15th SWS Europe Chapter Meeting | Cancelled

Theme: Connecting wetland research, policy and practice.

Organised by Society of Wetland Scientists, Europe Chapter

Sun 24 May 2020 16:00 until Wed 27 May 2020 17:00

Venue WICC Wageningen

SWS Europe meeting cancelled

Regrettably, the SWS Europe chapter meeting in Wageningen 2020 has been cancelled because of the corona-virus threat.
The board of SWS Europe had to decide this after elaborately considering the current situation in Europe and The Netherlands. We don’t want to take the risk of a last-minute cancellation and more and more participants might face travel restrictions from their country or university.
We appreciate your interest, and we hope to welcome you in a future meeting of SWS Europe chapter.

Programme overview

Topics for invited symposia and individual presentations:

  • Wetland policy and practice
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Wetland restoration -rivers and peatlands
  • Ecosystem services and climate change
  • Paludiculture

The conference starts with a welcome reception on Sunday 24 May 2020, around 4.00 PM. On Monday 25 May and Wednesday 27 May there will be oral and poster presentations in two parallel sessions.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Max Finlayson, President of SWS
  • Dr. Tobias Salathé, Ramsar Secretariat
  • Jane Madgwick MSc, Wetlands International
  • Prof Leon Lamers, Radboud University
  • Dr. Dolf de Groot, Wageningen University
  • Dr. Matthew Simpson, 35percent Ltd.
  • Dr. Geoff Sweaney, Wetland Engineering

More about keynote speakers

On Tuesday 26 May we will visit the National Park The Biesbosch. This is a nature conservation area and the largest fresh water tidal zone in Europe. The excursion will end with the conference dinner at Wageningen University Campus.

National Park The Biesbosch

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations need to be prepared by using the abstract template presented here. Abstracts should be in English and should not exceed 4 pages. Abstracts will be checked and approved by 1 March 2020. As a general guideline only one abstract per presenting author will be approved as oral presentation.

This event has been cancelled, abstracts can no longer be sent.


The registration fee covers the two days of presentations, lunches and coffee/tea breaks on those two days, the welcome reception on 24 May, the conference dinner and the mid-meeting field trip.

After registration, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions. You will be asked to pay the registration fee in euros by electronic bank transfer to the bank account of the SWS Europe Chapter, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

We recommend non-members to join SWS before registering for the conference. It will strengthen our chapter and save you some expenses.

Students need to provide proof of being enrolled in a university. SWS will fund two Student Travel Awards of €250. To apply for a grant, students are asked to add a 250-word motivation letter to their abstract

Registration Type Payment in Euros
Regular Late
SWS Member € 230 € 280
Non-member € 330 € 380
SWS Student member € 100 € 130
Student non-member € 180 € 210

One-day passes (€200, students €100) are available upon request.

This event has been cancelled, registration is no longer possible.


The Wageningen International Conference Center (WICC) is the venue of our meeting and is also the recommended hotel for meeting participants. For the duration of the meeting (4 nights starting on Sunday 24 May), there are special rates for meeting participants: €82,50 single room; €102,40 double room with two beds, including breakfast. Participants are requested to make their own reservations by sending an email to; please indicate the code SWS 2020 in the email. The rooms will remain prebooked for reduced rates until 15 April 2020.

Off course participants can choose to arrange their own accommodation outside WICC, in Wageningen or its surroundings.

Contact person

Dr. Jeroen de Klein (
Prof. Jos Verhoeven (