2nd Rainfall Simulator Workshop

"Towards harmonisation in the use of rainfall simulators"

22-24 May 2023, Coimbra, Portugal

Beginning with the first workshop held in 2011 in Trier, Germany, this workshop aims at bringing together researchers whose interest includes rainfall simulation studies. Rainfall simulators are important experimental tools in hydrology and geomorphology studies and have been widely used both in the laboratory and in the field for accomplishing a wide range of research objectives and purposes. The literature reveals the existence of more than 250 different rainfall simulator setups that exhibit a significant diversity in the simulators’ type, sizing, form and operation methodologies, which have been developed and adapted to address specific research demands. This flexibility, which is usually seen as a major advantage, can also have several drawbacks, in particular numerous difficulties for comparing results and outputs obtained from different rainfall simulators studies, using different simulators’ designs.
Scope and Aim
This workshop aims at contributing to the identification of harmonised best practices in rainfall simulation studies (e.g., alignment in design criteria, working procedures and data collection), while appreciating that variation in design characteristics should exist to allow rainfall simulators to be best suited for different research purposes. Such understanding would considerably enhance our capacity to characterise and compare rainfall simulators and results. Harmonisation would thus add value to simulated rainfall-based research as synergies can arise from comparing different studies, while this has been hampered so far. Different research experiences and viewpoints will be shared and discussed during the workshop, pursuing further developments in this field.

There will be a practical session dedicated to demonstrating the use of rainfall simulators by authors.
Organizing and Scientific Committees
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Isabel Pedroso de Lima (President) João Pedroso de Lima João Rafael Abrantes Romeu Gerardo Soheil Zehsaz Thayná Almeida

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Jorge Isidoro, Portugal (President) Alexandre Silveira, Brazil Daniel Green, UK Ian Pattison, UK Isabel Pedroso de Lima, Portugal João Pedroso de Lima, Portugal Miriam Marzen, Germany Ross Stirling, UK Thomas Iserloh, Germany

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE João Pedroso de Lima, Portugal (President) Abelardo Montenegro, Brazil Antonio Paz-González, Spain Artemi Cerdà, Spain Carla Ferreira, Sweden
Demetrius David da Silva, Brazil
Jan Jacob Keizer, Portugal
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Spain
Johannes B. Ries, Germany Karl Manuel Seeger, Germany
Sergio Prats, Portugal

Programme (updated 14.5.23)
MONDAY, 22 May 2023
09:00 – 09:30 Participants' registration and welcome
09:30 – 10:00 Opening session
10:00 – 10:30 Keynote lecture
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Oral presentations
12:00 – 13:00 Poster session
13:0 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:45 Oral presentations
15:45 – 17:15 Technical Visit 1 (Laboratory and rainfall simulators' demonstration)
19:30 Social evening (Workshop dinner)

TUESDAY, 23 May 2023
09:00 – 10:30 Technical Visit 2 (Itecons, incl. rainfall simulation installation)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:00 Walk to the venue
11:15 – 13:00 Oral presentations
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Open discussion
15:30 – 16:30 Conclusions of workshop and Closing session

WEDNESDAY, 24 May 2023
09:30 – 15:30 Technical Visit 3 (visit to Mondego River Valley, upstream of Coimbra; includes 3-4 h kayak trip and optional lunch)
17:00: Guided Visit to the Coimbra UNESCO World Heritage Sites (old University buildings and city centre)


The workshop venue will be at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, located in Pólo II of the University.

The University of Coimbra, in the Centre of Portugal, is one of the world’s oldest universities (founded in 1290).

Coordinates (venue): 40.185444, -8.415287

Address: Rua Luís Reis Santos, Pólo II - Universidade de Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Abstract submission
Participants who wish to contribute to the workshop are invited to submit an abstract in English (max 1 А4 page), indicating the authors and affiliations, contacts, and their preference for oral or poster presentation before March 3, 2023.

The abstracts can be submitted by email (rainfall.simulator.workshop@gmail.com)

A book of abstracts of oral and poster presentations will be available at the Workshop.

You can download the 2nd Rainfall Simulator Workshop BOOK OF ABSTRACTS using the button below. 
For REGISTRATION, please, fill in the form here.

Please, send proof of payment to aciv@dec.uc.pt, indicating the participant name; subject: Rainfall simulator workshop.

Workshop Fee:
The workshop fee will cover the expenses for the workshop attendance, workshop dinner, book of abstracts, refreshments and lunches on Monday and Tuesday.

Registration type: Open until; Normal Fee; Student Fee*
Early bird: 30/03/2023; 250€; 100€
Regular: 07/05/2023; 300€; 100€
On-site: 22/05/2023; 400€; 200€
*Students should send proof of status.

Accompanying person (social dinner only): until 22/05/2023; 40€

Participants who want to take part in the field trip (kayak trip down the Mondego River) must pay the trip fee (to be defined) during registration.

The payment of the registration fee can be made by bank transfer to:
IBAN: PT50 0035 0623 0000 0001 9031 0
Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Address: Rua do Brasil 307, 3030-243 Coimbra, Portugal

Address: Department of Civil Engineering FCTUC, Polo II - Universidade de Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
VAT : PT 505 448 173

15 January, 2023:  First call for abstract
3 March, 2023: Submission of abstracts deadline (NEW DATE)
15 March, 25 March, 2023: Notification of abstract acceptance (extended)
30 March, 4 April, 2023: Early-bird registration fee (extended)

22-24 May, 2023: 2nd Rainfall Simulator Workshop
Coimbra is an old university town situated in the centre of Portugal, between Lisbon (200 km) and Oporto (120 km), and about 35 km away from the Atlantic coast at Figueira da Foz.

Travelling to Portugal, by plane:
Lisbon (LIS) and Porto (OPO) international airports have many connections to major European and American airports.

Travelling to Coimbra, duration of the trip by bus or train:
From Lisbon: 1h40min (train) / 2h20min (bus)
From Porto: 1h20min (train) / 1h30min (bus)
Schedules can be found at:
     Train: http://www.cp.pt
     Bus: e.g., http://www.rede-expressos.pt/

In Coimbra: Follow the road signs towards Pólo II - Universidade de Coimbra.

Accommodation in Coimbra comes in a wide variety. There is public transport between the centre of Coimbra and the venue, at the University of Coimbra – Pólo II.

Attention: The annual academic festivity "Queima das Fitas" will take place in Coimbra from 19 to 26 May. In particular, on the 23rd there will be the student´s parade that attracts a lot of people to Coimbra. There could be also opportunities for accommodation around Coimbra.

Institutional support
Workshop convened by:
University of Coimbra (Portugal)
MARE - Marine and Environmental Research Centre / ARNET - Aquatic Research Network (Portugal)

in cooperation with:
University of Algarve (Portugal)
Trier University (Germany)
Newcastle University (UK)
Heriot-Watt University (UK)
Federal University of Alfenas (Brazil)

This event is supported/sponsored by:
ACIV (Portugal) Águas de Coimbra, E.E.M. (Portugal) Águas do Centro Litoral, S.A. (Portugal) Câmara Municipal de Coimbra (Portugal) Itecons (Portugal)
Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal) in the framework of the Strategic Funding UIDP/04292/2020

Institutional support
Coimbra, Portugal

Coordinates: ▼ 40.185444, -8.415287

Email: rainfall.simulator.workshop@gmail.com

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra
Rua Luis Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal


[National airports] Ana – Aeroportos de Portugal - https://www.ana.pt/pt/institucional/home
[Trains] Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en
[Intercity Bus] Rede de Expressos - https://rede-expressos.pt/en
[Local Bus] Rede de Transportes Urbanos de Coimbra (SMTUC) - https://www.smtuc.pt
[Tourism Office] Turismo Centro de Portugal - https://turismodocentro.pt
[City Hall] Câmara Municipal de Coimbra - https://www.cm-coimbra.pt/

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