With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that Water and Society 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Milan, Italy, but take place as an online event instead.
The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK and the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, represented by Prof Stefano Mambretti.
The conference, which started in Las Vegas in 2011, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. This meeting will encourage trans-disciplinary communication on issues related to the nature of water, and its use and exploitation by society. The conference is motivated by the need to bridge the gap between the broad spectrum of social-political sciences and humanistic disciplines and specialists in physical sciences, biology, environmental sciences and health, among others.
Opening of the Conference
The conference was opened by Prof Mambretti who welcomed the delegates to the event.
Prof R. Mahler from the University of Idaho, USA, presented the paper “Public perceptions of trends of drinking water quality over 32 Years in urban areas of the Pacific Northwest, USA”
The papers presented during the conference were focused on the following topics:
- Policy and legislation
- Water management systems
- Water quality
- Water and disaster management
- Water, sanitation and health
Q&A Live Zoom Session
Conference delegates were invited to participate in a Q&A Live Zoom Session on Thursday 20th May 2021. This friendly session was a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.
Accepted papers presented at this conference are published in volume 251 of the WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN 1743-3541). Papers included in this volume are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary) from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.
A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Environmental Impact. This journal provides a forum to discuss the numerous environmental problems present in modern society and their impacts, taking into account scientific, economic and social issues. One important consideration is the way in which they affect the search for sustainability.
Closing of the Conference
We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.
We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.
Sustainable City 2021, 5–7 October 2021
Air Pollution 2021, 26–28 October 2021