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.


The nexus between water and energy is one of the most pressing and important issues that must be resolved by both current and future generations.

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

The first edition of WaterEnergyNEXUS was organized in Korea in 2017 during the Asian International Water Week, one of the more pertinent and significant meetings in Asia for scientists and professionals working in the field of water use and sustainability. The second edition was organized in Salerno (Italy) in 2018.

This third WaterEnergyNEXUS conference will provide an international platform where key topics on water management can be shared and discussed by participants with the presentation of nature-based solutions, advanced technologies and best practices by a panel of experts invited as plenary and keynote speakers. Another objective of this 2020 WaterEnergyNEXUS conference is to enhance cooperation, integration and sustainable development in the Euro-Mediterranean region on the critical links between Water and Energy.

The WaterEnergyNEXUS series of conferences are supported by the UNESCO World Water Association Programme (WWAP) and the International Water Association (IWA). It also enjoys the patronage of several international scientific societies, associations and organizations and has established a publishing partnership with Springer Nature.

Important notice:

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

However, between now and the conference, it is impossible to predict how the current coronavirus situation will evolve and how long it will last. For this reason, the management of WaterEnergyNEXUS has decided to offer the option 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 now and to postpone making the decision (deadline: 30th September 2020) either to attend the conference in person or to present online. More details about the “online presentation” feature will be provided after accepted speakers have been notified (see Important Dates).

Special Session:

Health impacts of Viruses in Natural & Engineered Water Systems

We are inviting experts in this field to share their knowledge and expertise. Please submit your latest research on the effect of viruses on human and animal health in natural and engineered water systems.

General Chairman

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

Vincenzo Naddeo

Vincenzo Naddeo, University of Salerno (Italy)

Conference Chairpersons

  • Malini Balakrishnan
    Malini Balakrishnan, The Energy and Resources Institute


    • Kwang-Ho Choo
      Kwang-Ho Choo, Kyungpook National University


      • Mohamed Ksibi
        Mohamed Ksibi, University of Sfax



        Enrico Drioli

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


        Nabil Khélifi

        Nabil Khélifi, Springer Nature, Heidelberg (Germany)

        Access to high-quality water is essential to our survival. Clean water and sanitation are our top priorities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations (UN)
        Energy is central to almost every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Everyone needs energy and it is essential to ensure universal access to modern energy services through improved efficiency and increased use of renewable sources.
        Water and Energy systems are interdependent and are strongly linked to Human and Ecosystem health. In addition, wasteful use of Water and Energy resources reduces quality of life and contributes to climate change.


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

        • Nexus framework and governance
          • The nexus from the energy perspective;
          • The nexus from the water perspective as it relates to energy;
          • Existing tools and models used to analyze the nexus;
          • Land, climate and energy constraints on water use and food production;
          • Governance challenges in the Water-Energy Nexus;
          • Governance of innovation in renewable energies and mitigation of climate change impacts;
          • Investment in energy and water infrastructure;
          • Urban Water Security;
          • Urban Agriculture;
          • Policymaking to implement the Circular Economy in the water cycle;
          • Estimates and economic evaluations for investment projects in the water and energy sectors
        • Environmental technologies for sustainable water management
          • Water-energy nexus/ energy-saving technology;
          • Nutrients/hazardous substances control;
          • Water/wastewater technologies relevant to developing countries;
          • Technology-driven and natural solutions for water use problems;
          • Green technologies for sustainable water and wastewater management;
          • Renewable/valuable resources for recovery and utilization;
          • Wastewater/waste to energy;
          • Control of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) including Bacteria Resistant to Antibiotics (BRA) and microplastics;
          • Health-related Viruses in Natural & Engineered Water Systems
        • Future clean energy technologies and systems under water constraints
          • Water needs in 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 breeding, fertilizer production, irrigation, food transportation etc.;
          • Agricultural and land-use impacts on future energy systems;
          • Future urban energy systems taking into account water and food security;
          • Environmental Biotechnology and Bioenergy
        • Implementation and best practices
          • Technological innovations supporting secure global access to clean energy and water;
          • Reduction in operational costs for water and wastewater utility through improvements in energy efficiency;
          • Case studies of innovative technologies and policies in municipalities and industries for energy and water savings;
          • Energy and water consumption and balancing flows of urban and industrial systems.


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


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

          (Saudi Arabia)

          • Jesús Palma
            Jesús Palma, Institute Imbdea Energy


            • Eric D van Hullebusch
              Eric D van Hullebusch, Université de Paris


              KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

              • Ngai Yin Yip
                Ngai Yin Yip, Columbia University in the City of New York


                • Raquel Lebrero Fernández
                  Raquel Lebrero Fernández, Universidad de Valladolid


                  • Ola M. Gomaa
                    Ola M. Gomaa, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority


                    • Haizhou Liu
                      Haizhou Liu, University of California Riverside


                      • Cristina Trois
                        Cristina Trois, University of KwaZulu-Natal

                        (South Africa)

                        • Burak Demirel
                          Burak Demirel, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi


                          • Veronica Bermudez Benito
                            Veronica Bermudez Benito, QEERI- Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute


                            • Antonio Nesticò
                              Antonio Nesticò, University of Salerno


                              *Final confirmation is pending


                              Authors who wish to participate in the 3rd WaterEnergyNEXUS conference are encouraged to make an online submission of a 1-page abstract (max. 500 words) through the Performer_system before the submission deadline of 30th June 2020.

                              Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit an extended version (i.e. short proceedings paper, max. 3-4 pages) using this template. However, an extended abstract only needs to be submitted if you would like your work to be published in the conference proceedings.

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

                              Only presenting authors, either 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 over the short proceedings paper (extended abstract).

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

                              ART CONTEST

                              “WhEN we are sketching” is a new creative art contest launched by WaterEnergyNEXUS to find iconic original artwork depicting the event topics. In addition, the goal is to increase involvement by stakeholders in the conference issues using the power of art and image communication techniques, creating images that engage people with the emerging topics. In this contest, Science and Art combine to disseminate ideas on environmental sustainability. Submit your artwork no later than 31th October 2020.

                              Important Dates

                              Conference Abstract Submission

                              • Deadline for abstract submission (max. 1 page): 31th July 2020(*)
                              • Notification of invitation to present at WEN-2020 (onsite or online): 15th August 2020
                              • Opening of online registration (for all submitting authors and attendees): 15th August 2020

                              (*) No extension of deadline.

                              Proceedings Paper Submission

                              • Invitation to submit (optional) short paper (max. 4 pages using this template): 15th August 2020
                              • Deadline for short paper submission to the proceedings: 31th August 2020
                              • Notification of preliminary acceptance to publish in the proceedings: 20th September 2020
                              • Deadline for submission of a first revised version: 30th September 2020
                              • Deadline for submission of a second revised version (if needed): 10th October 2020
                              • Notification of final acceptance: 10th November 2020
                              • Submission to Springer of paper after revision of English: 10th December 2020
                              • Typesetting, proofreading and production (Springer): 10th January – 10th April 2021
                              • Online publication of the proceedings by Springer: 10th April 2021

                              Conference Preparation & Plan

                              • Deadline for online registration to present (onsite or online) at WEN-2020 : 30th September 2020
                              • Deadline for payment of registration fee or receipt of copy of flight tickets (as confirmation of attendance): 15th October 2020
                              • Arrival of participants at Djerba Island International Airport: 30th November – 01st December 2020
                              • Conference days (see Program): 1st-4th December 2020
                              • Field-trip and tour of southern Tunisia: 5th December 2020
                              • Departure of participants from Djerba Island International Airport: 6th December 2020

                              Special Issue Full Paper Submission

                              • Invitation to selected presenting authors to publish in special issues: 15th December 2020
                              • Deadline for submission to special issues: 15th March 2021
                              • Evaluation process and revisions of papers submitted to special issues: 15th March – 15th September 2021
                              • Online publication of the special issues: 15th December 2021

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