Dam World 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a worldwide crisis with many dimensions, including health, humanitarian, social and economic. As a consequence, many events worldwide have been affected by this crisis with DW2020 among them.

About one year ago, after DW2020 Webinar, we were hopeful that we could hold the in-person event in September/2021. Now, about three months before the planned starting date, we still have many uncertainties such as international travel limitations, reopening and closing of some economy sectors, uneven vaccination levels around the world and new variants of concern spreading Covid-19 even more rapidly; all of which has had a great impact on our conference planning.

Thus, faced with this scenario, the Organising Committee of DW2020 has decided to close the Fourth International DAM WORLD Conference.

All Authors who submitted their Final Papers and chose to present in the in-person event will have the opportunity to publish their Papers in the Volume 2 of the Proceedings, which will be published by September/2021. We will be contacting those Authors for further information soon.

The invited keynote lectures will be presented in the DW2020 Closing Session (free virtual event) on the 30th/September/2021, the details of this Session will follow soon.

We would like to express our appreciation to all Authors for their valuable contribution and the Scientific Committee Members for their important role in the paper reviewing process.  A special thanks to the Keynote Speakers who will deliver their lectures in the Closing Ceremony. Finally, we would like to express our recognition and gratitude to our Sponsors who supported DW2020 in such a difficult circumstances.

Organising DW2020 Webinar was a big challenge for us and, based on the participants endorsements, we are very pleased with the positive achievements. We will be contacting the DW Webinar Challenges winners soon.

I am sure that you will agree that our collective efforts yielded the best possible outcome for DW2020. This was only possible through everyone commitment of time and effort, which is especially notable given the extreme adverse situation we have been going through.

We deeply regret this abrupt change in plans, but ensuring the safety of all attendants has been our utmost priority.

The Fifth International DAM WORLD Conference will take place once this page in our history is finally turned over.

We cannot close this message without expressing our deepest sorrow for our beloved ones who did not survive Covid-19, we would like to extend a word of solidarity to the families and friends devastated by their loss.

Best regards,
Eliane Portela
DW2020 Organising Committee

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