Summer School UPV

II Environmental Intelligence Summer School

Second edition of the International School in the field of Environmental Intelligence, dedicated to the digitalization of natural environments.

The event aims to provide society with a vision of the different approaches to the natural environment in terms of access to useful information using new tools such as remote sensing and the SWAT model.

The event takes place on 19, 20 and 21 June 2024, at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Edificio E (escuela técnica superior informática), organised in cooperation with the WATCHPLANT and SMARTLAGOON projects.

Wednesday 19th June

9:00h Opening. Salón de actos, 1E Building

Laura García Carmona (WATCHPLANT project coordinator. Head of Biosensor and Biofuel cells at ITE)

Belén Picó Sirvent (Researcher vice rector at The Technical University of Valencia, UPV)
Alfredo Quijano (WATCHPLANT member. R&D vice-president at ITE)
Javier Senent Aparicio (SMARTLAGOON project coordinator. Full Professor of Planning and Management of Water Resources at UCAM)
José María Cecilia Canales (Professor of Systems and Computer Informatics department at UPV)

9:30h Environmental Intelligence scope and significance. Salón de actos, 1E Building

Darina Botsova (European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency)

Francesco Matteuci (European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency).

10:00h Session 1. Environmental Intelligence

10:00h-10:30h WATCHPLANT Project

  •  Laura García Carmona (Watchplant project coordinator. Head of Biosensor and Biofuel cells at ITE).

10:30h-11:00h SMARTLAGOON Project

  • Javier Senent (SMARTLAGOON project coordinator. Full Professor of Planning and Management of Water Resources at UCAM).

11:00h – 11:30h Coffee break

11:30-12:00h  I-Seed project.

  • Marilena Ronzan (Researcher at Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia).

12:00h -12:30h RAMONES Project

Theodoros J. Mertzimekis. (Project coordinator and professor at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).

12:30h-13:00h ReSET Project

Mark Mulligan (Professor at King’s College London).

13:00h -15.30h Lunch break

15:30 – 17:00 Session 2.A Parcel monitoring. Aula 1E0.3, 1E Building.

Portable sensors for in situ monitoring of key biomarkers
Beatriz Lucas Garrote (WATCHPLANT Project. Main researcher at ITE)

Private session. Blueprint for an environmental intelligence system– state of play of the collaboration of the 5 FET – funded projects (I-Seed, RAMONES, ReSET, SMARTLAGOON and WACHPLANT) and outlook for the future”.

Darina Botsova. (Programme Coordination Manager – EIC Pathfinder . European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA).

Thursday 20th June

Aula 1E0.3, 1E Building.

09.00h – 10.00h Session 2.B. Parcel monitoring

Sensing for plant hydric resources management.

Antonio Diaz Espejo (CSIC-IRNAS, Researcher at Spanish National Research Council)

10:00h- 11:00h Session 3.1 Watershed models

A demo of Waterford and other watery Environmental Intelligence tools.

Mark Mulligan and Arnout Van Soesbergen (ReSet. King’s College London)

11:00h – 11:30h Coffee break

11:30h -14:00h WaterWorld II:Low cost sensing for integration with Environmentals models.

FreeStation practical

14:00h -15.30h Lunch break

15:30h – 17:00h Session 3.2 Watershed models
SWAT I: Model Theory and Introduction to SWAT+ Interface
Adrián López Ballesteros, Gerardo Castellanos-Osorio (SMARTLAGOON. Researchers at UCAM)

17:00h Group wrap up

Friday 21st June

Aula 1E0.3, 1E building

09:00h – 11:30h Session 3.2 Watershed models

SWAT II: Practice activity. SWAT+ application example development

11:00h – 11:30h Coffee break

11:30h – 14:00h Session 4. Working group activity

Students’ application of the SWAT+ model in an assigned study basin.

14:00h -15.30h Lunch break

15:30-17:00h Students’ presentation of the model results in their assigned study basin.

17:00h Closure

NOTE: For the registration in the event it is required to create an account in the CFP

Practical information and travel details

Getting there:

Valencia International Airport: we show you various options to get to the city.

  • Taxi: simplest and fastest option. The taxi rank is located in front of the arrivals terminal. The taxi ride to the city center via the fastest route and with normal traffic conditions should take a maximum of 20 minutes (fee is around 20-30 EUR).
  • Metro (lines 3 or 5): you can take it on the ground floor of the regional flights terminal, it leaves the airport every 15 minutes from Monday to Friday between 5:00 and 23:30 and every 20 minutes on weekends and on holidays from approximately 7:00. The journey to the center stop (Xàtiva) takes about 25 minutes (ticket cost 3.90 EUR, bought at the machines located in the area where you take the metro).

There is also the option of car rental, in the T1 arrivals terminal you will have several companies that provide this service.




We suggest comfortable accommodation options for your stay during the event. We recommend hotels in different areas of Valencia according to your preferences.

Valencia City Center Area

Vincci Palace ****

Calle La Paz 42, 46003 Valencia

Catalonia Excelsior ***

Calle Barcelonina 5, 46002 Valencia

One Shot Colón 46***

Calle Colón 46, 46004 Valencia

Only you Hotel Valencia *****

Plaça de Rodrigo Botet 5, 46002 Valencia

Valencia Science City Area

Eurostars Rey Don Jaime ****

Avenida de Baleares 2, 46023 Valencia

Barceló Valencia ****

Avenida de Francia 11, 46023, Valencia

Valencia City University Area

Silken Puerta Valencia ****

Calle Cardenal Benlloch 28, 46021 Valencia

Sweet Hotel Renasa ***

Avenida de Cataluña 5, 46010, Valencia

Hotel Olympia Universidades ***

Doctor Vicent Zaragoza 13, 46020 Valencia

Valencia City Beach Area

Hotel Neptuno ****

Paseo Neptuno 2, 46011, Valencia

Please note that the availability of rooms is limited, so we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.

If you require any further assistance or have specific inquiries regarding your visit for the event, please do not hesitate to contact us!

We look forward to your presence in Valencia and wish you a productive and enjoyable experience!

Other information: The city of Valencia

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