If the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic continues after 30th September 2020, the 3rd WEN conference may be moved to an online format or it may be postponed until Spring 2021. You can submit your short abstract now and we’ll keep you informed of any changes.

Submission system will remain open to receive abstracts until 30th June 2020.

We have started the evaluation/selection process of all submitted abstracts and submitting authors will be notified of acceptance for presentation or publication within the 3rd WEN as planned on 10th June 2020. Late authors will be notified shortly after submission.

Between now and the conference, it is impossible to predict the spread of the coronavirus, the worldwide consequences and how long this situation will last. We will contact you on 1st September 2020 to check if you want to attend and present your work to the audience directly or simply present it online. You will have until 30th September 2020 to decide on the preferred type of presentation (onsite or online).


The WaterEnergyNEXUS is one of the most important and priority issue to be resolved for both current and next generations.

The University of Sfax (Tunisia) in cooperation with Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED) of the University of Salerno (Italy), Advanced Institute of Water Industry at Kyungpook National University (Korea) and with The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI (India) is organizing the third edition of WaterEnergyNEXUS conference, that will be held in the island of  Djerba (Tunisia) on 1-5 December 2020.

The first edition of WaterEnergyNEXUS was organized in Korea during the Asian International Water Week, one of the more relevant and strategic appointments in Asia for scientists and professionals who are working on the field of the water industry and sustainability. The second edition was organized in Salerno (Italy) in 2018.

This third edition of WaterEnergyNEXUS conference will provide an international platform to share and discuss key topics on such water issues with the presentation of nature-based solutions, advanced technologies and best practices with the support of experts invited as plenary and keynote speakers. An additional aim of this 2020 WaterEnergyNEXUS conference is to contribute to the overall goal of enhancing cooperation, integration and sustainable development in the Euro-Mediterranean region on critical topics of Water and Energy.

The WaterEnergyNEXUS  series of conferences received the support of the UNESCO World Water Association Programme (WWAP) and the International Water Association (IWA) It is also under the patronage of several international scientific societies, associations and organizations. And, it enjoys the publishing partnership with Springer Nature.

Important notice:

The 3rd edition of WaterEnergyNEXUS will take place as scheduled and we are proceeding with all plans to convene the meeting.

However, from now until the conference days, no one can predict the worldwide development and spread of coronavirus and how long this situation will last. That is why, WaterEnergyNEXUS board decided to provide the possibility of presenting online to those who prefer not to attend the conference in person.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit a short abstract of their presentation and to leave the decision (deadline: 30 September 2020) as to whether to attend the conference and to present onsite or just online. More details about the “online presentation” feature will be provided after notification of acceptances (see Important Dates).

Special Session:

Health Related Viruses in Natural & Engineering Water Systems

We are now inviting experts in this field to share their knowledge and expertise. Please submit your newest research on the health effect of viruses on the natural and engineering water systems.

General Chairman

Of The International Conference Series WaterEnergyNEXUS
(And Coordinator Of The Scientific Advisory Board)
Click on WEN series to get more details

Vincenzo Naddeo

Vincenzo Naddeo
University of Salerno

Conference Chairpersons

  • Malini Balakrishnan
    Malini BalakrishnanThe Energy and Resources Institute


    • Kwang-Ho Choo
      Kwang-Ho ChooKyungpook National University


      • Mohamed Ksibi
        Mohamed KsibiUniversity of Sfax



        Enrico Drioli

        Enrico Drioli
        Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM)
        University of Calabria



        Nabil Khélifi

        Nabil Khélifi
        Springer Nature

        We survive only in presence of high-quality water. Clean water and sanitation are our priority in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations (UN)
        Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Energy for all is essential and we must work to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.
        Water and Energy systems are interdependent and are strongly linked to the Human and Ecosystem health. In addition, an inappropriate use of Water and Energy resources affects the quality of life and changes the climate.


        Topics of interest of the WaterEnergyNEXUS conference include, but are not limited, to the following aspects:

        • Nexus framework and governance
          • Nexus from the energy perspective;
          • Nexus from the water perspective related to energy;
          • Existing tools and models in analyzing the nexus;
          • Land, climate and energy constraints on water and food sectors;
          • Governance challenges in the Water-Energy Nexus;
          • Governance in supporting innovations in renewable energies and mitigating climate change impacts;
          • Investment and finance for energy and water infrastructure;
          • Urban Water Security;
          • Urban Agriculture;
          • Policy for the implementation of the Circular Economy in the water cycle
          • Estimates and economic evaluations for investment projects in the water and energy sectors
        • Environmental technologies for the sustainable development of the water sector
          • Water-energy nexus/energy saving technology;
          • Nutrients/hazardous substances control;
          • Appropriate water/wastewater technologies for developing countries;
          • Advanced technology or Nature based solutions for water;
          • Green technologies for sustainable water and wastewater management;
          • Renewable/valuable resources recovery and utilization;
          • Wastewater/waste to energy;
          • Control of the contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs) including Bacteria Resistant to Antibiotics (BRA) and microplastics.
          • Health Related Viruses in Natural & Engineering Water Systems
        • Future clean energy technologies and systems under water constraints
          • Water needs in the energy systems such as power plants, fuel refineries, renewable energy development, and carbon capture & storage, etc.;
          • Energy needs for water supply and agriculture: extraction, transportation, and disposal of water, livestock production, fertilizer production, irrigation, food transportation etc.;
          • Agriculture and land-use impacts on future energy systems;
          • Future urban energy systems with considerations of water and food security;
          • Environmental Biotechnology and Bioenergy
        • Implementation and best practices
          • Technology innovations for supporting global secure access to clean energy and water;
          • Reductions in water and wastewater utility operational costs through energy efficiency improvements;
          • Case studies of innovative technologies and policies in municipalities and industries for energy and water savings;
          • Energy and water consumption and balance flows of urban and industrial systems.


        Zhen (Jason) He*
        Washington University in St. Louis


        • TorOve Leiknes
          TorOve LeiknesKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST

          (Saudi Arabia)

          • Jesús Palma
            Jesús PalmaInstitute Imbdea Energy


            • Eric D van Hullebusch
              Eric D van HullebuschUniversité de Paris


              KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

              • Ngai Yin Yip
                Ngai Yin YipColumbia University in the City of New York


                • Raquel Lebrero Fernández
                  Raquel Lebrero FernándezUniversidad de Valladolid


                  • Ola M. Gomaa
                    Ola M. GomaaEgyptian Atomic Energy Authority


                    • Haizhou Liu
                      Haizhou LiuUniversity of California Riverside


                      • Cristina Trois
                        Cristina TroisUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal

                        (South Africa)

                        • Burak Demirel
                          Burak DemirelBoğaziçi Üniversitesi


                          • Veronica Bermudez Benito
                            Veronica Bermudez BenitoQEERI- Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute


                            *Final confirmation is pending


                            Authors wishing to participate at the 3rd WaterEnergyNEXUS conference are encouraged to submit a 1-page abstract (max. 500 words) online on Performer_system before the submission deadline of 20 May 2020.

                            Authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to submit an extended version (i.e. short proceedings paper of a max. of 3-4 pages) using this Template. However, submitting an extended abstract is optional (i.e. only if you wish to publish your work in the conference proceedings).

                            All accepted short papers (i.e. extended abstracts) after the peer-review process will be published as book chapters in the conference proceedings by Springer.

                            Only authors presenting directly onsite or online will be invited to develop their conference contribution (abstracts or extended abstracts) into a journal submission. The journal version should have at least 40% new content which should be identified clearly in a cover letter. There should be some added value in the journal paper with respect to the short proceedings paper (extended abstract).

                            Only the works presented (onsite or online) at WaterEnergyNEXUS conference, will be candidates for selection in special issues by the scientific committee. Selected authors will be invited to submit a full journal manuscript for evaluation before publication after the peer review in one of the planned special issues in these collaborating journals (The full list of supporting journals will be announced soon).

                            ART CONTEST

                            “WhEN we are sketching” is a new creative art contest competition within WaterEnergyNEXUS to design iconic artworks on the event topics, proposing original artworks with a distinctive style. An additional goal is to increase the involvement of stakeholders on the conference issues using the power of art and image communication techniques, creating images that can focus people on the emerging topics. In this contest, Science and Art will work together for disseminating environmental sustainability. Submit you artwok no later than 31 October 2020.

                            Important Dates

                            Conference Abstract Submission

                            • Deadline for abstract submission (max. 1 page): 30 June 2020
                            • Notification of acceptance to present at WEN-2020 (onsite or online): 15 July 2020
                            • Opening of online registration (for all submitting authors and attendees): 15 July 2020

                            Proceedings Paper Submission

                            • Invitation to submit (optional) a short paper (max. 4 pages using this Template): 15 July 2020
                            • Deadline for short paper submission to the proceedings: 31 July 2020
                            • Notification of preliminary acceptance to publish in the proceedings: 20 August 2020
                            • Deadline for submission of a first revised version: 10 September 2020
                            • Deadline for submission of a second revised version (if needed): 20 October 2020
                            • Notification of final acceptance: 10 November 2020
                            • Submission to Springer of paper after English revision: 10 December 2020
                            • Typesetting, proofreading and production (Springer): 10 January – 10 April 2021
                            • Online publication of the proceedings by Springer: 10 April 2021

                            Conference Preparation & Plan

                            • Deadline for online registration to present (onsite or online) at WEN-2020 : 30 September 2020
                            • Deadline for registration payment or for sending a copy of the flight tickets (as a confirmation to attend): 15 October 2020
                            • Arrival of participants to Djerba Island International Airport: 30 November – 01 December 2020
                            • Conference days (see Program): 01-02-03-04 December 2020
                            • Field-trip and tour in southern Tunisia: 05 December 2020
                            • Departure of participants from Djerba Island International Airport: 06 December 2020

                            Special Issue Full Paper Submission

                            • Invitation to (presenting) authors of the best works to submit in special issues: 15 December 2020
                            • Deadline for submission in special issues: 15 March 2021
                            • Evaluation process and revisions of papers submitted to special issues: 15 March – 15 September 2021
                            • Online publication of the special issues: 15 December 2021

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