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News Call for session and workshop proposal: The 9th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control

The 9th WETPOL will take place from 13-17 September 2021 in the city of Vienna.

WETPOL is an international symposium bringing together wetland scientists, engineers and practitioners working on wetland ecosystem services, including water quality improvement, climate regulation, and flood control. The conference will create a framework for wetland scientists and practitioners to exchange knowledge and advance the overall understanding of these complex ecosystems. The goal is to improve our understanding of the role wetlands perform in processing nutrients and contaminants, and to discuss and demonstrate how restored and constructed wetlands in the future, via their associated ecosystem services, can contribute to ensure sustainable water management and resource recovery while at the same time regulating and mitigating impacts of global climate change.

The conference programme will focus on process-based topics on pollutants dynamics in various types of wetlands including recent advances in the following areas:

  • Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients
  • Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Wetland plants ecophysiology and invasiveness
  • Impact of climate change on wetland systems
  • The role of wetlands in pollutant management at the catchment scale
  • Attenuation of diffuse pollution in wetlands
  • Behaviour of priority and emerging pollutants
  • Molecular and microbial advances related to pollutant fate, disposal and removal in wetlands
  • Advances is modelling for process understanding and design
  • Increase process understanding for TW types, e.g. Evaporative willow systems, Sludge treatment wetlands, Intensified wetlands, Microbial electrochemical wetlands resources recovery from wetlands
  • Role and functioning of wetlands and other nature-based solutions in urban settings
  • Other related topics.

The conference will include one day of field trips to explore unique natural and treatment wetlands. More information will follow soon.

Currently, they plan to organise WETPOL 2021 as “normal” conference with a physical presence. However, based on the current situation due to the pandemic and the thus unpredictable future, our plan B is to hold WETPOL 2021 as a full virtual conference or as a hybrid between both. A final decision about the format will be made 4 months before the actual conference date.

Call for session : 

Deadline: 30th of November 2020

Template: Download Template

Session proposals:

  • Session proposals shall focus on specific topics related to (but not include) the general topics of WETPOL 2021
  • Contributions to the session will be collected during the general call for abstract. The session proposers will be involved in evaluating the abstracts submitted for the session.

Workshop proposals:

  • Workshop proposals focus on presenting a specific topic or project with a pre-set list of speakers.
  • The duration of a workshop is set to 90 minutes.
  • The workshop proposers are responsible for the program and speakers. All speakers must be registered for the symposium.
  • Workshop proposals may also include other elements besides presentations, e.g. panel discussions.

All speakers must be registered for the symposium

For submitting proposals for sessions/workshops use the template and submit the proposal no later than 30 November 2020 to

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Geographical coverage Austria
News date 23/10/2020
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