The UrbanWaterSECURITY is one of the most important and priority issues to be resolved for both current and next generations. The Waste Management Laboratory of the Department of Environment of the University of the Aegean (Greece) in cooperation with The Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED) of the University of Salerno (Italy) and the Advanced Institute of Water Industry at Kyungpook National University (Korea) is organizing the second Edition of UrbanWaterSECURITY Academy, that will be held in Athens (Greece) from August 30 to September 02 of this year.

UrbanWaterSECURITY will provide an international platform to share and discuss key topics on such water issues with the presentation of nature-based solutions, advanced technologies, and best practices with the support of the international academy staff from leading Institutions in the World active in this field. An additional aim of UrbanWaterSECURITY in 2023 is to contribute to the overall goal of enhancing cooperation, integration, and sustainable development in the Euro-Mediterranean region on critical topics of Water and Security.


Understanding the impacts of urbanisation on the urban water cycle and managing the associated health risks demand adequate strategies and measures. Health risks associated with urban water systems and services include the microbiological and chemical contamination of urban waters and the outbreak of water-borne diseases, mainly due to poor water and sanitation in urban areas, and the discharge as well as the disposal of inadequately treated, or untreated, industrial and domestic wastewater. Climate change only exacerbates these problems, as alternative scenarios need to be taken into consideration in urban water risk management. Topics of interest of the UrbanWaterSECURITY Academy include, but are not limited to the following aspects:

– Nexus framework and governance;
– Environmental technologies for the sustainable development of the water sector;
– Future clean energy technologies and systems under water constraints;
– Implementation and best practices.

About the Academy

The International Academy in UrbanWaterSECURITY is an intensive training opportunity open to Master’s and PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers. Urban Water Security is characterized by complex, so-called wicked, problems where traditional assumptions of causality and predictability may not apply. The fundamental importance of better connections between science, policy and society provides new demands on candidates, who are increasingly expected to possess not only a deep knowledge of their own discipline but are additionally capable of placing that knowledge in a wider understanding of societal needs. To help meet these challenges, the International Academy in UrbanWaterSECURITY has been established. The aim of the Academy is to create a vibrant and intellectually exciting research and development environment at the heart of the institute. The Academy supports the candidates and the institute to contribute to the global challenges for sustainable water use. The Academy is informed by a program committee that includes academic staff from leading institutions, that define a program for each edition selecting valuable Academy Members as teachers.

Director of the Academy

Prof. Vincenzo Belgiorno
University of Salerno, Italy

Academy Chairs

Prof. Vincenzo Naddeo
University of Salerno, Italy

Prof. Kwang-Ho Choo
Kyungpook National University (KNU),South Korea

Prof. Demetris-Francis Lekkas
University of the Aegean (Greece)

Honorary Chair

Prof. Mohammad Taherzadeh
University of Borås,


Honorary Academy Member

Prof. Susan Richardson
University of South Carolina, USA

Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou
University of Cincinnati, USA

Prof. Damia Barcelo
Inst. of Env. Assessment & Water Research, Spain


Academic Team

In this edition of the Academy the lessons will be taught by the following renowned experts

Prof . Vincenzo Belgiorno

University of Salerno, Italy

Prof. Demetris Francis Lekkas

University of the Aegean (Greece)

Prof. Vincenzo Naddeo

University of Salerno, Italy

Prof. Susan Richardson

University of South Carolina, USA

Prof. Kwang-Ho Choo

Professor at Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea

Prof. Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou

University of Cincinnati, USA

Prof. Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

University of Borås, Sweden

Prof. Gerasimos Lyberatos

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Jean Venables

Venables Consultancy, UK

Prof. Ilias Pechlivanidis

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden

Dr. Jaroslav Slobodnik

Environmental Institute, Slovakia

Dr. Elisabetta Preziosi

CNR-IRSA, Water Research Institute, Italy

Prof. Damia Barcelo

Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA-Cerca), Spain

Program Online

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