WEF’s 2018 Odors and Air Pollutants Conference Wants PNCWA Abstracts


Next year, the Water Environment Federation’s 2018 Odors and Air Pollutants Conference will be held March 25–28 in Portland, Oregon. WEF is partnering with PNCWA to host the conference and wants your abstracts!

“This is a great opportunity for wastewater professionals to share information, present, and learn about a topic that affects all our facilities and infrastructure,” says Jeff Zahller, chair of PNCWA’s Odor & Air Quality Committee. "Best of all, this next conference will be in Portland, making it easier for our PNCWA members to attend and giving us an opportunity to showcase the contribution of our association to the WEF community."

Not only will PNCWA have a great chance to represent at the conference, WEF is targeting the conference for the Pacific Northwest as well, making it a great opportunity for PNCWA members to share and gain knowledge.

Interested in submitting? Abstracts are due by end of day Thursday, September 7, 2017. Check out WEF's instructions here. Here’s an excerpt: 

Potential speakers are invited to submit an abstract for podium presentation, poster, workshop, or mobile exhibitor floor session. Abstracts addressing the following topics are invited:

  • Odor Measurement, Monitoring, and Performance

  • Air Dispersion Modeling

  • Collection System Odor Control

  • Biological Odor Control

  • Corrosion Control

  • Sustainability and Greenhouse Gases

  • Innovative Treatment Approaches

  • Agricultural/Industrial Odor Control

  • Odor Control Problems and Practical Solutions

  • Utility Odor Management and Planning

  • Community Relations and Odor Complaints

  • Odor/Air Research and Optimization

Several criteria will be used to evaluate the abstracts, including originality, project status (in progress or completed), technical merit, significance to the industry, and overall quality. Abstracts should be a maximum equivalent of two pages in length including tables and figures. Abstracts must be submitted via the online system no later than close of business on September 7, 2017. Selected abstract authors will be notified in late October and will need to complete a final manuscript. Manuscripts will be reviewed and subject to revision or rejection if lacking in quality. In accordance with Federation policy, accepted authors who do not submit a final manuscript by the required deadline will be removed from the program.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. No travel or assistance funds are available for speakers.

The Conference Steering Committee is also soliciting for workshop and session proposals and mobile session presentations. For more information, please see the conference website at www.wef.org/OdorsAir.

Have questions or need additional information? Contact WEF at [email protected] or 703-684-2400, ext. 7450. 


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