Dear young and senior water professionals,
It is my pleasure to invite you to the 10th IWA Eastern European YWP Conference. We are proudly celebrating the tenth anniversary in the Capital of Croatia, Zagreb. Based on the regular participation in the last years of around 250, we can confidently conclude that the conference has grown to an annual event of significance beyond the region of Eastern Europe, which is confirmed by the participations originating as far as from South Africa or South Korea, on the past few occasions. So, we have something to talk about; be it East or South (or West or North), water does not pick any side of the world. Moreover, Europe is slowly forgetting about its internal borders. Water has no passport and does not stop at any border. Hence, we are looking to your valuable contributions from wherever you are.
Citizens of Zagreb, apart from being located at the banks of river Sava shared by several neighbouring countries, enjoy a very unique geographical position. They are not more than 150 km far from the Adriatic Sea, on the other side from snowy mountains in Slovenia and Austria, also from one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls and lakes of Plitvice, and finally from very fertile grounds in Slavonia (the area of the prehistoric Pannonian Sea). So, the water in different forms. If we however add that the range of temperatures can be as high as from -20 in the winter to well over +30 degrees Celsius in the summer, it is also about flooding and water scarcity along relatively short distance. The climate change during the last decades in this region has clearly resulted in more frequent extreme water events, next to the human interactions requiring more attention for safe water and sanitation and agricultural production. But no worry. May is probably one of the most beautiful months in Croatia and you will see nothing of these extremes, except the breath-taking beauty of Plitvice (would you decide to apply for the excursion). As far the water expertise, given the above description, you will be certainly confronted with a very diverse list of interesting topics covering wide range of problems and applications.
I would therefore like to invite you to submit the research outputs of your most recent work to this conference, demonstrating the best practices in your countries. I am confident that apart from enriching your expert knowledge, this conference will be an eye opener about one of the most beautiful parts of Europe also diverse in many other aspects: historical, cultural and certainly gastronomical.
Welcome to Zagreb!