Call for Abstracts

Description of theme

The central theme of “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas” seeks to address past, existing and future water resource challenges by promoting collaboration, cooperation and integration within the water sector. The Southern African region faces increased uncertainty and vulnerability regarding water supply. The following thematic areas for the conference seek to promote, inspire and demonstrate the value of working beyond existing mandates and perceived restrictions.

While an emphasis is placed on Southern African case studies and research, international examples applicable to the Southern African context are welcome.

Abstracts are now open

Thematic Areas For Conference

The context of each thematic area is described in further detail highlighting discussion topics, with some guiding questions. This description is merely to serve as a guide, coupled with key words to assist with the submission of relevant abstracts under each of the thematic areas linked to the central theme of the conference.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submission: 25 August 2017

Abstracts may be submitted on line for Oral or Poster presentation and must be received electronically not later than 16:00 hrs on Friday, 18 August 2017. The technical committee will meet shortly thereafter to finalise the review of abstracts and authors will be notified of the acceptance decision by 13 October 2017.

Submitted abstracts should be limited to 450 words and may consist of four sections labelled, for scientifically relevant submissions:

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions.

These sections should briefly describe the objectives of the study or investigation, the basic procedures (study subjects and analytical methods), the main findings (giving specific data and the statistical significance, if possible), and the principal conclusion.

NOTE: More explanatory abstracts can be submitted without the need to include the above mentioned sections.

Opportunity for subsidy earning DHET accredited publication

  • Abstracts submitted for oral presentation will be reviewed and a request may be made for the submission of a full length paper for inclusion in a peer review publication.
  • The request for full length papers will be for possible publication in one of the following accredited journal, with affiliation to the International Water Association:
    • Water Science & Technology
    • Water Science & Technology: Water Supply
    • Water Practice & Technology
  • It is planned for the abstracts to be published through an accredited DHET publication under WISA.

PLEASE NOTE: It is no longer required for the compulsory submission of full length papers for abstracts accepted for oral presentations.


The poster session will be ideally suited for emerging, developing ideas and research which are still in the early stages of refinement. Dedicated sessions will be allocated to posters under the “In The Pipeline” theme – to gain insight into the newest ideas and latest advancements in an elevator pitch format, including questions by select panel of experts

NOTE: The session will require a 3min presentation by the poster authors.