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**** IMPORTANT NOTICE: The deadline for submission of extended abstracts and papers has been extended to May 31st, 2022! ****

***** Final instructions for paper submission are now posted under the tab 'Paper Submission' *****
 ***** Instructions for Master Class applications are now posted under the tab 'Master Classes' *****

Welcome Message

Welcome to River Flow 2022, the 11th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics.

Organized since 2002 under the auspices of the Fluvial Hydraulics Committee of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), the River Flow Conference Series has become the main international event focusing on fluvial hydraulics and river engineering. River Flow 2022 will be a unique occasion to present and discuss the latest experimental, theoretical and computational findings on fundamental river flow and transport processes, river morphology and morphodynamics. The conference will as well cover issues related, but not limited to: the effects of hydraulic structures on flow regime, river morphology and ecology; sustainable river engineering practices (including stream restoration and re-naturalization); and effects of climate change including extreme flood events.

Given the present uncertainty related to COVID-19, the conference will be held virtually.

Following on the tradition and success of previous editions of River Flow conferences, River Flow 2022 will feature a day devoted to Master Classes for young researchers, daily keynote lectures, ample time for the presentation and discussion of accepted contributions (full papers and extended abstracts), and the presentation of the Stephen E. Coleman Award distinguishing the best paper first authored by a young researcher.

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Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: (original date: February 26, 2022) Extended to March 15, 2022
             ***** Abstract submission is now closed *****

  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: March 30, 2022

  • Extended Abstract or Paper Submission: May 18, 2022  May 31st, 2022

  • Notification of Reviews of Extended Abstract or Paper: June 22, 2022

  • Final Extended Abstract or Paper Submission: July 22, 2022

  • Notification of Paper Acceptance: August 7, 2022

  • Registration: opens on August 7, 2022

  • Master Classes: November 7, 2022 (Monday)

  • Conference: November 8-10, 2022 (Tuesday to Thursday)

Paper Preparation and Submission

The information below is only for individuals who have been notified that their abstract has been accepted. The deadline for extended abstract or full paper submission is May 18, 2022.

Paper Preparation

(1) Paper length:
      Extended abstracts must be four pages long.
      Full papers can be between 5 – 8 pages.
      Submissions less than 4 pages long will not be accepted.

(2) Paper format:
The conference proceedings will be published by CRC Press/Balkema, Taylor &38; Francis Group. Extended abstracts and full papers use the same template and will not be distinguished in the proceedings.

Papers must be produced in Word.

It is of essence to carefully follow the paper template and instructions provided by CRC Press/Balkema. The electronic template, instructions and a sample are provided in the River Flow 2022 zip file provided by the publisher and downloadable at the bottom of this page.

Paper Submission

The River Flow 2022 papers or extended abstracts are to be uploaded into folders that have been created on the Cloud (one folder per submission in case of multiple submissions). The link to the folder for any given extended abstract or paper will be sent via e-mail before April 25, 2022. If you have not received such an e-mail latest by April 25, please contact us as soon as possible:

To be considered a valid submission, authors must submit:

  • The paper as a Word file

  • The paper as a pdf file

  • License to Publish

  • Permission Verification Form

  • Paper and Author Information Form

The License to Publish and Permission Verification Forms are included in the downloadable River Flow 2022 Zip file provided below. The Paper and Author Information Form is provided separately also below.

Please label all files by including first author last name, document type and paper number, as indicated in the example below:

Example: Lacey_Paper_A025.docx
                Lacey_License to Publish_A025.pdf
                Lacey_Permission Form_A025.pdf
                Lacey_Paper and Author Form_A025.pdf

Matters Related to Registration

One registration per submission is required. For multiple submissions, a maximum of two presentations per attendee is allowed.

To have the paper included in the Proceedings an author must register before September 10 and have paid the registration fee on time, and also present at the conference.

River Flow 2022 Zip File
Paper And Author Information Form


IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee

  • S. Soares-Frazão, Chair

  • S. M. Hsu, Vice-Chair

  • A. Paquier, Past Chair

  • G. Constantinescu, Member

  • S. Dey, Member

  • M. Franca, Member

  • K. Koll, Member

  • A. Leopardi, Member

  • D. Termini, Member

  • R. Ferreira, Co-opted Member

  • C. Rennie, Co-opted Member

  • W.S.J. Uijttewaal, Co-opted Member

Local Organizing Committee 

Chair: Ana Maria Ferreira da Silva, Queen’s University

Vice-Chair: Colin Rennie, University of Ottawa


  • Susan Gaskin, McGill University

  • Jay Lacey, Université de Sherbrooke

  • Bruce MacVicar, University of Waterloo

Student and Young Professional Members:

  • Jason Duguay, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Concordia University

  • Cristopher Gamboa-Monge, PhD candidate, Queen's University

  • Arman Haghighi, MASc candidate, University of Ottawa

  • Taylor Kenyon, PhD candidate, University of Waterloo

International Scientific Committee

  • Jorge Abad, RED YAKU, Peru

  • Jochen Aberle, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

  • Claudia Adduce, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

  • Peter Ashmore, University of Western Ontario, Canada

  • Ram Balachandar, University of Windsor, Canada

  • Ramon Batalla, University of Lleida, Spain

  • Sean Bennett, University of Buffalo, USA

  • Andrew Binns, University of Guelph, Canada 

  • Koen Blanckaert, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

  • Tobias Bleninger, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

  • Astrid Blom, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

  • Didier Bousmar, Public Service of Wallonie, Belgium

  • James Brasington, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

  • Sung-Uk Choi, Yonsei University, South Korea

  • George Constantinescu, University of Iowa, USA

  • Pierfranco Costabile, University of Calabria, Italy

  • Wenhong Dai, Hohai University, China

  • Giovanni De Cesare, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

  • Benjamin Dewals, University of Liège, Belgium

  • Subhasish Dey, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

  • Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak, EDF, France

  • Cristian Escauriaza, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

  • Robert Ettema, Colorado State University, USA

  • Cristina Fael, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

  • Rui Ferreira, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Mário Franca, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany

  • Xudong Fu, Tsinghua University, China

  • Ichiro Fujita, Kobe University, Japan

  • Peng Gao, Syracuse University, USA

  • Massimo Greco, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

  • Massimo Guerrero, University of Bologna, Italy

  • Junke Guo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

  • Helmut Habersack, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

  • Marwan Hassan, The University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Valentin Heller, University of Nottingham, UK

  • S. Marko Hsu, Feng Chia University, Taiwan, China

  • Monika Kalinowska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

  • Ali Khosronejad, Stony Brook University, USA

  • Katinka Koll, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

  • Julio Kuroiwa, National University of Engineering - UNI, Peru

  • Stuart Lane, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Stefano Lanzoni, University of Padova, Italy

  • João Leal, University of Agder, Norway

  • Jérôme Le Coz, INRAE Lyon-Grenoble, France

  • Angelo Leopardi, University of Cassino, Italy

  • Samuel Li, Concordia University, Canada

  • Anna Łoboda, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

  • Rodrigo Maia, University of Porto, Portugal

  • Kerry Mazurek, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Koken Mete, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

  • Majid Mohammadian, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • Erik Mosselman, Deltares, The Netherlands

  • Pilar Garcia-Navarro, University of Zaragoza, Spain

  • Heidi Nepf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Michael Nones, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

  • Elli Papangelakis, McMaster University, Canada

  • Ellis Penning, Deltares, The Netherlands

  • Alain Recking, INRAE, France

  • Bruce Rhoads, University of Illinois, USA

  • Ana Margarida Ricardo, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Dieter Rickenmann, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

  • José Rodríguez, The University of Newcastle, Australia

  • Vesselina Roussinova, University of Windsor, Canada

  • Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Nils Ruther, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

  • Isabella Schalko, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • Sebastian Schwindt, University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • Laura Segura Serrano, Tecnológico de Costa Rica - Tec, Costa Rica

  • Graeme Smart, NIWA, New Zealand

  • Sandra Soares-Frazão, UC Louvain, Belgium

  • Kyle Strom, Virginia Tech, USA

  • Luca Solari, University of Florence, Italy

  • Jueyi Sui, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

  • Hiroshi Takebayashi, Kyoto University, Japan

  • Pablo Tassi, EDF R&D and Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory, France

  • Donatella Termini, University of Palermo, Italy

  • Ryota Tsubaki, Nagoya University, Japan

  • Daizo Tsutsumi, Mie University, Japan

  • Jon Tunnicliffe, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Wim S.J. Uijttewaal, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Daniel Valero, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands

  • Jeremy Venditti, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  • Damien Violeau, EDF R&D - LNHE / LHSV, France

  • Volker Weitbrecht, ETH, Switzerland

  • Silke Wieprecht, University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • Farhad Yazdandoost, K N Toosi University of Technology, Iran

  • David Zhu, University of Alberta, Canada


  • Theme A: Fundamental Flow Processes

  • Theme B: Sediment Processes and River Morphodynamics

  • Theme C: Hydraulic Structures and Their Effects on Bed and Flow Regime 

  • Theme D: Eco-hydraulics, Vegetation, Wood and River Restoration

  • Theme E: Pollutant Dynamics and Mixing Processes

  • Theme F: Extreme Events and Effects of Climate Change

Master Classes

The Master Classes will be held the day preceding the opening of the Conference (7th November 2022). These classes are an excellent opportunity for young researchers to join two experts from their research field for a session of discussions and exchanges, and establish connections with individuals from other institutions working in the same or closely related fields. In these classes a group of selected Master and Doctoral students will have an opportunity to make an extended (30 to 40 min) presentation of their research, which will form the basis for the discussions.

Applications for the Master Classes will be open from June 15 to July 15, 2022.

    In order to apply MSc or PhD students must send:

  • a 1 page CV;

  • a 1 page summary of the research to be presented

  • proof of enrolment in a MSc or PhD program

    to  the following e-mail address:

    In the submission e-mail, clearly indicate the class you are applying for.

    *** The proof of enrolment in a MSc or PhD program may consist of a letter from the supervisor or Department confirming the registration status as a graduate student, or alternatively a copy of the transcript showing satisfactory completion of the degree and date of completion (transcript must be in English or French) ***

*** Information on application procedure and deadline to apply will be announced later. ***

The planned Master Class topics are: 

  • MC1: Fundamental Flow Processes Including Sediment Interactions
    Masters: Claudia Adduce, Italy and Rui Ferreira, Portugal

  • MC2: River Morphology and Morphodynamics
    Masters: Koen Blanckaert, Austria and Cristian Escauriaza, Chile

  • MC3: River Restoration and Vegetation
    Masters: Heidi Nepf, USA and Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Switzerland 

  • MC4: Computational Modelling of River Processes
    Masters: George Constantinescu, USA and Sandra Soares-Frazão, Belgium

  • MC5: Floods in a Changing Climate:
    Masters: Pierfranco Costabile, Italy and Stuart Lane, Switzerland

  • MC6: Mixing Processes in Rivers
    Masters: Olivier Eiff, Germany and Wim Uijttewaal, The Netherlands

Keynote Lectures


Jorge D. Abad, Scientific Director, RED YAKU, Peru,

Lecture title: Unveiling the diversity of river systems in Lowland Amazonia: from basic science to engineering projects to achieve sustainable river-based development

Dr. Abad received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Dr. Abad received the 2012 Lorenz Straub Prize by St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (University of Minnesota), and the distinction of "Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo Gomero 2018" Award by the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation for his contributions to science, such as those in the Andean-Amazonian River system. Dr. Abad was the leading PI and scientist for several projects, especially n the Andean-Amazon connectivity where meandering and anabranching rivers are found, applying a range of methods from experiments, field measurements to mathematical computations. Just recently, Dr. Abad has been developing protocols for: 1) the assessment of the effectiveness of natural infrastructure in the Peruvian Andean environment, 2) monitoring water surface and water quality for the entire Amazon basin, a collaboration with the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO).

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Astrid Blom, Associate Professor and Head of the Rivers, Ports, Waterways and Dredging Engineering Section, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Lecture title: Channel bed incision in engineered rivers: characteristics and mitigation

Dr. Astrid Blom is an associate professor in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). In her research, she focuses on changes in engineered river systems. In particular, she asks how anthropogenic modification and natural change affect the river equilibrium state regarding channel slope and bed surface grain size, as well as how the river responds with time to such change. She loves to develop conceptual and analytical models as tools to increase insight into the physics governing modern and/or historic river problems. She combines these models with analyses of field and lab data, and numerical modeling to extend physical understanding to engineering applications. She is motivated to increase diversity in engineering and science, and loves to work with and educate young researchers.

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Peter Ashmore, Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Lecture title: What braiding reveals about river morphology, bedload and channel change

Dr. Peter Ashmore is a distinguished professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. His career at Western Ontario was preceded by short appointments at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Environment Canada, and University of Saskatchewan, with sabbatical leaves at University of Canterbury (Aotearoa New Zealand) and University of Victoria (British Columbia). His research in fluvial geomorphology has included: dynamics of braided rivers; experimental geomorphology; bedload and morphological dynamics in gravel-bed rivers; response of rivers in Canada to climate change; river restoration; effects of urbanization on rivers; geomorphology of semi-alluvial rivers; and critical socio-geomorphology of rivers.  He has conducted advisory work that includes contributing to the International Joint Commission project on Upper Great Lakes water levels and erosion of the bed of St Clair River, analyzing the potential effects of climate change on rivers in Canada (for Geological Survey of Canada), and supporting the Ontario Natural Channel Systems initiative.

Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award

The Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award is given biennially for the best paper submitted to the River Flow Conference Series first authored by a young researcher*. This award was established by the IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee in September 2014, in memory of Prof. Stephen E. Coleman (1966–2012). Prof. Coleman is remembered for his outstanding and original contributions to fundamental and applied research in the fields of river mechanics and environmental fluid mechanics and his devotion and enthusiasm in the training of the new generations of hydraulic engineers and scientists.

The conditions for applying to the Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award are:

  1. The first author of the paper is a young researcher* who will present it orally at River Flow conference

  2. The author applied to the award when submitting the paper

  3. The submitted paper should be a full paper or an extended abstract of at least four (4) pages 

The selection of the best paper will be done by an Award Committee composed by members of the (Leadership Team of the) IAHR FHC. The award will be given during the closing ceremony of River Flow 2022. 

* For the purpose of this award, a young researcher is defined as a M.Sc. or Ph.D. student or a researcher who has completed his/her Ph.D. no more than three years before the date of the conference in which the award will be given. 


To be announced.

Registration Fees

Early bird registration (August 7 - September 15, 2022):

  • IAHR Members: 180 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

  • Non IAHR Members: 200 CAD

  • Students and attendees from low-income countries: 150 CAD

After September 15, 2022:

  • IAHR Members: 205 CAD

  • Non IAHR Members: 225 CAD

  • Students and attendees from low-income countries: 175 CAD

    *** Registration as attendant to the conference will include access to the three days, including all sessions and activities, and  the conference       proceedings (to be published by CRC Press/Balkema, Taylor and Francis Group).  ***

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