Call for Proposal for the Hosting of CoastLab23


CoastLab is a Conference whose focus is on Physical Modelling in Coastal Engineering and Science. CoastLab is organized under the auspices of and in collaboration with the Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics Committee of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).Coastlab23 builds on the success of previous conferences held in Porto (2006), Bari (2008), Barcelona (2010), Ghent (2012), Varna (2014), Ottawa (2016), Santander (2018), and Zhoushan (2020)    


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


CoastLab23 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    


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

Profit: IAHR receives 1% of the registration fee income from CoastLab conferences. The profit/loss recorded at the end of this event is the responsibility of 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 Solicited 


  • Participate in Scientific Committee of CoastLab23 

  • Advertise


  • Bidding to host the next CoastLab23

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

  • Setting up the Local Organizing Committee

  • Advertise the event

  • Organise 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 CoastLab23 

The LOC will ensure that CoastLab23 will be held such that it would avoid scheduling competition with other major coastal engineering or coastal science conferences.

Those interested to organize CoastLab23 please send a proposal to the chair of Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics Committee on or before 1st Feb, 2022. A proposal that includes location and timeframe, a budget plan, registration cost for faculty and students and sponsorship and support (if any) is what is expected.

More information contact: Chair of CMH, Prof. Zhiguo He Or Ms. Jenny Lu 

Coastal and Maritime Committee of IAHR 

November 2021

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