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Call for Presentation Proposals

The WateReuse Association invites proposals for presentations during the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, to be presented virtually as a series of live and on demand roundtables March 15-25, 2021. Proposals are due December 21, 2020.

Organized around the theme, Resilience Redefined, the Symposium will showcase the important role that water recycling plays in ensuring water security, safety, and supply. Presentation proposals should address one or more of the focus areas and subtopics.

Produced in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation, the Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference on water recycling, providing in depth looks at water reuse research and policy, as well as insight into water management strategies that include potable reuse, ecological restoration, decentralized systems, stormwater capture, and agricultural reuse.

If you did not submit an abstract in 2020, you will be asked to create a new account to begin a presentation submission. Your login for the WateReuse website does not work for presentation proposals.

For more information about the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, click here.


Key Dates

Presentation Proposals Due December 21, 2020
Notification of Proposal Selection On or Before January 25, 2021
Recording of On Demand Rountables February 2021
PowerPoint Presentations Due February 15, 2021
On Demand Availability of Sessions March 1 - April 23, 2021
Live Roundtables March 15-25, 2021


Presenter Requirements

Proposals for on demand roundtable presentations must be submitted online by December 21, 2020. All roundtables are expected to be presented by the individual(s) listed in the presentation proposal. The official language of the Symposium is English.

To participate, presenters must agree to coordinate with WateReuse to record their session in February 2021. All presenters and panelists must register for the event and submit their PowerPoint slides by February 15, 2021. 

Presenters will be able to register for the event at reduced rates.


Preparation and Submission Guidelines

The 2021 WateReuse Symposium, in its new March timeslot, will offer attendees a series of live and on demand roundtable discussions. You are invited to submit a proposal for an on demand roundtable that will be pre-recorded and made available to attendees in advance. 

If you did not submit an abstract in 2020, you will be asked to create a new account to begin a presentation proposal submission. You may save and edit in progress proposals, but all presentation proposals must be finalized before they can be considered.

The 36th WateReuse Virtual Symposium invites proposals for two types of pre-recorded on demand roundtables:

(1) 60-90-Minute Panel: An interactive, in-depth discussion of a single topic by multiple presenters. Please include the names, emails, and affiliations of panelists in your proposal.

(2) 90-Minute Session Group: A grouping of three individual 25-minute presentations on various aspects of a topic along with a 15 minute moderated presenter discussion. Please include an overall title for the Session Group, titles for each 25-minute presentation, and contact information for each presenter in your proposal.

All submissions must include a title (up to 10 words or 80 characters); a summary (up to 50 words or 400 characters); learning objectives (up to 100 words or 800 characters); the full presentation description (up to 500 words or 4000 characters); and primary contact Information. Please note that the WateReuse Association reserves the right to work with presenters to modify the title for communications purposes.

Learning Objectives

To comply with continuing education accreditation requirements, presentations must clearly define measurable learning objectives for attendees. Learning objectives should describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants will acquire or outcomes and actions attendees will be able to demonstrate after attending your presentation.


  • Attendees will be able to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis for proposed water reuse projects.
  • Attendees will learn new ways to manage salinity.

Criteria for Evaluation

Submissions will be evaluated for relevance, appropriateness, and applicability to the Symposium theme and focus areas. Submissions with demonstrated results or conclusions or those illustrating consequences from an action are encouraged. The Symposium Technical Program Committee will assess all submissions for overall clarity and quality. The WateReuse Association estimates that twenty-four presentation proposals will be selected, as we intend to schedule twenty-four pre-recorded on demand roundtables.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact:

Aliza Furneaux