A fast economic development is taking place in China, with an annual GDP increase of over 10%. As a result, water pollution in China is getting more and more serious although the number of wastewater treatment plants in operation rises by 11.4% annually. In the first half year of 2011, only 54% of the key water bodies monitored can be used as drinking water sources, and 17.6% are too polluted to be usable. A total of 76.9% of lakes assessed cannot be used as drinking water sources due to high levels of nutrients (N & P). Thus, water resources management and water pollution control is critical in China and will be of increasing importance in the future.

In the meantime, great efforts have been made worldwide to facilitate a better water resources management. Innovative technologies for pollution control have emerged in recent years. As an additional event to fit the IWA World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy in Dublin, the Ireland Chinese Association of Environment, Resources & Energy (ICAERE) is organizing an International Symposium on Recent Advances in Water Resources Management & Pollution Control in Galway city, Ireland on 11-12 May 2012.

The symposium is specifically organized for the Chinese scholars (mainland and overseas) who will attend this two-day symposium prior to the IWA Congress. ICAERE wishes to provide this opportunity for the Chinese scholars to gather together, share the experience on R&D, seek the solution focusing on China’s environment while enjoy Irish cultures in Ireland. Any topics related to water resources management and pollution control are welcome.



Submission of research papers to the symposium is welcome. Abstract submission is not needed. However, title of the paper (with author names and affiliations) should be e-mailed to Dr. Yaqian Zhao ( by 29th February 2012.

Deadline for full paper submission is 10th April 2012. Selected papers (after peer-review) from the symposium will be published as a special issue in a SCI journal of “Environmental Engineering & ManagementJournal“( (Impact factor: 1.435) in early 2013.

Please prepare your full paper with the template (Download). 



  •  Dr. Xinmin Zhan, NUI Galway, Ireland (Chair)
  •  Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, NUI Galway, Ireland (Co-Chair)
  •  Dr. Yaqian Zhao, UCD, Ireland
  •  Dr. Liwen Xiao, NUI Galway, Ireland
  •  Ruihua Li, NUI Galway, Ireland
  •  Yuansheng Hu, UCD, Ireland

  • Dr. Yaqian Zhao, UCD, Ireland (Chair)
  • Prof. Jidong Gu, University of Hong Kong, P.R. China (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Xinmin Zhan, NUI Galway, Ireland (Co-Chair)
  • Prof. Lvjun Chen, Tsinghua University, P.R. China
  • Dr. Chifeng Chen, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, China
  • Prof. Wenke Wang, Chang’an University, P.R. China
  • Prof. Junfa Gao, Chang’an University, P.R. China
  • Dr. Sheping Wang, Xi''an Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd. P.R. China
  • Dr. Dabo Guan, University of Leeds, UK
  • Prof. Xiaohong Guan, Tongji University, P.R. China
  • Prof. Zhenhu Hu, Hefei University of Technology, P.R. China
  • Prof. Qi Zhou, Baoji University of Arts and Sciences, P.R. China
  • Dr. Lianshin Lin, West Virginia University, USA
  • Prof. Yongzhe Yang, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, P.R. China
  • Prof. He Liu, Jiangnan University, P.R. China
  • Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Prof. Chenwen Wang, Tsinghua University, P.R. China
  • Dr. Liwen Xiao, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dr. Congli Dong, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands