Announcement for Authors

Due to the current worldwide COVID-19 crisis, the technical and the organizing committees have decided to postpone the 4th International Seminar on Dam Protections against Overtopping for a date yet to be decided. In the next weeks, you will be informed about the new date for the seminar as well as the new deadlines for abstract and paper submission. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the seminar.

Presentation & Scope

The present seminar continues the series of events initiated in Madrid (Spain) in 2014 with the objective of bringing together leading experts in research, development, and practical implementation of protection systems to address overtopping of dams and levees and mitigate against potential damages. The inaugural seminar was successfully followed by the meetings held in Fort Collins (Colorado, USA) in 2016 and Grange-over-Sands (UK) in 2018.

These efforts have produced challenging initiatives to improve the exchange of knowledge among specialists about both the physical processes involved in overtopping scenarios and the preventive measures required to protect critical infrastructures such as dams or fluvial levees. Thus, the European Club (EURCOLD) of the International Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD) launched an international working group termed European Working Group on Overflowing and Overtopping Erosion (EWGOOE) which is hosted by the European Club of ICOLD and is structured according to the following topics:

  • Overflowing erosion of embankment dams and fluvial levees.
  • Overflowing erosion of concrete dams and spillways.
  • Overtopping erosion of sea dikes.
  • Protections against overflowing erosion of embankment dams and fluvial levees.

The EWGOOE was officially presented in the ICOLD Annual Meeting that was held in Ottawa in June 2019. The intention of the EWGOOE is to adopt Protections 2020 as the first meeting of the working group. The permanent Organizing Committee of the series of Protections seminars is thus happy to announce this new collaboration to the technical and scientific community.

The scope of the Protections 2020 seminar will be focused on:

  • Overtopping protection systems.
  • Overtopping simulators/test facilities.
  • Overtopping failure mechanisms.
  • Applications and innovative solutions of overtopping protections.
  • Case histories of overtopping events.
  • Physical modeling techniques and recent studies.
  • Numerical modeling methods.

Abstract submission is open until 30 October 2019 (deadline extension). If you are interested in submitting an abstract after the deadline date, please contact us directly at

Additional information and templates can be found in instructions for authors.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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