Belgium: Brussels to Host WODCON XX

Brussels to Host WODCON XX

The World Organisation of Dredging Associations has made the first announcement for call for papers for World Dredging Congress XX (WODCON XX). Under the theme “The Art of Dredging”, the congress and exhibition will be held in the Square-Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium from 3-7 June 2013.

World Dredging Congresses are organised once every three years by WODA, the World Organisation of Dredging Associations, which is composed of three sister though independent professional not-for-profit associations: the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) serving the Americas, the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) serving Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and the Eastern Dredging Association (EADA) serving the Asian and Pacific region.

WODA delegates the responsibility of organising WODCONs to one of its three member dredging associations, the one in whose region the congress takes place. CEDA is delighted to host and organise the next event in this prestigious series of world congresses for the world-wide dredging community.

First organised in 1967 in New York and held throughout the world since, this series of congresses has become the unique most important event for dredging professionals worldwide. WODCONs, the only worldwide events dedicated exclusively to dredging and maritime construction, provide a unique platform for researchers and practitioners from industry, academia and governments to meet and debate dredging.

WODCON XX will showcase some 120 technical papers over three days covering all aspects of dredging and maritime construction. All WODCON XX papers will be peer reviewed and provide up to date, relevant and high quality information. The congress will also feature a technical exhibition and technical visits. These technical programme elements will ensure a complete learning process, while various social events will allow participants to meet fellow professionals from all over the world in a friendly and inspiring atmosphere.

Who is invited?

Experts representing manufacturers, universities, research institutes, consultants, contractors, port & harbour authorities, government agencies and public authorities working in the dredging, maritime construction and related fields are invited to submit abstracts to present at WODCON XX.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following broad areas:

• Methods, Equipments & Techniques

• Management of Sediments (clean and contaminated)

• Environmental Issues

• Regulatory Issues

• Management and Economics

• Alluvial and Deep Sea Mining

Abstracts presenting both research and practical applications are encouraged.

Important dates

Submission of abstracts: 29 October2012

Notification of acceptance: 3 December 2012

Submission of draft manuscripts: 4 February 2013

Reviewer comments to authors: 18 March 2013

Submission of final papers: 29 April 2013

Dredging Exhibition

The congress will be complemented by a dredging exhibition where companies and organisations from all over the world will showcase their products and services to the congress delegates – a select and focused group of international experts and decision-makers. The exhibition will be open throughout the congress on 4 – 6 June 2013. Delegates will take their refreshments in this exhibition area during the breaks between the technical sessions. The Welcome Reception on 3 June will also take place in this area.


Dredging Today Staff, March 14, 2012