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Keynote Speakers

  Prof. Carlos Borrego

Full Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Aveiro.

During 40 years working on environmental problems, he is serving Portugal on a number of national and international scientific boards and committees (EC, NATO, ESF, FCT...), and evaluation panels of research institutions and projects. He was Minister of Environment, Vice-Rector of the UA, and presently is the Director of the Department of Environment and Planning.
Coordinating the Research Group on Emissions, Modelling and Climate Change, he was involved in more than 30 European projects and over 800 scientific publications on environmental impact assessment, air quality management, wind tunnel simulations, exposure to atmospheric pollutants and human health, climate change mitigation and adaptation, research and innovation for circular economy, sustainable development. As Director of the IDAD-Institute of Environment and Development, the interface unit of UA for cooperation with the Society, develops professional consulting and project activities.

Climate Change, Heat Waves and Water Stress: time for change

Departamento de Ambiente e Ordenamento, Universidade de Aveiro

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges today. The debate now is not about the human contribution to global warming and climate change, but how to deal with the impacts of future climate change, namely regarding changes on global water biogeochemical cycle. Rising temperatures are melting glacial ice at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are an important source of freshwater worldwide, and some are in danger of disappearing within the 21st century. In a warmer environment, more precipitation will occur as rain rather than snow, resulting in excess water runoff that can't be stored and therefore the decrease of soil moisture and groundwater recharge. Additionally future climate scenarios include changes in precipitation spatial (increase in equatorial regions and high latitudes; decrease in middle latitudes) and temporal patterns like periods of heavy rainfall followed by long periods of drought during spring and summer in the Mediterranean region (IPCC, 5AR, 2013). Climate change increase the risks of storms, floods, drought, water stress and fresh water scarcity, with consequences on food production, energy and other economic sectors, human health and ecosystems. 

Urban areas are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Nowadays, more than half of the world population lives in urban areas and it is expected to increase to 66% (UN, World Urbanization Prospects, 2014). At the same time the number of megacities is increasing too, leading to problems like transport management, goods (materials, food, water, energy) supply, solid wastes collection and treatment, wastewater drainage and treatment, air pollution, urban heat island effect (UHIE), among others.
To create sustainable cities and communities became one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, stablish by United Nations. To face global warming and climate change impacts, cities should adapt and became more resilient. Increasing blue and green infrastructures, are most recommended solutions for greening the cities, to adjust the urban microclimate reducing the UHIE, to increase the comfort and citizen’s quality of life and contributing to the regulation of the urban water cycle, from demand to disposal.

  Prof. Orestes Marraccini Gonçalves

Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Sao Paulo
President of the Council of Sanitation of the Regulatory Agency of Sanitation and Energy of the State of Sao Paulo - ARSESP

  • Graduated in Civil Engineering at the Escola Politecnica of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), Brazil, in 1974;
  • Member of the Department of the Civil Construction Engineering at the Poli-USP, since 1975;
  • PhD Degree (1986) and Associate Professor (1997) in Building Systems in Civil Construction Engineering Department at the Poli-USP;
  • Full Professor of the Department of Civil Construction Engineering  at the Poli-USP;
  • Coordinator of the Building Systems Education and Research Group of the Poli-USP, since 1987;
  • President of the Council of Sanitation of the Regulatory Agency of Sanitation and Energy of the State of Sao Paulo - ARSESP, since 2015
  • Member do National Committee of the Technological Developing of Construction- CTECH, of the Brazilian Ministry of the Cities - MCidades
  • Member of the Council of the CBCS – Brazilian Council of Sustainable Construction, and Coordinator of the Technical Committee of Water Conservation;
  • Member of the Work Group W62 - Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings - of the CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, since 1987; 
  • Advisor of the PURA – Water Conservation Program of SABESP (Water Utility Company of the State of Sao Paulo), Brazil, since 1995;
  • Technical Coordinator of the Water Conservation Program of the University of São Paulo Campi- PURA-USP, 1995 - 2015
Abstract to follow

    Prof. Francisco Arregui

Francisco Arregui has over 20 years of experience in the field of water metering and apparent losses assessment and reduction. His Phd, in 1998, dealt with the technical management of water meters. Since then, he has lead numerous projects with private and public water utilities around the world, giving technical support and training on water meter management, water meter performance analysis, non-revenue water reduction strategies and water consumption patterns determination. He has also supervised several PhDs and MSc on the topic and co-authored more than 40 technical papers and a book for IWA Publishing entitled “Integrated water meter management”. Currently, he is working in the development of cloud based software tools to support water meter management.

New trends in high frequency water demand monitorization and analysis: experiences and challenges

Water metering, data logging and transmission equipment have progressively reduced their price and increase capacity and sensitivity. Also, the latest developments in Big Data and Machine Learning techniques allow for the processing of large quantities of data. Cloud computing allow for scalable systems that can be upgraded as more computing power and storage are required. All these advances have made possible significant improvements in the understanding of water consumption that can help water utilities improve the overall efficiency of their systems. The presentation describes previous experiences and challenges faced when conducting high frequency water consumption monitorization. It also, presents the latest advances in water demand micro-component research conducted at ITA (Spain), including the new software and hardware developed.

    Prof.Francisco Nunes Correia

Full Professor of Environment and Water Resources, IST, University of Lisbon
Former Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Regional Development

Francisco Nunes Correia got his Ph. D. in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University (USA). He is currently a Full Professor of Environment and Water Resources at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the main engineering school in Portugal. He is founder, former President of the Board, and now President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Water Partnership, a platform of universities, enterprises, professional associations and governmental agencies involved in water policy and technology. Along with his academic career, he was designated for several public positions, notably Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning, and Regional   Development   of   the   Portuguese   Government   (2005-­‐2009),   President   of   the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (2004-­‐2005) and National Co-­‐ordinator of the POLIS Programme for the urban renewal and environmental improvement of Portuguese cities (1999-­‐2003). He was also Co-­‐ordinator of the Portuguese National Environment Plan (1993-­‐ 1995) and Director-­‐General for Natural Resources (1986-­‐1989). He was awarded the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of “Infante D. Henrique”, an honorific decoration conferred in 2010 by the Portuguese President of Republic in recognition for the achievements as Minister. He has extensive professional experience as researcher, teacher, and consultant in the areas of water, environment and regional development. He was consultant of the World Bank in water projects in South America and participated in environmental projects in Macao (China). He was Coordinator of several European research projects, notably EUROWATER and WATER 21. More recently, among other projects, he collaborated with the preparation of the National Water Plan of Angola (since 2014), collaborated as a reviewer in the  OECD-­‐Netherlands  Dialogue  on  Water  Governance  (2013-­‐2014)  and  collaborated  as  a consultant   in   the   OECD-­‐Brazil   Dialogue   on   Water   Governance   (2014-­‐2015).   He   also collaborated in the establishment of the OECD Principles on Water Governance (2014-­‐2015). He is the author or co-­‐author of 10 books and more than 130 articles, chapters and technical reports on those areas.

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