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Introduction

 

The first International Symposium on Lowland Technology (ISLT) was held in 1998 and since then these international symposia have been held every two years. ISLT1998, 2000 and 2002 were held in Saga, Japan, and the fourth, ISLT2004, was held in Bangkok, Thailand. ISLT2006 will be the fifth in the series and will be held again in Saga, Japan.

As the name suggests "Lowland" implies regions of low elevation, which are particularly susceptible to climatic and environmental changes. For example, global warming, which appears to be causing a rise in sea level, must ultimately affect the safety of coastal dikes and other coastal infrastructures, as well as threaten the water and ecological systems in lowland areas. Lowland regions are also particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. For example, in 2004 several large earthquakes in the Asian region caused major damage in lowland areas.

Action is now required for the development of new technologies to protect and develop lowland areas and to solve the environmental problems currently being faced in these regions. To achieve this aim, it likely that it will be necessary to draw on and to merge several disciplines, such as geotechnical engineering, water resources, and city planning, etc. The objective of ISLT2006 is therefore to bringtogether researchers and engineers working in lowland regions, from a broad range of disciplines, in order to present their research results, exchange information, facilitate networking, and to promote and advance technologies related to lowland development.

  • Important dates:
    • Abstract: December 31, 2005
    • Acceptance of abstract: January 31, 2006
    • Paper due: April 15, 2006
    • Acceptance of paper: June 15, 2006
    • Final paper due: July 15, 2006
    • Symposium: September 14-16, 2006
  • Conference Language: English

Summing up of ISLT 2006

ISLT 2006 got successfully ended on September 16, 2006 which  was started  on September 14. Totally 132 delegates participated in 18 technical sessions. Among  the participants, 63  were from Japan, 46 persons were from Asia (excluding Japan), and 7 persons were from Europe and 6 person were from North America. Totally, 92 speakers (including Special Lecturers and Keynote Speakers) orally presented  their contributions.

ISLT 2006 received totally 108 selected papers, which are included in the ISLT 2006 Proceedings. 62 papers are from Asia (excluding Japan), 30 papers are from Japan, 9 papers are from Europe and 7 papers are from North America. Each paper was peer-reviewed by 2 reviewers. All the names of 46 reviewers are listed in the ISLT 2006 Proceedings acknowledging  their  valuable help.

It is the first time that International Symposium on Lowland Technology set up the Best Presentation Award. 4 oral speakers received ISLT 2006 Best Presentation Award in the Banquet, September 15: Mr. W.F. Abdulrazaq (Canada), Mr. M.A. Moqsud (Japan), Ms. B. Stalenberg (the Netherlands), and Mr. S. Li (China). A certificate and a Japanese traditional pottery were given to each winner.

ISLT 2008 will be in Pusan, Korea. Please do not miss this good chance to enjoin ISLT 2008!

 

 

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