Previous ICOLD Conferences and Workshops



June 30, 2022


Hosted by Spanish Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD)

The evolution and trend of the scenarios related to climate change are characterized by increases in temperature, reduction of natural contributions and extreme weather events (floods and droughts). This future of greater water scarcity is increasingly present. Consequently, the ability to regulate water resources and their management take on a key role. Added to the current regulation capacity is the integrated management strategy of all available resource sources. In turn, greater efficiency and sustainability in the exploitation of hydraulic infrastructures that participate in the water cycle is vital. Dams and their safety play a fundamental role in the challenges to be faced. The reservoirs generated by the dams allow an essential regulation capacity. In this sense, the control of its safety and optimum operability are basic activities for the protection of people and for the guarantee of a correct service in any approach to water resource management. On the other hand, the need for water availability requires both strict control, in quantity and quality, as well as environmental and sustainable management. The objective of this conference is to address issues related to the safety of dams, as well as the comprehensive, environmental and sustainable control and management of water resources. To this end, a program has been prepared with the participation of a panel of experts in the different subjects and with the exhibition of examples of experiences in replacement works and improvement of dam safety.

For more information: WWW.SPANCOLD.ES

ICOLD 27th Congress – 90th Annual Meeting – Marseille (France)


May 27 - June 03, 2022


Marseille France

The 27th Congress and 90th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams will take place
from May 27 to June 3, 2022 at the Parc Chanot in Marseille.

The French Committee on Dams and Reservoirs (CFBR), which is organizing this event, will welcome more than 1000 delegates, and among them the world’s leading experts in the field of dams, representing the 104 member countries of ICOLD.

To learn more about the rich and dense program of this event:

Jornada Sobre Presas Y Green Deal


April 28, 2022


Auditorio Agustín de Betancourt

For a summary of the Jornada Sobre Presas Y Green Deal, go to

International Conference on Hydropower and Dams Development for Water and Energy Security – Under Changing Climate


April 07 - 09, 2022


Rishikesh India

Organized by: THDC India, Ltd.; Central Board of Irrigations and Power; INCOLD


The Conference is of interest to Scientists, Researchers, Engineers, Geologists, Regulatory Bodies, Government Departments, Developers Contractors, Consultants and Students working in Dam Engineering, Dam Design, Hydropower Development, Environmental Engineering, and Structural Hydraulics.


One Day study tour to Tehri Dam on 9 April 2022


The papers/case studies on the subject are invited. Intending authors may send full text of paper(s)/case study(ies) as per the guidelines/ instructions given below so as to reach the Conference Secretariat by 15th March 2022. The papers/case studies accepted for presentation will be notified immediately thereafter. Only original contributions that have not been published or presented at any other conference/ symposium/seminar are acceptable, otherwise the paper will not be considered. The full-length paper will be reviewed by the Technical Committee for oral presentation.

Invitation to participate – 16th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams – 2nd Call


April 05 - 07, 2022


Ljubljana, Slovenia

The organizing committee of the 16th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams, which will be held from April 5 to 7, 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia announces that the themes of the workshop are published online. You can download the files by following the links below.

The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and engineers to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects numerical modelling of dams. The 16th Benchmark Workshop provides an excellent opportunity for engineers, researchers, and operators to meet and present their experiences on numerical modelling of dams. More information on the event can you find in the brochure attached to the invitation or if you visit the event website:

The aim of the organizers is to organise a physical meeting, however, due to the uncertain COVID-19 situation, that may still result in a very difficult travel restriction for most countries, the organizers may consider to organize an online or hybrid event. Please fill in the registration form on the website ( and note if you are interested to participate virtually.

The Workshop will consist of 2 days’ presentation on the topics A, B, C, and Open theme, and of a field excursion.

For any questions you can contact the organizing committee:

Best regards,

The organizing committee of the BW in Ljubljana

Webinar on Dam & Levee Erosion Research


March 28, 2022


Online (Zoom)

On March 28, the ICOLD European Club working group dedicated to the erosion of dams by overflow (“European Working Group on Overflow and Overtopping Erosion”) will hold a webinar entitled “Webinar on Dam & Levee Erosion Research”. The objective is to disclose the main research works that are being carried out on erosion by characterizing the breakage of loose material dams.

The participants in the webinar and the topics that will be presented are the following:

  • Tony Wahl (Bureau of Reclamation, USA). Submerged Jet Erodibility Test Methods Research
  • Ghada Elithy (ERAU, USA). Using Machine Learning in Estimating Erosion Rate of Coarse Grained Soil Mixes
  • Rafael Morán & Ricardo Alves (UPM, Spain). The OVERCOME Project (dam and levee erosion research in coarse grained soil mixes)
  • Patrik Peeters (FHR, Belgium). The POLDERS2C’s Project (field testing of polder levees supporting emergency and flood risk management)

If you are interested in attending you can register for free by registering in advance at:



January 18, 2022


Madrid, Spain or on line

The management of water resources in Spain depends essentially on its hydraulic infrastructures. The water storage capacity in the reservoirs created by the dams has made it possible to increase the availability of the water resource from 8% to 41% (which is equivalent to the natural regulation of central European countries). The hydraulic works have boosted the Spanish economy, especially in what affects irrigation, supply to the population and industry and of course energy production. Although the pace of the construction of new dams has slowed considerably in recent years, Spain has and will have a great dependence on these infrastructures to guarantee its water and renewable energy production demands, also considering the context of a new regulatory framework and change in weather conditions. This starting situation creates important challenges for the owners of dams: works with an average age of more than half a century have to adapt to current safety requirements and to possible changes in operation related to variations in stresses and demands.

Without adequate and continuous attention, hydraulic infrastructures do not maintain their operational reliability or their level of safety. The maintenance of all large infrastructures includes a wide set of planned tasks, as well as the ability to resolve incidents and breakdowns. Its convenient programming adapted to the real needs of each work, as well as its correct application through the necessary material and personal resources, constitute a key element in the safety management and operation of large dams. The objective of the conference is to serve as a forum for the exchange of experiences of different public and private holders in order to know the usual practices and the present and future challenges (among them, for example, the needs of adequately trained human resources, the decentralization of tasks, evaluation and efficiency criteria, the contributions of new technologies, etc.). During the technical conference, several dam owners present examples of good maintenance practices and the growing use of new technologies to contribute to more efficient solutions and extend the useful life of infrastructures.

2021 ICOLD 89th Annual Meeting


November 15 - 19, 2021


Online-Click below for more information.

Nov. 15 – 19, 2021 Online

Rescheduled again due to COVID-19. The meeting will now be online fall 2021. Visit the meeting website for more information

The submission process is closed.


ICOLD Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & Rivers + APG Symposium on Water & Dams


February 24 - 27, 2021


New Delhi, India

ICOLD Congress 2021 Call for Papers


May 25, 2020


Marseille, France

USSD members are invited to submit abstracts of papers responsive to the ICOLD Congress Questions. USSD is allowed to submit 26 papers to ICOLD, with a maximum of 9 per Question. The USSD Committee on ICOLD Congress Papers will select the U.S. abstracts. Authors of selected abstracts will prepare a draft paper for review by the Committee, followed by preparation of a final paper that USSD will submit to ICOLD. ICOLD will not accept any submissions directly from authors.

Papers must be prepared in accordance with ICOLD guidelines (attached below). Please note that USSD will provide the required French translations of captions and the Summary, at no charge, if requested by the author.

Authors will be required to pay a page charge of 48 Euros per page (about US $52), as assessed by ICOLD. USSD will send invoices to authors following the Congress.

Authors are expected to attend the 27th Congress to discuss their paper, answer questions, and in some cases, make an oral summary of the paper (as determined by ICOLD). For more information about the Congress, visit