To participate in an AWWA conference, the first step is to submit an abstract to be considered for a presentation. Papers should follow all submission guidelines and are reviewed by the planning committee for consideration based on the rating criteria listed below.
You will receive a confirmation email when your abstract is received. For all inquiries, or if you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Education Services.
The 2021 Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition will take place September 12-15, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Call for Abstracts is now open. Call for Abstracts will be open until 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Any submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.
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The 2021 Water Quality Technology Conference will take place November 7-11, 2021 in Tacoma, Washington
The Call for Abstracts is now open. Call for Abstracts will be open until 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Any submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.
The ACE21 Innovation Lounge is where conversations are taken a step further. Do you have a hot topic you would like to introduce to the water innovation ecosystem? We want to hear your bold and exciting ideas!
The Call for Abstracts for the ACE21 Innovation Lounge is now open. This special call will remain open until 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Any submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.
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The AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE21) will take place June 13-16, 2021 in San Diego, California. The standard Call for Abstracts is now closed. Notifications for standard abstracts will be sent in January 2021 and notifications for Innovation Lounge will be sent in March 2021.
The AWWA Virtual Summit: Lead & Water Quality will take place on April 7-8, 2021.
The Call for Abstracts is now open. Call for Abstracts will be open until 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Any submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.
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The North American Water Loss Conference 2021 will take place December 7-9, 2021 in Austin, Texas
Similar to the communities served by utilities across the country, AWWA is made up of water sector professionals that represent different races, ethnicities, genders, educational backgrounds, vocations, ages, … and more. As you submit your abstract, we encourage you to be inclusive in your selection of presenters to reflect the diversity that contributed to the information you intend to share.
All submissions must comply with the following guidelines. Failure to observe these requirements may result in submission errors or rejection of the abstract during the review process.
Special Topics Sessions (STS) are submitted by a facilitator. The facilitator organizes and plans the topic(s) and agenda for the session. These sessions can range from 1.5 hours up to 3 hours long.
As an STS facilitator, you are required to obtain and submit presentation length, presentation titles and presenter names during the submission process. If your Special Topic Session is accepted, each presenter will received an acceptance notification. Please make sure they are aware of your submission.
Pre-Conference Workshops (PCW) are an additional cost to the attendee and are submitted by a facilitator. The facilitator organizes the presenters, plants the topic(s) and outlines the agenda during the submission process. PCWs can be half-day or full-day. As the facilitator, please select which option you feel works best for the workshop. The conference planning committee will make all decisions to accept, decline or modify your submission.
As the facilitator you are required to outline presentation lengths, presentation titles, and presenter names during the submission process. If your PCW is accepted, each presenter will receive an accepted notification. Please make sure they are aware of your submission.
PCW facilitators are required to provide materials for the electronic attendee notebook. These materials are due 3-4 weeks prior to the conference date. These can consist of all the presenter biographies, presentations, articles, worksheets, etc. Note: PCW attendee notebook materials are not included in the conference proceedings.
For uniformity, the scale will be from 1 to 5 with the best abstracts rated 5. A rough guideline as to what constitutes a particular score is:
5 – A must-see for everyone and is a valuable abstract/presentation even for those that do not work in the particular area of study.
4 – A must-see for those that work in the same area.
3 – An average abstract/presentation that would hold the interest of those who work in the same area.
2 – A marginal abstract/presentation that would maintain the attention of only those that have vested interest in the particular work.
1 – A poorly constructed abstract/presentation that no one will want to see.
Below are the detailed guidelines provided to those volunteers reviewing abstracts. Consideration is given to originality, work status, technical content, benefits and significance, and abstract quality.