The XVIth World Water Congress
International Scientific Committee (ISC) welcomes proposals
for special sessions that aim to incorporate science and
policy for the water challenges facing our world.
Governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental
organizations, as well as private sector, who wish to
organize special sessions on relevant topics during the
Congress must submit a Special Session Proposal by November
A special session is a special type of parallel session
comprising one or two modules with a particular title and
content, under the responsibility of a particular
institution or consortium of institutions. Special sessions
are fully integrated into the Congress programme and are
open to every registered Congress participant. Such sessions
must not require special funding from the Congress.
Participants in these sessions, including coordinators and
speakers, must be fully registered at the Congress. The
coordinators have the right to invite speakers and
participants to the sessions at their own expense, possibly
with a specific sponsor. Special sessions will take place
within the normal time schedule of the Congress, whilst
trying to avoid an overlap with similarly themed sessions.
Although ordinary congress participants may attend special
sessions, the special sessions themselves are responsible
for encouraging participants to attend their own session.
Special Session Proposals must be prepared in English and submitted through the
Submission Platform. Special
Session Proposal should clearly describe the proposed
program in under 750 words and include: (a) a description of
the sessionís topic/theme; (b) a description of the
sessionís objectives, justifications, and projected outcomes;
(c) a description of how the session will be organized and
managed; (d) an explanation how the session incorporates a
science-policy dimension; (e) who is proposed to speak/present
at the session (including who has already committed); and
(f) description of resources that could be committed to
realizing the session. Special Session proposals should not
include graphs, charts, diagrams, images, references, or
citations unless they are fundamental to the session.
Special Session proposals will be reviewed and selected by
the International Scientific Committee by December 2016.