Calling for Workshops and or Abstracts

This conference is to cultivate professional growth, and professional development. It is the only event globally fully dedicated to students, early career professionals, and emerging water leaders (age 35 and below) to learn, contribute and advance themselves. As such, we call for those water (related) professionals aged 35 and below to submit Scientific or Technical/Vocational Abstracts and or Workshops. We expect all of you to be interested to learn and create a multi-disciplinary network and we expect some of you to want:

  • to (learn to) publish a paper
  • to present for the first time – through poster submissions you will gain 2 minute presentation slots
  • to present orally
  • to put forward an important issue, case, or research work to discuss in workshops

What are the Submission Themes?


Water sensitive cities are great places to live, where innovation, social cohesion, creativity and culture flourish. To make them livable and safe, cities need to address their water resources sustainably. Efficient provision of clean, safe and accessible water to households and businesses remain a top priority today for city officials. With increasing water demand resulting from rapid urbanization, it is important to strike a right balance between providing residents access to clean water and sanitation, while also protecting them from pollutants and water-borne diseases. Water resilient cities can withstand climate change and extreme weather events. Examples of topics that fit in: 


    • Energy and resource recovery from wastewater for circular economy
    • Sustainable industrial water use and wastewater treatment
    • Water Sensitive Urban Design
    • Sanitation in growingly densified cities
    • Decentralized treatment options in cities
    • Basin Connected to Cities
    • Climate change effects, Resilient Mitigation and Adaptation
    • Conservation and demand management
    • WaterWise Communities (stakeholders, public participation, citizens etc)
    • Politics and good water governance (e.g. regulations, standards, enforcement, etc.)


Water affects all parts of society. Access to safe water and sanitation which has an impact on health, education and economies, is still largely inequal. Anthropogenic emerging contaminants in our waterways have worsened water quality for all its uses, creating a large impact on health. Water – its quality and quantity, and the effects of climate change – are making all citizens in the society vulnerable (economically , environmentally and socially). Hence, (indigenous) citizen participation and water knowledge should be carefully considered to find the remedies. This requires an enabling environment, and proper rights for (indigenous) citizens to to take part and be fairly considered in water allocation issues and to resolve conflicts. Examples of topics within this theme

    • Socio-economic impacts (health, environment, education, economy, etc.)
    • Inequalities in water and sanitation access (e.g. rural/urban, socio-economic status etc.)
    • Indigenous water rights and uptake of indigenous knowledge on water resources management
    • Politics and good water governance (e.g. regulations, standards, enforcement, etc.)
    • Stakeholder and citizen participation
    • Water allocation and conflicts


Today’s (global) water challenges, such as climate change impacts, water scarcity and droughts, increasing pollution, and the need to address cross-sectoral problems (ie. water food energy nexus) requires innovations and technology development and at continuous speed. These innovations need to address industries’ need and translate to industry application, whilst an enabling policy / regulatory environment needs to encourage these innovations / technology developments to be implemented in practice. Examples of topics that fit this theme:

    • Innovations in drinking water and direct potable
    • Sustainable industrial wastewater treatment
    • Wastewater treatment technologies (MBR, SBR, etc)’,
    • Decentralised urban / rural water and wastewater treatment
    • Energy and resource recovery from wastewater
    • Stormwater management
    • Desalination and salinity control
    • Translating innovative technologies to industry
    • Regulatory environment to support uptake of new technologies


Management practices must address all aspects of a system’s operations and maintenance of Water Utilities which are essential to enable countries to  protect public health and support the vitality of your communities, natural environment, and economy. Effective collaboration and engagement in partnerships, (involving stakeholders in the decisions that will affect them, understanding what it takes to operate as a “good neighbor,”)  is an important feature for innovative utilities to achieve excellence in utility performance in the face of everyday challenges and long-term needs for the utility and the community it serves. How can water utilities optimise operation and management to be efficient, as well as being innovative and adaptive to short and long-term changes and future challenges? How can utilities identify and address their most pressing needs through an incremental, continuous improvement management approach? Examples of topics in this theme:

    • Emergencies: planning and response
    • Energy efficiency
    • Water safety planning and crisis/risk management
    • Drinking Water Quality
    • Non-revenue water / Water loss/ intermittent supply
    • Strategic Asset Management
    • Performance Based Contracts
    • Financing
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Modelling and automation
    • Smart utilities
    • Global agenda impact on local operations (eg. Human Right to Water and Sanitation/ Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Agreements)
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Positive public communication


Water scarcity and drought occur beyond national boundaries. Tensions over water issues arise not only between states, but also communities, industries, and agriculture due to competing interests and water claims.. There is a need to increase our focus on potable reuse, industrial reuse and  strengthen regional cooperation on water resources management. But the scarcity is not about volume, it is about volume of use appropriate quality water. All stakeholders need to invest in source protection, and examine the emerging pollutants and the ways to deal with the effects on health of people and eco-systems.  Examples of topics in this Theme

    • Source protection for drinking water (including groundwater)
    • Emerging pollutants in water resources (micro plastics, pharmaceutical pollutants, industrial and consumer chemicals, etc)’,
    • Water Safety Planning and Health
    • Efficient river/water body treatment
    • Watershed integrity
    • Water management in closed basins
    • Water resource management in coastal areas
    • Water scarcity and drought
    • Water reuse (e.g. rainwater harvesting, industrial reuse)
    • Regional/ Transboundary Cooperation and Governance


Computer and communication technology in combination with advanced (“smart”) instrumentation,  signal analysis and modelling development will offer new insights how to handle and operate complex water systems. It all aims at more sustainable operations that will be in harmony with the urban and natural environment. Examples of topics in this Theme: 


    • Smart metering
    • Data management (data intelligence, advancement in SCADA, Internet of Things, Big Data)
    • Information, Control and Automation
    • Information into digital codes (digitalization)
    • Risk and crisis management
    • Sustainability analysis of solutions and practices (LCA, LCCA, Triple Bottomline Analysis, etc.)
    • Artificial intelligence and case-based reasoning systems

Call for Abstracts

Scientific Abstract

Abstracts from young academics and or researchers based on scientific research (including case studies) with aspiration to (learn to) publish.

Who Submits a Scientific Abstract?

  • Students who wish to present oral presentation or poster presentation with 2 MT presentation for the first time
  • PhD students who wish to present and publish
  • Researchers (from institutions, companies organisations) who wish to publish

Vocational/ Technical Abstract

Abstracts from young water practitioners that are based on lessons learned from day-to-day operations

Who Submits a Technical/ Vocational Abstract?

  • Early career practitioners working 0-5 years
  • Emerging professionals from 6 + years of experience who work towards or in first management positions
  • From utility operations, consultancy companies, NGOs, regulators, public administrations, industry, etc.

How to Submit an abstract?

DOWNLOAD THE ABSTRACT TEMPLATE – The conference template is different from standard conferences, and compulsory for all submissions.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION   – Submit your abstract in a few easy steps through  the IWA Abstract Submission System from 30 April – 15 October 2018

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION LIMIT   – You may submit as many abstracts as you wish. However, no individual will be allowed to present more than one paper and one poster (and two minute thesis). Additional papers must be presented by one of the co-authors.

PRESENTATION FORMAT – You may indicate your primary and secondary choice. The options are to deliver 1) a full oral presentation, or 2) a poster combined with 2-Minute Thesis (1 slide) presentation.

SELECTION Your work will be reviewed by international experts and experienced young water professionals. The programme committee will select the work based on scoring and comments by these reviewers and determine best format for presentation (taking your preferred choice into account).

BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION – You may indicate your ambition to publish. The reviewers will indicate whether your work can be 1) considered for publication 2) needs further work to be considered for publications.

DOWNLOAD AND SUBMIT – Download the template (with additional guidance) and submit in the IWA Abstract Management System

Selected full papers (deadline 1 February 2019) can be considered to be peer reviewed for publication in IWA Publishing’s journals Water Science and Technology, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, or Water Practice and Technology

Check the specifications for the formatting of FULL papers (Due 1 February 2019) on the IWAP website

Call for Workshop proposals

We call for workshops with intensive and constructive discussion and activities with clear output which includes a consensus that can be reported, a clear course of action (or guidelines) for similar problems, a new research programme or latest technology outlined, a best practice agreed, a disagreement resolved (or at least more clearly specified!). We also highly encourage problem oriented case-studies as potential format for the proposed workshop.

Who can submit?

A team of 2 or more individual professionals aged 35 and below. We would stimulate these teams to be cross-country. 

What facilitation methods are accepted?

  • Roundtable discussions
  • World Café Style
  • Individual/ group exercises
  • Case-study
  • Hands-on exercises
  • Panel discussion (only as part of opening/ closing a session)

What topics are suitable?

We call for workshops that ‘Inspire Minds for Creative Water  Ideas or  Solutions’ on:

  • Subject areas that are new, complex (problems), rapidly evolving, potentially controversial or interdisciplinary.
  • Emerging issues or early warning of future ones.
  • Latest technology or innovative research within water sector. 

How to submit a workshop?

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP TEMPLATE – The workshop template contains detailed guidance and a template format. The template is compulsory for all workshop submissions.

WORKSHOP LENGTH – A workshop can be proposed for  90 OR 180 minutes.

WORKSHOP SUBMISSION   – Read instructions, and download template for workshops and submit workshop in English via email to by 15 October 2018

WORKSHOP SELECTION  – Your work will be reviewed by the  programme committee who will select the best workshops based on facilitation method, expected outcome, widely applicable innovative, complex, or controversial subjects. An indication on how IWA YWP members can be involved in organizing the workshop is also essential.

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