Conference Details


Residuals and Biosolids 2017

Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

Conference: April 8-11, 2017
Exhibition: April 9-10, 2017

Cooperating Organizations:
  • The Pacific Northeast Clean Water Association

The Water Environment Federation’s Residuals and Biosolids Committee, in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association is sponsoring a specialty conference on residuals and biosolids management.   

 WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference 

The Future of Biosolids and Bioenergy 

April 8-11, 2017 

Seattle Convention Center 

Seattle, Washington 


ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: September 7th, 2016 11:59 pm 


Session proposal form   

Workshop proposal form   


The Conference Steering Committee is soliciting abstracts for oral presentations, workshops, and panel discussions to be presented at the conference. Conference topics being considered include the following: 


Biosolids Management and Planning  

Facilities Operation  

Beneficial Use of Biosolids  

Regulatory Trends  

Biosolids Science and Microconstituents  

Anaerobic Digestion  

Hydrolysis Processes  

Advances in Codigestion  

Bioenergy and Energy Management  

Thickening, Dewatering, and Drying  

Thermal Processes  

Sidestream Management  

Nutrient Recovery  

Biosolids Marketing and Communication  


Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length. Abstracts must be submitted via the online system, with tables and graphics uploaded separately. To submit an abstract, please visit Abstracts must be received no later then 11:59 pm Eastern on September 7th, 2016. YPs and new professionals – the Program Committee is interested in attracting new professionals into WEF and the biosolids sector.  Please contact WEF if you have questions about abstract preparation or would like to become more involved in the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee. 

Call for Abstracts  

Abstracts will be evaluated and ranked for selection based on their total score using criteria in the following table: 



Abstract Evaluation Criteria – Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference 

Scoring Level 


Status of Project 

Technical Content 


& Significance 



Nothing new  

Just an idea with no plan or results to evaluate 

Just a concept  

Of no interest to audience  

Minimal text, limited discussion of project  


Chance of small improvement  

Idea with well-developed plan but no results  

Well defined concept and clear objectives  

Modest benefit to focused audience  

Clear relevant text but no tables or figures  


Modest incremental improvement  

Interesting results but much work remaining  

Well defined concept, clear objectives and methods  

Modest benefit to broad audience  

Clear text and either one table or figure  


Very significant incremental improvement  

Preliminary results demonstrating good potential for success  

Clear objectives and methods. Outcomes suggested but not fully described  

High interest and benefit to focused audience  

Clear text with figures and tables but presentation or logic could be improved  


Potential breakthrough  

Idea fully developed, plan completed and well documented results  

Clear objectives, methods described, and (anticipated) conclusions outlined  

Broad benefits to broad audience  

Well written logical text with high quality figures and tables  




Selected abstract authors will be notified in November and will need to complete a draft and final manuscript and PowerPoint presentation. Manuscripts and PowerPoint presentations will be reviewed by session moderators and subject to revision or rejection if lacking in quality or if they too closely resemble a sales pitch. In accordance with Federation policy, accepted authors who do not submit the required draft and final manuscript prior to the 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.  


For questions or additional information, please contact:  


Technical Program/ Abstracts   Attendee Registration  Exhibition &Sponsorship Information 
Education & Training Registration Sarah Evans Moretti
Manager, Exhibition Sales


1-703-684-2400 ext. 7450