Call for Abstracts

The 2012 symposium is now over.

Please see the current symposium website at for information on submitting abstracts for next year’s symposium.

 The abstracts deadline for WWAC2012 is now past. Abstracts were due on March 7, 2012.

2012 Call for Abstracts

The WWAC Symposium extends an open invitation for the submission of abstracts for presentations, papers and posters at this year’s symposium.  Abstracts are to be 250 words long and must be submitted electronically to the program committee.

Download/view the official Call for Abstracts

This invitation includes anyone who is involved with the automation, instrumentation, system integration, operation, maintenance, management and/or construction of facilities the water/wastewater sector.

This year’s symposium has three ways you can present your work:

  • 35 minute PowerPoint presentation (no paper)
  • 6-12 page paper and  35 minute PowerPoint presentation
  • Large format 3’x4’ poster

This year’s symposium has two speaking tracks:

  • Track 1 – Instrumentation, System Integration, Automation, Plant Case Studies, New Technologies
  • Track 2 – SCADA, HMI, Human Factors, Alarm Management, Plant Optimization

In both speaking tracks, we welcome both technical and “case-study” submissions.  Case studies can showcase new plants, plant upgrades, plant optimizations and/or the implementation of new technologies in the field. Lessons-learned presentations are also actively welcomed.

Looking for some ideas on what to present? Have a look at our list of presentation, paper and poster ideas.

Here are some sample Abstracts (sample1, sample2, sample3, see below for more), and we have provided an Abstract Template you can use if you wish.

Never written an abstract before?  Have a look at our guide: How to write an Abstract.

Abstracts are due on March 7, 2012 and must be emailed to  AND

Update (March 8, 2012): The Abstracts deadline has been extended to March 23, 2012.

Why you should present at the WWAC Symposium

The first and foremost reason is for your own professional development. You get to meet new like-minded people such as yourself, you get a chance to “talk shop” with people who do what you do and understand the challenges of automation water/wastewater sector, and you get a chance to share your experience/knowledge with others.

Some other reasons that presenting at a conference is a worthwhile endeavour include:

  • Meet and network with like-minded individuals
  • Introduce yourself to the water/wastewater automation community as someone who has something to offer
  • Establish professional creditability by demonstrating knowledge, skills and experience
  • Opportunity to learn from others and “talk shop” with people who understand the challenges of your sector
  • Establish contacts in the sector for future collaborations, business opportunities and/or knowledge sharing
  • Opportunity to showcase your accomplishments (and those of your company/organization)
  • Chance to personally stand out from the crowd
  • Chance to practice your presentation skills in a non-threatening environment
  • Be actively involved in your professional development
  • Get the opportunity to share your knowledge/expertise
  • Learn something
  • Have fun

First-time Presenters are Welcome!

We also actively encourage people who have never presented at a conference to submit abstracts.  Presenting at a conference is a great way to practice your presentation skills, establish creditability in the community, and introduce yourself to others in the sector.  It is also a great way to meet new people and establish contacts for future knowledge-sharing and collaborations.  Don’t be scared – you will get a lot out of it and have fun at the same time.

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