inaugurated in 1995 by the late King Hassan II of Morocco and the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Al Akhawayn University redefines the classic American liberal arts educational experience on an architecturally stunning modern campus amidst the glory of Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains.
 
The university students benefit from:

  • Uniquely international common core program for all undergraduate students, providing the basis for a well-rounded global, Moroccan education.
  • Rich academics, in English, encouraging choice and experimentation, in all schools and programs of study.
  • Comfortable, safe, exciting residential student life on campus and in Ifrane, featuring hundreds of University student-run activities, with the majority of undergraduates living on campus with roommates from around Morocco and around the world.
  • The peace and pleasures of Ifrane, a center for outdoor exploration of mountains, streams, lakes, and more, with many entertainment options and easy access to Rabat, Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, and more.

Excursion: Visit to Fez

During the conference, a half-day excursion has been planned to the Imperial City of Fez (Fes). The city is 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the conference location of Ifrane. The trip includes a gala dinner in the evening at Fes. Cost TBD.

Contact

For help with abstracts, registration, certificates, and website content, contact the international organizers at eco.web@tamu.edu.

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