Call for Papers: 2018 World Water Congress and Exhibition

Contribute to a better water future with your work

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 Programme Committee  is looking for contributions under the session themes to present global best practice, advances in fundamental science, innovative research, policy developments, and solutions to challenges faced by water professionals worldwide. Presenting is a valuable opportunity to meet members of the community of world-leading water professionals.

Check the Call for Papers for the 2018 World Water Congress & Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

IWA is inviting proposals for events and sessions (scientific sessions, interactive workshops, training events, regional fora), and abstracts of scientific/technical/policy papers related to the Congress Themes. For reference, check the template of a session and abstract proposal. Please submit your proposals before 1 October 2017.


Utilities of the Future

Cities of the Future

Basins of the Future




24 JULY 2017
Online submission opens for outline papers (for platform and poster presentations).

1 OCTOBER 2017
Final deadline for submission of outline papers (for platform and poster presentations).

1 APRIL 2018
Presenters notified of acceptance/rejection.

1 JULY 2018
Deadline for accepted presenters to supply full papers, register and payment to attend the congress.


Why submit your abstract to the IWA WWC&E 2018?

• Create new, inspiring solutions to the world’s urban and basin water challenges;
• Validate and disseminate your work by presenting it during a world class Congress;
• Learn and grow professionally through privileged access to the best content, cross-sector knowledge and diverse experiences;
• Expand your network and meet new professional partners by engaging with leading water experts.


What to submit?

Your initial submission must be in the form of an outline paper: two A4 pages of text (approximately 1,000 words) plus up to two additional pages of tables/figures. This must clearly and persuasively summarise your proposed presentation. This must be uploaded to our online submission system before 1 October 2017.

Detailed guidance and templates are available at If you prefer to present this work as a poster, please note this when you submit your proposal. If your submission is accepted for a platform presentation, you will also have to submit a full paper of between six and eight A4 pages, which can be considered for publication in an IWA journal.

You may submit as many outline papers as you want. However, no individual can present more than two platform papers/ poster – any further papers must be presented by one of the coauthors.


How are papers selected?

Your outline submission and the final full paper (if selected for platform presentations) must be in plain English and clearly define the objectives, status, methodology, findings and significance of the investigation or study. Your submitted outline paper will be peer reviewed by international experts. Programme selections are based on the scores and comments of those reviewers. We expect 1200–1500 submissions, and presenter decisions will be announced in April 2018.

To learn more please download the CALL FOR PAPERS.