March 29-31-2021


King Saud University (virtual)


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International Speakers


ICWRAE is an international scientific conference held every two years. It is organized by King Saud University (KSU); the Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research; the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW); the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation; and the Saudi Ministry of the Environment, Water, and Agriculture.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s special virtual edition included invited speakers only, with a focus on PSIPW winners from the 1st Award (2004) until the 9th Award (2020).

Participation in conference attendance was welcome from all interested parties around the world. All lectures were recorded and are currently available on this website.

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Conference Schedule (GMT TIME)

All presentations are available through the online schedule.

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ICWRAE 9 Inaugural Ceremony


ICWRAE 9 Inaugural Ceremony


Day 1 Session A

Science and Technology of 2D-materials-based membranes for water filtration

Day 1 Session A

Upcycling biomass waste as effective water purification materials by nitro-oxide process

Day 1 Session A

Water sector reform in view of the 2030 vision (KSA)

Day 1 Session A

Upcycling the biomass waste for water purification

Day 1 Session B

Harvesting water from desert air

Day 1 Session B

Addressing water security through hydro-environmental engineering and research

Day 1 Session B

Water Sensing with Reflected GPS/GNSS Signals

Day 1 Session B

Measuring rainfall from satellite observations over the planet: An update of the PERSIANN system

Day 2 Session A

Recycling & reclamation of water from palm oil mill effluent using integrated membrane system

Day 2 Session A

Sustainability at the solar energy-water nexus

Day 2 Session A

Climate change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Day 2 Session A

Novel hollow fiber membrane development for water reuse: from lab study to commercialization

Day 2 Session A

A scalable solar-driven water production device

Day 2 Session A

Technology to support the human right to safe drinking water : Stopping arsenic poisoning

Day 2 Session A

The Future of treated wastewater reuse in the MENA region

Day 2 Session A

The changing water cycle

Day 2 Session B

Sustainability of the Water, Energy, Food Nexus in the Humid Caribbean Versus Arid MENA: Projections and Innovative Solutions

Day 2 Session B

Hydrological modeling for water resources management in arid environments

Day 2 Session B

Understanding the growing challenge of water security in the Arab world

Day 2 Session B

Microplastics pollution in mixed surface and treated wastewaters from Saudi Arabia. Can organic contaminants be absorbed by microplastic particles?

Day 2 Session B

Changes in Flood Risk

Day 2 Session B

Integrated water management portfolio analysis using hydro-economic modeling

Day 2 Session B

Climate, oceans, and human health: What cholera can teach us about COVD-19

Day 2 Session B

“The fusion of science and stakeholder engagement for public policy in the water sector”

Day 3 Session A

Water or Health: Where to Put the Money?

Day 3 Session A

The cost-efficient and environmentally friendly nano-porous filter medium

Day 3 Session A

Advanced governance frameworks for total treatment and reuse of industrial wastewater in Saudi Arabia: A case study

Day 3 Session A

Scale-up and demonstration of innovative photocatalytic nanofiltration technology for pollutants removal and water recovery

Day 3 Session A

Resource recovery from the water with ion-exchange membranes: focus on lithium

Day 3 Session A

Water diplomacy: A principled pragmatic approach to resolve complex water problems

Day 3 Session A

Robust surface-modified composite flat sheet, hollow fiber, micro-and nano-fibrous membranes for desalination by membrane distillation technology

Day 3 Session B

Sustainable water supply and desalination technology

Day 3 Session B

Recent advances in 'Enhanced Managed Artificial Recharge' to renaturalize reclaimed water

Day 3 Session B

The importance of modeling hydraulic conductivity heterogeneity

Day 3 Session B

Quantitative evaluation of the vulnerability to seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers using a new normalized groundwater age-based index: Implications for management and risk assessments

Day 3 Session B

A path towards sustainable aquifer management: Example - the North China Plain

Day 3 Session B

Key software tools for understanding and managing water flow and contaminant transport processes in the vadose zone

Day 3 Session B

Challenges and opportunities in experiments to improve insights and advance modeling to address emerging global problems in hydrology, water, and the environment


Abdulmalek A. Al Alshaikh

Director, Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water & Desert Research; PSIPW General Secretary

Badran al-Omar

President, King Saud University

H.E. Abdulrahman Al-Fadley

Representative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Mahmoud Abu-Zeid

President, Arab Water Council

Loïc Fauchon

President, World Water Council

Abdul Aziz bin Muhareb Al-Shaibani

Deputy Minister for Water - Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture

Tom Soo

Executive Director, IAHR

Mansour Almazroui

Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud

Advisor, Water Resources, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

Thomas L. Crisman

USF Water Institute

Walid Abderrahman

Vice President, Arab Water Council

H.E. Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem

Governor, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)

Rahul Nair

National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester, UK

Benjamin Hsiao

Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Priyanka Sharma

Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Omar Yaghi

University of California, Berkeley

Kristine Larson

University of Colorado at Boulder

Soroosh Sorooshian

University of California, Irvine

Abdul Latif Ahmad

University Saints, Malaysia

Peng Wang

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Rong Wang

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Evelyn Wang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ashok Gadgil

University of California Berkley

Kevin Trenberth

National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA

Howard Wheater

University of Saskatchewan

Jim. W. Hall

Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Damià Barceló

Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain

Zbiegnew Kundzewicz

Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan

Jay R. Lund

University of California Davis, USA

Rita Colwell

University of Maryland at College Park

Patricia Gober

Arizona State University

Joyashree Roy

Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Sherif El-Safty

National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Polycarpos Falaras

National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece

Bart Van der Bruggen

Katholieke University, Leuven

Shafiqul Islam

Tufts University, USA

Mohamed Khayet

University Complutense of Madrid, Spain

Jesús Carrera Ramirez

Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona

J. Jaime Gómez-Hernández

University Politècnica de València, Spain

Abdulkader Larabi

University Mohammed V-Agdal, Morocco

Wolfgang Kinzelbach

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Martinus Theodorus van Genuchten

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tissa Illangasekare

Colorado School of Mines, USA

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The event takes place from 15:00 GMT (18:00 Riyadh time) from 29-31 March 2021

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ICWRAE – the International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments – brings together a distinguished body of scholars and experts from around the world to share water-related research in a spirit of benevolence and with a global vision.

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