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Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the 2024 Mega-Conference in Spokane, WA is now open!

Present at the 2024 Onsite Wastewater Mega-Conference! Share your research and expertise at the largest event for decentralized wastewater professionals in the country.


We are seeking proposals for papers, oral presentations, and posters. Abstracts are due Tuesday, May 28.


Exhibitor and Attendee registration will open in late June or early July.


The Mega-Conference, which will be held October 20-23 in Spokane, Washington, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first environmentally-focused World's Fair, held in Spokane in 1974. We are eager to take advantage of this connection to hold a successful conference. As such, this year's conference theme is "Celebrating Tomorrow's Environment: Clean Water for the Future." We welcome proposals that complement this theme. More info about Expo '74 and the city of Spokane is available at https://www.visitspokane.com/expo-50/.


Abstracts must fit into one of these categories: education, inspection, installation, management/maintenance, policy/regulation, safety, septage disposal, soil evaluation, or technical.


A poster and oral presentation contest for Emerging Professionals will once again be held as part of the conference.


For more details and submission requirements, download the Call for Abstracts or visit the Submission Portal below:

Download Call for Abstracts.      Submit Abstract Online

Important deadlines:

Dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • May 28, 2024: Abstract submittals are due. Beginning March 6, abstracts can be submitted to the Mega-Conference Abstract Portal.
  • June 10, 2024: Authors will be notified of the Education Committee's selection and provided with instructions regarding paper, presentation, and poster criteria and format.
  • Late June/early July: Attendee & Exhibitor registration will open.
  • August 12, 2024: Draft paper manuscripts due for review by the NOWRA Education Committee.
  • August 19, 2024: Draft presentations due.
  • September 2, 2024: Comments and/or edited papers returned to the author. If re-review is required, they will be due on September 11, 2024.
  • September 2, 2024: Presenters must be registered for the conference and are responsible for covering their own registration and travel expenses. Failure to do so may result in removal from the agenda.
  • September 16, 2024: Final papers and presentations must be submitted in electronic format to be included in the proceedings and conference. If the paper and/or presentation is not received by this date, the topic and speaker may be removed from the agenda.

Paper and Presentation Guidelines:

  • If you are a PRESENTER, click here for the 2024 Onsite Mega-Conference Presentation Guidelines.
  • If you are writing a PAPER, click here for the 2024 Onsite Mega-Conference Paper Guidelines.
  • If you are presenting a POSTER, click here for the 2024 Onsite Mega-Conference Poster Guidelines.
  • Speaker Agreement Form TBD

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