11th International SedNet Conference 3-5 April 2019, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sediment as a dynamic natural resource

from catchment to open sea

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia

co-organised by: Ruđer Bošković Institute and University of Dubrovnik
with the participation of:  IAEA




Sediments found in upland streams, industrialised waterways, busy coastal zones and offshore waters are characterized by a wide variety of sediment properties present in dynamic and less dynamic areas. These areas are inherently interlinked as sediment is transported from catchment to the open sea. The natural flow of sediment from mountainous regions to the ocean is strongly impacted by anthropogenic activities along this journey in terms of both the quantity that is transported and the quality of transporting waters. Sediment distribution is not only impacted by direct human influence but also indirectly as a result of changing weather and climate patterns. A change in sediment dynamics leading to sediment starvation or sediment accumulation is often the concern of river basin and coastal managers who constantly need to adapt to these environmental variations. Historical or emerging contaminants may also hinder the management of these areas.

At the SedNet 2019 conference “Sediments as a dynamic natural resource – from catchment to open sea”, we offer a series of sessions aiming to explore these challenges and proposed solutions. This includes how policies and plans are developed for the range of often interlinked issues experienced along the journey from upland areas to the deeper waters such as how sediment quality should be assessed, sediment as an ecosystem service and how excess sediment can be used beneficially. The challenges posed as a result of anthropogenic influences, resource exploitation and climate change shall also be explored as well as emerging problems being examined such as contaminants resulting from discharge of waste.
See the Conference Programme (and for more background information on the conference sessions the Call for Abstracts

Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments
Authors of abstracts that have been selected for oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an extended paper for a Special Issue of JSS: “Sediments as a dynamic natural resource – from catchment to open sea”. This Special Issue is anticipated to be published in 2020. Please click here for details.
Click here if you are interested in reviewing papers that will be submitted for the Special Issue.

SedNet Working Group meetings
The day before the start of the conference (Tuesday 2 April 2019) meetings of the SedNet Working Groups “Sediments in Circular Economy” and “Sediment Quantity” will be held. Anybody who is interested is welcome to join these meetings.

The conference language will be English. No translation facilities will be provided.

On the day after the conference (Saturday 6 April) an excursion will be organized to the bay of Mali Ston, which is famous for seashell cultivation since the days of the Roman Empire as it hosts the largest oyster cultivation facilities in the Adriatic.

Scientific Committee: SedNet Steering Group, chaired by Marc Eisma
Local Organizing Committee:
* dr. Jasmina Obhođaš, Ruđer Bošković Institute, e-mail: jobhodas@irb.hr
* prof. Marijana Pečarević, University of Dubrovnik, e-mail: marijana.pecarevic@unidu.hr
* prof. Ana Bratos Cetinic, University of Dubrovnik, e-mail: abratos@unidu.hr
* dr. Marija Marguš, Université Lille & Ruder Bošković Institute, e-mail: Marija.Margus@irb.hr
The committees are assisted by the SedNet Secretariat.

Conference fee
Regular fee: 400 euro, excl. 25% VAT
Students: 100 euro, excl. 25% VAT
If a student has submitted an abstract that has been accepted for oral presentation, then his/her fee is waived.

The fee includes admission to the conference programme, coffee breaks, lunches, social (dinner) events on the evenings of 2, 3 and 4 April, and an excursion on Saturday 6 April 2019.

Invoicing of the conference fee is done by Converia.

Conference venue / hotel accommodation
The event will take place at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Masarykov put 20, 20000 Dubrovnik.
A block of rooms had been reserved for SedNet until 2nd March 2019 in Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and in the 1 km further away Kompas hotel. Also after 2nd March reservations at the SedNet-special rate will be possible, as long as rooms are available.

You can make a room reservation directly through the hotel website www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com. On mentioned webpage you should click on “Book your stay” in the top right corner, choose hotel Dubrovnik Palace or Kompas, enter your period of stay and code SEDNET2019 in the area provided for it.

Room prices Hotel Dubrovnik Palace:
1 double occupancy room: 115 Eur per room/day (incl. breakfast and VAT)
1 single occupancy room:   95 Eur per room/day (incl. breakfast and VAT)

Room prices Hotel Kompas:
1 double occupancy room: 80 Eur per room/day (incl. breakfast and VAT)
1 single occupancy room: 70 Eur per room/day (incl. breakfast and VAT)

Not included (to be paid on check-out): city tax: 1,20 Eur per person/day

From Dubrovnik airport there is a good bus connection to the old city centre. From the city centre busline 4 goes directly to the hotels.

If you wish to register, please complete and submit the registration form. Deadline for registration 22 March 2019.


SedNet Conference Registration Form 2019