The Chairman of the Organizing Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you to the IWA Regional Symposium on Water, Wastewater and Environment: Traditions and Cultures, which will be held in Patras, Greece, from 22-24 March, 2014. It is expected to be a significant scientific event, and aims to stress the timeless presence of Western Greece in water-related science, tradition and culture. World Water Day will be celebrated in the context of the Symposium in a city, and region, which possesses significant aquatic ecosystems and a wider environment of unique natural beauty.

Western Greece comprises various aquatic ecosystems, many of which have been proclaimed as protected areas, such as the National Park of Mesologgi-Aitoliko, the lagoons of Amvrakikos and Kotychi, and the lakes of Trichonida, Lysimachia, Ozeros, Amvrakia and Kaiafa. The region also contains the major rivers of Acheloos, Evinos, Ladonas, Alfeios and Glafkos. The city of Patras has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was a significant centre of the Mycenaean era. The ancient town belonged to the Achaean League which flourished during Roman times. The Symposium will be held in a city located nearby regions where renowned ancient, historic centres flourished in the past, and which in contemporary times are considered monuments of civilization. Indicatively, some of the most well-known sites include Ancient Olympia (the cradle of the Olympic Games), Delphi, Mycenae where the Mycenaean civilization flourished (a World Heritage Site), the town of Nafplio which was the first Greek capital, Ancient Corinth, and the castles of Patras, Rio, Antirio, Palamidhi, Acrocorinthos, Nafpaktos and Chlemoutsi.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for all participants to meet and present their research related to natural and wastewaters, based on their local traditions and cultures, with one basic prerequisite – that of respect to the natural environment and mankind. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to visit both Mesologgi-Aitoliko Lagoon and ancient Pleurona in Aitoloakarnania Prefecture.

We look forward to meeting you in Patras on March 22, 2014 to celebrate World Water Day in the context of the Symposium.

Dr. Assoc. Professor Ioannis K. Kalavrouziotis (Organizing Committee Chairman)

Hellenic Open University, Greece


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