Call for Abstracts

2018 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition

For 2018, AWWA and AMTA are excited to partner with Water Environment Federation and WateReuse Association to bring you an enhanced technical program.

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition taking place in West Palm Beach, Florida, March 12-16, 2018, is now open. Call for Abstracts will be open until 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

IMPORTANT DATES - Please note that all presenters must comply with the dates below, no exceptions.
Abstracts Due: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Acceptance Notifications: Friday, October 6, 2017
Copyright Forms Due: Friday, November 10, 2017
Papers Due: Friday, January 5, 2018
Posters Due: Friday, January 19, 2018
PowerPoint Due: Friday, February 9, 2018

Note on Abstract Submit Process: After clicking "submit an abstract" you will be prompted to log in. You do not have to be an AWWA or AMTA member to submit an abstract, however a login and password is required. If you are not already in the AWWA system, please select REGISTER and complete the subsequent information to obtain a login and password. If you have forgotten your login credentials, use a recovery option listed or call AWWA Customer Service at 800.926.7337 or 303.794.7711.

Call for Abstracts Flyer (PDF)

Submit an Abstract

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Education Services or call Nicole 303.347.6181. 

additional information

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.

  1. AMTA/AWWA encourages you to submit a signed copyright when submitting your abstracts.
    The AMTA/AWWA Presenter Intro and Copyright Release Form must contain all primary and co-author signature. This is a required form, if you have been selected to present.

  2. No duplicate submissions
    Abstracts with the same title and/or content submitted under different categories will not be permitted.    

  3. Complete your submission by the deadline
    Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. Submit early to avoid heavy traffic at the deadline, which may cause errors that prevent successful submission of your abstract.

  4. Provide all required information
    The online submission form will be processed successfully only when data is provided in all fields marked “Required!”

  5. Comply with the abstract size limitation
    Abstract text may be no longer than 3,000 characters (including spaces). Note that word count functions of some word processing software packages undercount characters by treating multiple adjacent spaces as one character. To be sure your abstract complies, omit multiple spaces and/or reduce its character count slightly below the limit. The online submission form will not accept abstract text longer than the 3,000 character limit.

  6. Omit graphics, attachments, or other additional information
    Abstract submissions are limited to text only. The online submission form will accept only text in the Abstract field, and other submissions must comply with this requirement as well. No graphics, attachments or addenda will be considered.

  7. Student Qualification
    An individual enrolled in at least nine (9) credit hours or the number of hours required by the institution for full-time status at an accredited educational institution. Proof of enrollment may be required upon application and each renewal.

  8. Review submission confirmation messages
    The online submission form triggers a confirming screen message with submission status of either OK or ERROR and the submitted data. In addition, a confirming email with the same information is sent to the address entered on the form. If you have questions or problems with your submission, note the information in these messages and contact Education Services or call 303.347.6181 for assistance.

The conference planning committee will select submitted abstracts for oral presentations, poster sessions, workshops and special topic sessions. 

In addition to Professional Sessions, Special Topics Sessions are created by an independent facilitator. The facilitator organizes and plans the topic(s) and agenda for a Special Topic Session. Special Topic Sessions are 1 hour or 1.5 hours long.

As a Special Topic coordinator, you are required to obtain and submit these materials for your speakers:

  • The agenda for the entire session
  • Complete resumes for all presenters
  • AMTA/AWWA Presenter Intro and Copyright Release Form
In addition to Professional Sessions at conferences, Workshops are created by an independent facilitator. The facilitator organizes and plans the topic(s) and agenda the Workshop.
  • Workshops can either be a half day or a full day.
  • Registering for a workshop is at an additional cost to full-conference registration.
  • If your workshop has been accepted for a conference, AMTA/AWWA will want to gather all the presentations being used for your workshop. Those presentations are called Workshop Materials. Once we gather all Workshop Materials, we will create a writeable PDF for all the attendees of your workshop. Note: Workshop Materials will not be included in the conference proceedings.

In an effort to ensure that each reviewer follows a similar rating procedure, reviewers use the following standard guidelines.

Abstracts are rated on a scale from 1 to 5, with the best abstracts rated 5. A rough guideline as to what constitutes a particular score is:

5 -  A superior paper that would be valuable to anyone, even for those that do not work in the same area of study.
4 – An excellent paper for those that work in the same area.
3 – An average paper that would hold the interest of those who work in the same area.
2 – A marginal paper that would maintain the attention of only those that have vested interest in the particular work.
1 – A poor paper that would be difficult to keep anyone’s attention.

Rating considerations

Below are some guidelines that help in rating the abstracts. Consideration is given to originality, work status, technical content, benefits and significance, and abstract quality. Some additional considerations are listed below.

  • What was the quality of work (good project design, appropriate applications, etc.)?
  • Does it fit with the conference theme (refer to the last page for the call-for-abstracts)?
  • The adequacy of an abstract is considered indicative of the quality of the final paper or poster and of the presentation at the conference.
  • Has the work been completed or does the abstract reflect work that has yet to be done?

  • Is it a hot topic? Does it present new information? Was it presented at a previous AWWA conference (presentation at multiple national conferences is discouraged) or at a forum that would attract a different audience? The worst case is a literature review (no data).
  • Consider that the paper should deal with new concepts or novel applications of established concepts. It may describe substantial improvements of existing theories or present new data in support of extension of these theories. Comparative/supportive data should be included.

  • Actual benefits and widespread applications should be reported. Is this an unusual case or typical of general applications?
  • Is the work useful to the water industry? Does it conclude anything new that otherwise would be ignored?
  • Consider if the abstract demonstrates concrete results with practical applications.

  • Is it too heavily skewed as an advertisement either by a consultant or manufacturer, which is more appropriate for the expo (large negative impact)?
  • Is there a local connection to the conference site (positive impact)?
  • Is the presenter a dynamic speaker? Or a poor speaker?