• Abstract and workshop proposal submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on the 30th of June 2019. No submissions will be accepted after this date.
  • You may submit as many abstracts and workshop proposals as you wish. However, only one of each of the following is allowed per person; oral presentation, poster and workshop. Additional submissions must be presented by one of the co-authors.
  • Abstracts and workshops submissions will be reviewed by experts and experienced YWPs. Programme selection will be based on the scores and comments of the reviewers. Accepted candidates will then be expected to submit a PowerPoint presentation or a poster.
  • Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on the 15th of July 2019.
  • No accepted abstracts and workshop proposals will be included in the programme unless registration and payment has been received. All accepted presenters must be registered and fully paid by the 31st of August 2019.
  • All abstracts and workshop submissions must be written in English.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract and workshop proposals. Any errors in spelling, grammar or facts will be reproduced as submitted by the author.


The formats of both abstracts and workshop proposals should be as per the available guidelines, respectively.

Click here to download the abstract submission template.

Click here to download the workshop submission template.

Evaluation process

Criteria for evaluating the quality of abstracts include originality of ideas and methods, concise presentation of methods and results, clarity of application and implementation and quality of writing. Each abstract will be marked by two reviewers.

Workshop proposal evaluation process is given in detail in the workshop submission template.

Theme and Subthemes

The theme of the conference is My Water, My Business.

The subthemes are the general heading under which draft papers and  will be submitted and reviewed. Please select the most appropriate category:

Water in the 4th industrial revolution

  • Business opportunities brought by the 4IR
  • Internet of things, virtual reality, artificial intelligence
  • Efficient water system (smart metering, reduction in non-revenue water
  • Human Resources and skills required to stay relevant in the 4IR
  • Water and industries
  • The 5th Industrial revolution

Innovative water businesses and opportunities

  • Water and wastewater infrastructure financing
  • Innovative cost effective technologies
  • Funding models for recovery of capital investment
  • Business opportunities in the water sector
  • Human capital development in the water sector
  • Water governance

Water Scarcity: A reality

  • Strategies to survive droughts in cities
  • Lessons Learnt from Cape Town
  • South African water management systems, rainfall patterns
  • Water saving/ water treatment technologies
  • Business opportunities as a result of drought
  • Economic importance of water
  • Drinking water

Sanitation solutions for water scarce country

  • Emerging pollutants
  • Innovative cost effective sanitation technologies
  • Education and behaviour change to improve sanitation in water scares countries
  • Business opportunities in sanitation
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Circular economy

Ecosystems management and restoration of the natural environment

  • Investment in ecological infrastructure
  • Community participation in water resource management
  • Socio-economic dynamics of ecosystem
  • Maintaining healthy ecosystems for water sustainability
  • Water-energy-food nexus


  • If your topic does not appear to fit in in any of the above categories but does fit with the overall conference theme, please include it in the ‘Other’ category.

Choose your presentation type preference below.


Individual oral presentations allow for a brief overview of the major points / highlights of a particular project or programme. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Abstracts must be informational and must report on work completed.


Material for a display presentation is mounted on a poster board (maximum size of 2380mm high x 950mm wide), which is staffed by the author (this is mandatory) for a designated period of time. This format provides a unique opportunity for personal ‘one-on-one’ interaction and idea exchange. Abstracts are to be informational and report on work completed. Abstracts based on preliminary results may be considered depending on space availability.


The workshops can address a wide variety of subject matter, but should at minimum speak to a part of the theme “My Water, My Business”. Workshops work well for subject areas that are new, complex, innovative, rapidly evolving, potentially controversial, interdisciplinary, or in other circumstances in which discussion better contributes to delivering an output and addressing a need. A workshop will either be 60 or 120 minutes.