Slobodan P. Simonović

The highest good is like that of water.

Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu, Chapter VIII,

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  • Canadian Critical Infrastructure Under Stress
    Recently I participated in a series of interviews shedding light on the critical issue of infrastructure under stress due to the intensifying impact of wildfires, floods, and heatwaves. These natural disasters are posing unprecedented challenges to Canadian communities, and I offered some insights and solutions to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our vital infrastructure systems. My focus was on the pressing need for strategic planning, innovative technologies, and collaborative efforts to safeguard our roads, bridges, power grids, and other crucial facilities from the growing threat of climate-induced disasters. The discussions highlighted the importance of adopting adaptive infrastructure designs that can withstand the changing climate conditions and mitigate potential damages, ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens. You can visit my In the media section of my Bio page for Toronto Star article, and CTV interview.

    August 2, 2023

  • Begining of Three Years Engagement With the Hohai University
    During the month of May I visited Hohai University (State Key Laboratori of Water Disaster Prevention, Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering) to initiate a three year collaborative contract. As an appointed Distinguished Professor I will be working with the faculty of the State Key Laboratory of Water Disaster Prevention. During my stay at Hohai I was invited to present a University Lecture on May 19, 2023. My talk was entitled: "Systems Approach to Water Resources Managment - Toward Performance-Based Water Managment". Click the title for Chinese text.

    Jun 1, 2023

  • Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI) invited lecture
    During my recent stay in Nanjing I was invited to present an Institute lecture at the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute established in 1935. My talk was entitled: "Prioritizing resilience to mitigate urban flooding under global change". The lecture was followed with an extensive discussion of flood management issues in China. Click the title for Chinese text.

    Jun 1, 2023

  • 2023 Ranking of World Top Scientists
    The 2023 Edition of Ranking of Top Scientists in the field of Environmental Sciences that released recently here ranked me 1995 in the World and 86 in Canada. I am also recognized with the Environmental Sciences Leader Award for 2023. In the Engineering and Technology Category I am ranked 1407 in the World and 57 in Canada.

    Apr 25, 2023

  • Invited Presentation - 7th International Conference on Water Sciences: Global Climate Change and Implications for Water Resources and Society
    I was invited to and presented an invited presentation at the 7th International Conference on Water Sciences: Global Climate Change and I mplications for Water Resources and Society. My presentation is entitled "Global Change Explorer - A web-based tool for investigating the complexities of global change" and is available on the conference website here.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • Top Cited and Most Donwloaded Article 2021-2022
    My paper "Floods and the COVID-19 pandemic—A new double hazard problem" co-authored with Profs. Z. Kundzewicz and N. Wright and published in Wiley's WIREs Water is recognized as a top cited and most downloaded paper for the second year in a row. This paper is an open access publication available here.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • Keynote Presentation - 9th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM9)
    I was invited to and presented a keynote presentation at the 9th International Conference on Flood Management that was organized in Tsukuba, Japan on Feb 19-22, 2023. My presentation is entitled "Systems Approach to Management of Floods: Towards Resilience-Based Approach" and is available on my YouTube channel here.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • Keynote Presentation - High-level Symposium on Integrated Water Cycle Management in the post-COVID 19 era
    The high-level symposium on "Itegrated Water Cycle Management in the Post-COVID 19 era" was organized before the ICFM9 in Tokyo, Japan on February 18, 2023 in the presence of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. I had an honor to present a keynote speach under the title "Challenges and Opportunities of Integrated Flood Management in the Post-COVID Era" at this event.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • 9th International Conference on Flood Management
    I am pleased to announce the successful completion of the 9th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM9) that was organized in Tsukuba, Japan on Feb 18-22, 2023. The conference brought together over 400 experts and stakeholders from various disciplines from over 30 countries to discuss the challenges and solutions related to flood management. Five plenary sessions, 24 parallel sessions and 90 poster presentations provided for engaging discussions on topics such as building flood resilience, flood risk assessment, early warning systems, flood response planning, and community engagement. I am grateful to all the participants for their valuable contributions and active participation, which made the conference a great success. We hope that the knowledge shared and the connections made during the conference will help to improve flood management practices around the world. The amazing effort of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) as the local organizer, together with the ICFM Ad Hoc Committee (that I am charing) and our sponsors, speakers, and attendees made this conference possible. We look forward to continuing the conversation and working towards effective flood management strategies in the future. Very soon all the presentations, abstracts, and posters will be available at the ICFM website.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • IWHR 4th Science and Technology Commission
    I am honored to have been appointed Member of the IWHR 4th Science and Technology Commission of IWHR for the period 2022 - 2027.

    Feb 25, 2023

  • Stanford List of World's Top 1% Scientists
    On 10 October 2022, the “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators was published. This is publicly available database of top-cited scientists (out of 6 880 389 from all disciplines) that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score). The ranking of scientists can be found in the following link . My name has been included in the list, and my position on the list puts me in the top 0.4% of World's scientists. I am very proud of this personal achievement.

    Nov 30, 2022

  • Fellowship of the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society
    I am nominated and elected into the Fellowship of the Sigma Xi scientific research honor society in November 2022. It is my priviledge to join this international honor society of science and engineering. Sigma Xi is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world and has a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than one hundred and twenty five years. Scientists and engineers, whose research spans the disciplines of science and technology, comprise the membership of the society.

    Nov 30, 2022

  • A New Tool for Visualizing Impacts of Climate Chnage on Flooding in Canada
    During the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, my research group (Prof. Mohit Mohanty, Dr. Andre Schardong) released a new tool for showing floodplain maps across Canada under various climate change scenarios. The work got the overwhelming attention of the media and the general public. You can visit my In the media page for news articles, and radio and TV interviews.

    November 2, 2021

  • The Reuters Hot List
    Very proud to be included into the Reuters list of the world’s top climate scientists. To build it, Reuters created a system of identifying and ranking 1,000 climate academics according to how influential they are. Read the article in Western News.

    April 20, 2021

  • What is a Complex Adaptive System?
    If you have 6 minutes, join this video in which I tried to define the complex adaptive system through a story. Visit Complex Adaptive System Lab at Western University.

    March, 27, 2021

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