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PiE-2016 Conference Announced

September 24, 2016

Particles in Europe logo5th Particles in Europe Conference: 3-5 October, 2016 

Abstract Deadline was 31 July, 2016

Final PROGRAM (Posted 24 Sept. 2016)

[What are PiE Conferences? Click here.]

Following successful PiE conferences at Bologna (Italy), Ville Franche (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Esbjerg (Denmark), the 5th conference will be held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary. Prof. Sandor Barayna will be the local host and conference co-chair, together with co-chairs Dr. Yogi Agrawal of Sequoia Scientific, and Dr. Ole Mikkelsen of MacArtney,

What is PiE 2016?

Particle in Europe, or PiE, is a bi-annual conference on the measurement, monitoring, and managing of in situ particle size and sediment concentration in the aquatic environment. The meeting is sponsored by Sequoia and the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Specialists from many fields but with a common interest in particles in water attend in an intimate, informal environment and exchange ideas on phenomena, dynamics, and technologies. Click here to read a report on the 2014 meeting in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Who should attend?

PiE brings together some of the world’s experts in measuring and monitoring particles in water.  The presentations are not limited to specific technology or field of study.  Anybody interested in measuring, monitoring, modeling or managing particles in oceans, rivers, lakes, storm water, streams and ice may attend: Researchers, students, environmental officials, government employees, and monitoring agencies should attend the meeting. Broadly, examples of topics of interest are:

  • Marine and hydrological sediment transport
  • Biological studies
  • Maintenance and Contaminated-Sediment Dredging
  • River and Reservoir sedimentation
  • Turbine Abrasion
  • Particles in Drilling for oil and gas
  • Particle Measurement technologies
  • Optics/Acoustics of Particles and Flocs
  • Marine Optics & Remote Sensing

Keynote Speakers (updated 13 May, 2016)

The following will give keynote presentations:

Dr. Gregory Morris: Dr. Morris, lead author of Reservoir Sedimentation Handbook, is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on sediment management in reservoirs and hydropower projects. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, particularly in the area of hydropower.  His experience spans 30 countries.

Dr. Massimo Guerrero: Dr Guerrero is among leading experts in river applications of acoustic techniques. His major contributions include sediment transport monitoring and flow field mapping by means of ADCPs.

Dr. Ulrik Lamborg: Ulrik Lumborg works with fine-grained sediment dynamics. He has worked with various field techniques as well as numerical models and is especially renowned for expertise in cohesive sediment dynamics. Among his achievements are full site analyses of sediment dynamics based on a combination of monitored data and numerical modelling.

Dr. David Doxaran: Dr Doxaran is an expert in remote sensing of suspended particles in turbid coastal waters such as estuaries and river plumes. His research activities combine ocean colour remote sensing, field measurements in marine optics and sediment transport modeling, with the aim to better estimate/understand the fluxes and fate of terrestrial substances discharged by rivers into the coastal ocean


The meeting dates are Monday-Wednesday 3-5 October 2016, with an icebreaker Sunday evening 2nd October 2016.



Budapest University of Technology and Economics

PiE2016 will be held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest is the largest city of Hungary, and considered one of the 10 finest cities in the European Union. With a metropolitan population of 3.3 million and a history steeped in conquests and empires, the city offers unlimited opportunities for tourism and pleasure. The fabled Danube river divides the pre-unification cities of Buda and Pest. Cruises along this section of the Danube are famously advertised in tourist circles. Budapest has an international airport connected directly to major European gateway airports. The Danube is currently the subject of much interest for water quality monitoring.


The recommended hotel is Hotel Gellért. Attendees should make their own arrangements. Room rates vary from 60 Euros and up. It is a popular hotel on the bank of Danube river. Book early!  A list of additional recommended hotels is attached at bottom of this page.

Scientific Program

Click the Program link at top of page to see the schedule of talks.

October 02, Evening: Ice-breaker.

October 03: Paper presentations.

October 04: Field visit, and Conference dinner.

October 05: Paper presentations, conference closing.


Limited space will be available for up to 10 companies interested in exhibiting their equipment and software. Each Exhibitor will be given the opportunity to introduce their products to the full gathering in a 3 minute presentation before lunch break on day 1. Exhibitor fee: €250.

Please contact, Chuck Pottsmith.


Conference registration dues are €200 Euros or $200 USD before 15 Sept. 2016. Late or on-site registration at the Conference will cost €250. The dues include the Icebreaker on evening of 02 October, daily coffee and snacks, field visit and conference dinner on 04 October. [spouses are welcome for an extra charge of 100 Euros; spouses must register online also, see the link here.]. Dues can be paid via credit card only. Click here to register for PiE 2016.

Target Dates

Abstract Due Date: June 30, 31 July, 2016. [CLOSED]

Conference Pre-registration: 01 March 2016 till 15 Sept. 2016; €200.

[Please ignore an erroneous mail stating June 30 as pre-registration deadline.]

Late or On-site Registration in Budapest: €250.


Anybody who would like to give a talk at the conference should submit an extended abstract of maximum six A4 sized pages plus figures, tables and references in Word format to,  no later than Friday 30th June 2016. For the extended abstract the settings should be as follows: margins must be 1″ (25 mm) on all four sides, font must be Times New Roman 12 pt, line spacing must be 1.5 lines throughout, spacing after paragraphs must be 10 pt, abstract title must be centered, 18 pt and bold, author names and author affiliations (in 10 pt) must be centered below the abstract title, text body must be left and right justified. Abstract notifications will be sent out no later than 15th August. Abstracts are due 31 July 2016. Please submit your abstract to  Yogi Agrawal.



For more information, please contact: In US – Yogi Agrawal ; in Europe –  Sandor Baranya (in Budapest) or Ole Mikkelsen (in Denmark).

Organizing Committee

Yogesh (Yogi) Agrawal, (convenor; co-chair)

Sandor Baranya ( Hungary), (host at Hungary, co-chair).

Ole Aarup Mikkelsen (Denmark), (Convenor past PiE conferences, co-chair)

H.Charles(Chuck) Pottsmith, (US), Exhibits Coordinator

Alex Nimmo-Smith (United Kingdom)

Katarina Holubova (Slovakia)

Michael Fettweis (Belgium)

Nils Ruther (Norway)

Piers Larcombe (Australia)

Romaric Verney (France)

Sagan Slowan (Poland)

Stefan Haun (Germany)

Additional Hotels

  1. Hotel Flamenco, very close, too:  (60-70 EUR)
  2. Mercure Hotel, close to university:  (60-70 EUR)
  3. Mercure Hotel Buda, 15 min, very good (90-100 EUR)
  4. Hotel Museum, very good location, 10 min from univ.  (90-100 EUR)
  5. Carlton Hotel, downtown, 15 min from university, gorgeous location: (100 EUR);
  6. Hotel Central Basilica, downtown, good location, 15 min from univ.: