Symposium Introduction

Hydrosensoft consists of several events: the International Symposium with peer-reviewed papers (3 days), the Exhibition (3 days) and the National Symposium with invited speakers (in Spanish, 1 day).


The International Symposium and Exhibition will bring together users, researchers and developers interested in hydro-environment software and sensors/instrumentation to acquire, analyze and use data for our better understanding of the hydro-environment. The HydroSenSoft 2019 Symposium and Exhibition event will showcase the latest advances coming out of the research and development community, and share experience from practice. Furthermore, the exhibition will take place alongside several other exhibitions relevant to the water industry (SIGA-Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, 

Genera - Energy and Environment International Trade Fair, Tecnova Piscinas - Technology and Innovation Trade Show for Aquatic Installations).

While the international symposium, in English, has a scientific character, the National Symposium in Spanish has a more pragmatic orientation, addressing practical questions of different types of specialists and users (read more about the National Symposium).


National and international legislation, such as the EU Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, puts increasing emphasis on monitoring, maintaining, and improving the water environment by means of better planning and management, which in turn requires much more accurate knowledge of the impact of mankind on the environment. Hydraulic instrumentation and experimentation play a key role for understanding fundamental processes that affect the health of aquatic ecosystems and the safe use of water supply sources. Wider use of new technology in the water sector and access to water-related data can facilitate the implementation of specific measures.


Modelling software tools are now becoming universally used by organizations responsible for managing the water environment and this, in turn, requires more detailed and more accurate data. At the same time, thanks to the rapid developments in sensor technology, large quantities of data can be available, calling for structured and robust methods of analysis. A rapidly expanding variety of different software tools and data collection tools are becoming available for these purposes.


After the first edition in Madrid in 2017, HydroSenSoft 2019, organized by the IAHR Committee on Experimental Methods and Instrumentation, will offer the opportunity to present latest trends in instrument development, experimental methods, and data management and analysis to cope with water-related societal challenges.



About the first edition of HydroSenSoft 2017
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Summary of the first edition of HydroSenSoft



Experimental Hydraulics and the Sustainable Development Goals

Article by Alessio Radice, Rui Aleixo and Rui Ferreira (EMI Leadership Team 2017-2019); published in Hydrolink 4/2017



HydroSenSoft 2017 - a new conference aimed to bridge the gap between academia and industry

Article by Rui Aleixo, HydroSenSoft 2017 Chair


(article published in Hydrolink 4/2017)


Following the goal that every Committee should have its own conference, the EMI-LT (2015-2017) accepted the challenge and partnered through IAHR with IFEMA, the largest exhibition centre in Madrid, to organize HydroSenSoft. Pursuing a different model for a conference, and aiming to bridge the gap between academia and private sector, HydroSenSoft was designed with two main components: a symposium and an exhibition, running in parallel, allowing the change of ideas between the participants coming from the different sectors of activities.

The exhibition took place from the 28th February to 3rd March 2017, in Madrid, Spain. The venue was at IFEMA (the largest exhibition venue in Spain). IAHR, through its Madrid Office personnel, gave the logistic support to HydroSenSoft (e.g. handling registrations).


The first day of HydroSenSoft (February 28th) was dedicated to the exhibition opening and to an independently organized side event: a course on MoHiD, quite participated, in particular by the Spanish community. For the exhibition part, seven companies were there because of HydroSenSoft. Since HydroSenSoft was held at the same time as the SIGA exhibition (Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, one of the largest exhibitions in the urban water cycle domain) more than 50 manufacturers and/or representatives on water-related technologies were also present in the exhibition hall.


As to the symposium, it was a two-day international conference (March 1st – 2nd) and a one-day parallel Spanish-speaking session (March 2nd). Over 160 attendees participated in the symposium, with a clear majority of participants in the Spanish speaking session.

A total of 42 papers and 6 posters were accepted after the peer-reviewing process for the international symposium. The authors came from some 20 countries showing the international interest that this first edition reached. Most authors came from academia but many representatives of both private and public sectors were also present. Different manufacturers submitted papers to show the applications of their instruments.

This first edition had three main themes: Theme 1 – Instrumentation and data acquisition tools; Theme 2 – Software tools for data acquisition and numerical ; and Theme 3 – Application of sensors and software for particular the ones from Michael Natschke and Enrique Álvarez-Fanjul, who used the Copernicus Emergency Management Service for different goals: flood emergency system (Natschke) and maritime/off-shore problems (Fanjul).modellinghydro- environmental problems. Three high-quality keynotes contributed to a good conference level: Marian Muste (University of Iowa and IIHR), Michael Natschke (Kisters) and Enrique Álvarez-Fanjul (Spanish State Ports). The keynote speakers represented the three main sectors: academia, private sector and public sector. Without any previous arrangement, it was a good coincidence that there was a thread line between the different keynotes, in


The degree of participation of the delegates from the different sectors was high, with many debates and discussions in each session continuing into the coffee-breaks; a clear sign of the high interest this area has for academia, industry and private sector. In the last day of the symposium, an open meeting was held with some of the delegates to debate HydroSenSoft, how to improve it for the next edition and to present the EMI committee and the work developed in these last two years.

 HydroSenSoft ended with the technical visits. Three visits were planned: two of them to the CEDEX installations in Madrid and one to the Tagus River Basin Management System. In one of the CEDEX laboratory, a technical demonstration was organized by one of the manufacturers present at HydroSenSoft.


For the success of HydroSenSoft much contributed the logistic support provided by the IAHR Madrid’s Office personnel (Maria Galanty, Elsa Incio, Estibaliz Serrano, Carmen Sanchez and Manuela Suanno), responding in time to every question and need of the delegates.

International Symposium and Exhibition
on Hydro-Environment Sensors and Software

26 Feb - 1 Mar 2019, Madrid, Spain

SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF the IAHR Committee on Experimental Methods and Instrumentation

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