Call for


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the IDA World Congress 2019, hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The Congress will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the World Trade Centre from October 20th to 24th 2019.

Our world continues to face challenges in providing adequate and safe water supplies for our populations and industries.

Desalination plays a key role in providing a sustainable and reliable source of water to meet current and future needs, and its importance is increasing as new technologies emerge and fresh water shortages multiply.

The theme of the 2019 World Congress is ‘Crossroads to Sustainability’ – how we evolve the role of desalination and how it works with new technologies to ensure sustainability of water resources. This theme is pivotal to the varied discussions already taking place surrounding the growing demand for a sustainable source of fresh water in response to population growth, economic expansion, degradation of existing resources, energy-water-food nexus, and the effects of climate change.

We encourage and invite you to submit an extended abstract to be considered for inclusion in the Technical Program.


Submissions will be evaluated based on contribution and impact, originality, accuracy, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related works. The submission should state the paper’s purpose, new results and conclusions, if available. Submissions will be accepted starting August 1, 2018 and must be submitted no later than November 30, 2018 through the online Paper Management System.

What you need to know:

  • As English is the official language of the World Congress, papers should be submitted in English.
  • No previously published or presented material will be accepted. This will be strictly monitored.
  • Detailed information for submission of your abstract, for consideration in the program and participation requirements, can be found at the authors corner.
  • All draft manuscripts will be reviewed by session Co-chairs for originality, importance of findings and relevance to the theme of the World Congress.
  • Information collected from those accepted into the program will be used for marketing and promotional purposes such as online announcements, social media, print material, the Final Program and Proceedings.
  • The authors of papers for presentation in the Congress will be expected to sign a participation agreement of requirements and are required to submit a full manuscript and power point presentation.
  • All accepted podium oral and digital poster presenters are required to register and pay Congress registration fees once they receive the acceptance letter.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the Technical Program to (please write “IDA World Congress 2019” in the subject line of your email) .


August 2018

Submission site opens

November 2018

Extended abstract submission closes

December 2018

Notifications of accepted abstracts
Agreement package distributed

February 2019

First draft manuscripts submitted
All co-authors listed

March—May 2019

Review process of draft to final manuscript

June 2019

Final manuscript and copyright agreement
Photo and Bio updated in the database of all
author profiles
Presenters register for Congress

August—September 2019

Oral/Poster assignments
Advance Program available

September 2019

Presenter introductions completed in the
database profile
Draft PowerPoint presentations

October 2019

Final PowerPoint presentations
Welcome to the Congress

Information is subject to change. Please visit the IDA Authors Corner website at for frequent updates on the World Congress.


We are seeking original work on a wide variety of topics. Abstracts and all required documents must be submitted online via the IDA Online Paper Management System on the IDA website.

IDA invites papers in the following subject areas reflecting the achievements and future challenges in the field of desalination and water reuse. There will be four concurrent streams, allowing for a total of 400 invited and submitted podium oral and digital poster presentations.

1. Foundations for Success – Policy, Finance and Market Challenges

  • Desalination and Water Reuse Regulation and its impact
  • Financing for Desalination and Water Reuse programs
  • The role of financial institutions in the desalination industry
  • Investments to Accelerate Change
  • Economic Uncertainty and implications on our industry
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3) Projects

2. Desalination, Water Reuse and our Wider World

  • Water demand and population growth
  • 6 Years Away: Addressing 2025’s predicted water scarcity
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution and what it will bring
  • Water Action Decade 2018-2028
  • Stakeholder Cooperation to deliver balanced and sustainable water solutions • Role and Responsibility for Education in Desalination and Water Reuse
  • Knowledg

3. Seawater Desalination

  • Energy Efficiencies and Recovery
  • Membrane: Solutions, Trends and Innovations
  • Membrane Fouling, Scaling, Monitoring and Follow-up
  • Materials and Corrosion

4. Brackish Water Desalination

  • High Recovery Applications and Solutions
  • Nanofiltration Applications: Softening, TOC and Color Removal
  • Membrane Fouling, Scaling, Monitoring and Follow-up
  • Innovative Solutions in Brackish Water
  • Low Energy and Low Fouling Membranes

5. Thermal Desalination

  • Cogeneration, Hybrid Desalination and dual-purpose plants
  • MED vs MSF • Materials and Corrosion
  • Post-Treatments for Distilled Waters
  • Current and Future Trends for Thermal Applications

6. Pre and Post Treatment Algal Blooms

  • Membrane pre-treatment
  • Chemical Efficiency and Reuse Applications
  • Remineralization and other post-treatment
  • Disinfection and its by-products
  • Raw and Treated Water Quality

7. Operations and Optimization Energy, Water, Waste nexus

  • Smart and Advanced Solutions for Plants and Networks
  • Integrated Water Resource Management • Smart Plants and Plant Optimization
  • Plant Management and Retrofits
  • Membrane Cleaning, Storage and Replacement
  • Technology advancements

8. Industrial applications of Desalination and Water Reuse

  • Desalination and Water Reuse in major water-using industries: Oil and gas, Refining and petrochemicals, Power generation, Food and beverage, Pharmaceutical, Microelectronics, Pulp and paper and Mining
  • Desalination/demineralisation technologies: Ultrapure water (UPW), Seawater desalination and Wastewater desalination
  • Zero-liquid discharge (ZLD)
  • Growth Areas and Innovations

9. Environment

  • Balancing Cost, Health and Environment
  • Harmonizing all our natural resources
  • Balancing Cost, Health and Environment
  • Climate change – what does our industry need to prepare for getting SDG 6 back on track
  • Environmental stewardship

10. Innovation

  • Disruptive Innovation in Water
  • How AI, IoT and IT evolves our world
  • Learning from history
  • Alternatives – e.g. ultraviolet, graphene filters, toxin eating bacteria, nano-technology
  • Making water from other sources
  • Process innovation

11. Making Waste Useful

  • Water Reuse
  • Minimizing Waste
  • Waste and by-products
  • Cost of waste
  • Waste as an alternative resource

12. Renewable-driven desalination

  • Innovations in solar and wind powered desalination
  • Hybridization; low carbon desalination and carbon foot print
  • Integrating desalination with low-carbon grids at large-scale
  • Integration of desalination with renewables at small-scale
  • How to accelerate deployment of renewable-driven desalination

13. Seawater Mining

  • Mineral extraction from seawater and brine
  • Innovation in this sector

Authors Corner

Need more information? Download the following document for requirements and more detailed information.


The following document may be useful as a template for your abstract. Please, follow the guidelines.


Only files uploaded to the IDA PRESENTER CENTER on the required template will be reviewed.  To submit your work for consideration go to IDA USER LOGIN to your user account – the PRESENTER CENTER (will appear on the menu) OPEN August 1 – November 30, 2018. Click on CREATE NEW SUBMISSION

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