Call For Abstracts

The Department of Hydraulic Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València (Valencia Tech) is pleased to announce the 2nd WDSA-CCWI Joint Conference to be held July 18-22, 2022 in Valencia, Spain. All participants are required to submit a short abstract (max. 500 words). Please, download here the template. Send your abstract through the OCS platform of the UPV. A Special Conference Track for Industry Participants will allow water professionals from industry, municipalities, government and consulting firms to exchange ideas and share experiences on interesting projects. Participants in this Track will only be required to prepare an oral presentation (full papers not required; present only an abstract). Check the user information here.

Conference Programme

Social Events

The conference itinerary includes three social events: an Ice Breaker Party on the evening of July 18th, the Welcome Dinner on the evening of July 19th (following the technical sessions) and the Conference Dinner on the evening of July 20th (following the technical sessions). All the events are included in the registration fee.

Ice-Breaker Party - Monday, July 18th

Welcome cocktail at the Las Arenas Hotel

Welcome Dinner

  • Paella Show Cooking
  • Sunset at La Albufera Natural Park
  • Nou Racó Restaurant

Conference Dinner

  • City of Arts and Sciences
  • Palau de Les Arts
  • Los Toros Restaurant

Keynote Speakers

Carles Sanchis

(Valencian Center for Irrigation Studies)

The end of a myth? Lights and shadows over the Valencia Water Court

Carles Sanchis Ibor (València, 1970), MSc in Geographic Information Systems (University of Girona) and a PhD in Geography (University of Valencia), has worked as a researcher at the Valencian Center for Irrigation Studies (CVER) of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, Valencia Tech), and as lecturer in the Department of Geography of the University of Valencia (UV) since 2001. He has developed his research activity on water from various perspectives, from hydraulic policy to fluvial geomorphology, but mainly focusing on Mediterranean irrigation. He is also founder and member of the board of trustees of the Fundació Assut, focused on the protection of Mediterranean wetlands and traditional irrigation systems, and President of the Governing Council of the Albufera Natural Park (Ramsar site).

Raziyeh Farmani

(University of Exeter)

Intermittent Water Supply Systems: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

 Raziyeh Farmani is an Associate Professor of Water Engineering and Industrial Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering at Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, UK. She is the Chair of IWA’s Intermittent Water Supply Specialist Group.  She specialises in urban water systems modelling, water resources management and asset management and has expertise in multi-objective optimisation of water networks. Her research interests covers evolutionary optimization; artificial intelligence and data mining and their applications in real-time control of water systems; asset management of water distribution systems; leakage, pressure and energy management; reliability, resilience and sustainability; asset failure and deterioration modelling.

Pilar Conejos


Digital Twins for Water Distribution Systems

Pilar Conejos is a Digital Twin Manager at Idrica and a Part Time Assistant Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València. She is an industrial engineer and has a PhD in water and environmental engineering. Pilar has over 20 years of experience in water management. Formerly the Head of Network Control and Regulation for Valencia and its Metropolitan Area at the water utility Global Omnium. She recently joined Idrica as a water consultant expert, bringing an extensive experience about digital twins and water networks.

Helena M. Ramos

(Instituto Superior Técnico—IST, Lisbon)

Water-energy nexus as a management strategy in smart cities

Helena M. Ramos is a Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico—IST (the Engineering Faculty
from University of Lisbon) and a member of CERIS in Civil Engineering Department. She has
participated in 31 Scientific projects and has been the supervisor of 11 PhD students, 46 MSc theses. She has more than 6377 citations, index h 41 and i10 128. She has been a Member of various Editorial Teams and Reviewer of different scientific journals. She has several publications, more than 160 in International Journals with referees, more than 150 in Conferences, 36 book chapters, 7 books: in particular Small Hydropower Plants (2000), and Pump as Turbines (2018), among other technical and scientific documents. She has received more than 6 International Scientific recognitions.
She is an expert in transients, hydrodynamics, hydropower, pumped storage and hybrid renewable solutions, water –energy nexus and leakage detection.

Technical Tours

The Technical Tours will be held on July 22, 2022 in the morning. The detailed program of these technical visits will be available soon.

La Albufera Natural Park. Visit to the Milia Artifical Wetland

Turia Garden. Why does the city have a garden where there should be a river?

La Presa Water Treatment Plant, a plant built in the 19th century and still in operation

More details of each visit coming soon

Short courses

As part of the activities of the 2nd WDSA/CCWI International Joint Conference, five Workshops / Short Courses have been planned. The Short Courses will be held on Monday morning, July 18, 2022. The structure of these courses will be:

  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Maximum duration: 4 hours.
  • All courses run in parallel. It will only be possible to attend one of them.
  • The Short Courses can be attended by any conference participant
  • The courses will be free of charge for those attending the conference.
  • The number of places on each course is limited. In case of exceeding the limit, preference will be determined by the order in which the complete registration process (including payment) is completed.
  • Once the places for each course have been filled, the course leaders will contact the participants to inform them of the course requirements (hardware, software).

Registration for the Short Courses takes place at the same time as registration for the Conference.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The scheduled courses and their leaders are: