WLC18 will be held online from 9-11 November 2021

The Organizing Committee of the 18th World Lake Conference has decided to hold the conference virtually on November 9, 10 and 11, 2021, in order to prioritize the health of the participants in the face of uncertainty regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this event you will be able to share in the opinions of the world community concerned about the conservation of lakes, their basins and their ecosystem services, and to contribute to and promote best practices and the integrated management of lakes in order to address the challenges we face in the immediate future.

WLC18 will be a virtual conference where you will be able to submit and present the results of your work in technical sessions, present posters, participate in keynote lectures and interact with colleagues from around the world.

The technical sessions are planned as pre-recorded talks with live Q&A sessions via Chat. The poster sessions also will allow for short introductory videos as well as Q&A.

The registration fees have been reduced and adapted to being accessible to all the interested public and to ensure they are not an impediment to participation.


About Registration

Registration for attendance will be open by May 3 until November 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM (GMT-6).

● Abstract Submission Opens: April 12, 2021

● Abstracts and posters registration deadline: August 2, 2021 at 24:00h (GMT-5)  ➡ Extended to September 6

● Abstract Acceptance Notifications: All acceptance notifications will be sent by August 9, 2021. ➡ Extended to September 13

● Full papers must be submitted between August 1 and September 30 at 24:00h (GMT-5)

Registration Fees


Participation Type 

Registration Fees

(All the fees are in USD)

Early Bird

Regular Registration

May 3rd to Oct 4th

Oct 5th to Nov 7th

High-income and Upper-middle-income economy (Attendee, Presenting Authors and Presenting Students)



Low-income, Lower-middle-income economies and Mexico   (Attendee, Presenting Authors and Presenting Students)



Attending Student


*For participation type please refer to The World Bank Country and Lending Groups



● Early-bird registration: May 3 to October 4, 2021 (15:00 GMT-5)

● Regular Registration: October 5 to November 7, 2021 (10:00 GMT-6)


We appreciate your interest and participation in this important event, and are sorry that the ongoing pandemic has required this change to the conference structure and interactions to ensure the safety of conference participants.

Accordingly, please continue to check the WLC18 official website http://www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx/en/ or ILEC website https://www.ilec.or.jp/en/ for updates and upcoming dates.