International Conference

Water Security: New Technologies, Strategies, Policies, and Institutions

September 16-18, 2019

Jointly organized by American Water Resources Association (AWRA) and The Center for Water Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), this conference will focus on water security and its importance for food security, conflict mitigation, and economic development, specifically in east and southeast Asia.

Conference Location

Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences
11A, Datun Road Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100101
People′s Republic of China

Visa/Travel: Your visa application may be require you to have an invitation letter to the conference. Please contact Dr. Shoafeng Jia with the Chinese Academy of Science to receive an invitation letter. AWRA recommends beginning the visa process three to five months in advance. This link provides information on how to apply, frequently asked questions, and other arrival information.

Hotel Information

China National Convention Center Grand Hotel
Building 1, West Beichen Road
(Beichen Xi Lu)(81)
To reserve your room, please call the hotel at 86-10-84372008 and ask for the Chinese Academy of Sciences room rate.

Conference Deadlines

August 27: Online Registration Due

Conference Description

Water security is becoming increasingly important for food security, conflict mitigation, and economic development. An international conference on this topic, focusing on east and southeast Asia, as well as global perspectives, will be convened in Beijing in September 2019, cosponsored by AWRA and CAS.  The following aspects of water security and how they can be achieved will be discussed:

  • Application of new technologies such as remote sensing, big data, and artificial intelligence,
  • Development of strategies, policies, and institutional reforms, and
  • Enhancement of resilience under changing climate, population growth, and urbanization.

Benefits of Attending

Adequate and reliable water resources are essential to securing food supplies, preventing conflicts, supporting human well-being, and promoting sustainable development. Attendees of this conference will hear:
  • new findings and approaches to capturing the dynamic and constantly evolving dimensions of water and water related issues using new technologies;  
  • share real-world experiences (case studies and practical solutions) demonstrating enhancement of resilience under changing climate, growing population and urbanization;
  • present management strategies, policies and institutional guidelines to address water security and governance issues: sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water; and
  • promote communications among scientists, managers, engineers, social scientists, stakeholders, and policy- and decision-makers on water security challenges and solutions.

Field Trip

Free with your registration, but please sign up for it when you register for the conference. The South–North Water Transfer Project, also translated as the South-to-North Water Diversion Project (literal meaning: Project of diverting the south water to the north) is a multi-decade infrastructure mega-project in the People's Republic of China. Ultimately it aims to channel 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually from the Yangtze River in southern China to the more arid and industrialized north through three canal systems:

  • The Eastern Route through the course of the Grand Canal.
  • The Central Route flowing from the upper reaches of the Han River (a tributary of Yangtze River) to Beijing and Tianjin.
  • The Western Route which goes from three tributaries of Yangtze River near the Bayankala Mountain to provinces like Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia.


Conference Co-Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor/Student Award Sponsor

In Kind Sponsors

Argonne National Laboratory | Lemont, Illinois, USA
Arizona Water Resources Research | Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Center for Environmental Resource | Management, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA
Center for Inland Desalination Systems, | University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA
Chinese American Water Resources Association, USA
College of Civil Engineering Tsinghua University | Beijing, China
Environmental and Water Resources Institute-ASCE | Reston, Virginia, USA
HR Wallingford, UK
Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
International Water Resources Association
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JAWRA publisher)
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Research Center for Climate Change, Ministry of Water Resources | Nanjing, China
New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, New Mexico State University | Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Oregon State University | Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Oregon Water Resources Department | Salem, Oregon, USA
Rutgers University – New Brunswick | New Jersey, USA
Scientific Information Center of Interstate Coordination Water Commission (SIC ICWC) | Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., | Sacramento, California, USA
Tetra Tech, Inc., | Virginia, USA


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