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Water History Conference 2017

Grand Rapids, USA - Wednesday June 14 - friday JUNE 16, 2017

The Water History conference of the International Water History Association (IWHA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, will once again provide a platform to exchange and develop insights about the history of our most precious resource. The conference is co-organized by the IWHA and Western Michigan University.The conference does not predefine topics for abstracts and sessions. Subjects and topics will range from rivers to drops, from seas to mountain lakes, from technologies to cultures, from first settlers to 20th century builders, as long as the subjects are related to water (are “wet”) and historical (are “old”). Daniel Macfarlane, chair of the program committee, at


  1. To appear on the final program, presenters with accepted abstracts need to register before May 15, 2017.
  2. Please register here.The registration fee includes a breakfast buffet and lunch for conference participants for the three conference days! Do not forget to register for one or more of the cool events too!

The conference hotel is the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Room reservations for IWHA participants can be made here.Please note: it is obviously not a requirement to use this hotel, but it would help IWHA if as many people as possible stay in the hotel, given our contract. Please note that the meals that are covered by the registration fee will be served in the hotel.