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2nd IYFSWC and ICCE presented by 4 prestigious keynote speakers!
Speaker ¹1
Monitoring and modelling soil erosion at multiple scales (plot, field, catchment, national) using scale adapted tools and models for understanding, predicting and managing soil erosion and soil conservation.
Dr. P. Strauss (Federal Agency for Water Management – Institute for Land and Water Management Research, Austria)
Peter Strauss is Head of the Institute for Land and Water Management Research within the Federal Agency for Water Management. His main research interests are in developing and application of models and tools for soil and water conservation at various spatial and temporal scales. Main purpose for the implementation of these models is to monitor soil erosion and sediment movement from micro plot to catchment scale with the aim to develop or improve methods and techniques for the implementation of a better soil and water conservation in agriculture. He is also dealing with diffuse pollution research at the small watershed scale trying to identify pathways of pollutant losses - mainly the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus - from agriculture to surface water. In his lecture he will provide examples for current research issues at different scales related to conservation measures in agriculture.
Speaker ¹2
Techniques and experimental platforms (plot, field, farm, landscape) for quantitative assessment of sheet, rill and gully erosion.
Prof. Jean Poesen (Geography and Tourism, Department Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geo-Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium)
Jean Poesen is a geographer and a full professor at the Division of Geography and Tourism within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium). His research interests include geomorphology, soil erosion, landsliding, sediment dynamics and yield, soil degradation, reservoir sedimentation, sediment yield assessment at various scales, hillslope hydrology, experimental geomorphologic techniques, desertification processes and mitigation techniques, soil erosion control, soil and water conservation (including the human dimension), impact of environmental change (land use, climate) on soil erosion processes and landsliding under different ecological conditions, assessment of vulnerability with respect to natural hazards, human-environment interactions in general and geography of developing countries.
Speaker ¹3
River basin: sediment transport, reservoir sedimentation and management
Prof. Helmut Habersack (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
Helmut Habersack holds currently a UNESCO Chair on “Integrated River Research and Management”, coordinating the “World´s Large Rivers Initiative”, and is a Full Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Modelling at the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. In 2011 he became Head of the Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, since 2010 he is the Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Methods in River Monitoring, Modelling and Engineering.
Helmut Habersack has over 25 years of experience in river engineering, flood risk management, hydropower, navigation, sediment transport and river restoration. He is the author of over 80 journal publications, 10 monographs, over 100 proceedings etc. and gave over 150 national and international lectures. Helmut Habersack organized the International Conferences „On the Status and Future of the Worlds´s Large Rivers“, which were held in 2011 in Vienna, 2015 in Manaus/Amazon and 2017 in New Delhi. He won the “Science2Business 2015” Award.
Speaker ¹4
Social-economical factors of soil and water conservation in the different landscape zones.
Prof. Miodrag Zlatić  (Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade University, Serbia)
Prof. Miodrag Zlatić, D.Sc. is full professor at Belgrade University, Faculty of Forestry, Department for ecological engineering in soil and water resources protection and is the Head of the Chair for Erosion and Torrent Control. His professional field is in sustainable land management, socio-demographic aspects of land degradation, social, economic and ecological effects of erosion and torrent control, policy of sustainable development of degraded areas, assessment of risk and uncertainty in SLM.
He was coordinator of several international projests/programmes in Serbia (“WOCAT- World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies”, “Community Based Rehabilitation of Degraded Land in Balkans”), as well as editor in chief of four international monographies and one national. He was chairman and president of the organizing committee of several international conferences and workshops. He was the president of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation – WASWAC, for the period 2005 – 2010, and at present is in the Council of WASWAC as Immediate past president.
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