On June 24-26, 2024, the City of Bydgoszcz will host the World Canals Conference - WCC organized under the patronage and in cooperation with the Inland Waterways International. It is an annual event for inland waterways enthusiasts, held alternately in Europe, Asia and America (2019 – China, 2021 – USA, 2022 – Germany, 2025 - USA). It will give us another opportunity to continue discussion on development of inland waterways in Poland and to place in an international context.
We assume that Bydgoszcz will attract a broad pool of experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, representatives of public authorities and promoters of using inland waterways, also in terms of tourism. It will serve as an excellent platform for exchange of opinions, ideas and above all solutions applied in different countries. Finally, the WCC2024 will offer a possibility to build relations between all who use, maintain and develop inland waterways, not only in Poland.
In addition to meeting on the Brda and Vistula Rivers, participants will have an opportunity to visit other important sites of inland waterways in Poland during study trips organized within the conference
The River in Bydgoszcz flows through the very center of the city and many tourist attractions are concentrated around it. Thanks to the Brda River, there is a unique atmosphere, conducive to walks along the boulevards, cruises on the Brda River, thanks to which you can get to know various hydrotechnical devices. The Mill Island with branches of the District Museum, a cruise on a water tram through the locks on the river, historical (Bydgoszcz Cathedral, Polish Post) and modern (so-called Glass Granaries, Bydgoszcz Harbor, Opera Nova) buildings on the Brda River, numerous sports events (Triathlon Bydgoszcz, Bydgoska Water , Wielka Rowing) or cultural (River Music, Rudder for Bydgoszcz and many others), or simply the possibility of renting a canoe or a pedalo and exploring the center of Bydgoszcz from the river level are undoubtedly the advantages of our city. In addition, Lemara Barge and the exhibitions in the nearby Granaries tell the history of the development of Bydgoszcz thanks to the Brda River and river transport.

However, not all Bydgoszcz attractions are cumulated by the river. The unique and award-winning Exploseum and the Museum of Soap and the History of Dirt co-create the TeH2O Water, Industry and Craft Trail in Bydgoszcz. It combines the stories of a dozen or so places that intertwine the fate of Bydgoszcz residents with the development of local industry and crafts.

Thanks to international air connections and a convenient network of roads and rail connections, Bydgoszcz is easy to get to, and the constantly developing, diverse accommodation and catering base will meet the expectations of the most demanding guests.
 
14th Bydgoszcz Water Festival ‘Ster na Bydgoszcz’ 2023 - It was a great celebration! Beach stop - water recreation zone, Parade of sailing vessels, the Great Bottle Race, meetings with travellers.

There was a catering zone and a kids’ play zone on the grass area. Sea shanties concerts and an evening disco under the stars attracted crowds of people to Mill Island.


Outstanding food, travel and entertainment for all
At the festival, everyone will find something for themselves - fans of gastronomy and new tastes will surely like the foodtruck zone with cuisine from around the world. There will be numerous workshops and classes for children, all under the common denominator - water. But that's not all! The beach will once again turn into a paradise island in a maritime atmosphere - it will be the perfect place for relaxation and music

We are looking forward to next edition June 22-23rd, 2024 - as an introduction to the WCC2024.

Conference venues

Chamber Theatre

Zdjęcie miejsca
A place with entertainment traditions dating back to the mid-19th century. The restored building returned in 2022 as a Chamber Theater with a hall for over 230 people.

Rother Mills

Zdjęcie miejsca
The industrial spaces gained a new life as city's Center for Culture and Science. Exhibitions, events dedicated to the popularization of science, local heritage and creative meetings take place here.

Speakers

John Doe

Rafał Bruski

Mayor of Bydgoszcz
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John Doe

Sharon Leighton

IWI President
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John Doe

John Paterson

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Canals
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John Doe

Shi Wang

Honorary Chairman & Founder, Vanke Co., Ltd. Chairman o ...
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John Doe

Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert

Unser Finowkanal e.V.
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John Doe

Roemer Goossensen

Noah Water Solutions
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John Doe

Monika Niemiec-Butryn

Deputy Director of the Department of Maritime Economy a ...
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John Doe

Alberto Bosino

University of Milan-Bicocca
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John Doe

Piotr Durajczyk

Director of the Office of Inland Navigation in Szczecin
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John Doe

Rebecca Hughes

Executive Deputy Director for the New York State Canal ...
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John Doe

Valentina-Mariana Manoiu

University of Bucharest, Romania
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John Doe

Richard Millar

Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Canals
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John Doe

Wojciech Płaska

State Water Holding Polish Waters
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John Doe

Thomas Vonier

Senior Architect, Former President UIA / International ...
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John Doe

Daireann McDonnell

Senior Ecologist, Waterways Ireland
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John Doe

Stanisław Drzewiecki

Municipal waterworks and sewage systems, CEO
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John Doe

Noémi Mené

AIVP, the international network of port cities
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John Doe

David Edwards-May

IWI Past President
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John Doe

Futang Zhang

Vice chairman of World Historic and Cultural Canal Citi ...
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John Doe

Yasmina Benferhat

University of Lorraine
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John Doe

Joseph Moloughney

New York State Canal Corporation
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John Doe

Harald Kuhnle

Kuhnle Group, Blue Charge GmhH 
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John Doe

Emiliya Hamidova

PhD student, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
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John Doe

Artur Magnuszewski

University of Warsaw
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John Doe

Michał Dziedzic

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
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John Doe

Antonio Raschi

CNR-Institute for BioEconomy
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John Doe

Duncan Hay

Historian
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John Doe

Dawid Szatten

Vice-Dean for Education Faculty of Geographical Science ...
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John Doe

Katarzyna Kubiak-Wójcicka

Nicolaus Copernicus University
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John Doe

Adam Stańczyk

Dyrektor Departamentu Planowania Rozwoju i Innowacji, U ...
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John Doe

Aleksandra Sztuka-Tulińska

Deputy Director, Łódź City Hall
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John Doe

Joanna Markowska

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
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John Doe

Stanisław Wroński

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Julia Wleklińska

Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology
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John Doe

Rituparna Acharyya

Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
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John Doe

Karol Mieczkin

Inland Waterways International
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John Doe

Michal Habel

Nadwiślański Związek Pracodawców LEWIATAN
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John Doe

Anna Dylewska-Domiza

The Navicula Association of Elblag Canal Admirers
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John Doe

Remigiusz Dzikowski

Maritime University of Szczecin
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John Doe

Monika Szymańska-Walkiewicz

Kazimierz Wielki University
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John Doe

Damian Ciepłowski

General Inspectorate of Environmental Protection
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John Doe

Sabina Zioła

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
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Jakub Łyczek

Rother's Mills
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John Doe

Sławomir Dylewski

Navicula Association of Elblag Canal Admirers
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John Doe

Anna Sosnowska

Warsaw University of Technology
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John Doe

Ewelina Orysiak

Maritime University of Szczecin
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John Doe

Marta Bukolt

Projekt Zabytek
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Anna Klimach

Assistant Professor, University of Warmia and Mazury in ...
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John Doe

Piotr Weckwerth

Turystyka BEZ FILTRÓW
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John Doe

Paweł Gełesz

PhD, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
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Tomasz Izajasz

Historian, teacher, curator of the Bydgoszcz Canal Muse ...
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Ahmet Yildirim

doctorate student
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John Doe

Maciej Dutkiewicz

Professor at Bydgoszcz University of Science and Techno ...
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Michał Frąszczak

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Adam Mroziński

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Marta Brzezińska

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John Doe

Radosław Michna

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John Doe

Daria Jasińska

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John Doe

Hanna Michniewicz-Ankiersztajn

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Programme



12:00
20:00
Bydgoszcz Water Festival
The Bydgoszcz Water Festival is a one-of-a-kind. Located in the beautiful scenery of the Mill Island, it has been organised in our city since 2008. We are preparing a lot of new things for you, but of course there will be some regular elements of the Festival, such as the Great Bottle Race or meetings with travelers. The Festival has also excellent music.
Great food, travel and entertainment for everyone
Everyone will find something for themselves at the festival - fans of gastronomy and new flavors will definitely like the food truck zone with cuisine from all over the world. There will be numerous workshops and classes for children, all with a common denominator - water. But that's not all! The beach will once again turn into a paradise island with a sea atmosphere - it will be an ideal place for relaxation and music.
Click here for the detailed festival program: Bydgoszcz Water Festival
Show location
12:00
20:00
Bydgoszcz Water Festival
The Bydgoszcz Water Festival is a one-of-a-kind. Located in the beautiful scenery of the Mill Island, it has been organised in our city since 2008. We are preparing a lot of new things for you, but of course there will be some regular elements of the Festival, such as the Great Bottle Race or meetings with travelers. The Festival has also excellent music.
Great food, travel and entertainment for everyone
Everyone will find something for themselves at the festival - fans of gastronomy and new flavors will definitely like the food truck zone with cuisine from all over the world. There will be numerous workshops and classes for children, all with a common denominator - water. But that's not all! The beach will once again turn into a paradise island with a sea atmosphere - it will be an ideal place for relaxation and music.
Click here for the detailed festival program: Bydgoszcz Water Festival
Show location
12:00
20:00
Bydgoszcz Water Festival
The Bydgoszcz Water Festival is a one-of-a-kind. Located in the beautiful scenery of the Mill Island, it has been organised in our city since 2008. We are preparing a lot of new things for you, but of course there will be some regular elements of the Festival, such as the Great Bottle Race or meetings with travelers. The Festival has also excellent music.
Great food, travel and entertainment for everyone
Everyone will find something for themselves at the festival - fans of gastronomy and new flavors will definitely like the food truck zone with cuisine from all over the world. There will be numerous workshops and classes for children, all with a common denominator - water. But that's not all! The beach will once again turn into a paradise island with a sea atmosphere - it will be an ideal place for relaxation and music.
Click here for the detailed festival program: Bydgoszcz Water Festival
Show location
12:00
20:00
Bydgoszcz Water Festival
The Bydgoszcz Water Festival is a one-of-a-kind. Located in the beautiful scenery of the Mill Island, it has been organised in our city since 2008. We are preparing a lot of new things for you, but of course there will be some regular elements of the Festival, such as the Great Bottle Race or meetings with travelers. The Festival has also excellent music.
Great food, travel and entertainment for everyone
Everyone will find something for themselves at the festival - fans of gastronomy and new flavors will definitely like the food truck zone with cuisine from all over the world. There will be numerous workshops and classes for children, all with a common denominator - water. But that's not all! The beach will once again turn into a paradise island with a sea atmosphere - it will be an ideal place for relaxation and music.
Click here for the detailed festival program: Bydgoszcz Water Festival
Show location
10:40
12:00
Plenary session | Part I
Tomasz Izajasz
Futang Zhang
Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert
Sharon Leighton
- Bydgoszcz, a city by the river, Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz
- Inland Waterways International and the annual World Canals Conference: sharing waterway heritage and innovation on a global scale, Sharon Leighton
- The Bydgoszcz Canal - 250 years of history, Tomasz Izajasz
- Celebrating cross-border history, Prof. Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert
- Yangzhou's Sustainable Development Practices in the Context of Canal Cities, Zhang Futang
The session is focused on presentation of the city hosting the Conference, namely the city of Bydgoszcz, situated on the junction of inland waterways of international importance. Connection between the Vistula River Basin in the east with the Oder River Basin in the west was possible thanks to construction of the Bydgoszcz Canal in 1773–1774, which celebrates its semiquincentennial in the year of the conference. The topics of plenary addresses will feature challenges and opportunities resulting from establishment and functioning of this waterway for two and a half centuries, with a special emphasis on significance of the Bydgoszcz Canal in the system of international inland waterways.
12:30
14:10
Plenary session | Part II
Duncan Hay
Monika Niemiec-Butryn
Piotr Durajczyk
Shi Wang
Stanisław Drzewiecki
- Plans for the development of inland waterways in Poland in the context of KPŻ2030, Monika Niemiec-Butryn
- Implementation of the RIS system in Poland, Piotr Durajczyk 
- Improving access to New York’s canals for human-powered watercraft, Duncan Hay
- Unleashing the transformation of net zero communities in canal cities, Shi Wang
Part II of the session is dedicated to plans for development of inland waterways in Poland and around the world, in the context of 21st-century ecological and economic challenges. Climate change and intensified pressure from human activities result in constant stress experienced by aquatic environment and all components related to it. 
16:15
20:00
Excursions - Bydgoszcz Canal 24/06
Bydgoszcz Canal | 250th anniversary of construction
- boat trip from the city center to the Bydgoszcz Canal
- visiting one of the passed locks
- a walk along the Old Bydgoszcz Canal
- visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum
The Bydgoszcz Canal, build in 1773-1774 was 26.77 km long, connecting the river basins of the Vistula and Odra. The project, which had been planned since the 16th century, became an important commercial inland waterway. It is called the Technical Miracle of the 18th century, and is located in the heart of Bydgoszcz. A walk along green belt between the locks will be complemented by a visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum. You will learn history of canal itself and how the Trapezoidal Lock works.
16:15
21:00
Excursions - Brdyujście 24/06
Excursions - Brdyujście
A stroll around the mouth of the Brda River towards the Vistula, located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the city center, presents an opportunity to explore the local hydrotechnical facilities, including the Brdyujcie and Czersko Polskie locks, the lockkeeper's house, and the cylindrical weir and its power plant.
16:15
20:00
Excursions - Bydgoszcz Canal 24/06
Bydgoszcz Canal | 250th anniversary of construction
- boat trip from the city center to the Bydgoszcz Canal
- visiting one of the passed locks
- a walk along the Old Bydgoszcz Canal
- visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum
The Bydgoszcz Canal, build in 1773-1774 was 26.77 km long, connecting the river basins of the Vistula and Odra. The project, which had been planned since the 16th century, became an important commercial inland waterway. It is called the Technical Miracle of the 18th century, and is located in the heart of Bydgoszcz. A walk along green belt between the locks will be complemented by a visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum. You will learn history of canal itself and how the Trapezoidal Lock works.
16:15
21:00
Excursions - Brdyujście 24/06
Excursions - Brdyujście
A stroll around the mouth of the Brda River towards the Vistula, located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the city center, presents an opportunity to explore the local hydrotechnical facilities, including the Brdyujcie and Czersko Polskie locks, the lockkeeper's house, and the cylindrical weir and its power plant.
10:40
12:00
Plenary session | Part I
Tomasz Izajasz
Futang Zhang
Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert
Sharon Leighton
- Bydgoszcz, a city by the river, Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz
- Inland Waterways International and the annual World Canals Conference: sharing waterway heritage and innovation on a global scale, Sharon Leighton
- The Bydgoszcz Canal - 250 years of history, Tomasz Izajasz
- Celebrating cross-border history, Prof. Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert
- Yangzhou's Sustainable Development Practices in the Context of Canal Cities, Zhang Futang
The session is focused on presentation of the city hosting the Conference, namely the city of Bydgoszcz, situated on the junction of inland waterways of international importance. Connection between the Vistula River Basin in the east with the Oder River Basin in the west was possible thanks to construction of the Bydgoszcz Canal in 1773–1774, which celebrates its semiquincentennial in the year of the conference. The topics of plenary addresses will feature challenges and opportunities resulting from establishment and functioning of this waterway for two and a half centuries, with a special emphasis on significance of the Bydgoszcz Canal in the system of international inland waterways.
12:30
14:10
Plenary session | Part II
Duncan Hay
Monika Niemiec-Butryn
Piotr Durajczyk
Shi Wang
Stanisław Drzewiecki
- Plans for the development of inland waterways in Poland in the context of KPŻ2030, Monika Niemiec-Butryn
- Implementation of the RIS system in Poland, Piotr Durajczyk 
- Improving access to New York’s canals for human-powered watercraft, Duncan Hay
- Unleashing the transformation of net zero communities in canal cities, Shi Wang
Part II of the session is dedicated to plans for development of inland waterways in Poland and around the world, in the context of 21st-century ecological and economic challenges. Climate change and intensified pressure from human activities result in constant stress experienced by aquatic environment and all components related to it. 
10:50
12:05
Man and human activities | Part 1
Anna Klimach
Karol Mieczkin
Hanna Michniewicz-Ankiersztajn
Marta Brzezińska
Man and human activities constitutes an inseparable component of relations between people and aquatic environment, including rivers and canals. Presentations during the session will focus on determination of a catalog of human impacts on the environment in time and space. In addition, the session will feature revitalization projects of rivers, canals and waterways, to counteract the negative effects, both past and present.
- Social aspects of hydrotechnical investments in mountain areas on the example of the reservoir Wilkówka (Beskid Mały), Hanna Michniewicz - Ankiersztajn, PhD
- Restriction of use in the protected landscape area on the Łyna River and the exercise of ownership, Anna Klimach, PhD
- Former plans and future prospects for the development of inland waterways in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Karol Mieczkin
- Changes in the hydrographic network of the Dolna Noteć River over the last 200 years, Marta Brzezińska
10:50
12:05
Water, Heritage and Tourism | Part 1
Katarzyna Kubiak-Wójcicka
Anna Sosnowska
Radosław Michna
Jakub Łyczek
Presentations during the session Water, Heritage and Tourism will be dedicated to tourist and recreational use of rivers and canals as one of the essential meanings of combining economy with the environment.
- The voice of cultural institutions in the discourse on the city-forming role of rivers, Jakub Łyczek
- Current condition of Pisz - Warsaw waterway, Anna Sosnowska
- History of the Bydgoszcz Canal in the context of sources from the The Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage in Berlin-Dahlem (Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin-Dahlem), dr Radosław Michna
- The impact of hydrological conditions on the functioning of inland navigation in Poland, Katarzyna Kubiak-Wójcicka
10:50
12:05
Ecology and Technologies | Part 1
Ahmet Yildirim
Ewelina Orysiak
Adam Mroziński
Joseph Moloughney
Presentations during the session Ecology and Technologies will be dedicated to environmental topics related to rivers and canals, including preservation of resources and ecosystems as well as advanced sustainable technologies.
- Eco-ductile cement composites modified by RCS and FA as sustainable material for water canal structures, Ahmet Yildirim
- Development of innovative technologies for houseboats with increased energy and living autonomy, Adam Mroziński
- Using Operational Changes at Historic Infrastructure to Mitigate the Spread of Invasive Species, Joseph Moloughney


 
12:30
15:00
Man and human activities | Part 2
Emiliya Hamidova
Dawid Szatten
Rituparna Acharyya
Wojciech Płaska
Rebecca Hughes
Man and human activities constitutes an inseparable component of relations between people and aquatic environment, including rivers and canals. Presentations during the session will focus on determination of a catalog of human impacts on the environment in time and space. In addition, the session will feature revitalization projects of rivers, canals and waterways, to counteract the negative effects, both past and present.
- Urbanization and flooding events, a biunivocal relation? The Seveso River case study (N-Italy), Emiliya Hamidova
- Fluvial processes on the river channel below the dam, Dawid Szatten
- Morphological Evolution of the Hooghly Estuary and Its Implications on Shipping Channels, Rituparna Acharyya
- Revitalizing New York’s Historic Erie Canal for its Third Century of Operation, Rebecca Hughes
- Administration of inland waterways in Poland, Wojciech Płaska
12:30
15:00
Water, Heritage and Tourism | Part 2
Michał Frąszczak
Alberto Bosino
Yasmina Benferhat
Thomas Vonier
Paweł Gełesz
Presentations during the session Water, Heritage and Tourism will be dedicated to tourist and recreational use of rivers and canals as one of the essential meanings of combining economy with the environment. 
- Assistive technologies and inclusive practices improving accessibility of water edu-tourism among the Blind and Visually-impaired students in the area of Bydgoszcz Water Canal and Bydgoszcz Hydrographic node, Michał Frąszczak, MA
- What makes canals successful tourist attractions?, Thomas Vonier
- Fun, fun, fun with water since the Roman times, PD Dr Yasmina, Marie Benferhat
- Modern inland vessels as heritage carriers, Paweł Gełesz, PhD
- Rivers and canals as art elements: observing the paintings in a geomorphological perspective, dr Alberto Bosino
12:30
15:00
Ecology and Technologies | Part 2
Michal Habel
Michał Dziedzic
Damian Ciepłowski
Valentina-Mariana Manoiu
Roemer Goossensen
Presentations during the session Ecology and Technologies will be dedicated to environmental topics related to rivers and canals, including preservation of resources and ecosystems as well as advanced sustainable technologies.
- Water quality of Bydgoszcz Canal – the state environmental monitoring, Damian Ciepłowski
- The Vistula waterway as a water source for water supply projects. Case study of the implementation of the Water for Kujawy - Food for Poland project, Michał Habel
- Dual-function Archimedean turbines – a challenge combining energy production with fish migration, mgr inż. Michał Dziedzic
- Torun and Its Vistula Stretch—An Important Green Navigation Spot on a Blue Inland Waterway, Assoc. Prof. Valentina-Mariana Manoiu
- About pee and poo and what to do – preventing pollution by ships sewage water, Roemer Goossensen
 
16:15
19:00
Excursions - Bydgoszcz Canal 25/06
Bydgoszcz Canal | 250th anniversary of construction
- boat trip from the city center to the Bydgoszcz Canal
- visiting one of the passed locks
- a walk along the Old Bydgoszcz Canal
- visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum
The Bydgoszcz Canal, build in 1773-1774 was 26.77 km long, connecting the river basins of the Vistula and Odra. The project, which had been planned since the 16th century, became an important commercial inland waterway.
16:15
21:00
Excursions - Brdyujście 25/06
Excursions - Brdyujście

The Brdyujście trip on June 25, 2024 is not recommended for those participating in the gala dinner in Ostromecko due to time constraints.
People attending the dinner in Ostromecko are kindly advised to choose a Guided walk around Bydgoszcz or a trip to the Bydgoszcz Canal.
A stroll around the mouth of the Brda River towards the Vistula, located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the city center, presents an opportunity to explore the local hydrotechnical facilities, including the Brdyujcie and Czersko Polskie locks, the lockkeeper's house, and the cylindrical weir and its power plant.
16:15
19:00
Excursions - Bydgoszcz Canal 25/06
Bydgoszcz Canal | 250th anniversary of construction
- boat trip from the city center to the Bydgoszcz Canal
- visiting one of the passed locks
- a walk along the Old Bydgoszcz Canal
- visit to the Bydgoszcz Canal Museum
The Bydgoszcz Canal, build in 1773-1774 was 26.77 km long, connecting the river basins of the Vistula and Odra. The project, which had been planned since the 16th century, became an important commercial inland waterway.
16:15
21:00
Excursions - Brdyujście 25/06
Excursions - Brdyujście

The Brdyujście trip on June 25, 2024 is not recommended for those participating in the gala dinner in Ostromecko due to time constraints.
People attending the dinner in Ostromecko are kindly advised to choose a Guided walk around Bydgoszcz or a trip to the Bydgoszcz Canal.
A stroll around the mouth of the Brda River towards the Vistula, located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the city center, presents an opportunity to explore the local hydrotechnical facilities, including the Brdyujcie and Czersko Polskie locks, the lockkeeper's house, and the cylindrical weir and its power plant.