9-11 noviembre 2021
UTC timezone
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Distinguished participant,

The Organizing Committee of the 18th World Lake Conference has decided to hold the conference virtually on November 9, 10 and 11, 2021, in order to prioritize the health of the participants in the face of the uncertainty regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this event you will be able to share in the opinions of the world community concerned about the conservation of lakes, their basins and their ecosystem services, and to contribute to and promote best practices and the integrated management of lakes in order to address the challenges we face in the immediate future.

WLC18 will be a virtual conference where you will be able to submit and present the results of your work in technical sessions, present posters, participate in keynote lectures and interact with colleagues from around the world.

The technical sessions are planned as pre-recorded talks with live Q&A sessions via Chat. The poster sessions also will allow for short introductory videos as well as Q&A.

The registration fees have been reduced and adapted to being accessible to all the interested public and to ensure they are not an impediment to participation.

Abstracts and posters registration deadline is June 28, 2021 at 24:00h (GMT-5).  Full papers must be submitted between August 1 and September 30 at 24:00h (GMT-5). Registration for attendance will be open by May 3 until November 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM (GMT-6).

All event information, registration and paper submission procedures are available online through the website (www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx).

We appreciate your interest and participation in this important event, and are sorry that the ongoing pandemic has required this change to the conference structure and interactions to ensure the safety of conference participants.



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 2021 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: April 12th, 2021(00:00 hrs. GMT-5) 

General Registration Opens: Available by May 3rd, 2021.

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 28th, 2021 (24:00 hrs. GMT-5).

Abstract Acceptance Notifications: All acceptance notifications will be sent by August 1st, 2021



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 09/11/2021 08:00
Ends 11/11/2021 18:00
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your INDICO account will be activated in a maximun of 48 hours, please check your inbox or junk e-mail for confirmations. If you have any trouble, please contact support.wlc@ugto.mx