11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling
23-26 Sep 2018 – Palermo, Italy

On behalf of the Organizers
prof Giorgio Mannina
Chair of the Conference

Welcome Words and Scope

On behalf of the organizing committee we would like to invite you to Palermo (Italy) for the 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling (UDM). The conference has been running since 1986 and in 2018 will be held the 11th edition, a monumental achievement of the urban drainage community.

The UDM conference series started back in 1986 in Dubrovnik, former Yugoslavia. The second edition of UDM was organized in 1991 also in Dubrovnik. After the first two editions in Dubrovnik, the conference has travelled across the globe to the River Volga (1994), London (1998), Orlando (2001), Dresden (2004), Melbourne (2006), Tokyo (2009), Belgrade (2012) and Québec (2015). In 2018 we will be meeting in Europe once again.

The UDM Conference deals with the main and advanced topics related to modelling the urban drainage system (e.g., water quality and quantity, urban flooding and modelling, urban flood forecasting and risk analysis, socio-economic interactions and modelling tools, etc… ) by focusing the attention on the interrelationships among the entire water cycle, environment and society. The UDM seeks to create a forum for promoting the discussion amongst scientists, professionals and academia on urban drainage thus providing to women and men of this field decisive ideas.

We also hope that your participation to the Conference in Palermo will provide you the opportunity to explore the rest of Italy, to savor its diverse and rich mixture of ethnic traditions, culture, cuisine and religious sites. We look forward to welcoming you to the colorful and vibrant city of Palermo and see you in 2018.

Scientific Programme Committee

  • Dan Ames, USA
  • Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Denmark
  • Giuseppe Aronica, Italy
  • Richard Ashley, UK
  • Simon Beecham, Australia
  • Vincenzo Belgiorno, Italy
  • Lorenzo Benedetti, Croatia
  • Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski, France
  • David Butler, UK
  • Alberto Campisano, Italy
  • Pierluigi Claps, Italy
  • Francois Clemens, The Netherlands
  • Ana Deletić, Australia
  • Slobodan Djordjevic, UK
  • Thomas Einfalt, Germany
  • Raymond A. Ferrara, USA
  • Tim Fletcher, Australia
  • Lothar Fuchs, Germany
  • Haifeng Jia, China
  • Ivana Kabelkova, Czech Republic
  • Manfred Kleidorfer, Austria
  • Jeroen Langeveld,  The Netherlands
  • Yanchen Liu, China
  • Jacek Makinia, Poland
  • Cedo Maksimovic, UK
  • Jiri Marsalek, Canada
  • David McCarthy, Australia
  • Peter Steen Mikkelsen, Denmark
  • Dirk Mushalla, Austria
  • Fumiyuki Nakajima, Japan
  • Patrizia Piro, Italy
  • Francesco Pirozzi, Italy
  • Wolfgang Rauch, Austria
  • Jorg Rieckermann, Switzerland
  • Gilles Rivard, Canada
  • Juan Pablo Rodriguez Sanchez, Colombia
  • Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda, Spain
  • Takashi Sakakibara, Japan
  • John Sansalone, USA
  • Keshab Sharma, Australia
  • Manfred Schuetze, Germany
  • Robert Sitzenfrei, Austria
  • Virginia  Stovin, UK
  • Geoff Syme, Australia
  • Simon Tait, UK
  • Soren Thorndahl, Denmark
  • Peter A. Vanrolleghem, Canada
  • Gaspare Viviani, Italy
  • Jes Vollertsen, Denmark
  • Patrick Willems, Belgium
  • Mariachiara Zanetti, Italy


Organizing Committee

  • Angela Candela, Italy
  • Giovanni B. Ferreri, Italy
  • Goffredo La Loggia, Italy
  • Enrico Napoli, Italy
  • Gaspare Viviani, Italy


Key Dates


1 August 2017

First call for extended abstract


10 October 2017

Extended abstract submission open


20 January 2018

Second call for extended abstract


10 April 2018

20 March 2018

Deadline for the submission of extended abstract



1 June 2018

Notification of extended abstract acceptance



20 June 2018

Early bird registration ends



1 July 2018

Deadline for revised extended abstract submission




15 September 2018

1 August 2018

Deadline for full paper submission (on voluntary basis)







Drainage and impact mitigation (BMP, LID, CSO quality and quantity, etc)


Urban hydrologic and hydraulic processes


Rainfall in urban areas


Tools, techniques and analysis in urban drainage modelling including Real-Time Control


Modelling interactions and integrated systems


Transport and sewer processes including Micropollutants and pathogens


Receiving water quality


Frontiers in urban drainage


Water management, society and climate change

Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski

INSA, France

Frontiers in water quality and quantity processes in sewers: monitoring and modelling

David Butler

University of Exeter, UK

Rainwater harvesting

Steven Chapra

Tufts University, USA

Advances in river water quality modelling: where we come from, where we are, and where we’re going?

Ana Deletic

University of New South Wales, Australia

From hazard identification to risk management for safer cities

Anthony Jakeman

The Australian National University, Australia

Uncertainty in environmental water quality modelling: where do we stand?

William James

University of Guelph, Canada

Advances in Urban Stormwater Modelling

Gustaf Olsson

Lund University, Sweden

Water and Energy in Urban Drainage

Wolfgang Rauch

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Frontiers in Integrated Urban Drainage Modelling

Peter Vanrolleghem

Laval University, Canada

Best management practices for a sustainable environment


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