This Forum is held by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with The Water Research Foundation and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology program, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The 2019 Forum will be conducted in a format similar to a Gordon Conference, with the idea to promote discussion and collaboration between attendees about current phosphorus management and treatment issues and with an eye toward identifying gaps and research and planning needs moving forward.  

We are also excited to dedicate this research conference to James Barnard who has led application of enhanced biological phosphorus removal processes for wastewater treatment for more than 40 years.

The technical program has just been announced, with full details in the "Program" tab below, and registration will open shortly.

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The Forum Steering Committee has developed a program framework that includes discussion of over-arching phosphorus management issues as well as wastewater treatment phosphorus removal.

Forum 2019 Technical Program PDF (as of October 2018)

This PDF provides full detail on the comprehensive technical program as well as for the event overall.  Forum participants are invited to join not only for each technical session, but for morning and evening meals and networking opportunities as well.  The full schedule of activities are included on Page 2 of the above PDF.


We are proud to highlight the 2019 Forum Steering Committee:
James Barnard, Black & Veatch, Honorary Chair
Chris deBarbadillo, DC Water, Co-Chair
Peter Schauer, Clean Water Services, Co-Chair
Charles Bott, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College
Yves Comeau, Polytechnique Montreal
Glen Daigger, University of Michigan
April Gu, Cornell University
David Jenkins, University of California at Berkeley
Desmond Lawler, University of Texas at Austin
Carlos Lopez Vazquez, UNCESCO IHE, Netherlands
Jim McQuarrie, Metro Denver
Sudhir Murthy, NEWhub
JB Neethling, HDR
Per Nielsen, Aalborg University
Amit Pramanik, WRF
Barry Rabinowitz, Jacobs
Cliff Randall, Virginia Tech
Pusker Regmi, Brown and Caldwell
Frank Rogalla, Aqualia
Andy Shaw, Black & Veatch
David Stensel, University of Washington
Gerry Stevens, AECOM
Bev Stinson, AECOM
Laura Childs, WEF
Morgan Brown, WEF


If you have questions, please contact:
WEF Education and Training


Registration for the WEF Forum 2019 is limited to 175 participants and will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  There will be no onsite registration for this event, as we expect to meet capacity in advance.

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Registration Fees:
Member:  $725  |  Nonmember:  $815
Forum registration will cover most onsite costs during this event, including participation in the comprehensive technical program and meals/receptions during your stay.  Please see the "Housing" tab for more information.

If you have questions, please contact:
WEF Registration | 1-877-933-4734

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation notice is required and must be received by December 7, 2018.  A 25% service fee will be retained on all cancellations. No refunds can be given after December 7, 2018.  Cancellations received after December 7, and registrants who fail to attend the conference are liable for the full registration fees.



Different from past WEF Forums, the registration cost does not include housing.  All Forum participants must make their own housing reservations and are strongly encouraged to stay at the  Embassy Suites Austin Central in order to maximize networking which will continue throughout this 3-day event.  Additionally, guests of the Embassy Suites will enjoy complimentary breakfasts included within in their room rate.

Reserve Your Room Now!

Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central
5901 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78723

Room Rate:  $159
Reservation Phone Number: 1-800-HILTONS
Reservation Cutoff Date:  Sunday, December 23, 2018
Reservations are on a first come, first served basis and may sell out before the cutoff date.


If you have questions, please contact:
WEF Education and Training


Sponsorship Opportunities 


Questions about Sponsoring?  
      Sarah Evans Moretti  
      Manager, Exhibition Sales       
      phone: 703-684-2466