Membrane Technology




Join AMTA and AWWA to explore how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications.

Join us in 2020!

The 2019 MTC was a success and we look forward seeing you in Phoenix, March 16-20, 2020.

2020 Call For Abstracts is now open.

Who attends MTC?

  • Consultants and Contractors
  • Designers
  • Professors and students
  • Federal, state and municipal management and executives
  • Local, state and federal regulators
  • International audience
  • Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors
  • Operators
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Water and wastewater engineers
  • Water utility plant management and executives

2019 Registration Rates

Registration Type Member Early Rate  Nonmember Early Rate 
Member Late  Rate  Nonmember Late Rate 
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!) 
Includes technical sessions, exposition; meals; does not include workshops
$800 $1000 $850 $1050
One-Day Only $500 $600  $550 $650
Student (Validation required - same as Full-Conference) $100 $100 $150 $150
Operator/Professor/Regulator (Validation required - same as Full-Conference) $400 $500 $450 $550
Exhibits-Only All Days (non-booth staff) $70 $70 $70 $70
Exhibits-Only One-Day (non-booth staff) $25 $25 $25 $25
Pre-Conference Workshops  Monday workshop prices vary - See program for details.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be emailed to AMTA Customer Service. All cancellations by early deadline will receive a refund minus a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations post-deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome, if pre-approved in writing. Contact AMTA with all registration questions.

Members enjoy registration discounts. Join us!

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The 2020 Program will be available in Fall 2019.

The MTC features technical podium and poster sessions, pre-conference workshops, networking and a comprehensive Exhibit Hall. Join us to explore how the latest developments in technology can enhance water reliability and quality through membrane filtration, reuse, desalting, RO/NF/MF/UF and MBR for water treatment. The MTC planning committee is excited to share this outstanding technical program.

Topics will include

  • Membrane Development, Research, and Innovation
  • MF/UF
  • Plant Operation, Maintenance, and Management
  • Potable Reuse
  • Project Planning and Design
  • Membrane Filtration Applications 
  • Planning and Operations
  • Operators
  • Concentrate Management
  • Seawater Desalination
  • Experts in the Round - Roundtable networking forums

    MTC At-A-Glance


    Pre-Conference Workshops

    MTC Workshops offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration.

    PC-1: Back to Basics, The MTC Primer

     8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Back to Basics enables attendees to prepare themselves for the full MTC. Ideal for first time attendees and those new to the field of membrane technology, Back to Basics gives the audience exposure to membrane experts and knowledge in a focused forum.

    Additional pre-conference workshops to be announced in Fall 2019.

    MTC Awards

    Call for Nominations! 

    Water Quality Person of the Year Award
    Robert O. Vernon Award - Membrane Plant Operator Award
    Membrane Facility Award

    Please visit the Awards Nomination Form for a description of each award, and to submit your nominations. 

    Congratulations to all winners! Awardee Information

    Get to Know AWWA and AMTA


    Members enjoy registration discounts. Join us!


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Join us in the Exhibit Hall!  

The MTC Exhibit Hall showcases the latest in membrane technology and services with more than 90 companies and dedicated exhibit hall hours.

Attendees and exhibitors alike will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, refreshment breaks, attendee luncheon and networking receptions—all taking place inside the MTC exhibit hall!

2019 Floor Plan & Exhibitor List

New! Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
Exhibit Hall Education Sessions encourage attendees to visit participating exhibitors in a coordinated program to learn and earn CEUs/PDHs. Attendees gather at participating booths at designated times for the talks, and exhibitor representatives will each have 15 minutes to give their presentation. Attendees earn CEUs by attending! Sample 2019 sessions are below:

EHES01—Printer Space Technology
Tuesday 3:00–3:15 p.m.
Track: Development, Research and Innovation
Facilitator: Aqua Membranes Booth 903
Printed Spacer Technology™ enables significant performance improvements in all spiral wound applications. Thinner spacers allow more active area per element, up to 50%, which in turn lowers total system cost and enables existing plant expansion without new housings. Printed spacers can also be customized by application for lower pressure drop and organic fouling resistance.
EHES02—Self-regulating External MBR System Reduces Energy Consumption and Increases Water Reuse
Tuesday 3:15–3:30 p.m.
Track: Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration
Facilitator: Berghof Membrane Technology Booth 209
Holland Malt is renowned for its quality malt production. When they decided to double their malting capacity it meant doubling their water consumption. They needed a reliable and stable system that could provide high-quality permeate to be reused in their production process and deliver significant cost savings. For these reasons, Holland Malt chose the external MBR filtration system from Berghof Membranes.
EHES03—Ceramic Membranes Used in O&G, Mining and Metal Applications
Wednesday 10:00–10:15 a.m.
Track: Membrane Filtration Applications
Facilitator: CeraMem LLC Booth 916
Ceramic membranes are used in an increasing number of challenging applications. The presentation will cover case studies with O&G produced water, Cr VI and O&G removal from metal finishing plant, as well as a Mining tailing pond treatment.
EHES04—Flux Balancing with Multi Stages and Multi Turbochargers
Wednesday 10:15–10:30 a.m.
Track: Planning and Operations
Facilitator: Fluid Equipment Development Company (FEDCO) Booth 402
Flux balancing with turbocharger energy recovery devices can be managed in multi-stage systems for SWRO and BWRO. Interstage boosting with turbochargers have been used in BWRO. A system design of Multi Stages and Multi Turbochargers (MSMT) for SWRO offers improved flux and recovery.
EHES05—Exhibit Hall Education Session
Wednesday 3:00–3:15 p.m.
Track: Planning and Operations
Facilitator: Harn R/O Systems, Inc. Booth 423
Custom approach to membrane system design—Focus on long life and low maintenance.
EHES06—Want More Water Out of Your Brine?
Wednesday 3:15–3:30 p.m.
Track: Concentrate Management Facilitator: IDE Technology Booth 616
This talk will showcase the new IDE’s Pulse Flow Reverse Osmosis (PFRO) technology that will enable brackish water plants top generate water at a lower cost that what is available today. This new RO allows • Simplifying the RO train structure from a multi-stage to a single stage • Reducing the number of membranes and pressure vessels.
EHES07—Start-up and Operation of the 30 MGD Montevina Ultrafiltration Plant—Lessons Learned
Thursday 10:00–10:15 a.m.
Track: Plant Operation, Maintenance and Management 
Facilitator: inge GmbH Booth 510
The San Jose Water Company decided to improve its 40-year old Montevina WTP in Los Gatos, California. The design-builder, HDR, selected H2O Innovation based on life cycle cost evaluations and inge GmbH supplied ultrafiltration (UF) membranes for the process. Insight into plant startup, pretreatment and cleaning strategies will be discussed. The current overall plant performance demonstrates that inge GmbH membranes would meet the expectations of San Jose Water Company.
EHES08—Polymeric Membrane Replacement with Submerged Ceramic Membranes
Thursday 10:15–10:30 a.m.
Track: Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration
Facilitator: SafBon Water Technology Booth 403
Applications and driving factors for submerged polymeric MF/UF membrane replacement with ceramic membranes. This presentation will discuss the case study where a ceramic membrane retrofit was completed for a full scale (26.4 MGD) drinking water treatment plant based on proof of concept and process verification testing.












Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of sponsorship packages and exhibitor opportunities to enhance your company's exposure and visibility throughout the conference.

Connect your company to a qualified and high-profile audience entirely interested in the membrane industry.




2020 Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus - coming soon
2020 Exhibitor Booth Application
2020 Floor Plan & Exhibitor List
MTC Exhibitor Rules

Already exhibiting?

Visit the Exhibitorzone in December 2019 to access the exhibitor service manual and other resources to prepare for a successful exhibit experience. For all exhibit & sponsor inquiries please contact AWWA Exhibitor Services.

The Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition is the premier event for membrane technology and applications in North America - be there! 






Presenters wanted!

The Call For Abstracts for MTC 2020 is open! Presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts focusing on innovation, key questions, challenges, solutions, and areas of interest most relevant to the advancement of membrane technology by August 22, 2019. 

Below you will find important deadline dates and guidelines to consider before submitting.

Submit an Abstract

Call For Abstracts Topics

Presenters please note: MTC is a no-paper, no-podium conference. Before submitting an abstract, please please review information below carefully to avoid surprises later on. If you are selected to present, remember that effective communication fundamentally affects the quality of the program, and a well-prepared presentation is the first step in reaching this goal. Please make sure you invest adequate time and energy in developing your presentation and paper. MTC is a no-paper, no-podium conference, NO EXCEPTIONS - make sure to follow the directions provided below as you develop your paper. 

Please review information below carefully and contact us with any questions.

MTC 2020 Deadline Dates

Missing these deadlines can result in your removal from the MTC Program - AMTA and AWWA thank you in advance for being mindful of submission dates and requirements.

Presenter Deadlines
Call for Abstracts closes on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Signed Creative Commons Form by Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Papers and/or Manuscripts are due by Monday, January 13, 2020
Poster Presentations are due by Monday, February 13, 2020. Review Poster Guidelines
PowerPoint Presentations are due by Monday, February 13, 2020
ALL presenters must register and pay to atttend MTC!

Presenter Guidelines

  • All presenters are required to submit a paper/manuscript that follows the MTC19 Manuscript Guidelines for the Post-Conference Proceedings. 
  • All presenters are required to register and pay for the conference.
  • All papers/manuscripts will be reviewed and approved by the Session Moderator or a member of the MTC Planning Committee. 
  • During the review process you may be asked to provide changes or additional information; AMTA/AWWA asks that you adhere to any requests and make changes within the time frame given.

Submit your Paper and/or Manuscript through your Speaker Portal or directly to AWWA Education Services

Powerpoint Presentations

  • All PowerPoint Presentations are required to use the MTC PowerPoint Template and follow the MTC PowerPoint Guidelines. Out of respect for our members and attendees, presentations must not be commercial in nature. 
  • Presenters are required use the MTC PowerPoint Template (to be provided in fall 2019)
  • All Presentations will be reviewed and approved by the Session Moderator or a member of the MTC Planning Committee. During the review process you may be asked to provide changes or additional information; AMTA/AWWA ask that you adhere to the request and make the changes within the time frame given. Once your presentation gains final approval from the moderator or similar, you will need to contact AWWA to make any changes.
  • Note: Company name and/or logo can be included in your PowerPoint in the bottom corner only on the first and last slide. For further instructions refer to the MTC PowerPoint Guidelines. Logo max. size: 2" horizontal/wide by .75" vertical/high.
  • PowerPoint Presentations are due by date listed above. Please be timely. 
  • Submit your PowerPoint Presentation through your Speaker Portal or AWWA Education Services.

In order to allow sufficient time for your materials to be reviewed, AMTA/AWWA ask that you follow the guidelines and meet all the deadline dates above. Missing important deadlines can result in your removal from the MTC Program - AMTA/AWWA thank you in advance for your staying mindful of submission dates and requirements.


Moderator Requirements

The planning committee will be recruiting moderators for the Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition. As a moderator, you are required to reach out to the presenters in your session to ensure they are on track to present and provide their materials on-time for your review and approval. You are required to review in advance all papers and PowerPoints that are included in your session. Keep your eyes open for additional communications and deadline schedules:

  • During your review, you should check all papers and PowerPoints for items: accuracy, logos, sales pitches, slide readability, graphics and disparaging remarks, etc. and provide presenters feedback on updating or enhancing their papers and PowerPoints.
  • Presenters will submit their papers/manuscripts by January 13, 2020; you will then have a short window of time to review them. If you suggest improvements, please communicate those back to presenters in a timely manner.
  • Presenters will submit their PowerPoints by February 13, 2020; you will then have a short window of time to review them.Please begin your review as soon as possible. If you suggest improvements, please communicate those back to presenters in a timely manner.
  • Moderators are required to select a "Best Paper" contender from their session(s) and notify AMTA of that selection. 
  • Moderators are required to register and pay for the conference. 
  • Moderators are required to attend a training webinar , where we cover how to log in to your Speaker Portal and access presenters papers/manuscripts and PowerPoints for review.
  • Onsite, moderators are required to: introduce each presenter in their assigned session, keep presenters on-time, and facilitate audience questions.
  • Please make sure you adhere to these Moderator Guidelines. If you are unable to meet these requirements please email AWWA Education Services. and asked to be removed as a moderator.
  • Again, please keep your eyes open for additional communications and deadlines as the conference approaches. Thank you for your assistance!
Moderators: As the session lead, your reviews provide quality assurance for the papers and presentations of your speakers. On the day of the talks, moderators connect the presentations to each other through thoughtful transitions and officiate any questions from attendees at the end of each talk.

Hotel reservations will open in the fall of 2019

Conference hotel rates for MTC 2020 have been arranged at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix  ($279+tax) and the Springhill Suites Phoenix Downtown ($239+tax). Please book early as only a limited number of rooms are available. Rates are valid until deadline or until the block is full, whichever happens first. 

A note of Caution: We do not phone to solicit hotel reservations. Any calls you receive are fraudulent and may result in unexpected fees and/or ruined travel plans. 

Note the schedule for 2020 MTC: No exhibit hours on Monday; Exhibit Hall first opens on Tuesday morning following the Opening General Session. Pre-conference workshops occur on Monday for an additional fee.