Fish Passage 2020

Important Announcement

Dear Fish Passage Colleagues,

First and foremost, we hope that you are all well and safe, given the exceptional COVID-19 crisis.

Due to this crisis, the Organizing Committee of Fish Passage 2020 has decided to cancel the conference. This was a difficult but necessary decision, due to the worldwide travel restrictions and to fully support the containment measures that are being undertaken.

We will reimburse all registered participants, exhibitors and sponsors, although retaining a small amount due to the organizational expenses incurred so far. We appreciate your understanding.

The Steering (SC) and the Organizing Committees (OC) will keep monitoring the evolution of the disease and of the containment measures, and by September/October 2020 we will re-evaluate the present scenario to decide the future edition of the Fish Passage Conference.

We have some good news! Several nominations for the Distinguished Project and the Career Achievement Awards have been received, analysed and evaluated by the Advisory Board (AB) and the SC with support of the OC.  The awards will be announced within the next two weeks, and will be posted in the Fish Passage Conference website.

Other good news is that the AMBER & FIThydro event will still take place on Monday, 29 June! This event will now be accessible online and more information will be made available soon. We encourage you to take advantage of this interesting and informative opportunity!

We must say that while preparing the scientific programme, we were excited with the promising quality of the abstracts and proud to bring together in Lisbon such talented scientists! 

Finally, we would like to acknowledge and thank all the collaborative effort of the AB and SC members, short-courses organizers, keynote speakers, and the positive energy of the local organizing team! Let us stay positive and wish that we all be able to meet in 2021!

Be safe, be well and take care!

The Fish Passage 2020 Conference Organizing Committee

Note: We will be updating the content of the website in the coming days to reflect the cancellation of the event.

The 2020 International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2020), incorporating the  AMBER & FITHYDRO EVENT - SMART WAYS TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY, will bring together experts, managers, stakehold­ers and companies from around the world to discuss pressing issues on ecohydraulics, ecohy­drology and fish passage prob­lems, solutions and future ave­nues of research.

The conference is aimed to be as wide-reaching as possible by being relevant to a variety of at­tendants. Target audiences are: engineers, ecologists, biologists, managers, practitioners, NGOs, private companies, consultants, students and policy and deci­sion makers. This event aims at increasing research and profes­sional networking and is an ex­cellent opportunity to connect future partners.

The AMBER & FITHYDRO Event will explore the tensions caused by the need to draw water and generate hydropower from European Rivers and the impacts dams and other barriers have on ecosystems and habitats, as well as the way novel technologies and adaptive management can help restore stream connectivity in more efficient ways.

Fish Passage 2020 will verse on a wide range of topics during three days with concurrent sessions in engineering, ecohydraulics, bi­ology, management, and social issues. The organizing team has exten­sive knowledge and experience on fish passage research and it benefits from the support of sev­eral institutions that combined guarantee the success of Fish Passage 2020.

The conference will fea­ture the following key themes:

  • Fish passes for non-salmonids  
  • Holistic fish passes
  • Tidal barriers and fish pass solutions 
  • Fish pass attraction 
  • Cost-effective innovations 
  • Downstream migration
  • Fish friendly turbines and guiding systems
  • Dam and other barrier removal solutions and case-studies
  • River connectivity enhancement
  • Numerical modelling and computational solutions 
  • Monitoring and technology 
  • Environmental DNA 
  • Fish migration
  • Fish swimming energetics and behavior 
  • Fish physiology
  • Decision support systems and management  approaches
  • Hydropower and fish management 
  • Ecosystem services evaluation
  • Social and economic issues associated with river connectivity 
  • Policies to improve fish passage: How are fish migration aspects incorporated into policies? 

The confer­ence will also feature plenary talks from recognized experts, special thematic sessions and poster sessions. Short courses on relevant sub­jects will be available before the conference and tours will be available after the conference.

The possibility of submitting selected contributions to the conference in the form of a research article to a target scientific-related journal will be offered. The peer review process will be carried out as normal but the accepted contribution will be gathered in a special issue on “Challenges and solutions for fish passage”.

All conference contributions and communications will be held in English to allow all par­ticipants to take full advantages of the science being conveyed.

Click here to view the conference brochure.

For a full list of conference sponsors, please see below:


Platinum Sponsors

Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Instituto Superior de Agronomia
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering)


Turismo de Lisboa

Silver Sponsors

Advanced Telemetry Systems Oregon RFID
EDP ​​Group


Advanced Telemetry Systems I Am Hydro
Biomark InnovaSea
Procom System Oregon RFID
Simulaciones Y Proyetos Thelma Biotel
The Adipose Group AQUALOGUS