About IDA

About the IDA World Congress: Crossroads to Sustainability

The International Desalination Association (www.idadesal.org) is a non-profit association that serves more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The biennial IDA World Congress is the world’s most anticipated and prestigious desalination and water reuse event. In 2019, the World Congress is coming to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 20-24 October with the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) set to host the Congress at the Dubai World Trade Center. The flagship event returns to Dubai after its highly successful 2009 World Congress patronized by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mak-toum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dubai, amid preparation for the World Expo 2020, is the epitome of a modern city that recognizes the necessity of pioneering water technology. The leaders of the water industry will converge and connect to develop business opportunities, ex-change ideas, share knowledge about cutting edge technologies and their pro-gress towards a sustainable future. Attended by public and private sector lead-ers, researchers, and academics in the fields of desalination, water reuse, energy, environment and project finance, the Congress will consist of panel discussions, an exceptional technical program, an industry driven exhibition, unparalleled net-working opportunities, and specialized workshops.

Membership By Region




Join IDA

IDA new or current memberships may be renewed online. Please click here to join IDA or renew your membership.

Renewal invoices for current IDA Members will be emailed within the next few days.

IDA members enjoy generous discounts on registration for IDA events and Publications plus free access to the industry’s leading library of knowledge and information, as well as many other benefits. You can also save 10% by renewing or joining  IDA for two years.

Please feel free to email us at membership@idadesal.org with any questions.

Please see 2018-2019 Membership rates below.

Description (Eligibility)CategoryTypeAnnual Dues (USD)
Corporations/Utilities – 1 YR
Corporate/Utilities – 2 YR
Class IA$1175
Small Companies (10 employees or less)
1 YR
2 YR
Class IB$785
Universities / NGOs – 1YR
Universities / NGOs – 1YR
Class IB$785
Individuals who are not affiliated with Class IA or IB corporate members
Class IIA$135
Individuals who are employees of Class IA or Class IB corporate membersClass IID$85
Full-time StudentsClass IIIA$25
Non-profit LibrariesClass IIIB$25
Individuals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs)Class IIIC$25


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