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Conference Dates: 15-18th July 2014

Venue: Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

 Registration and welcome event 14 July 2014


Papers are invited on the following themes, but other papers that deal with sediment-water interactions will also be welcomed and accommodated where possible.

  • The impact of sediments on ecosystem functioning and human health.
  • Multiple stressors (nutrients, pollutants, land use, global change) in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Scale-dependent connectivity in aquatic systems.
  • Technical and methodological advances in sediment-water science.
  • Physical and biochemical processes in sediment systems.
  • Integrating science into policy and governance for managing sediment and sediment-associated nutrient and contaminant transport.



Early registration  closes April 7th 2014. 

Please note that all delegates must pay the IASWS fee, which comprises a three-year subscription to IASWS and the special issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediment that will contain papers from the conference and will be received by every delegate



Abstract submission for oral presentations closed on the 28th FEBRUARY 2014, but we will still consider abstracts for poster presentations.

If you submitted your abstract by the February deadline you should have heard whether or not your abstract is accepted for presentation at the conference. If you have not heard from us please contact the conference organisers.



The Water Research Commission of South Africa is promoting a workshop during the conference on " Sediment impacts on  aquatic ecosystems - how can international experience inform  South African research directions?” Input from international delegates will be especially welcome. Please let us know if you would like to make a short discussion paper relevant to this workshop.



After the conference authors will be invited to submit full papers to be considered for publication in a guest-edited Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediment (home page All delegates will receive a copy of the special issue, the cost of which is build into the IASWS fees payable on registration.



Note that the conference is being held immediately after Grahamstown's National Arts Festival - a colourful feast of drama, music, art and crafts that runs from 3-13 July. If you want to arrive in Grahamstwon before the conference starts you will need to book your own transport and accommodation as early as possible. Visit the Festival website for further information.



The International Association for Sediment Water Science (IASWS) seeks to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in scientific research related to sediments and their interactions with water and biota in fluvial, lacustrine and marine systems and with particular reference to problems of environmental concern.

The association also brings together and fosters collaborative research and dialogue between earth scientists, biologists, chemists and environmental engineers whose interests pertain to sediment-water interactions in all aquatic systems.