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The Conference

The success of the First International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC), held in Colombo Sri Lanka in March 1983, resulted in the subsequent holding of this special conference series once every four years in a developing country. Successful conferences were held in Beijing, China (September 1987), Mombasa, Kenya (September 1991), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 1995), Cape Town, South Africa (April 1999), Colombo, Sri Lanka (September 2003), Dubai, UAE (February 2008), Chennai, India (February 2012) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 2016).

During the COPEDEC VI conference in Colombo, September 2003, a merger agreement between PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure and COPEDEC was signed and consequent to this agreement, a new International Organizing Committee (IOC) was formed and this International PIANC-COPEDEC Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the International PIANC-COPEDEC X 2020 Conference will be held in Manila, Philippines in November 2020.

This is the Announcement with Final call for papers and call for Fellowship Applications for PIANC-COPEDEC X. A Final Announcement including a listing of accepted papers and detailed practical information such as registration and hotel booking forms, will be issued in April 2020. Those wishing to ensure the receipt of the Final Announcement are requested to log into the conference website (https://www.pianc-copedec2020.org) to indicate their interest.

Technical tours and social events will also be arrange during the week of the Conference. Pre-conference tours to interesting places in and around Manila and other places of interest in Manila will be arranged.

The language of the Conference will be English.

The active mission of the PIANC-COPEDEC Conferences is:

1.  To provide an international forum where coastal and port engineers from developing countries can exchange know-how and experience amongst themselves and with their colleagues from industrialized countries;

2.  To enable the developing countries to have a sustainable human resource pool of coastal and port development professionals.


The overall theme for COPEDEC X is “Enhancing Waterborne Transport and Sustainable Coastal Development

As with previous conferences, the emphasis on technical subjects remains. Papers will focus on practical applications, planning, management and    environmental aspects of coastal, port and inland waterway engineering in developing and industrialized countries, including documentation of case studies.


Port Engineering

  • Coastal and inland port (infra)structures

  • Physical and numerical modelling

  • Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of Port Structures

  • New Equipment and Materials for Construction of Port Structures

  • Hydrography and Dredging


Port Planning and Management

  • Port harbor and marina planning and layout

  • Nautical aspects

  • Operations and Maintenance

  • Mooring and ship motions

  • Port Safety and Management


Coastal Engineering

  • Coastal infrastructures

  • Coastal stabilization

  • Intake and outfall system

  • Coastal protection

  • Tidal inlets

  • Materials for use in the marine environment

  • Coastal processes

  • Coastal sediments and hydrodynamics

  • Marine surveys and Instrumentation

  • Remote Sensing

  • GIS

  • Waves and currents

  • Sediment Transport, Erosion and Geomorphology

Coastal Zone and Coastal Risk Management

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management

  • Waterfront Development

  • Coastal vegetation and forests

  • Tourism and recreation

  • Numerical Techniques

  • Extreme wave events and analysis

  • Tsunamis

  • Crisis Management of Marine Hazards

  • Maritime Safety Management


Short Sea Shipping, Coastal and Inland Navigation


Port and Coastal environmental issues and Climate Change

  • International Conventions, Rules and Regulations

  • Pollution and Environmental impacts of Structures and Marine Transportation

  • Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

  • Climate Change

  • Marine Renewable Energy


Offshore and Marine Pipeline Engineering

  • Design and construction of Offshore Structures

  • Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of Offshore Structures

  • Planning and Construction of Submarine Pipelines

  • Marine Geotechnics


 To meet the main objective of the conference, an increased number of fellowships is being planned to be made available by the sponsors.

Any professional, student or scientist living and working under a local labor contract in a country in transition is entitled to apply for a fellowship.  The fellowship will only be provided to individuals on application, not to institutions.  Fellowship application forms may be downloaded from the conference website.  Prospective fellows are encouraged to solicit other local funds first, as in principle only part funding will be given. Participants able to partially support themselves through own or other funding will be given preference by the Fellowship Awards Committee. Exceptions may be made for needy participants. Funding is restricted to international air transport, and/or conference registration fee and accommodation. Funding will be provided primarily for authors and emphasis will be on young active professionals. Chairmen of technical sessions and invited key persons are also eligible for fellowships, if funds are available.


The conference organizers have decided to use surplus funds from previous conferences to award five fellowships to authors of Sri Lankan origin and nine fellowships to authors of Brazilian origin who are living and working under a local labor contract in the mentioned countries.

Each application will be evaluated by the Fellowship Award Committee against a set of criteria to determine the level of funding to be granted.  Those interested are requested to fill in and submit the Fellowship Application form which can be downloaded from the conference website at the time of submission of abstracts. Applicants will be informed in February 2020 whether their applications are successful.  Additional fellowships are being arranged by PIANC and other sponsors.


Other sources for grants are also being sought.

Call for Papers

Selection of papers for presentation will be based on a one or two page abstract, provided as a digital copy (e-mail document) which shall be either submitted through our web portal or forwarded to the paper selection Secretary by email to: secretariat@pianc-copedec2020.org  before 1 September 2019.

The deadline will be the same for the receipt of completed applications for fellowship support to attend the Conference. The papers will be reviewed by International Paper Selection Committee, which is scheduled to meet in January 2020. The Authors are advised to keep note of the following timeline:

  • Receipt abstracts along with fellowship applications by Secretary of PSC –  September 1, 2019

  • Meeting of the Paper Selection Committee –January 2020

  • Notification of acceptance of Abstracts – February 2020

  • Notification of fellowship award – February 2020

  • Receipt of revised Abstracts by Secretary of  PSC – March 1, 2020

  • Submission of full paper for inclusion in Conference  CD  &  Early  registration – July 1, 2020


The Papers must be presented at the Conference by one of the Authors, and the main Author must guarantee such a presentation. Presenting authors will be entitled  to a  reduced Registration Fee. Selected Papers  will  be  presented  within a maximum of four (4) parallel  sessions. Twenty  (20)  minutes  will  be allocated  for  each  presentation,  followed by five (5)  minutes  for  discussion.

Submission of Abstract

The abstracts should be formatted in accordance with the template that may be downloaded from the conference website. Authors will be notified of the acceptance/rejection of papers for presentation or for display as posters by February 2020. Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation after modification or amendment will be required to re-submit the final digital copies of their formatted abstracts by the end of March 2020 and the final papers should be submitted before 1st July 2020. The full set of abstracts and papers will be available online (password protected) for all registered participants.

Instructions regarding approved software, formatting, layout, typing and submission of papers will be forwarded to authors whose papers are selected for presentation.  This information will also be posted on the website.


Papers have to be presented at the conference by one of the authors. The main author must guarantee such a presentation. Presenting authors will be required to register early (by July 2020) to ensure inclusion of their papers in the technical program.

Papers need not be strictly limited to the above themes and topics pertaining to allied areas will be accommodated. Selection of papers for presentation will be based on a one or two-page abstract, provided as a digital copy (e-mail document) which shall be either submitted through our web portal or forwarded to the paper selection Secretary by email to: secretariat@pianc-copedec2020.org before 01 October 2019. For any clarifications, the delegates can contact the PIANC-COPEDEC X Secretariat  at  secretariat@pianc-copedec2020.org or consult the website hhtps://www.pianc-copedec2020.org

Short Course

Following the huge success of the short course organized in connection with each of the previous four conferences, the conducting of two one-day pre-conference short courses is under consideration. This will only take place if sufficient interest is shown by participants in their responses to the pre-registration questionnaire on the website. The courses, one on dredging and one on port planning, will be conducted by internationally recognized specialists and is intended to support the theme and philosophy of COPEDEC. It will be aimed at improving skills in coastal, port and inland waterway engineering with particular application to developing countries. The final program for the Short Course and the associated costs will accompany the Final Announcement. The course numbers will be limited, so early indication of interest is requested.