Categories and Topics

The theme of the World Congress is Ensure Your Water Future and will feature five days of technical sessions, lectures, round table and panel discussions. The Congress will also include an interactive plenary session for open discussion, to be held on the last day.

Below are the topics of the Technical Program Sessions:

1.0 Water Policy, Development,
Governance, Finance and Market

1.1 Regulations in Desalination and Water
1.2 Desalination and Reuse in National
and Regional Water Plans
1.3 Public and Private Financing for
Desalination and Water Reuse
1.4 Mobile and Small Scale Desalination
Plants and Applications
1.5 Successful Delivery Models
1.6 Public Acceptance of Direct Potable
Reuse (DPR)
2.0 Pre- and Post-Treatment in Brackish
and Seawater Desalination

2.1 Harmful Algal Blooms Management
and Case Studies
2.2 Conventional and Membrane Pretreatment
2.3 Silt Density Index and Modified
Fouling Index
2.4 Chemicals Efficiency and Monitoring
for Desalination & Water Reuse
2.5 Advanced Oxidation Processes
2.6 Remineralization and Other Posttreatment
2.7 Disinfection and Disinfection By-products
2.8 Raw and Treated Water Quality
Monitoring and Control
3.0 Seawater Desalination
3.1 Energy Efficiency in Desalination
3.2 Energy Recovery
3.3 Membrane Solutions: Trends and
3.4 Membrane Fouling, Scaling,
3.5 Monitoring and Follow-up
3.6 Materials and Corrosion
3.7 Long-term Membrane Preservation
4.0 Brackish Water Desalination
4.1 Nanofiltration Applications: Softening,
TOC and Color Removal
4.2 Low Energy and Low Fouling
4.3 Membrane Fouling, Scaling,
Monitoring and Follow-up
4.4 High Recovery Applications and
4.5 Innovative Solutions in Brackish Water
5.0 Thermal Desalination
5.1 MED vs MSF
5.2 Hybrid Desalination
5.3 Dual Purpose Plants: Power and Desalination
5.4 Materials and Corrosion in Thermal Processes
5.5 Post-Treatments for Distilled Waters
5.6 Current and Future Trends for Thermal Applications
6.0 Operation of Desalination and Water
Reclamation Plants

6.1 Performance KPIs and Optimization
6.2 Smart Plants
6.3 Operation Feedback and Innovations
6.4 Plant Assesments Management, Audits
and Retrofits
6.5 Membrane Cleaning, Storage,
Preservation and Replacement
6.6 Pilot and Full-scale Case Studies
7.0 Desalination and the Environment
7.1 Concentrate and Brine Concentration
and Reuse
7.2 Carbon Footprint in Desalination and Water Reuse
7.3 Intakes and Brine Disposal
7.4 Environmental Regulations and
7.5 Aquifer Recharge and Preservation
8.0 Water Reuse Practices
8.1 Desalination and Water Reuse
Development in Agriculture
8.2 Urban usage for recycled water
8.3 Treatment of MicroPollutants
8.4 Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse
8.5 Synergies between Industry and
8.6 Water Quality and Challenges
8.7 Membranes in Water Reuse: MBR,
MF, UF, NF and RO
9.0 Desalination and Water Reuse in
Industrial Applications

9.1 Power Plants
9.2 Food and Beverage Applications
9.3 Microelectronics and Pharmaceuticals
9.4 Oil and Gas Experiences: Upstream
and Downstream Case Studies
9.5 Water and Wastewater Treatment for Mining Operations
9.6 Pulp and Paper and Other Industrial
9.7 Evaporators, Crystallizers and Zero
Liquid Discharge
10.0 Emerging and Advanced Technologies
10.1 Innovative
10.2 Membrane Technologies Membrane Distillation
10.3 Forward Osmosis and Pressure Retarded
10.4 Innovations in Thermal Technologies
10.5 Membranes: New Materials and Trends
10.6 Humidification and Dehumidification
11.0 Desalination and Renewable Energy
11.1 Coupling Desalination and Renewable
11.2 Techno-economic Models
11.3 Solar and Wind Applications
11.4 Other Renewable Solutions
12.0 Desalination and Culture
12.1 Desalination and Water Reuse
12.2 Education and Outreach Programs
12.3 History of Desalination
13.0 Regional Experiences and Case Studies
13.1 The Membrane’s Role in Brazilian Reality
13.2 Desalination and Water Reuse in the
Mining Industry
13.3 Desalination in Oil and Gas Applications in Latin America
13.4 Desalination and Water Reuse in
Caribbean and Latin American Countries: Case Studies