9-14 noviembre 2020
Auditorio del Estado de Guanajuato
UTC timezone
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In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the desire of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18) Organizing Committee to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees, the Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Guanajuato, Mexico during 9-14 November, 2020 to a new date in November, 2021. As a means of providing our WLC18 audience with an alternative event between the original and re-scheduled WLC18 dates, the Organizing Committee is hosting a pre-conference virtual event to be held during 9 November, 2020, with a focus on natural and manmade lake sustainability challenges and solutions. It will consist of two separate complementary sessions, each being two-and-ahalf hours in duration. To accommodate participants in different time zones, one session will take place in the morning between 10:00 – 12:30 hrs and the second in the evening between 19:00 – 21:30 hrs (Mexico Central Time). Each session will comprise a keynote address, followed by a moderator-led panel discussion on the keynote and related topics. Virtual event participants also can submit relevant questions to the panelists and keynote speakers. The keynote speakers are Professor Sandra Azevedo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Professor Shinjiro Sato, Soka University, Japan. The panelists include individuals from a range of government agencies, academia, international organizations and NGOs. All interested in lake and reservoir science and management challenges are invited to participate in either or both sessions if they wish. Details and updates on both WLC18 and the virtual event program, keynote speakers and panelists, are available on the WLC18 website (www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx).





Distinguished World Lake Conference Participants,


After careful consideration and prioritizing the health and safety of attendees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 18th World Lake Conference Organizing Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference originally scheduled to be held in the City of Guanajuato, Mexico, during November 9th to 14th, 2020.  The anticipated new conference date will be November, 2021, with the specific date to be confirmed.  Further, a virtual conference event is being anticipated for November 9th, 2020 (Central Mexico time), with details to be provided at a later date.


The Organizing Committee also wishes to let current conference participants know the abstracts already sent will be honored.  Further, in view of the conference postponement, the Organizing Committee will continue to accept abstracts and requests for Special Sessions and workshops through May 31, 2021.


We appreciate your kind understanding and support as we navigate the current difficult situation confronting us on a global scale.   In the meantime, the threats facing lakes, reservoirs and wetlands continue to increase round the world, seriously affecting their sustainable use, as well as their wide range of ecosystem services crucial for human health and economic livelihoods. In fact, this postponement can be viewed as an indispensable opportunity for us to pursue the emergent scientific and management challenges awaiting us in this new era.  Accordingly, please continue to monitor the website www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx for updates and upcoming dates.



18th World Lake Conference Organizing Committee

University of Guanajuato





The surface water bodies have been impacted by the environmental, political, economic, financial, administrative, technological, cultural and social changes; this is the case of the lakes, its problems regarding an appropriate management have been solved through local solutions.

The 2020 edition of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18), will be held in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, This conference will continue with the efforts in benefit of governance, resilience and sustainability of lakes, throughout knowledge generation, information exchange, experiences and best practices, proposing a meeting space for experts, authorities in charge of their administration, users, technologists, scientists, professionals, students and civil society members who are interested in spreading, learning and fomenting pertinent actions for a comprehensive management of lakes.



It began with the Shiga Conference on Conservation and Management of World Lake Environment in 1984, known as LECS'84, which was held at Lake Biwa, Japan with the objective of contribution and promotion of scientific studies in the global management of lake basins.

The Conference is recognized worldwide as a platform for participants, from diverse areas, to exchange views and experiences on the sustainable management of lakes and their basins.

The conferences have been held in the United States, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Japan on a biannual basis.

At the 17th World Lake Conference held in Ibaraki in 2018, there were around 5,500 participants; 1,300 students and 1,000 foreigners participated in the conference and 43,000 in the related site events.



Abstract Submission Opens: February 3rd, 2020(00:00 hrs. GMT-6) 

General Registration Opens: February 24th, 2020.

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 29th, 2020 (24:00 hrs. GMT-6).

Abstract Acceptance Notifications: All acceptance notifications will be sent by August 1st, 2020.



Early-bird registration: February 24th to September 6th,2020 (15:00 GMT-6)

Regular registration: September 7th to October 31st,2020 (15:00 GMT-6)

On-Site registration:  November 7th to 13th, 2020



Science and Technology. The following topics are welcome: Numerical simulations of hydrodynamics and pollutant transport, Wastewater treatment, Technologies to remove persistent organic pollutants, Environmental engineering technologies / environmental technologies to solve surface and groundwater problems, Other source water pollution problems. 


Governance. The following topics are welcome: Politics, Legislation, Financial Administration. 


Social Ambit. The following topics are welcome: Culture and literature, Anthropology, Religion, Civil participation, Education, Human Rights, History.


Environment and Health. The following topics are welcome:  Natural resources, Quality of life, Yuriria, Climate change, Services. 


Economics. The following topics are welcome: Evaluation of economic impacts of water pollution, Economic impacts of the loss of the lake-related ecosystem services, Financing. 

Starts 09/11/2020 08:00
Ends 14/11/2020 18:00
Auditorio del Estado de Guanajuato
Centro de Convenciones
Pueblito de Rocha S/N, C.P. 36040 Guanajuato, Gto.
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