In November, 1976, a landmark symposium entitled,
the International Symposium on the Interactions between Sediments
and Freshwater, was held in Amsterdam.
In 1978 at the Jerusalem meeting of the International
Association of Sedimentology (IAS) a group of environmental
earth scientists observed that sediment-related sessions were
being held in many major congresses and conferences. They noted
that these were poorly represented and attended in comparison
with the Amsterdam Symposium.
In 1981, the 2nd International Symposium on the
Interaction between Sediment and Freshwater was held in Kingston,
Canada. A discussion was held in a Plenary Session on the desirability
of continuing the symposium series on a tri-annual basis and
on the need for a supporting infrastructure to ensure the continuity
of the series. As such the International Association for Sediment
Water Science (IASWS) was created with a formative Board of
Directors and the official launch of the Association began with
the 1984 Geneva Symposium.
During this symposium, bylaws were presented and
adopted by the attendees and membership sales commenced. Subsequent
successful symposiums have been held in Melbourne, Australia
(1987), Uppsala, Sweden (1990), Santa Barbara, United States
(1993), Baveno, Italy (1996), Beijing, China (1999), Banff,
Canada (2002) and Lake Bled, Slovenia (2005) and Esperance,
Australia (2008) and Dartington, United Kingdom (2011). The next symposium will be in 2014 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa with the 2017 symposium provisionally identified for Italy. While both by-laws and the Board membership has changed over the years, the basic objectives for the IASWS have not wavered.
OBJECTIVES of the IASWS:
- To promote, encourage and recognize excellence
in scientific research related to sediments and their interactions
with water and biota in fluvial, lacustrine and marine systems
and with particular reference to problems of environmental
- To bring together and foster collaborative
research and dialogue between earth scientists, biologists,
chemists and environmental engineers whose interests pertain
to sediment-water interactions in all aquatic systems.