Ice-Breaker Cocktail

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 18:00 – 21:00
Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 

All conference participants and accompanying persons are kindly invited to take part in the opening Ice-Breaker Cocktail. This is the perfect opportunity to build up and strengthen your social networks and friendships. Light cocktail refreshment will be served.

Included in the registration fee.

Participants are asked to reconfirm attendance of this event in the Online Registration Form


Dinner Cruise on the River Vltava

Monday, September 3, 2018, 19:00 – 22:00
Meeting point: 18:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer
Tickets: 50 EUR

This tour offers the opportunity to explore enchanted Prague from the deck of a boat. The river cruise allows you to discover some of the city´s major monuments and sights, while relaxing over dinner or a drink and listening to music or dancing. During the dinner on the boat which is served buffet-style you can admire the illuminated sights of Prague passing the Charles Bridge, the Castle district (Hradčany), the National Theatre, the Vyšehrad Castle etc.

Not included in the registration fee, please purchase your ticket during the registration process.

Transfer from and back to the hotel will be provided.


IAPWS Dinner

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 19:00 – 22:00, Letenské sady 341, 170 00 Prague 7
Meeting point: 18:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 
Tickets: 90 EUR

Letenský zámeček is a unique restaurant in the heart of Letná park with wonderful views over the historic centre of Prague. More than a century of tradition in restaurateurship is here wedded with contemporary trends in gastronomy and sincere customer care. All this in elegant surroundings which imbue a discreet luxuriousness and against the striking panorama of Prague’s Old Town as a backdrop.

Not included in the registration fee, please purchase your ticket during the registration process.

Transfers from and back to the venue will be provided.



Technical Tour

Please note, you may select one tour only.

Thursday, September 6, 15:00 – 19:00
Meeting point: 14:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 
Tickets: 20 EUR

  • Tour #1 - Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Tour #2 - The Spirit of Old Town Sewers
  • Tour #3 - Water Supply and Architecture

Not included in the registration fee, please purchase your ticket during the registration process.

Transfers from and back to the venue will be provided.



Tour #1 - Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant

Capacity: 100 pax

The Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (PCWWTP) is a principal wastewater treatment facility of the Czech capital, Prague. In time of its construction (1966) it was one of the largest and most modern wastewater treatment plants in Europe. Over the years, PCWWTP has been enlarged and modernised several times (1980, 1995, 2011). To meet the current environmental standards given by the EU directive, a “New Water Line” is being built as a supplement of the existing PCWWTP. Therefore, during this tour you will have a great opportunity to see, and learn about, one of the biggest construction sites of municipal WWTPs in Europe. During this visit, one can also learn the design and technology details of this new facility. In September 2017 the project will be in the final phase and we will have great opportunity to visit construction site. During the tour, you will also see the whole complex of wastewater treatment technologies of the existing mechanical-chemical-biological WWTP, including a highly effective sludge treatment enabling almost 90% energy self-sufficiency.

We ask to bring your boots for construction site visit. Be prepare for dirty environment.


Tour #2 - The Spirit of Old Town Sewers

Cancelled due to lack of interest. 

Capacity: 50 pax

A recent urban drainage concept of the inner city of Prague is based on the original work of William Heerlein Lindley, the renowned British engineer, who designed the combined sewer network of Prague more than 100 years ago. Why this British engineer was invited to Prague at the end of the 19th century and won this prestigious job? The Prague council received two competitive proposals for a new urban drainage system from groups of German and Czech engineers. To select the winner, the council had hired W.H. Lindley, who reported that both proposals were poor and surprisingly, he came up with his own design and won the competition.

During the tour of the sewer system under the Old Town you can admire Lindley’s genial engineering skills. The system has been operating more than 100 years. In the bus you will hear short historical overview  about the work of W.H. Lindley in Prague. In the city we will than visit three locations under the supervision of technicians from PVK a.s. (Prague Sewage Company, Veolia CZ). We will start at Old town square in juntion chamber on collector "A" just beneath the famous Astronomical clocks. Than we will visit junction chamber downstream from inverted syphon under Vltava river at the begining of tunnel under Letna hill which is approachin WWTP. Beautiful structure. We will finish in Stromovka park at the end of this tunnel with one the most luxury entrance to sewer network you have ever seen. Why? The entrance was designed for opening inspection of VIPs, namely Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria.

Be prepared for dirty environment and suitably dressed. We will provide you helmets, latex gloves and medical veil. Overalls not needed. However, we cannot provide you protection in form of Wesley Snipes in Blade II movie who spent hours and hours in Prague sewer network figthing the vamps.


Tour #3 - Water Supply and Architecture

Capacity: 100 pax

The visitors of Prague can find on the right bank of the Vltava River one of the architectural dominant of the southern part of Prague. It is not a palace, but a drinking water treatment plant built in the monumental neoclassicism style by Czech architect Antonín Engel (1897 - 1958) in the mid-twenties of the 20th century. Antonin Engel was also professor at the Czech Technical University (CTU) and designed the first part of the more recently completed CTU campus in Prague’s district of Dejvice.

For decades, Podoli treatment plant was a main source of drinking water for the City of Prague, withdrawing water from the Vltava River. Today the plant serves only as an emergency source of water supply, which is in operation once a year.

However, in this tour the main point of interest is the architecture and history. Therefore, the tour will be guided by prof. arch. Arnost Navratil from CTU, who worked on the team of architects Navratil - Pav – Frydecky on restoration of the treatment plant in the 1990s. Thanks to their work, we can see ‘genius loci’ of that place again.

History of water supply of the City of Prague can be studied in the museum located in the Podoli treatment plant and the history of Czech governance will be presented during the walking tour from PCC to the treatment plant, passing through a nearby castle Vysehrad (45 min walk). This place served as the first headquarters of Czech princes in the Prague region founded in about the 7th century. The visitors of the Vysehrad castle can also visit the Slavin cemetery, which is a resting place of many greats of the Czech culture, including Bedrich Smetana, Antonín Dvorak, Alfons Mucha, Karel Capek and many others.



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