WSM 2021 Speaker

Prof. Yongping Li
(Keynote Speaker)
Beijing Normal University, China

Speech: Analyzing impacts of multiple factors on water inflow to the Aral Sea

Biography: Yongping Li is a Changjiang Scholar Professor at Beijing Normal University, China. She receives her MSc and PhD Degrees from the University of Regina, Canada. Her research interests involve in energy and environmental systems analysis, environmental pollution control, water resources management, and decision making under uncertainty. Dr. Li has led or involved in over 60 energy- and environment-related research projects supported by industrial, governmental and international organizations. She has produced over 380 peer-refereed international journal papers (with a SCI-based H-index of 45 in Science Citation Index under Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science), and supervised over 80 Master/PhD students. She has been continuously selected as a highly cited scholar in the field of “environmental science” (by Elsevier) since 2013. She was recently included in Stanford University’s 2020 World Ranking for the world’s top 2 per cent of most-cited scientists in the field of Environmental Engineering. Dr. Li was received a number of awards such as Distinguished Young Scientist Award, New Century Excellent Talents in University, the National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar, the National Award for Youth in Science and Technology, and the National Award for Youth Female Scientist.


Prof. Ed McBean
(Keynote Speaker)
University of Guelph, Canada

Speech: Managing Emerging Contaminants, a Key Priority for the 21stCentury

Biography: Dr. Ed McBean received his BASc from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1968, and his PhD (Magna Cum Laude) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1973. After a post-doc at Cornell University, he was a professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada and then worked in industry, as Vice President of CRA (3rd largest engineering firm in Canada) and President of CRA Engineering, Inc. In 2003, McBean was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water Security and Supply, which he held at the University of Guelph until 2017. Subsequently, he has been a University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair Professor in Water Security. Ed is an academician in Canada, being a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and an academician in the US, being Diplomate, American Academy of Water resources Engineering and American Society of Civil Engineers. Ed has received many additional awards including the Research and Development Medal from Professional Engineers of Ontario, the K Y Lo Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada, Lifetime Achievement awards from both UBC and from Ton Duc Thang University in Viet Nam, and the Julian C. Smith Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada. Ed has published three books and more than 400 papers in engineering journals.

Prof. Yangwen Jia
(Keynote Speaker)
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China

Speech: National-scale Distributed Hydrological Model WEP-CN and the Evolution of Water Cycle Fluxes in China

Biography: Dr Yangwen Jia is a professor, a supervisor of PhD students and deputy director at Department of Water Resources, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). He now also serves as an academic leader at the State Key Laboratory of Water Cycle Simulation and Regulation in River Basins (SKL-WAC) of China, a member of Committee on Climate Change Adaptation of IAHR, and an associate editor at Journal of Hydro-Environment Research (Elsevier). He got his PhD at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1997. His research field is hydrology and water resources, and he is mainly engaged in fundamental theory study of nature-society dualistic water cycle in river basins, development and applications of distributed hydrological models and eco-hydrological models, and water resources assessment and highly-efficient utilization. His main contributions were made to developments of WEP (Water and Energy transfer Processes model) - a physical-based distributed watershed model, NADUWA3E - an integrated simulation and regulation model for water cycle and accompanied eco-environmental processes in river basins, and HEFASS - a holistic analysis method for eco-environmental flow of rivers in semi-arid and semi-humid areas. He has published over 270 academic papers and 16 books. He had ever got the National Award for Science and Technology Progress of China for 2 items, and the Special Allowance of the State Council of China.


Past WSM Speakers

Gordon Huang

University of Regina, Canada

Guangwei Huang

Sophia University, Japan

Dawen Yang

Tsinghua University, China

Xiang Zhang

Wuhan University, China


Wen-Yan Chiau

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan, ROC

Takashi Asaeda

Saitama University, Japan

Juan Fan

Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, China