3rd ASEM Seminar on Urban water management

Urban solutions for global challenges

13-14 September 2018 Budapest

Danubius Hotel Helia****

62-64. Kárpát utca, 1133 Budapest, Hungary

Asem Water Budapest 2018

The ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center (ASEM Water) aims to provide a platform for all ASEM members with interests in water resources to strengthen exchange and cooperation. Besides R&D activities and academic consultations ASEM Water is active in organising professional and technical meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars focusing on the most challenging water related questions, achievements and tasks. President of Hungarian Water Cluster is playing leading role in ASEM Water as vice president of the Academic and Development Committee.

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08:00-20:00                          Arrival of Delegates and Registration

19:30-22:00                          Welcome Gala Dinner (upon invitation)

08:00-09:00                          Registration

09:00-09:50                          Opening Ceremony

  • Mr István Joó, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
  • Representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Science and Technology, China – TBC
  • Mr Sun Xiangyang, Deputy Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
  • Ms Li Weiwei, Chairman of Hunan Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
  • Mr José Saldanha Matos, President of European Water Association
  • Mr Károly Kovács, President of Hungarian Water Cluster, Vice chairman of Academic and Development Committee of ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center
  • Representative from Asia – TBC

09:50-10:00                           Photo Session

10:00-10:15                           Coffee Break

10:15-11:30                          PLENARY SESSION I. : Water security in the context of climate change

  • Water security and sponge city
    Mr Wang Hao, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Honorary Director of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China
  • Challenges and opportunities in the realization of SDG 6.
    Mr András Szöllősi-Nagy
    , Professor and President of the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies, National University of Public Service Hungary (NUPS) and Chairperson of International Hydrological Programme, UNESCO, Hungary
  • Research on Forecasting Method of Collective Dynamic Factor Rainstorm Area
    Prof. Li Xiaoming, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, China
  • Ms Bettina Doeser, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment Unit C1 Water (TBC)
  • Indian Urban Water Sector: Challenges and Opportunities
    Mr Pawan Kumar Sachdeva, research analyst and consultant, Singapore
  • Urban development – Water management
    Mr Géza Csörnyei, Operational Director, Budapest Waterworks, Hungary

11:30-12:00                           Panel discussion

12:00-14:00                           Lunch break

14:00-15:15                          PLENARY SESSION II. : Infrastructure development – professional decision-making, optimal solutions
                                              Cost-effective, optimal and sustainable water developments, balancing technical, economic, legal and environmental aspects of projects

  • Drinking Water Security Problems and Demands in China
    Mr Hou Li’an
    , Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, China
  • Urban Water Governance: an OECD perspective
    Ms Oriana Romano
    , OECD Water Governance Programme within the Division “Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development”, France
  • The variability of hydraulic parameters in buffer zones along river banks and lake shores: Rethinking their design and functions
    Prof. Ninghu Su
    , Professor of James Cook University, Australia
  • Strategic and economic planning of infrastructure development
    Ms Zsuzsanna Lehoczki
    , International Director of Trenecon-COWI Ltd., Hungary
  • Mr Josue Santiago Falla, Dean of College of Core Gateway College, Inc., the Philippines
  • European experience on how to prepare and select cost-efficient and affordable water solutions – applying Life Cycle costing on project preparation
    Mr Károly Kovács
    , Past President of European Water Association

15:15-15:45                           Panel discussion

15:45-16:00                           Coffee Break

16:00-17:15                          PLENARY SESSION III. : Integrated urban water management

  • Call for Actions for the Conservation of the World Lakes, and an introduction of Shiga’s initiatives for Conserving Lake Biwa
    Minoru Shirai, Director of Lake Biwa Policy Division of Shiga Prefectural Government, Japan
  • Wastewater management and UWWTD implementation in the Danube region
    Mr Stjepan Gabric
    , Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, The World Bank
  • Eco-friendly technologies for polluted groundwater treatment in rural areas in the context of water scarcity
    Mr Sorin Claudiu Ulinic
    , Head of Department of ICPE Bistrita S.A., Romania
  • Mr Chang Shengli, General Manager of Hunan Hongdong Photoelectricity Co. Ltd., China
  • Reuse of treated wastewater under Mediterranean and dry climates
    Mr José Saldanha Matos
    , President of European Water Association

17:15-17:45                           Panel discussion

09:00-09:50                           PLENARY SESSION IV. : Good practices in the preparation of infrastructure development projects

  • Challenges and possibilities in financing infrastructure development projects
    Mr Gábor Szőcs
    , Director of International Organizations and Foreign Representatives of Eximbank, Hungary
  • Urban Rivers and Lakes Comprehensive Management Practice
    Mr Ma Yichao
    , Chief Expert and Head of the Department of Ecology, Zhejiang Design Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power, China
  • JASPERS, Luxemburg, Luxemburg
  • Strengthening China Europe Water Innovation Cooperation highlighting results on Managed Aquifer Recharge from EU FP7 MARSOL and on SRIA from EU-China H2020 PIANO projects
    Mr Joao Paulo Lobo-Ferreira
    , Coordinator of Research Partnerships Support Office, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Portugal
  • Cost-effective water developments – implemented in the East-Asian region with ODA (Official Development Assistant) support
    Mr Bálint Horváth,
    Business Development Director, Hungarian Water Cluster

09:50-10:20                           Panel discussion

10:20-10:35                           Coffee break

10:35-11:25                          PLENARY SESSION V. : Experience in integrated urban water management – smart cities, innovation, toward water-smart society

  • The Basic Idea on Management of Black and Odorous Water, and Maintenance
    Mr Yao Jie
    , Deputy Director General of National Engineer Research Center of Urban Water Resources and Professor of Department of Environment of Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Results of the project PIANO: Policies, innovation and networks for enhancing opportunities for China-Europe water cooperation
    Mr Markus Starkl
    , Senior Scientist of BOKU University Vienna, Austria
  • International research trends in the field of stormwater management
    Mr Kálmán Buzás, Professor of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics; Chairperson of Stormwater Management Working Group of Hungarian Water Association, Hungary
  • The urban aquifers: a strategic water resource within global change
    Ms Lucila Candela
    , Researcher of IMDEA-Water Institute, Spain
  • Practice of Sponge City Construction for Urban Sustainable Development – Taking Shenzhen as an Example
    Ms Ren Xinxin
    , Committee Member of Sponge City Construction Expert Committee of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China

11:25-11:55                           Panel discussion

                                                CLOSING PLENARY SESSION: Review of the Seminar

11:55-12:10                           Summary & Remarks by Moderators

12:10-12:40                           Keynote speeches from Hungarian Water Cluster, Hungarian Water Association and ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center

12:40-13:40                           Lunch break

14:00-16:00                           Field Trip

Route 1.                                   WWTp visit in Csepel

Route 2.                                   Reservoir visit Kőbánya

Route 3.                                   University session at Budapest University of Technology



The venue

The Eurasian Water Conference will be held in Danubius Hotel Helia ****
62-64. Kárpát utca, 1133 Budapest, Hungary

Business Call

By taking the opportunity of our Business Packages of the event your Eurasian partnerships on water can be broadened, new professional co-operation will be available and active international business opportunities can be built up, do not miss the opportunity and be part of this unique water event!


We are very glad that you are interested in the Eurasian Water Conference 2018 (13-14 September 2018) to be organized under the patronage of H.E. János Áder, presient of Hungary and by the Hungarian Water Cluster and ASEM Water.


Please note that registration is accepted until 27st August 2018. Participation is free of charge and meals will be provided during the event; however, please be advised that travel and accommodation costs are to be covered by the participants.

We look forward to welcoming You in Budapest!



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