Call for Proposals for the Hosting of CoastLab26

The IAHR Tehcnical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics is inviting the interested parties to submit proposals to host the Coastlab26 in 2026. Those interested to organise CoastLab26 please send a proposal to the chair of the IAHR Technical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics by 1 November 2023. The proposal needs to include: location and timeframe, a budget plan, registration cost for faculty and students and sponsorship and support (if any).

1. Event

CoastLab Conference focuses on Physical Modelling in Coastal Engineering and Science. CoastLab is organised under the auspices of and in collaboration with the IAHR Technical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics. Coastlab26 builds on the success of conferences series held in Porto (2006), Bari (2008), Barcelona (2010), Ghent (2012), Varna (2014), Ottawa (2016), Santander (2018), Zhoushan (2020), and Delft (2024).

2. Duration

3 (three) full days plus a 1 (one) day short course on the day prior to the conference first day of sessions.


CoastLab26 will provide a stimulating and enriching forum to discuss the latest developments in physical modelling applied to coastal and port engineering and coastal science. Papers that describe new research, technical innovation, and interesting real-world case studies and projects are encouraged. The conference topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics, nearshore processes

  • Sediment transport, erosion, sedimentation

  • Storm surge, coastal flooding, shore protection

  • Coastal and ocean structures, breakwaters, revetments

  • Wave-structure interactions, loading, response

  • Wave runup and overtopping

  • Wave and tidal energy

  • Physical modelling case studies

  • Laboratory technologies, measurement systems

  • Wave synthesis, generation and analysis

  • Scale effects and uncertainty analysis

  • Combined physical and numerical modelling

  • Extreme events – assessment and mitigation

  • Contaminant and pollutant transport, water quality

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation, mitigation

  • Coastal field measurement and monitoring

  • Ports, marine terminals, navigation, ship motions

  • Coastal management and natural-based solutions

4. Logistics

Fee Structures: the same structure as the one followed by past CoastLab conferences. Delegates who are members of IAHR or of any other professional organisation who is endorsing the event benefit from a reduced registration rate. Special fees for students should also be considered.

Profit: IAHR receives 1 per cent of the registration fee income from CoastLab conferences. The profit/loss recorded at the end of this event is the responsibility of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

5. Expected attendance

Around 100 papers with around 120-140 people attending and registering only for this event. Although this is also dependent on the venue and the marketing effort.

6. Support


  • Participate in the Scientific Committee of CoastLab26

  • Advertising


  • Bidding to host the next CoastLab26

  • Preparing a brief of their bid and presenting it to the members of the IAHR Technical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics

  • Setting up the Local Organising Committee

  • Advertise the event

  • Organising the conference (website, logistics for the location, all preparations, etc.)

  • Proposal for paper publication. Special issue in a scientific journal is encouraged

7.Timing of CoastLab26

The LOC will ensure that CoastLab26 will be held such that it would avoid scheduling competition with other major coastal engineering or coastal science conferences.

More information contact: Chair of the IAHR Tehcnical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics, Prof. Zhiguo He at or Ms. Jenny Lu from IAHR Secretariat at

IAHR Tehcnical Committee on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics

June 2023

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