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5th SWITCH Scientific Conference 2010 “Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities’ Health: achievements and way forward”

Last modified: 13 October 2010

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Main goals cover:

  • Synthesis of achievements of the SWITCH Project in terms of scientific breakthroughs and implementation;
  • revise key deliverables of SWITCH;
  • presenting progress on SWITCH Cities;
  • discussing spin-off and way forward;

For whom:

All members of the SWITCH project consortium, scientists and experts in urban water management, local, national and international authorities responsible for integrated water management in urban areas and their sustainable development.


SWITCH consortium, International Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO,
Department of Applied Ecology of  University of Lodz, LTER Europe.

Conference Committee Chairs:
Iwona Wagner, Kala Vairavamoorthy

Sc. Committee:
Kala Vairavamoorthy, Iwona Wagner, Alberto Tejada-Guilbert, David Buttler, Wolfgand Rush, RaeMcKay, Mike Revitt, Saroj

Organizing Committee:
Maciej Zalewski, Carol Howe, John Butterworth, Avner Adin, René van Veenhuizen, Ian Smout

Agnieszka Urbaniak-Butterworth, Joanna Wlodarczyk

Registration Fee

Registration fee is not required from representatives of:

  • SWITCH consortium/SWITCH partners
  • Polish Ministry of  Science and Higher Education
  • Polish Ministry of Environment

The registration fee of 100 Euro must be paid by 31 July 2010 to the bank account of the organiser. The registration fee includes participation in conference sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, conference dinner and a technical excursion. The registration fee for participants that would like a stand to exhibit equipment etc. is 250 Euro. This fee includes exhibition space with table, participation in conference sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, conference dinner and a technical excursion.

Payment titled "5th SWITCH Conference Fee – Name and Surname of the Participant" should be sent to:

Bank: Nordea Bank Polska SA o/Łódź, Rzgowska 34/36, Łódź  93-172, Poland;
Name of Addressee: International Centre for Ecology Polish Academy of Sciences;
Account No: PL 58 1440 1185 0000 0000 0700 9593

Note: You will only be registered for the symposium when full payment has been received.  All bank charges are to be pre-paid

Practical Information


The opening and the first day of the conference (October the 13th)  will take place in one of the major representative Palaces in Lodz – the Izrael Poznański's Palace, a former office and a residence of one of the most important Lodz manufacturers and citizens in XIX century. The palace is one of the most spectacular examples of the prosperity of the Lodz “steam engine” industrial era, and is known as one of the largest and greatest residence of its type. Today it hosts the Museum of the City of Lodz and provides space for meeting, conferences and concerts.

The second and third day will be organized in the Conference Room of the main building of the City Hall: a very good conference environment, suitable for 200 people, Located straight in the city centre, by the main street of Lodz: Piotrkowska. This venue is perfectly located in a short distance (max. 20 min.) from all proposed hotels 


There are several possibilities of accommodation in Lodz, depending on the standard requirements. Since organizers have already booked a certain numbers of rooms in different hotels,  please note, that by bloking hotel room you should give a password "SWITCH Conference"

  • Andel's Hotel Łódź**** -

    The Andel’s Hotel Lodz is the first 4-star deluxe design hotel in Lodz, with 278 rooms and suites, a perfect conference environment, superbly located on the grounds of the Manufaktura art and culture center. The price of the hotel rooms varies usually between 100 –200 Euro.

    Guaranteed price for conference participants 118 Euro

  • QUBUS*** Hotel (

    Qubus Hotel Łódź is situated in the very centre of the city, at the junction  of two major routes, Mickiewicz Avenue and Żeromski Street. 
    A short stroll of just five minutes will take you to the famous Piotrkowska Street, Qubus Hotel is also highly valued by guests for its excellent location due to its proximity to government offices, stations, the airport and the headquarters of multiple international firms.
    Another advantage is that the hotel is situated just 2 km from Atlas Arena, one of the newest indoor arenas in Poland. It is here that the largest and most important sporting and cultural events are held.
    Prices varies between 65-140 Euro.

  • Focus Hotel** (

    Hotel Focus Łódź is situated in the vicinity of the main communication tracts, only 900 metres away from Piotrkowska Street and Łódź Kaliska railway station. Hotel is situated near by Atlas Arena hall.
    This excellent location will enable fast access to the city centre and the nearby park. Hotel Focus Łódź offers 116 comfortably equipped single and double rooms. Single rooms have twin beds. The hotel can house 179 persons.All rooms have the following amenities: telephone [morning calls on request], satellite TV, Internet Wi-Fi access free of charge, showers.
    Single rooms  (50-75 €) Double rooms  (55-80€)

  • IBIS** Hotel (

    The Ibis Lodz Centrum hotel is located in the centre of the city, 7 km from Lodz Airport, 1 km from the two largest railway stations and only 100 m from Piotrkowska, the main str. It offers 208 airconditioned rooms (of which 5 are for guests with limited mobility) a restaurant, a bar serving snacks 24 hours, public undercover pay parking and a meeting room for organising seminars. Business guests will appreciate use of free Internet access. Price: 50-70€

  • Campanile** Hotel (

    Provides accommodation in a range of 50 – 100 Euro and is located near to Ibis Hotel in the city center, close to the high street of Lodz - Piotrkowska. It takes approximately 15 minutes by taxi to get to the Poznanski Palace and Andel’s Hotel and 10 minutes walking to the City Hall (conference venue: day 2nd and 3rd)
    Single room 45-70€

  • Grand Hotel*** - Piotrkowska 72 str.

    Splendid hotel in the heart of the city with lots of decoration and elegance.Perfect location by the main street Piotrkowska close to the both venues of Conference: City Hall and Poznanski Palace
    single room: 75 Euro, doubles 100 Euro

  • Savoy Hotel**

    Basic but good economy hotel. Perfectly located just a few steps from  the main street Piotrkowska , close  to the both venues of Conference: City Hall and Poznanski Palace, Price: 25-50 Euro( doubles 55 – 70)

  • Revelo BB

    Small (3 rooms in total) , but very cosy and unique place located in a historical villa built in 1925 with an interior decorated in Art Noveau style.

For more information about accommodation, useful advises and other details about Lodz, please visit a guide "Lodz in your pocket":


The best site for finding directions on how to reach Lodz city is Virtual Lodz webpage ( You will find maps of the city, road, rail, and air links.

  • By Plane
    Lodz has its own airport ( but there are only few flights operating to Lodz. Most of the participants will be able to get to Lodz by flying to the Warsaw Okecie Airport ( which receives most of the international connections. There is a good connection from Warsaw to Lodz by train, which takes about 1h15mins. Participants can also use taxi from Warsaw Airport to Lodz. Taxi cost is 300PLN (85 Euro) for one person. You can also share taxi with another participant (cost 400 PLN (100 Euro)for two persons) (if You would like a taxi, please fill a proper box in the Registration Form)
  • By train
    Train connections can be found on Route Planner supplied by the Polish Rail (PKP) -
  • Car hire
    There are a number of car rental companies, such as Avis Car Rental, Hertz Car Rental, Mieszek Car Rental.

About SWITCH Project
SWITCH: Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities’ Health


SWITCH is an EU-funded research programme aimed at achieving more sustainable integrated urban water management in the 'City of the Future', 30-50 years from now. Beginning in February 2006, it consists of a Consortium of 33 partner organizations working in 15 European and developing cities worldwide, with UNESCO-IHE as lead partner. The consortium partners are working together to share knowledge and research on a range of tested scientific, technological and socio-economic solutions to urban water management. It is envisaged that such proven sustainable solutions will be adopted globally to replace the many different ad hoc approaches which currently exist and to create a paradigm shift to sustainable urban water management.

Ambitions and Achievements

The SWITCH Integrated Project aims at the development, application and demonstration of a range of tested scientific, technological and socio-economic solutions and approaches that contribute to the achievement of sustainable and effective urban water management (UWM) schemes in ‘The City of the future’ (30-50 years from now).

The approach is to develop efficient and interactive urban water systems and services (city level) in the context of the city’s geographical and ecological setting (river basin level), which are robust, flexible and adjustable to a range of global change pressures (global level).

Background of Project
Cities around the world are facing a range of dynamic global and regional pressures, including rapid urbanisation and urban sprawl due to population growth, industrialisation, and climate variability and change.

They are facing difficulty in efficiently and transparently managing ever scarcer water resources, delivering water and sanitation services, and disposing of wastewater, while minimizing negative impacts on the downstream environment and on the urban populations’ quality of life including environmental, health, social and economic aspects.

The ecological ‘footprints’ of cities are ever growing through over-exploitation of available resources (land, water, energy, food, building materials, energy, finance) for their populations whilst producing massive streams of waste (solid, gaseous, liquid) in return, contaminating soil, air and water.

In order to face these challenges, SWITCH is facilitating a paradigm shift in urban water management by converting from ad-hoc actions into a coherent and consolidated approach. The overal goal of the SWITCH project is to catalyse change towards more sustainable urban water management in the “City of the Future”.



Registration - 31st of July
Abstracts submission - 31st of July
Abstracts and conference material revision, approval  - 31 of August

  European Regional Centre
for Ecohydrology
of the Polish Academy of Sciences

3, Tylna Str.,
90-364, Lodz, Poland
Phone: (+48) 42 681 70 06
Phone: (+48) 42 681 70 07
Fax: (+48) 42 681 30 69

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