The UrbanWaterSECURITY stands as a pivotal and urgent issue to be addressed for both the present and future generations. This year, the Italian Association for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (ANDIS) in collaboration with the Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED) of the University of Salerno (Italy), the Advanced Institute of Water Industry at Kyungpook National University (Korea), and the Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT) of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi (UAE), is organizing the third edition of the UrbanWaterSECURITY Academy. The event will take place in Paestum (Salerno, Italy) from June 14 to June 16, 2024 at the exclusive Oleandi Resort.

UrbanWaterSECURITY will serve as an international platform for the exchange and discussion of crucial water-related topics, featuring presentations on nature-based solutions, cutting-edge technologies, and best practices, supported by an international academic team from leading institutions worldwide active in this field. Furthermore, the 2024 edition aims to foster cooperation, integration, and sustainable development in the Euro-Mediterranean and Asian regions on critical issues of Water and Security.

Topics of the Academy

The impacts of urbanization on the urban water cycle and the management of associated health risks necessitate comprehensive strategies and measures. Health risks related to urban water systems and services encompass the microbiological and chemical contamination of urban waters, and the outbreak of waterborne diseases, largely due to inadequate water and sanitation in urban areas, along with the discharge and disposal of poorly treated or untreated industrial and domestic wastewater. The challenges posed by climate change further complicate these issues, necessitating alternative scenarios in urban water risk management. The UrbanWaterSECURITY Academy’s topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Nexus framework and governance;
  • Environmental technologies for sustainable development in the water sector;
  • Future clean energy technologies and systems within the context of water constraints;
  • Implementation and best practices.
About the Academy

The International Academy in UrbanWaterSECURITY is an intensive training program open to Master’s and PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers. Urban Water Security involves complex, so-called wicked, problems where traditional notions of causality and predictability may not hold. The critical importance of enhancing connections between science, policy, and society imposes new demands on candidates, who are expected to possess not only in-depth knowledge of their own discipline but also the ability to place this knowledge within a broader societal context. To address these challenges, the International Academy in UrbanWaterSECURITY has been established. The goal of the Academy is to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating research and development environment at the core of the institute. The Academy supports the candidates and the institute in addressing global challenges for sustainable water use. It is guided by a program committee that includes academic staff from leading institutions, which defines a program for each edition and selects esteemed Academy Members as instructors.

Director of the Academy

Vincenzo Belgiorno
University of Salerno, Italy

Academy Chairs

Vincenzo Naddeo
University of Salerno, Italy

Kwang-Ho Choo
Kyungpook National University (KNU),South Korea

Shadi Hasan
Khalifa University, UAE

Honorary Chairs

Damià Barceló
University of Almeria, Spain


Rodolfo Maria Alessandro Napoli
Founder of SEED at University of Salerno, Italy


Honorary Academy Member

Zhen(Jason) He
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Academic Team

In this edition of the Academy the lessons will be taught by the following renowned experts

Damià Barceló

University of Almeria, Spain


Vincenzo Belgiorno

University of Salerno, Italy

Giorgio Bertanza

Giorgio Bertanza

University of Brescia, Italy

Antonio Buonerba

Antonio Buonerba

University of Salerno, Italy

Choo Kwang-Ho

Kwang-Ho Choo

Kyungpook National University, Korea


Shadi Hasan

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE

He Jason

Zhen (Jason) He

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

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Sanghyun Jeong

Pusan National University, South Korea

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Gregory Vladimir Korshin

University of Washington, USA


Dimitri Lekkas

University of the Aegean, Greece


Chi-Wang Li

Tamkang University, Taiwan


Claudio Lubello

University of Florence, Italy

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Giorgio Mannina

University of Palermo, Italy

Munoz Raul

Raul Muñoz

Valladolid University, Spain

Naddeo Vincenzo

Vincenzo Naddeo

University of Salerno, Italy

How Yong Ng

How Yong Ng

National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore

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Hyun-Suk Oh

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

Pirozzi Francesco

Francesco Pirozzi

University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

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Alfieri Pollice

National Research Council (CNR), Italy


Michele Torregrossa

University of Palermo, Italy

Federico Vagliasindi

Federico Vagliasindi

University of Catania, Italy

Vrouwenvelder Johannes

Johannes Vrouwenvelder

KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Jason (Boyan) Xu

Boyan (Jason) Xu

Beijing Normal University, China

Zhugen Yang

Zhugen Yang

Cranfield University, UK

Yin Yip Ngai

Ngai Yin Yip

Columbia University, USA

Maria Chiara Zanetti

Maria Chiara Zanetti

Polytechnic of Torino, Italy


Antonis Zorpas

Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Download the program

We offer tailored registration options to cater to the needs of Professionals, Scholars, Master and PhD students. Please note that spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged.
Should you have any specific needs or require further information about the third edition of this academy, please do not hesitate to contact us at academy@urbanwatersecurity.com.

Registration Options

Standard Registration (without accommodation)
Includes registration to the Academy, course materials, a certificate of completion, final examination, coffee breaks, lunch on Saturday, welcome dinner on Friday, social dinner on Saturday evening, and a Sunday morning tour.

Early Registration (before May 15): €350

Standard Registration (after May 15): €450 

Comprehensive Registration (with accommodation)

This package includes all the advantages of the Standard Registration, plus a two-night stay (Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15) at the Oleandri Resort, located at the same venue as the Academy. The stay includes breakfast and accommodation in a shared room with up to three other students. Please note that spaces at the resort are limited, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Should the Oleandri Resort reach full capacity, additional guests will be accommodated in a nearby facility close to the venue.
-Early Comprehensive Registration (before May 15): €490 (SOLD-OUT)
-Comprehensive Registration (after May 15): €590 (SOLD-OUT)

Scholarship Opportunities
A limited number of scholarships are available for students (Master and PhD) nominated by members of our Academic Team. These scholarships cover the Comprehensive Package. The scholarship recipients will be announced by May 10.

Important Dates
Scholarship Announcement: May 10

Early Registration Deadline: May 15

Please choose your package based on your needs and complete the registration by the appropriate deadline to secure your participation. We look forward to welcoming you to an enriching experience at the UrbanWaterSECURITY Academy.

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