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The WODCON XXIII Programme is now available. Registration is open.


The organising committee for WODCON XXIII has announced that the programme is now available and registrations are open for early booking at

As most members of CEDA, WEDA and EADA will know, the World Dredging Congress, WODCON, is held every three years and it is the biggest global event in the professional dredgers’ calendar. The three sister associations of the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) take it in turns to host it on their behalf. This time around we are pleased to say that it is CEDA’s turn and we have pulled out all the stops.

The theme for WODCON XXIII is ‘Dredging is Changing’ and it will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 16 th to 20 th May 2022, at the Tivoli Congress Center.

WODCONs provide a unique platform for researchers and practitioners, from academia, government and business, to exchange knowledge and experiences, present research results, spark new ideas and explore collaborative opportunities. This event will be no exception.

Technical and business presentations in engaging formats

The organising and papers committees have curated a typically comprehensive programme of technical and business presentations, in plenary and parallel tracks, following dynamic and engaging formats, including keynotes and paper presentations. An exhibition, as well as technical visits and partner programmes, will make the programme complete. The full programme, and details of how to register for the event, can be found at

 “Dredging is changing”, and this change is evident everywhere

Dredging is changing – and today, this change is largely driven by the sustainability objectives as detailed in the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). These challenges drive innovations in all segments from project proponents such as government agencies and ports, to regulators, contractors, consultants and shipyards. Sustainability is manifested in the way water infrastructure projects are designed and implemented, and in the technology and processes used. Another remarkable change is that the use of dredging expertise is expanding beyond the traditional areas of port development, river deepening and land reclamation. Dredging is now also integral to offshore energy and deep-sea mining expansion opportunities. WODCON XXIII’s programme reflects this rapidly changing field and the Congress will give superb opportunities to learn from each other and collaboratively design new tools for the future.

Why you should be at WODCON XXIII

Comprehensive technical propgramme
Participants at WODCON XXIII can expect to hear from the practitioners, academics and business thinkers, who are driving the change. More than 80 paper presentations from international experts, and panel discussions will cover areas including:

  • Beneficial use of sediment
  • Deep-sea mining
  • Energy efficiency and decarbonisation
  • Equipment: history, development and innovation
  • Flood risk and coastal protection
  • Hydraulic transport
  • Marine construction
  • Ports and waterways: erosion, sedimentation and maintenance
  • Renewables infrastructure including energy islands
  • Sediment treatment
  • The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel Link
  • Turbidity modelling / monitoring

High-level keynotes will include: the Danish Minister of Transport, Benny Engelbrecht, who will address the conference theme: ‘Dredging is changing’. Henrik Vincentsen, CEO Femern A/S, will cover some of the other large-scale projects in the pipeline for the region. There will also be a technical keynote on ‘Offshore wind next level: the Danish Energy Islands’, presented by Kristoffer Böttzauw, Director General of the Danish Energy Agency. CEDA expect to add further excellent keynotes to the programme. Updates are available at

Support to business
The associated exhibition will showcase cutting-edge equipment and solutions from the pioneering companies leading the change. New to WODCONs are the “Latest industry news live” sessions with sponsor and exhibitor pitches. These 5 minute talks will take place as parallel sessions throughout the programme. The pitch talks are also offered to CEDA, WEDA and EADA corporate members, that are not exhibiting, for a fee of € 1000 (excl. 25% VAT). If interested, please contact

Technical visits
Two exciting sites visits are on offer: a full-day tour to the construction site in the Fehmarnbelt - with a sail along the 18 km immersed tunnel alignment, while enjoying the view of the dredging fleet at work; a half-day tour to Lynetteholm, a 2.8 km2 artificial island being built in the harbour of Copenhagen.

Social programme
The gala dinner, city hall reception and ice-breaker will provide many opportunities for participants, sponsors and exhibitors to make as many important contacts as possible, meet old friends and make new ones while enjoying the ambience of special locations in the heart of Copenhagen. 

Find out more

For the full programme, including details of these and the other keynote sessions, plus the technical visits and partner programmes on offer, as well as hotel accommodation, download the congress brochure from here or visit

Register and book your hotel

With the full programme of technical and business presentations, exhibition, peer-networking and social activities, that make up the event, WODCON XXIII promises to be an engaging and memorable experience. Copenhagen will be very busy in May. To secure your hotel room next to the Congress venue, at a preferential rate, you are recommended to make reservations the soonest. You can do that as part of the registration process.

See you there!