The organisers of the 14th ICUD conference 2017 in Prague are the Czech Water Association (CzWA) and the Czech Technical University in Prague. The ICUD conference is co-sponsored by the International Water Association (IWA) and the International Association on Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) represented by the IAHR/ IWA Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD).
The Czech Water Association (CzWA) is a non-profit professional organisation addressing effective and sustainable developments in the field of water management and water environment protection. CzWA associates individual and corporate members and represents 14,000 experts. CzWA came into being in 2009 by transformation of the Association of Wastewater Treatment Specialists (AČE ČR) established in 1992. Whereas the activities of AČE ČR focused mainly on the field of collection and treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters and sludge disposal. The scope of CzWA is much broader covering all areas of water management targeting the improvement of surface and ground water quality. CzWA is a national member of the International Water Association (IWA) representing the Czech Republic and collaborates on a basis of agreements with national associations in Germany (DWA), Austria (ÖWAV) and Slovakia (AČE SR).
The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) is the oldest non-military technical university in Europe. Founded in 1707 by Austrian Emperor Joseph I, the university has a long tradition of cutting edge science and engineering together with high-quality technical education ensuing from the work of many great scientists and engineers affiliated with CTU, including the famous physicist Christian Doppler, notable chemist Vladimir Prelog (Nobel prize in 1975) and renowned engineers such as F. J. Gerstner (the first railroad on the European continent) and J. Božek (the first steam-ship).
Currently, more than 24,000 students are enrolled in eight faculties and five research institutes of CTU, offering a total of 14 bachelor programs, 23 master programs and 15 Ph.D. programs. Many of these programs are taught in English, including joint-degree programs with foreign universities. The international student program of CTU was recognised as ‘the best in Europe’ in 2003.
The urban drainage community is connected to Faculty of Civil Engineering, particularly the Department of Sanitary and Ecological Engineering and the Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology.