You can treat the global age today as a battle between modernity and tradition.

                                                                                                                         Anthony Giddens

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the IWA Regional Symposium on Water, Wastewater and Environment: Traditions and Cultures. This event will take place from 22nd to 24th of March 2014 in Patras, Greece, the cultural capital of Western Greece and the centre of many ancient civilizations, during which several water and wastewater technologies were developed. The opening day coincides with World Water Day 2014 and special events will be organized by IWA and other local and international organizations.

    The Symposium is dedicated to themes relevant to traditional and cultural technologies of water and wastewater. The event will bring together research scientists, historians, archaeologists, and engineers from academic institutions and industries around the world. Its objectives are to foster interactions, stimulate discussions and promote co-operation among the global water community. The Symposium will present the major achievements in several scientific fields of water and wastewater technologies and management throughout the millennia. In addition, it will provide valuable insights into the ancient, traditional, and cultural water and wastewater technologies with their apparent characteristics of durability, adaptability to the environment, and sustainability. These technologies are the underpinning of modern achievements in water and wastewater engineering and management practices. It is the best proof that “the past is the key for the future.” I believe that you will enjoy the Symposium and that your participation will contribute to your professional enhancement.

                See you in Patras, Greece, on March 22nd, 2014 to celebrate World Water Day.

Dr. Andreas N. Angelakis

Chairman of the IWA SG on Water and Wastewater in Ancient Civilizations




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