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CEDA Iberian conference: Dredging for sustainable port development announced

CEDA's next event on the Iberian Peninsula, a one-and-a-half-day conference, will take place on 27-28 October 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. Co-organiser, the Portuguese Engineers Association (OE), will host the event at its premises in the centre of Lisbon.

Within the central theme Dredging for sustainable port development the conference will address key topics relevant to the success of local port dredging and sediment management projects. The topics also reflect current thinking on what “sustainability” means in that context.

Carefully curated content

CEDA’s technical committee has carefully curated this conference with a view to exchanging the latest knowledge and real-world experience in the Iberian Peninsula. The technical presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Sustainable design solutions and practices in port development and maintenance
  • Ecosystem Services as a concept to assess integral benefits of dredging projects
  • Enabling the broad application of nature-based solutions 
  • Innovations in the environmental management of large dredging projects
  • The role and applicability of adaptive management in dredging
  • Dredged sediment management challenges and solutions 
  • Sustainable and energy efficient dredging vessels and projects

With 12 expert speakers, from local and international organisations, confirmed so far, CEDA is waiting confirmation for further 3 presentations.

Young CEDA pitch talks

As part of the programme, Young CEDA will be hosting a pitch talks session with 3 dynamic short and sharp presentations on the overall theme of the conference. The pitch talks aim to provide a platform to students and young professionals to present their ongoing work and expose their ideas to a broad expert audience and get immediate feedback and inspiration.

Technical visit, photo competition and conference dinner

In addition to the full programme of presentations and the customary Q&As, there will be a technical visit hosted by the Portuguese Environment Agency to Costa da Caparica, located south of Tagus estuary ebb delta, where the Port of Lisbon Authority has worked together closely with the Agency to devise a dredging plan that uses dredged sediments from maintenance dredging to successfully mitigate erosion problems on the beaches of Costa de Caparica.
For the first time, linked to the technical visit, there will be an opportunity for those of an artistic persuasion to show off their creative talents in a photography competition. The winning prize will be ‘eternal fame’ – and a bottle of one of Portugal’s best wines! The conference dinner on Thursday evening will allow participants to relax and network in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Value to a broad range of professionals

Conference Chair, Stefan Aarninkhof, Professor of Coastal Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, said “The conference offers an excellent opportunity to share state-of-the-art insights, on sustainable development of marine infrastructure, in the real-world context of Iberian projects”. He added “ The conference will pay particular attention to a variety of nature-based solutions, and will appeal to a broad range of coastal practitioners including coastal managers, consultants, contractors and researchers. It will be a valuable platform for international professionals, as well as those from Portugal and Spain, to catch up with the latest developments on the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. It will also be a fine opportunity for delegates to engage with and learn from each other.”


Events - 2016-Lisbon-Diary-datesRegistration will open on 1 August 2016, and the  full programme will be out in August. In the meantime, put the dates in your diary to make sure you don’t miss out. At €145.00 for the two days, including a technical visit, this is an event that dredging professional involved in the region, or wishing to learn from the Iberian experience, should attend.


CEDA and OE are grateful to the following companies for their support to the event: Events - 2016 - Lisbon - LogosFor information about sponsorship opportunities please click CEDA Iberian conference sposnorship options.

Find out more

To find out more please visit the conference website at www.cedaconferences.org/lisbon2016 or contact the Conference Secretariat.