The 14th International Symposium on the Interactions between Sediments and Water (Italy, May 21-26,
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Date: 21st to 26th May, 2017

Venue: Taormina, Italy

Invitation: The role of sediment in aquatic systems has attracted increasing attention in the last few decades from both an applied and a research perspective. Sediments act as both a pollutant in natural habitats as well as a vector for the transfer of chemicals such as nutrients and contaminants. Recognition of the environmental influence of both sediment and sediment-associated chemical (nutrients and contaminants) transfers and storage on aquatic ecosystems has generated much concern within both research and regulatory agencies. Studies have been undertaken by a variety of individuals in a wide range of disciplines as the environmental problems are found in rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and oceans and affect the biological, chemical, physical and social components of the system.

The International Association for Sediment Water Science (IASWS), bringing together a wide range of researchers from different disciplines, seeks to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in scientific research related to sediments and their interactions with water and biota in fluvial, lacustrine and marine systems and with particular reference to problems of environmental concern.

The symposium that began in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1976) has continued on a three-year cycle, meeting in Canada (1981), Switzerland (1984), Australia (1987), Sweden (1990), U.S. (1993), Italy (1996), China (1999), Canada (2002), Slovenia (2005), Australia (2008), England (2011) and South Africa (2014). These tri-annual symposiums provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussions with the aim of better integrating knowledge of the biological, physical and chemical processes between sediments and water. The scale of the meeting is such that the exchange of ideas, techniques and approaches is fostered encouraging this integration and enabling future collaboration.

We invite you to participate in this conference. We hope that your attendance at the 14th International Symposium on the Interactions between Sediments and Water will be interesting and enjoyable for you, both scientifically and socially, and that you will enjoy your stay in Taormina.

Paolo Porto & Vito Ferro, Conference Chairs, Local organising Committee, IASWS 2017

IASWS 2017 website:  

Deadline for abstract submission is August 15th 2016.

The selected papers presented in the conference will be published in a special issue of 揓ournal of Soils and Sediments?

Contact: Prof. Paolo Porto
Conference Chair
Department of Agraria
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria


During the IASWS 2017 the following main topics will be addressed:

Theme A:  Assessing and/or Restoring Disturbed Watersheds

Sediment Related Risk Assessment                                                                              
Fine Particle Behavior                                                                                                    
Sediment Geochemistry                                                                                    
Disturbed Catchments: Modelling and Measurement                                    
Organic Matter and Particle Behavior
Contaminant fluxes and storage in disturbed systems                                               
Sediment fluxes in natural and disturbed systems                                                            
Managing sediment quality/remediation of sediments                                                    
Catchment research platforms and management policy                                                   
Contaminant and nutrient behaviour in disturbed systems
Impact of wildfires on water ecosystems                                                         

Theme B: Sediment-Water Linkages in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

Sediment Budgets: Catchment Transfers                                                                     
Sediment Budgets: Supply and Storage                                                            
Floodplain Sediment Storage                                                                            
Sediment Associated Contaminant Transfers                                                  
Sediment Associated Nutrient Transfers          
Sediment Transport        
Soil Erosion
Monitoring/modelling sediment yields at multiple scales
Use of tracer technologies in sediment-water science
Dynamics of fine cohesive sediments

Theme C: Evaluating Change in Saline and/or Freshwater Habitats

Bio-Sediment Interactions                                                                                            
Sediment Associated Contaminants                                                                 
Sediment Dynamics in Aquatic Systems                                                           
Hydrodynamic Effects on Sediment Processes 
Paleo-sediment Approach
Sediment reconstruction, contaminants
Wood and fluvial ecosystems
Effect of wood on sediment structure and sorting                                                                                                                       

Theme D: Developments in monitoring and measuring sediment-water interactions and dynamics

Theme E: The role of sediment within catchment, river basin and coastal management

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