In the water industry, particles and colloids (P&Cs) are everywhere: a resource to be recovered at preliminary/primary stage (front), a driver of reaction rates for the secondary treatment (middle), and a liability to be removed in the final effluent for high-end water reuse (end). The real science and engineering of P&Cs is often oversimplified and, in most cases, poorly understood. Kinetic modeling parameters to account for particle behavior like P&C surface chemistries, size, density and composition are mostly neglected, and current methods for characterizing P&C are rudimentary at best.

The WEF Forum seeks to advance our understanding of how best to apply modern P&C science to engineered water systems as well as identify new areas for exploration. This forum will consider the broad problems and opportunities of P&Cs ranging from physical and chemical to biological reactions associated with P&C. In addition, the program will be focused on the most interesting and exciting P&C science and research innovation opportunities for treatment process design, operation and intensification.


More information about the Forum 2021 program is coming soon.


We are proud to highlight the 2021 Forum Steering Committee:

Peter Vanrolleghem, Université Laval, Co-Chair

Kendra Sveum, Loudoun Water, Co-Chair

Erika Bailey, City of Raleigh Public Utilities

Charles Bott, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College

Chris deBarbadillo, DC Water

Patrick Dube, WEF

Aaron Fisher, WRF

Jose Jimenez, Brown and Caldwell

Wendell Khunjar, Hazen

Tom Kunetz, MWRDGC

Jim McQuarrie, Denver MWRD

Adrien Moreau, Suez

Sudhir Murthy, NEWhub

Pusker Regmi, Brown and Caldwell

Peter Schauer, Clean Water Services

Art Umble, Stantec

Laura Childs, WEF

Maggie Siddle, WEF


If you have questions, please contact:

WEF Education and Training
[email protected] 
703-684-2400 x7450


Registration for the Forum will open in March 2021!

More information about registration is coming soon.

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More information about the Forum 2021 hotel is coming soon.


More information about sponsorships is coming soon.